• Kentucky scores well in graduation gap; middle of the road in travel stats

    Kentucky received some welcome news last month when a national study found that no state had a smaller gap when comparing the high school graduation rates of students from low- and higher-income families.

    The average gap across the country stands at 15 percent, but it’s just 1 percent here in the commonwealth.  In fact, our low-income students graduate at a higher rate than the overall national average, something only five other states can say.

  • State lawmakers make changes to state DUI laws

    The Kentucky legislature was very busy this last session. Some of the greatest changes made dealt with Kentucky’s laws on Driving Under the Influence. Prior to this last legislative session, the law had not seen any changes since 2010.

  • Senior population will be larger than those below 18 by 2033

    It’s still a while down the road, but the year 2033 will be a pivotal one for our country, because that’s when U.S. Census Bureau projects there will be more citizens over the age of 65 than under the age of 18.

    It’s not a surprising trend, of course, given the gains we have made in medicine, technology and a greater focus on eating right and exercising. From a historical perspective, however, it’s a relatively new phenomenon. A century ago, less than 5 percent of our citizens were older than 65; by 2040, they will comprise 20 percent.

  • Scales are not guide effort to reach goals

    Weight loss alone is not what you should be focusing on because ultimately that doesn’t take into account any positive changes in your lean muscle mass, changes in fluid levels or even inflammation within the gut which can and does effect your weight on the scales.

  • Get to know the board members for Champions

    Behind every successful organization is a group of determined, hard-working individuals who volunteer their time to make sure that daily, weekly and monthly tasks are completed to better our community.

    From the Carrollton Main Street Program to the Rotary Club to the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and encompassing the community, there is usually a board or committee that, in most cases, has been voted on by the members of said club.

  • Famous for more than just horses and bourbon, Kentucky boasts rich history

    When it comes to being home to icons known around the world, few states can compete with Kentucky.

    We have a derby that owns the first Saturday in May; a chicken restaurant chain that has grown from a single location in Corbin to more than 15,000 in 125 nations; and a cave so mammoth that it is longer than the combined lengths of the second- and third-longest on the record books.  The 6 million-plus barrels of bourbon now resting in our warehouses, meanwhile, represent more than 90 percent of the world’s production.

  • GSP, GSA and others great opportunities for gifted Ky. students

    Some of Kentucky’s most successful academic programs take place, oddly enough, when the school year is over.

    Several of these got their start in the 1980s, and they have since given thousands of our brightest middle and high school students a chance to come together in a college setting and learn in ways that often extend beyond the traditional classroom.

    The Governor’s Scholars Program is perhaps the most well-known of these.  It began in 1983 and now serves more than 1,100 students each summer over several campuses across the commonwealth.

  • 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.