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  • Your ‘Rome’ can’t be built in four weeks

    Every year people flock to the gym in January, motivated by their ambition to get into shape. However, the reality is there is only so much progress you can make within a short period of time.

    Yes, you can make significant improvements which then spur you on to keep improving. But, your goals should be matched with realistic time scales. I’m not here to lead you into believing that you’re going to get into the best shape of your life in four weeks, don’t let yourself fall for that!

  • Library serves patrons of all ages, including teens

    Libraries mean different things to different people. I do believe that it all depends on what you need from your library. It also means that we need to try to be many different things for different groups of people. There is the traditional view of libraries that I try to uphold. This includes books, programs for young children and cultural events for adults. While this view may not appeal to everyone, it really is the cornerstone of our industry. On the other hand, in order to stay relevant, we must shape our services to the demands of our community.

  • Be aware of tax scams

    Winchester Sun

    As that time of year when Americans anxiously await their tax returns begins, federal and state officials are offering cautionary advice, particularly about protecting personal information.

    With the right information, particularly a Social Security number, thieves can attempt to file false tax returns and take refunds, the Kentucky Department of Revenue warns.

  • House joined AG Beshear to promote drug prevention, enforcement, recovery bill

    In ways large and small, illegal drug use touches all of us.  It steals the future of those addicted, it tears at the lives of their loved ones, it fills our prisons beyond capacity, it strains local and state government budgets, it overwhelms first responders and substance-abuse treatment programs and it keeps businesses from finding the workers they need.

  • Planning your Super Bowl party? Check out these dip recipes

    Hello my friends. I hope this article finds you in good health and certainly in good spirits. With all the people who currently find themselves under the weather from one ailment or another that might be wishful thinking. But as always we are looking to the good, the happy and the delicious. And nothing brings that to the forefront more than a good party.

  • Consider volunteering with the health department, Champions

    Going into the new year, was your New Year’s Resolution to get more involved in your community? If so start here–I can help. The two coalitions that I chair can help you jumpstart bettering your community today.

  • FIRE! Carrollton business district burns – again – in 1895

    Thursday, Sept. 5, was a typical day in downtown Carrollton. Businesses had opened; people were coming and going, greeting each other as they passed on the street. Merchants were gearing up for a busy and profitable day.

    Everything changed shortly after noon that day. The Carrollton Democrat told the tale on Sept. 6, under the headline “$60,000 Gone Up in Smoke. Our Little City Visited by a Disastrous Conflagration”:

  • Governor’s budget includes deep cuts, no tax reform

    Most days during a legislative session, it is not uncommon to see supporters in the Capitol Rotunda rallying for a variety of important causes.  Each event may be different, but they collectively serve as powerful reminders that the votes we in the House and Senate take just two floors away have a real impact on the direction Kentucky takes.

  • Budget step toward financial health

    Despite the slick roads and thick accumulation of snow across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky General Assembly returned ready to work following the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. The general atmosphere in the Capitol was one of anticipation as citizens rallied for causes in the Rotunda and met with their legislators throughout the week. 

  • Rand: Budget remains key focus of 2018 legislative session

    FRANKFORT – When it comes to setting the state’s priorities, no other legislation plays a bigger role than the state’s budget.  It funds our schools, keeps us safe, maintains our highways, strengthens our collective health and affects our lives in countless other ways.