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Regional

  • Medicare change period begins Jan. 1

    The Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period is Jan. 1 through Feb. 14 of every year.

    During this time, Medicare beneficiaries who have coverage through a Medicare Advantage plan (also known as a Medicare Replacement plan or Medicare Health plan) can drop their Medicare Replacement plan and return to Original Medicare.  Changes that you make during the Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Period go into effect the first day of the following month. 

    During the MADP you can make changes only if you have a Medicare Replacement plan. 

  • Motor fuels tax rate to decline by 1.5 cents per gallon on Jan. 1

    Kentucky’s gas tax on sales of gasoline, diesel and ethanol motor fuels will decrease by 1.5 cents per gallon on New Year’s Day, reflecting a drop in the calculated average wholesale fuel price.

    The decrease would result in a loss to the Kentucky Road Fund of about $45 million on an annualized basis.

    “The Road Fund is our source of revenue for building, improving and maintaining Kentucky roads and bridges, so any loss of revenue is concerning,” Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said Thursday in a state news release.

  • Reduce stress to prevent child abuse

    Stress can increase during the holidays, even in the most loving of families. And that can put some children at risk for abuse.

    With children home from school, holiday travel and seasonal shopping and associated expenses, parents can get frazzled more easily than usual. What is typically a fun and joyful time for children can become devastating when parents or caregivers cope with stress by becoming abusive.

  • Sharon, DFW case ends in settlement agreement

    By DAVE TAYLOR

    Landmark News Service

    A settlement has been reached by Trimble County Deputy Sheriff Dennis Sharon and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources regarding Sharon’s Sept. 28, 2012, termination of employment as a conservation officer with the department.

  • Panel’s report doesn’t offer changes in child death reports

    By BETH MUSGRAVE

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — An external panel created to review child-abuse deaths and serious injuries did not make specific legislative or policy changes in its first annual report as required by law.

  • Trimble man charged with murder

    By DAVE TAYLOR

    Landmark Content Service

    A Trimble County man was arraigned Tuesday morning in Trimble County District Court charged with the Nov. 27 murder of 24-year-old Angela Long.

    Robert Louis Baldwin III, 25, made the appearance in court via videoconference from the Carroll County Detention Center where he is being held on a $1 million bond.

  • Dark reality: Northern Kentucky heroin plan will need millions

    By Terry DeMio

    The Kentucky Enquirer

    A solution to Northern Kentucky’s heroin epidemic won’t come cheap, a new study warns.

    It will, in fact, cost at least $16 million over four years just to reduce and stabilize heroin usage, a report from the Leadership Team of the Northern Kentucky Heroin Impact and Response Workgroup states.

    But the cost of doing nothing could be higher.

  • KDH will hold ground-breaking ceremony for new cancer center on Nov. 11

    King’s Daughters’ Health will hold a ground-breaking ceremony for its new Cancer Treatment Center at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at its hilltop campus, 1373 East State Road 62, Madison. The ground-breaking ceremony will occur on the northeast side of the hospital, the physical location of the new cancer center. Construction on the center is scheduled to begin in January 2014 and be completed by January 2015.

  • Post 5 arrests 11 during ‘Operation Black Friday’

    KSP initiated “Operation Black Friday” on Friday, Nov. 1 by using every available sworn unit within the agency to arrest 479 individuals in what is the largest one-day drug round-up in agency history. All KSP Posts, the KSP Drug Enforcement Special Investigations (DESI) Branch, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, along with assistance from local law enforcement, ATF, DEA and U.S. Marshal’s Service began arresting individuals before daybreak.

    Locally, through KSP Post 5, there were 11 arrests in Carroll, Trimble, Henry and Gallatin counties.

  • Former Carroll pastor dies at 103

    By DAVE TAYLOR

    Landmark News Service

    Carl Allen, longtime Milton resident and former Whites Run Christian Church pastor, has passed from the local scene at age 103. The affable educator, preacher and musician died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Ind.