April 24, 2014

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Be sure to apply for Earned Income Tax Credits

Kentucky Treasurer Todd Hollenbach is encouraging more Kentuckians to apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable federal tax credit for low and middle income working individuals and families.

Legislative perspective on Kentucky General Assembly

Just as the cold snap stretched across much of the United States early last week, things began heating up in the Capitol as the General Assembly returned to begin the 2014 Regular Session.

It promises to be a busy 60 working days, and since it is an even-numbered year, our top priority will be adopting a budget to run state government for the next two years.

Profile of a Back Operation

When I withdrew from writing several weeks past, I knew that I was going to have a major surgery on my back and that I would be under high dosage of pain medication for several weeks. Both of these have proven true, but I have missed writing and offer my experience with this common ailment among us oldies and others, not for sympathy, but to provide one man’s experience as I battle to maintain an upright position. If you have back problems, especially if you are an oldie, I think you will find my experience enlightening.

“A Mouse In The House”

Since childhood, I have always had a fear of snakes and rats. My fear could have been caused by some innocent adult who was trying to make me behave by telling me if I left the house I probably would be bitten by a large rat or snake. Even now, when I see a snake or rat on TV, a chill begins at my tailbone and ends at the nape of my neck.

Rats and mice were plentiful in the homes during the 50s. The large number had nothing to do with bad housekeeping or poor sanitation, but probably caused by the lack of any good pesticides and the old open houses. Also, farmers fed cattle and horses, and always had a crib full of corn, which rats loved.

KSP urges parents to be aware of internet predators

The Kentucky State Police used their latest episode of KSP-TV to warn parents about the dangers of Internet predators. The video shares an inside look at the agency’s Electronic Crimes Branch and the intricate work that takes place to protect children from online predators.

KSP checkpoints for January
The Amish Cook shares recipe for ranch snack mix

By Lovina Eicher

Today is laundry day again. I also have dough rising for bread and cinnamon rolls. I made two batches of cinnamon rolls yesterday. Daughter Susan made all the frosting for me for the rolls. She is always the one I get to do that for me.

The last rolls came out of the oven around 8 or 9 p.m.  So I had to wait to frost them until they were cooled off enough. After the frosting was set enough I put them in Ziploc bags.

How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

About half of all American adults (48%, according to a Marist poll taken in December) say they are at least somewhat likely to make a New Year's resolution this year.

Their top vows: to lose weight (19%), quit smoking (12%) and exercise more (10%). Sound familiar?

Flu could hit younger population harder

By Kelly Cantrall, The News-Enterprise

Local and national health officials say younger adults could be impacted this flu season more than the older population, who generally are considered to be at a higher risk of contracting the virus.

Glaucoma Awareness Month: Protect against vision loss through early detection

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and the Kentucky Optometric Association (KOA) is urging people take control of their eye health through early detection to help minimize the risk of developing glaucoma. Glaucoma leads to progressive damage to the optic nerve and a loss of nerve tissue, which ultimately results in loss of vision.