• Setting budget is lawmakers’ biggest task this session

    This week, as it has regularly done since Kentucky became the nation’s 15th state in 1792, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol to start another legislative session.

    Since it is an even-numbered year, the House and Senate will meet for 60 working days and wrap up our work by April 15th, as required by Kentucky’s constitution.

  • Be the best version of yourself in 2016

    This past Sunday, our deacon shared this story: What if you had a rich uncle that died and left you $86,400 to spend every day for the rest of your life? The catch? You can’t save it, as it disappears at the end of every day, and the money could stop at any time without notice.

    What would you do with the money?

    Of course, what our deacon meant by this story is that God gives each of us 86,400 seconds every day to spend on our life.

  • Committees review important issues prior to legislative session

    As the General Assembly readies for a return to the Capitol next week to start another legislative session, it is worth taking a look back on what has happened since the last one ended in late March.

    This period is known as the interim, and it gives the House and Senate’s two dozen joint committees – plus several temporary ones – time to review the issues affecting the state in a less pressure-filled setting. In some cases, meetings are held across the state.

  • ‘PUSH to Change’ youth initiative coming in 2016

    With the new year right around the corner, Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County is excited to be a part of a new, fun project that brings out the best of you. Champions is so excited to roll out a new youth initiative in Carroll County called “PUSH to Change” with a hashtag attached for youth appeal.

  • Investment numbers for 2015 set record

    Around this time of year, we often find ourselves counting, whether it is the number of days left in the year, the number of presents we still need to buy or the number of calories we put on our plates.  The holidays are when many count their blessings as well.

    In that regard, 2015 has turned out to be a pretty good year in many respects for the commonwealth.

  • Small changes make a big difference: Tips for a successful 2016

    With the new year approaching, many are looking to lose weight and/or start at a gym or fitness program. If this is you, here are some helpful tips that may help you be successful reaching your goals:

    *Start slow! If you have never exercised before or it has been years since you have exercised, you will want to start slow and eventually work your way up with time. If you have always been a walker and want to become a runner, start slow and slowly build up those miles or minutes.

  • Heed a simple message: Don’t mix holiday sauce and sleigh this year

    Kentucky New Era

    Many newspapers, including this one, typically devote space to a New Year’s Eve editorial that encourages readers to avoid drunken driving. The message arrives right at the end of the year because it’s often assumed booze will be part of the celebration when many toast the end of one year and the start of another.

  • Kentucky offers many venues for families to enjoy holidays

    If you’re still looking for that perfect gift, or for an experience that puts a Kentucky spin on the season, the good news is that there is no shortage of opportunities even as time starts to draw short.

  • Don't let Christmas challenges take over

    Kentucky New Era

    In its truest form, Christmas time is gracious. We make more time for family. We take stock of what we’ve gained and lost during the year. We count our blessings and seek connection to people who matter the most in our lives. We tell people we are grateful, and we tell them why. We say, “I love you” more. We share gifts, food and money with strangers.

    All of these experiences happen because religious rituals and secular traditions combine to bring out a lot of kindness in people.

  • Tobacco settlement monies beneficial to agriculture

    About 16 years ago, as most states were deciding how best to spend their portion of a landmark settlement reached with the major tobacco companies, Kentucky took an innovative approach that is continuing to pay substantial dividends.

    Under that agreement, half of the annual payments are set aside for agriculture and the other half is split equally between early childhood development and healthcare programs.