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Opinion

  • Though almost nine months retired as director of the public library, I continue to be a citizen advocate for libraries throughout the state.  I recently received a copy of an article that appeared in “Planning Commission Journal”, Summer 2009. The cover story for this issue was entitled “Libraries, At the Heart of Our Communities” and the editor of this publication goes on for seven pages to extol  the importance of libraries to vibrant, healthy communities.

  • Editor:

    In his column on Aug. 19, Jeff Moore, publisher of the Trimble Banner and the Carrollton News-Democrat, expressed disappointment in the idea of replacing the existing US 421 bridge between Milton, Ky., and Madison, Ind., by building a new bridge in the same location, using the existing piers. We refer to this as “superstructure replacement.”

  • Last week, Bedford city officials warned everyone; this week they’re publishing an old curfew ordinance. Next week, they’ll begin enforcing that ordinance in earnest.

    In a perfect world, curfew ordinances wouldn’t be necessary. Under-age children would be at home with their parents or guardians doing something productive and not out vandalizing other’s property.

    But this isn’t a perfect world.

  • Editor:

    The Trimble County Raider varsity football team will be hosting the annual “Midnight Madness” event at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. The community is invited to meet and greet our 2009 varsity football team,  coaches and staff.

    This event begins at 6 p.m. following the second annual “Raider Pride Parade,” which begins at 5 p.m.

  • Editor:

    I would like to publicly ask our sheriff:  Where’s the Beef?  

    He promised us night patrols as part of his re-election campaign last time, but we still aren’t having any meat with our voting salad. We did get a U.S. Marshal, though – that really put the fear in our local delinquents and criminals!

  • Editor:

    This letter is addressed to members of the Class of 2010 and their parents.

    This is the first of our many updates throughout the year. I want to take this time and welcome you to the Senior Life.

    School will be starting back soon, and life will get back to the routine. Enjoy summer while its still here.

    As we are gathering back, here are a few things you, as a senior, should take into consideration.

  • I was disappointed to learn that the Kentucky and Indiana transportation officials would be moving forward with a plan to replace the Milton-Madison, Ind. bridge on its existing piers.

    The two states are pursuing a plan to seek grant funding for the project from federal stimulus money, meaning work could be under way next summer, if the grant is approved. Yes, this would be a much faster approach than building a new bridge — with the project set for completion by 2012.

  • Editor:

    The Carroll County Public Library would like to thank Ohio Valley United Charities Inc. for its continued support that allows us to have such wonderful programs.  

  • Editor:

    Belated thanks to all the volunteers who helped at the July 17-18 “Roadblock to save your history” for the benefit of the Port William Historical Society at Fifth Street and Highland Avenue in Carrollton. We raised $1,005 and were encouraged by the support and interest of the drivers in helping to preserve local history.

  • Editor:

    I just wanted to thank Dave Taylor for his story about our Gus Grissom and his role in the space program. Before coming to Carrollton on a part-time basis, I lived all my life in Mitchell and was a young boy during the 60’s. In 1956, when I was in the first grade, Gus visited our class while he was stationed at what is now Grissom A.F.B. His oldest son, Scott, was in our class. I can still remember that fighter pilot helmet with Grissom on the front.

  • Separation anxiety abounded Thursday morning as many parents let go of their children for the first time and as the school year began anew.  The first time you take your child to kindergarten can be gut-wrenching and exciting all at the same time.

    Carrollton was in near gridlock as parents shuttled children to the five different schools in the county and buses dropped off, picked up and dropped off again students at their final destination.

    I can remember my first day of school in Mason, Ohio, and how excited I was to finally go to school.

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    Editor:

    The U12 Lady Panthers just concluded their softball season. The girls had a great time and a winning record.

    None of the success we enjoyed would have been possible without the support of our community.

    A small town sure is a great place to live and coach; therefore, I’d like to thank my assistant coaches, Scott Schirmer and Jimmy McEndre for all of their time, sweat and dedication.

  • Editor:

    Haven of Hope Pregnancy Services, in Carrollton, has been experiencing a virtual rainstorm of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.

    The 2009 annual Baby Bottle Fund Raising event has had church families from Carroll, Trimble, Henry and Gallatin counties filling baby bottles with their pocket change. Together, they blessed Haven of Hope with over $7,100. This money will be used to meet center operating needs, and to purchase teaching materials for our clients.

  • On behalf of the Carroll County Tobacco Festival Committee, I would like to say it’s that time of year again. The festival is fast approaching and we would like to invite everyone to come and join the fun.

    We are having the festival pageants again this year. They will be held downtown in the courthouse square under the tent in the front yard.

    Miss teen and pre-teen will be held on Wednesday evening, Sept. 23, starting at 6 p.m.

    Sweet pea/babies will be held on Thursday evening, Sept. 24 starting at 6 p.m.

  • Editor:

    The recession has taken its toll on many people, even all the way down to me a delivery driver. Prices go up, tips go down.

  • Since January, lots of folks have asked me how I’m enjoying retirement. Well it’s great, but after almost 27 years of recommending books, watching story hour children become parents of story hour children, and watching our programs and services grow year by year, I do miss the job.   

    One of the things I really enjoyed about my work was the opportunity to write a column for the newspaper every few weeks. With the editor’s permission, I thought I might try my hand at doing it still, but from the viewpoint of a casual observer in the community.

  • Finally, the long-awaited first weekend closure of the Milton-Madison Bridge for structural repairs has come and gone. And think it may have been educational for many of us here in Trimble County.

    First, knowing that the bridge would be closed, my Better Half and I traveled to Indianapolis on Saturday to visit family and wineries. (Not necessarily in that order.)

  • Editor:

    We wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for a successful Golf Scramble benefit for Renee Luckett.

    First off, we are in complete awe of the wonderful people here in our community and surrounding counties and the people of Madison, IN.  The outpouring of donations and hole sponorships to help Renee were beyond what we could have hoped for or ask for. There were too many of you to list here. You know who you are and we are forever grateful for your generosity and kindness.  It will not be forgotten.

  • Editor:

    I’m writing to attempt to make contact with as many people as possible for an important event being planned this fall. 1929 marked the first year of the English School functioning as an education facility for grades one through eight.  Several years later, it expanded to include some high school grades, but only for a few years. The school was an important part of numerous lives and was the center of activity for the English community for many years. The last graduating class walked across the stage in May of 1963.  

  • It is difficult to believe that 40 years have elapsed since the United States first landed men on the moon, an event that was observed by the national media last week. In 1969, I was preparing to enter my senior year in high school. Now I qualify at many restaurants for the senior citizen discount.

    I was fascinated by the astronauts and the space race as a child growing up in Madison. I took special interest in the career of one astronaut in particular after my dad told me the astronaut was from another small Indiana town only 50 or so miles away.