April 24, 2014

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Book review of “Born Country”

No doubt anyone drawn to the music of the group Alabama will want to read “Born Country: How Faith, Family, and Music Brought Me Home” by Randy Owen with Allen Bucker.

Optometrists offer tips on how to deal with dry eye caused by winter weather

Cold winter weather arrived early this year. It not only dries out your skin, it also can contribute to dry eye.

“The tears your eyes normally produce are important for your overall eye health and vision,” said Dr. Matthew Burchett, an optometrist with the Eye Care Center, which has eight offices in Central Kentucky. He also is president of the Kentucky Optometric Association. “When your eyes don’t produce enough tears, or the tears don’t have the right chemical composition, you may experience stinging and itchy, scratchy eyes.”

Republican leaders come to Falmouth

Pictured from left: PC Chairman Billy Matthews, House Minority Whip John Carney, Falmouth Mayor and former PC Chairman Mark Hart, Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson, former PC Chairman Bill Roseberry.

Republican Party officials from Frankfort traveled to Falmouth to meet with three Republican Party Chairmen on January 15, two former and one current.

The Amish Cook prepares delicious cheddar chowder

By Lovina Eicher

My husband Joe is smoking deer jerky in the smoker right now. He mixed up 16 pounds of it yesterday. He also mixed up 25 pounds of summer sausage from the venison meat.  Mose brought us the deer. It was the fourth one he shot this season. We really appreciated the meat. Joe has cut up a lot of nice steaks from the deer. Son Benjamin, 14,  was along when the deer were shot so he was pretty excited. He said they saw a lot of deer. Mose’s family live on a big farm so there are a lot of deer.

Reuben Lovers Rejoice for this Wonderful Dip
January is Birth Defects Prevention Month

More than 120,000 babies are born with a birth defect each year in the United States - 3,000 of which are born in Kentucky, according to the state Department for Public Health (DPH).

To help raise awareness of this issue and prevent future birth defects, the Kentucky Birth Surveillance Registry (KBSR) Program, which is housed in DPH, is partnering with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network this month to dispense educational information and promote public health resources. Gov. Steve Beshear officially proclaimed this monthlong observance in the Commonwealth to further emphasize the importance of taking steps to reduce and prevent birth defects.

Flu level raised to widespread in state

Public health urges vaccination for Kentuckians

Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week that the influenza (flu) activity level in the state has increased from regional to widespread. Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.

Fight brewing over state's minimum wage

By Scott Wartman, The Kentucky Enquirer

As the General Assembly began its session last Tuesday, Republicans and Democrats appeared poised to spar on raising the minimum wage in Kentucky.

Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, has made raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 the top priority in the House this session, which will last until April 15.

Stumbo said that 600,000 Kentuckians work in minimum-wage jobs. The Legislature last raised the minimum wage in 2007.

Energy efficiency can reduce home heating costs

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) says consumers can limit the impact on their home heating bills by taking steps to reduce energy consumption.
“As temperatures plummet, energy usage and home heating bills inevitably rise,” PSC Chairman David Armstrong said. “But a few simple steps can help limit the effect.”

Since weather - not price - is the dominant factor in determining energy usage, the best weapon consumers have to manage their energy costs is to take steps to reduce consumption, he said. Those measures can be as simple as turning down the thermostat a few degrees, Armstrong said.

Kentucky highway fatalities decline in 2013

Preliminary figures indicate a 64-year low

Highway fatalities in Kentucky declined in 2013 to their lowest level in 64 years.

Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) preliminary figures indicate 635 people lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during the year, down from 746 in 2012. It was the lowest total since 1949, when 573 fatalities were recorded.