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Columns

  • April events to focus on the link between drugs and child abuse

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and at Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County we see the unfortunate connection between substance abuse and child abuse. According to The National Council of Child Abuse and Family Violence, “substance abuse exists in 40 to 80 percent of families in which the children are victims of abuse.”

  • OVUC funds help library with youth programs

    On Tuesday morning, I had the pleasure of attending the Breakfast of Champions put on each year by the Ohio Valley United Charities Inc.

    It gives grant recipients the opportunity to tell the Board of Directors and major sponsors the various ways their generous donations are used throughout the community.

    Each year, the Carroll County Public Library uses funds received from Ohio Valley United Charities Inc., to have our annual Summer Reading Program. The importance of the work being done with students over the summer months cannot be minimized.

  • House budget boosts education

    When it comes to the state’s budget, the past six years can be summed up in four words: Do more with less.

    There hasn’t been much choice, given that spending has been cut by $1.6 billion since 2008 and the state workforce is the smallest it has been since the 1970s. Some agencies have seen spending reduced by more than a third, while classroom funding for elementary and secondary education has been held steady for far too long.

  • Senate tackles budget, moves to strengthen education in Kentucky

    On Thursday, the 45th day of the legislative session, the House passed its budget bill. This leaves us in the Senate 13 days to work on the budget, present it in a committee, and vote on a Senate version.

    As we study the House’s proposal, more information will come out regarding our response, priorities and review.

  • Website offers glimpse at old newspapers

    More and more websites are indexing historic newspapers, and the good news is, not all of them are subscription-based.

    Anyone hoping to find historical information about their own community or about communities where their ancestors lived should go first to the Library of Congress website and click on the “Chronicling America” link – or go straight to ChroniclingAmerica.loc.gov.

  • Families can use Casey’s Law to help loved ones in the battle with drugs

    If you were able to attend the Heroin Town Hall meeting sponsored by Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County, you heard a lot about Casey’s Law. 

  • Legislature moves into final month with bills OK’d, budget work ahead

    With March the last full month of this year’s legislative session, the Kentucky House and Senate are nearing the point where they will focus less on their own legislation and more on finding common ground with the other chamber.

    While the House is still finalizing several of its key bills, my fellow representatives and I have already passed a productive list for the Senate to consider.

  • Bills will aid families and help businesses to fairly compete

    As February has come to a close, we have our longest days ahead of us this March in the Capitol.

    We have now completed 37 days of the legislative session. The next 23 days will surely bring us some longer hours as tough decisions will have to be made. Hopefully the weather here in Frankfort gets a little warmer in March too.

    Gov. Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 7 into law this week. The new law allows nurse practitioners to prescribe medication without a physician as long as they meet the requirements.

  • Jack up metabolism to increase fat burning abilities

    Often you hear people blame their weight-loss struggles on a slow metabolism, and is it truly responsible for weight problems?

    The process of metabolism is complex, involving numerous hormones and enzymes with varying functions in the body. This metabolism “network” sets the rate at which your body converts food into fuel, and this, in turn, establishes the efficiency of your body’s fat-burning engine. This makes gaining and losing weight dependent on:

    • Age. Metabolism naturally slows about 5 percent per decade after the age of 40.

  • Life is based on seedtime, just as it is with gardens

    As we see the snow going away from our landscapes, we are reminded that spring is coming. 

    After one of the coldest and greatest number of snowfalls we’ve seen in years, we are encouraged that spring is around the corner.

    Springtime means a lot of things. Changes in the weather, longer daylight hours and more activity outdoors. It also means we are going to put out our gardens, reseed our lawns, plant our crops and get ready for summer.