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  • House leader files bill to shore up KTRS

    Noting it remains the only concrete option anyone has offered, House Speaker Greg Stumbo recently filed legislation that would put the state on a path to strengthen the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS), according to a Legistative Research Council news release.

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  • Trask Murphy is the new pastor at New Castle Christian

    When New Castle Christian Church hired Trask Murphy as its new pastor, landing his own first full-time ministry happened sooner than he expected.
    The 25-year-old from Madisonville had been on track to graduate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville in May.
    Murphy slowed down his work towards his Masters in Divinity, so he can have more focus on the church. He will finish up his degree in about a year.

  • ‘Empower Me’ boosts fitness offerings

    Justin Toole wants to pump up Eminence and the rest of Henry County through his new business, Empower Me Fitness, located at 4851 Jackson Road.
    After mulling the idea of launching a fitness center in Henry County for a couple years, Toole recently made a sprint to the finish by finding good deals on a gym-full of strength training and other equipment at an auction outside of Detroit, Mich.

  • Local GOP ready for presidential caucus in March

    The chairman of the Republican Party of Henry County says the stage is set for local voting in the Kentucky Republican presidential caucus to take place Saturday, March 5.
    Like a primary election, the caucus will allow voters to select a Republican nominee to square off against the Democrat in fall’s general election, Jon Park, the local GOP chairman and caucus chairman, said. There are some differences between a primary and a caucus, too. There are even some benefits to the departure from the usual primary method of putting a presidential candidate forth.

  • Road cuts shift costs to county

    Less gas tax revenue for Kentucky continues to create potholes for local governments, as the state has less funding to share, according to officials with the state transportation cabinet.
    Gov. Matt Bevin reacted to a lower projection for gas tax revenue by cutting millions from the revenue sharing appropriation, through which the state supports local road projects.
    Transportation officials note a system-wide review of spending continues, due to the revenue gap.

  • Resolve to get organized in the New Year

    The beginning of the New Year offers the opportunity to refresh and reset ourselves in a variety of different ways.
    One of the ways to do that is to get organized.
    Organization can help you feel more prepared for daily life and the unexpected situations which may arise over the next few months.  
    January is National Get Organized Month. In recognition, consider incorporating these “clutter-free” practices in your home, that were shared by some of our Extension Specialists.

  • Stivers Joins Napa

    James (J.T.) Stivers has joined the NAPA Auto Parts Store of La Grange as an account manger for the Oldham and Henry county areas. Stivers is a lifelong resident of Shelby County, graduated from Shelby County High School, and earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Sullivan University. He and his wife Lorri live in Cropper with their two sons.

  • Providers recommend whooping cough vaccination

    An outbreak of whooping cough in Northern Kentucky points to the need to have children inoculated against pertussis – and for adults to have a booster shot, according to a news release from Baptist Health in Louisville.
     Thirty-one cases of whooping cough have been reported in the Northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton since the first of November.  Most of the cases have been in school age children age 10 and older, and a few parents of school-aged children.

  • Ways to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

    With temperatures continuing to dip into the 20s this winter, local officials are concerned about a potential rash of carbon monoxide poisonings.
    Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that when certain appliances malfunction, can have dangerous, if not fatal effects. In the past five years, more than 1,000 cases of carbon monoxide poisonings were reported to the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center of Kosair Children’s Hospital.