August 29, 2014

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Senator McConnell on Protecting Our Infants Act

By Senator Mitch McConnell

Kentucky has a growing prescription drug abuse and heroin abuse problem, and the scope of the problem is shocking. Our state has the nation’s third-highest mortality rate from drug overdoses, which are largely driven by prescription painkillers. According to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, about one thousand Kentuckians a year fatally overdose on drugs, that’s more than are lost to fatal car crashes. Heroin deaths continue to climb and accounted for 32 percent of the drug overdose deaths last year.

Regular exercise may stem aging effects for older adults

One out of every three adults over 65 years old falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And for older adults with dementia, the risk of falling is three times higher than those with no cognitive impairment, according to the AARP Bulletin.

However, research supports the notion that many of the physiological changes related to aging, such as loss of balance, can be prevented or postponed with regular exercise. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that many senior living communities are making comprehensive health and wellness programs available to their residents.

Fiscal Court meeting agenda Print E-mail

Pendleton County Fiscal Court meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., August 26, 2014. Tentative agenda will go as follows: Call to order, prayer, pledge, approval of agenda, approval of minutes, approval of treasure's report, Sheriff's Tax Audit approval, surplus property resolution declaration, set 2014 county and mental health tax rate at compensating rate same rate as 2013, approve airport improvement agreement with FAA, Colvin's Bend Bridge agreement with rural and municipal aid, discuss disposal of county grader through online auction, transfers, pay bills, closing remarks by Judge Bertram/magistrates (local issues conf.) and adjourn.

Try this delicious Amish wedding salisbury steak recipe

By Gloria Yoder

Another week has swiftly passed.

Friday evening was a highlight for me. Everyone in church was invited to participate in an informal singing at the school house. Throughout the evening several men shared some inspirational thoughts. Something that stood out for me was what a brother said about having hectic lifestyles and schedules. He challenged us to examine our lives to see whether we have a Jesus schedule or if we weren’t too busy to take time for what really counts in life. Afterwards we had some scrumptious snacks. Each of us  brought a finger food so we had an excellent variety to choose from.

Veterans Benefits Office opening in Maysville

Mason County will become the latest Kentucky county with in-person benefits assistance to local veterans and their families.

“We want to ensure that every veteran in Kentucky has access to a benefits counselor close to home,” said Heather French Henry, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA).  “This new office makes it easier for Mason County veterans to get that assistance.”

Five reasons why you may want to replace your old AC this fall

Before you turn off your AC system for the season, consider having it checked out by a certified contractor. If it’s older or has been giving you problems, you might want to replace it.

“It may not be top of mind, but fall is actually the ideal time to think about your home’s cooling system,” says climate technology experts.

Tips for a more environmentally friendly yard

It’s easy to make your home more eco-friendly, and your yard is a great place to start. This season, take steps to limit your home’s impact on the local environment by giving your outdoor spaces an earth-friendly makeover.

Earn an A+ with this Easy Dinner, Parmesan Chicken Pops
The story of a dog who won’t quit

Last Saturday, I employed two young men to help me with some hard labor on our seven acres in northern Pendleton County. I supervised as they uprooted some railroad ties, scattered gravel as our preferred mulch material, trimmed shrubs, washed our truck, and planted some fall crops of cabbage and broccoli in our vegetable garden. One of the young men had departed at 3 p.m., and the other young man, Paul Feldkamp, and I continued to work until after 6 p.m.

Robin Williams, a tragic ending to a beautiful life

In the end, comic relief wasn't enough for the man who provided it to untold millions.

If early reports are correct, on Monday, August 11 comedian/actor/motormouth genius Robin Williams became one of the roughly 39 thousand Americans who die by suicide each year, roughly someone every 13 minutes. Mr. Williams' media representative said he had been battling depression, a serious mental illness that affects about 25 million people every year (only half receive treatment for it), and stories also noted that he recently had checked himself back into rehab over concerns about his sobriety.