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Today's Opinions

  • FATS prepares officers for danger

    By SHARON GRAVES

    The News-Democrat

    A few weeks ago, I sat in the cold, darkened training room in Carrollton’s City Hall, watching city and county employees train on the Firearms Training Simulator program. The digital program – known as FATS – projects onto a large screen, life-like situations in which trainees must determine how to subdue a suspect.

    I didn’t think that I could measure up to their training in such situations – even with “virtual” suspects.

  • PTO prepares for final event

    Editor:

    Milton Elementary School will host its annual fish fry Oct. 18. We’d like to invite everyone to visit us on this special day.

    This year will be the final fish fry at the current Milton Elementary School before our greatly anticipated mid-year move to the new facility. We are excited and nostalgic about the ‘good ole days’! We want to make this year’s fall festival a true “walk down memory lane”.

  • Let's find ways to be part of the solution, not the problem

    OK. I had my say a couple weeks ago about Carrollton City Council and it’s inability to decide if code enforcement officer John Welch is not doing his job, or has too big a job for one person to handle.

    Any argument regarding the state of the city of Carrollton, in terms of nuisance properties, comes back to this question, it seems.

  • Thanks for a successful Bedford Bash

    Editor:

    I would like to address this letter to merchants, fellow business people and other individuals, as well.

    The 19th Annual Bedford Bash was a hit. We raised more than $500 for the needy kids' Christmas party through the sale of T-shirts. We gave away several prizes and had a great time. I have heard several positive comments on the band Young Country and on the 2nd Annual [Trimble County Raider] Car Show.  

    Congratulations to the Bedford Post Office for winning the window decorating contest.

  • KSP campaign focuses on underage drinking

    Editor:

    I am writing to express my concern for teen-agers who have headed back to school this fall and may be exposed to the dangers of underage use of alcohol.  

    As a Kentucky state trooper, I see first-hand the destruction that underage drinking brings on our youth. One of the hardest tasks for any law enforcement officer is to notify a parent whose teen-aged son or daughter has been killed  in an alcohol-related incident.

    In 2007, Kentucky law enforcement arrested 3,108 people ages 16-19 for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

  • Volunteer proud of those who made 'Madness' a success

    Editor:

    I have a lot of parents, families and friends to thank for everything they have done for Trimble County High School football and me. I worked on Midnight Madness for five weeks. I am very pleased to say it turned out to be a great success. I have so many people to thank, and I do not know where to begin.

    That is why I am writing. I am not a great speaker or writer. I don’t think there is a paper big enough to express my gratitude to everyone. I have never been so proud of people in Trimble County and so disappointed in others.

  • CCHS Class of 1988 seeks classmates for reunion

    Editor:

    It has been 20 years since the Carroll County High School Class of 1988 graduated, and we are having a reunion on Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Conference Center at General Butler State Resort Park.

    We are hoping to get in touch with all of our classmates. Anyone who has not received an invitation, or those who would like more information, can call Marla Bickers at (502) 732-6308, Gwen Abbott at (502) 525-0797, Wayne Adams at 732-0183 or Robin Huesman at 732-6405.

    We have to know who will be attending no later than Sept. 24.

  • More to be cleaned up in Ghent than junk cars

    Editor:

    After reading Mr. Dapron’s article in the last issue of The News-Democrat, I felt like I had to submit an article. Congratulations Mr. Dapron for speaking your mind! Myself, among many others, agree with you whole heartedly.

    We need more people in this county who are not afraid to speak up.