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Today's Opinions

  • Parents, students invited to TCMS 'Back to School Night'

    Editor:

    Trimble County Middle School invites students and their parents to “Back to School Night” Tuesday, Aug. 5. Students will have an opportunity to meet their teachers for the new school year and receive their schedules, course expectations, locker assignments, supply lists and enrollment forms.

    There will be orientation for incoming sixth-graders and new student at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Orientation for returning seventh- and eighth-graders begins at 7 p.m.

  • 4-H shooting club thanks yard-sale volunteers

    Editor:

    We would like to thank the community for supporting the Carroll County 4-H Shooting Sports Club by donating items for the yard sale. We had a great selection and many shoppers.

    A special thanks to the following volunteers who helped me set up, pack up and work the sale: Greg England, Danielle and Kassandra Hickey, and Betty and Chris Beard. All of your hard work was greatly appreciated.

  • Even the poorest children know education is the key

    By PHYLLIS McLAUGHLIN

    The News-Democrat

    While the Carroll County Reads program is all wrapped up, I am still thinking about some of the issues the book, “Three Cups of Tea,” raised in my mind.

    I picture these poorest of children living in mud-walled houses that are heated in the winter with dried yak dung.

    Yes, yak dung.

    The families have very little. For some, a good quilt is an heirloom to be handled with great care and brought out only for the most important company.

  • ‘Welcome Bag’ donors made good memories

    Editor:

    On behalf of the Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism Office, I would like to thank those who contributed to the “Welcome Bag” items distributed to members and competitors at the National Bass Anglers Association fishing tournament May 13-17 at Point Park in Carrollton.

  • First Baby Bottle fund-raiser success for women’s program

    Editor:

    The first Baby Bottle fund-raiser showed overwhelming support toward Haven of Hope Pregnancy Services.

    Area church congregations took home more than 400 baby bottles on Mothers Day and returned them on Fathers Day filled with checks, cash and coins totaling just over $5,000.

    The money will be used to purchase educational materials and will assist in opening the pregnancy center later this fall.

  • King family reunion was well-attended, fun

    Editor:

    The King family held its 47th reunion on July 13, 56 family members turning out for the event. They came as far away as Greensburg, Ind., and Shepardsville Ky. Some were from Warsaw and Owenton, Ky. Many were from right here in Carrollton.

    There were stories told and old pictures to share of family history past. Many games were played and good old home cooking shared.

  • Fourth Carroll County Reads wrapped up at library

    When I was a kid, I loved to read. I remember spending dark, gloomy Saturdays reading books I’d taken out of the library at school, or our county library – to which I was a card-carrying member from a very early age.

    As an adult, I’m ashamed to say that I’m lucky to read more than one book a year.

    It’s my own fault, ultimately, for not taking the time to do it. The time is there, but the will doesn’t always follow.

  • You don’t have to be an American Idol to take a weird journey through the Bluegrass

    It's true. I could be the next American Idol.

    But that’s only if Paula, Randy and Simon, the show’s celebrity judges, are willing to cruise around town in my SUV.

    My singing voice leaves quite a bit to be desired, except when I’m driving. Prop me up behind the wheel of my Suzuki and I can belt out a few verses of "Bobby McGee" as well as Janis Joplin ever could. I also do a fine rendition of most James Taylor and Lenny Kravitz’s tunes.