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  • Be a responsible dog owner

    Some of you may know and many of you do not know that we have a fifth member of our family named Ben. Ben stands about a foot tall, likes to eat food that our kids drop for him, is a best friend to my son, and is a protector to my daughter. Ben is our 10-year-old Boston Terrier. He truly is a member of the family. Many of you reading this have a “Ben” too. If you don’t have a “Ben” then I would encourage you to get one—especially if you have children.

  • Legislators to discuss issues in depth at Interim Joint Committees starting June 1

    Over a month has passed since the conclusion of the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly but my work as your senator has not slowed. Between answering your well thought-out letters and phone calls, I have been visiting with constituents in our district and listening to your concerns and preparing to discuss many of those topics during the Interim. 

  • Rand discusses new health care legislation

    Oprah Winfrey. Bill Clinton. George Clooney. Each has reached a level of success that few will ever know.

    Age wise, however, they are faces in a very large crowd—a crowd called the Baby Boom generation which grows larger with each passing year. Made up of around 75 million people born between 1946 and 1964, Baby Boomers in America are in nearly a dead heat with the Millennial generation (ages 18-34) to claim the title of largest living generation in the U.S., according to the Pew Research Center.

  • Advances in education continue in Kentucky

    Education has come a long way in Kentucky over the past 30 years. Much of our progress began with the 1990 passage of KERA or the Kentucky Education Reform Act, which improved funding for K-12 education statewide from the mountains to the Mississippi. Today, that progress is seen in school facility improvements, better test scores, and a better educated Kentucky.

  • Naloxone training is no cure, but saves lives

    Typically the human body can break down the substances we put in it — legal or otherwise. When a person overdoses, however, the body can’t detoxify itself fast enough, and once a threshold is reached, it begins to shut down.

    So what happens when someone overdoses on an opiate, such as heroin?

  • Get the most out of your workout with these tips

    The goal with your training and diet is to always get the most anabolic response possible.

    In order to do this you must tick specific boxes throughout the day. When we say “anabolic response,” we are actually referring to everything in regard to diet, training and everything in between. During your workout you will momentarily become catabolic, however overall your training is going to give you an anabolic response if you do the right things, which we will discuss in this month’s article.

    Ultimately this is a three-step process... 

  • Motorists should avoid all kinds of distracted driving every day

    The Kentucky Standard

    We’ve all been there. Someone has swerved into your lane, slammed on his or her brakes in front of you, sped up behind you, slowed to a crawl in front of you. And we all complain about how dangerous other drivers are.

    But we’ve also all been on the other side of the equation.

    Sometimes you have to rush to drop the kids off or get to a meeting and you don’t eat breakfast or your lunch break is cut short, so you finish a meal as you drive.

  • Lions Club to celebrate 30th year helping others

    By TONY GOSSOM

    Special to The News-Democrat

    I don’t know how many times I’ve heard someone in Carroll County say, ‘What’s a Lions Club?’ ‘What do they do?” ‘You have one in Carroll County?’

  • 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.