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  • Champions hosts health, drug town forum May 11 at Butler

    On Thursday, May 11 Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County will be hosting our annual Carroll County Town Forum Meeting at The Butler Park Convention Center starting at 6 p.m. Each year Champions holds an event in this manner to bring awareness to one specific drug or issue that Carroll County may be facing. This year we have decided to partner up with Three Rivers District Health Department to join forces and make this the most attended yet!

  • Rand provides update on Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement

    The landmark 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement has brought hundreds of millions of dollars to the Commonwealth over the past two decades. I keep up with how that money is spent—in agriculture, health care and early childhood education, as appropriated—and thought you’d enjoy an update, too.

    I was particularly interested to learn that a Kentucky-based company looking to process the fiber of around 750 acres of hemp and the jute-like plant kenaf has been approved for $381,500 in state tobacco funds to expand its processing facility.

  • McConnell traveled throughout state to listen to concerns of citizens, leaders

    As a Senator, my job requires that I spend many hours in Washington, but Kentucky is my home and I make it a priority to be in the state when the Senate is not in session. Over the last two weeks, the Senate was not in session so I decided to again travel throughout the Commonwealth as I often do.  Not only is this a great way to engage with Kentuckians from every corner of the state, but it’s also a great way to ensure I can continue my work most effectively as Kentucky’s voice in the Senate.

  • Bevin a craven coward or Cleanup Crusader?

    By AL CROSS

    The Courier-Journal

    contributing columnist

    Kentucky’s top two politicians were a study in contrasts last week.

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, after doing what he called “the single most consequential thing” in his 46 years in politics – securing a Supreme Court seat for conservatives by keeping a liberal president from filling it – drew lots of harsh criticism.

  • Nation’s and state’s population is growing and aging, Rand says

    The U.S. population is growing faster than a blade of bluegrass in spring. But a larger population will not necessarily mean a younger population, for either our country or the Bluegrass State.

    The less-than-robust birth rate nationally and here in Kentucky over the past decade means that the largest population growth -- at least over the next few decades -- will be among the baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964), which means most population growth will be among older and the oldest Americans, demographers say.

  • Marsh asks community to help reduce the child abuse in Carroll County

    As you may or may not know, April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Unfortunately, some of us are all too aware of the issues of dependency, neglect and abuse our children face in this community all year round. Teachers see these issues daily in their classrooms. Social workers see the heartbreak constantly. We process the cases every week in our District Courts. The drug epidemic in our county, state and nation have further exacerbated the problems our children face.

  • Senator touts successes from session

    Long nights, intense debate, and media attention from across the globe wrapped up what started as a quiet final week of the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Minutes before the Senate gaveled out for good, Gov. Matt Bevin called this session the most productive in history.  It was truly an honor to work alongside the governor with the new House Majority to pass many great initiatives for our commonwealth.

  • Bill makes driver’s licenses qualified IDs

    It’s been good to be back among the people of the 47th House District in Carroll, Gallatin, Henry and Trimble counties since the adjournment of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly on March 30. I’ve enjoyed talking to so many of you about the many issues we faced and the final decisions that were made, some with my support and some without.

  • Congrats on a job left undone

    The State Journal

    One of the most positive developments coming from a rapid-fire end to a transformative legislative session was something that didn’t happen.

  • Believe in a trusted news source

    By Becky Barnes

    The Cynthiana Democrat

    What is your No. 1 news source?

    How confident are you in that source?

    I have been in the news-providing business for over 40 years. It’s a place where writers have been drummed with “If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out.”

    That’s not something that happens on social media. Real news happens and is reported by real journalists.