• Republican-led Senate builds on accomplishments for American people

    In my travels across the state, I hear constantly from Kentuckians whose lives have been devastated by the opioid and heroin epidemic that is ravaging our country. The Bluegrass State has been particularly hard hit: 1,248 people died from drug overdoses last year alone, a record high for Kentucky. It’s clear that something must be done.

  • Dump the fitness slump

    Are you finding yourself in a fitness slump? Motivational slumps are very common and happen to the best of us. Let’s talk about some ways to help get out of these slumps.

    Don’t stress about it. Fitness should be a pleasure and not a chore. That may be one of the reasons you sunk into your slump in the first place. Stress can immobilize you and that’s the last thing you need when trying to break a fitness slump. So relax and enjoy the process!

  • Summer Reading Program aids in learning for children

    It is hard to believe we are coming toward the end of what we typically consider summer. After 13 or more years of schooling, I think we have all been conditioned to accept June and July as our summer months.

    During my tenure at the library, I have noticed a trend with our Summer Reading Program that I would like for you to help us change.

    We begin Summer Reading Program with a bang. Everyone is fresh off of a great school year and looking to continue learning over the summer.

  • State should show small surplus; Most new laws went in effect July 13

    The halls of the Capitol may be relatively quiet when July arrives, but that doesn’t detract from the month’s importance when it comes to running state government.  It marks the start of another fiscal year and, in even-numbered years, is when most new state laws take effect.

  • Criminal justice reform necessary in Kentucky

    We’ve reached a critical point in Kentucky – one where our prisons and jails are full, overdose deaths continue to rise and far too many children have parents who are imprisoned.

    We can no longer afford to cling to the outdated idea that prison is the only way to effectively hold people accountable for their crimes. Instead, we need to take a smarter, more measured approach to criminal justice.

  • States learn from sharing during southern legistaltive conference

    States have often been called laboratories of democracy, and for good reason: That’s where most cutting-edge ideas to improve government are first tested.  The good ones are widely copied while the unworkable ones teach a valuable lesson as well.

  • What diabetes can teach you

    Diabetes is fast becoming a global epidemic in adults and ever increasingly in youth. In fact, the World Health Organization says it now affects 9 percent of the world’s population, making it important to know the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.

    Both relate to your pancreas’ ability to produce insulin, which is the key in the metabolism of almost all nutrients. Type 1 is linked to a genetic predisposition, while type 2 is associated with lifestyle and CAN BE REVERSED.

  • Fourth of July celebrates America, honors sacrifices of its veterans

    As it has for nearly two-and-a-half centuries, our nation will pause on Monday to celebrate its “birth” day, commemorating a time 240 years ago when the Founding Fathers declared our independence.

    Since July 4, 1776, we have weathered a war for our freedom, a war against ourselves and wars against those who would like nothing more than to see us and our values falter. Although the world has changed in countless ways since Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, our commitment to protect and promote freedom has never wavered.

  • Carroll youth baseball teams up with Bambino Buddies to share love for sport

    Saturday morning my phone starts dinging, signaling an incoming text. But it does not ding just once, but 15 more times. By now you have to look or are scared to look to see what is going on. I look down and find that Larissa McKinney has sent a message and 15 pictures of the Carroll County 10U traveling team that had just completed a Bambino Buddy session with special needs children.

  • Fentanyl adds to woes in war on illegal drugs

    FRANKFORT – It has often been said that the war against illegal drugs is an ever-changing battlefield.  When we seem to be making headway on one front, another tragically opens up.

    Over the past dozen years, those “fronts” in Kentucky have ranged from meth and synthetic drugs to prescription pain medicine and heroin.

    According to the annual report the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy released last week, a new name has been added to that list: fentanyl.