Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) representatives have announced Anita Jacobs is the hospital’s second quarter Good Help Award recipient for 2014.
Jacobs is the site manager at Christ Care Pediatrics and Family Medicine (137 State Route 3117, South Shore). She has worked at the practice since 1991. Jacobs and her husband have two children and reside in South Shore. Christ Care Pediatrics and Family Medicine is a member of Bellefonte Physician Services, part of Bon Secours Health System Kentucky.
Initiated by Bon Secours Health System, Inc., the Good Help Award is presented quarterly to an employee who shows respect and caring toward patients, co-workers and visitors. The employee should be a person of honesty and integrity and one who demonstrates justice, stewardship and innovation.
As the second quarter Good Help award winner, Jacobs is in contention for the overall Dedicated Service Award winner chosen annually from OLBH’s four quarterly Good Help Award recipients. The recipient of the Dedicated Service Award receives a cash prize and a paid trip for two to Baltimore, Md., to attend an awards banquet to honor the overall Bon Secours Health System Good Help Award winner.
For more information on OLBH, call the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273) or visit the hospital’s website at www.olbh.com.
Appearing in “Building Bridges,” one of the productions in ACTC Theatre’s Festival of Plays, are from left: Morgan Casto from Wurtland, Logan Darby from Ashland and Chance Jessie from Grayson.
Ashland Community and Technical College Theatre will present a Festival of Local Plays Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, at 2:30 p.m.
The short plays, scenes, monologues and one-act productions were written by ACTC faculty, staff and students. The student productions were written in a playwriting class taught by ACTC English/Writing Instructor Jonathan Joy last fall.
The evening will also include several selections from Broadway shows sung by students in the vocal music theatre class taught by ACTC Adjunct Professor Lisa Trumbore.
General admission tickets are $5.00, and tickets may be reserved through the ACTC Bookstore, 606.326.2014. Tickets at the door will be available for cash or check (with photo ID) payment only.
ACTC’s Surgical Technology Program will hold a Preconference Session on Monday, April 28 at 1:00 p.m. at the College Drive Campus, Room 420B. Attendance of a preconference session is an admissions requirement for the program. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Jacqueline Cavins at 606.326.2006 or email: email@example.com.
ACTC will present “I Be Harriet Tubman,” Thursday, April 24, at 12 noon in the J. B. Sowards Theatre at ACTC’s College Drive Campus One of America’s most remarkable heroines, Harriet Tubman fought tirelessly for the Union cause, for the rights of enslaved people, for the rights of women, and for the rights of all.
The presenter, Dr. Annette E. Jefferson, is an Ohio Humanities Council Chautauqua speaker. For more information, contact Al Baker, ACTC Director of Cultural Diversity, 606.326.2422.
The Flatwoods Lions Club will meet Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m.at Giovanni’s on Argillite Road.
The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2014 regular session ended this evening, capping off a session in which lawmakers approved the state’s next two-year budget and measures that will impact people throughout the state.
Since the session’s start in early January, lawmakers have approved measures to allow medical use of cannabis oil, create an adult abuse registry, prevent children from buying electronic cigarettes, establish a two-year plan for road and bridge construction, improve the juvenile justice system, and establish legal protections for victims of human trafficking.
Most new laws – all that don’t come from legislation with emergency clauses or different specified effective dates – will go into effect in 90 days.
Bills approved this year by the General Assembly include measures on the following topics:
Acupuncture. Senate Bill 29 will require acupuncturists to be licensed.
Adult protection. SB 98 will create an adult abuse registry to help employers in the adult care profession determine if a prospective employee has a previous history of substantiated adult abuse, neglect or exploitation.
All terrain vehicles. House Bill 260 will allow an ATV operator 16 years of age or older to cross a public roadway if the speed limit is 45 miles per hour or less without protective headgear in order to get from one ATV trail to another.
Boaters. SB 66, known as the “Boater Freedom Act,” will require boating enforcement officers to have a reasonable suspicion of violation of the state’s boating laws before boarding and inspecting a boat on Kentucky waterways.
Budget. HB 235 is the $20.3 billion budget that will guide state spending for the next two years. Many state agencies will face 5 percent budget cuts, though some critical areas, such as Medicaid, will be protected from reductions. Per pupil school funding at K-12 schools will go up. Funding for universities and community and technical colleges will be cut by 1.5 percent, though plans for bond-funded capital construction can go forward on many campuses. State employees and teachers will get raises and full contributions will be made to the state employee pension system.
Bullying. SB 20 will designate October as Anti-Bullying Month and a purple and yellow ribbon as the symbol for anti-bullying awareness. The bill was the idea of students at Madison Middle School in Richmond.
Cannabis oil. SB 124 will allow doctors at the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville to research and prescribe cannabis oil for medical purposes, such as treatment of pediatric epilepsy.
Child abuse. HB 157 will require more training for doctors on recognizing and preventing abusive head trauma among children.
Concealed weapons. HB 128 will allow anyone who has been granted an emergency protective or domestic violence order to receive a provisional concealed carry permit in one business day. The petitioners would undergo the same background checks and application requirements as other applicants but would have up to 45 days to complete the necessary training for a full concealed carry license.
Consumer protection. HB 232 requires businesses and other entities to notify consumers if a security breach might have resulted in the unauthorized acquisition of consumers’ personal or financial information.
Cybersecurity. HB 5 will improve electronic safeguards in state agencies and require that people be notified if a security breach occurs on a government computer system.
Diabetes. HB 98 will allow school staff trained by health professionals to assist diabetic students with insulin administration.
Driver safety. HB 90 will require parents or guardians to make a court appearance when a driver under 18 is cited for a traffic violation.
Electronic cigarettes. SB 109 prohibits the sale of e-cigarettes to those under the age of 18.
Health care. SB 7 will broaden the prescribing authority of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.
Human trafficking. SB 184 will allow a person’s record to be cleared of a non-violent offense if a judge determines the offense resulted from being a victim of human trafficking.
Invasive plants. SB 170 will update and expand the state’s list of invasive and noxious plants, such as kudzu and poison hemlock, targeted for eradication from roadsides and public right-of-ways.
Jobs retention. HB 396 expands eligibility for Kentucky Jobs Retention Act benefits to include manufacturers of appliances. The legislation is expected to help GE invest up to $325 million in its Appliance Park operations in Louisville.
Juvenile justice. SB 200 will increase and strengthen evidence-based early intervention programs and services provided to young offenders of certain non-violent crimes, such as truancy. It will also increase education and training of certain employees in the juvenile justice system. The measure calls for data collection and reporting to measure the effectiveness of programs and policies, and would create a committee to oversee implementation of the legislation, monitor effectiveness and make recommendations for improvements based on outcomes.
Legislative Research Commission. HB 81 will implement an employee suggestion system for employees of the Legislative Research Commission and require that the national motto, “In God We Trust,” be prominently displayed in legislative committee rooms.
Newborn health. SB 7 will require periodic reporting of health statistics relating to drug-addicted or dependent newborns.
Road plan. HB 237 outlines the state’s $5.2 billion plan for road and bridge projects throughout the state for the next two fiscal years.
School calendar. HB 211 gives schools flexibility in adjusting their calendars to make up for the unusually high number of days schools were closed due to snow in recent months. The bill will allow school districts to increase the length of their school days to a maximum of seven hours for the remainder of this school year. Schools that aren’t on track to reach the number of instructional hours required annually by the state by June 6 can ask the commissioner of education to waive the requirement for some of their instructional hours.
State parks. HB 475 will allow residents near state park lodges and golf courses in counties where alcohol sales currently aren’t allowed to vote on whether by-the-drink alcohol sales should be allowed at the facilities.
Tax zappers. HB 69 would make it a Class D felony to possess a “tax zapper,” a device that could be used on a computerized cash register to help a retailer hide sales subject to tax from tax collectors.
Veterans. HB 337 will make it easier for veterans with applicable military experience to become licensed as an HVAC professional.
Voyeurism. SB 225 will update the state’s voyeurism laws to outlaw a practice called “up-skirting” in which a cell phone is used to take pictures underneath a woman’s skirt without her consent.
Wineries. SB 213 will allow Sunday alcohol sales at small farm wineries if authorized by a fiscal court vote or a local option election.
Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. the Greenup County Health Department will host a prescription drug take-back event in the front parking lot of the Health Department in Greenup. Working with Kentucky State Police, this event allows people to safely dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired medications. It is an anonymous service where everything collected is boxed up and taken for incineration by the Kentucky State Police.
Across the United States, the public has embraced the opportunity these Take-Back-Day events provide to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Over 2 million pounds of pharmaceutical drugs were turned in nationwide in the past two years. The Health Department participated in their first Take-Back last October and received over 44 pounds of unused or expired medications.
Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern because of accidental ingestion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high- more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinets, according to surveys of users.
No glass containers, inhalers, intra-venous solutions or syringes can be collected. All other prescription and over the counter medications as well as supplements can be turned in.
For more information, please contact Cassie Mace of the Greenup County Health Department at (606) 473-9838.
KYOWA will host a local celebration of Kentucky Writers' Day in the lobby of Guardian Animal Medical Center on April 24 from 4 – 7 p.m. Local authors will be on hand and do mini seminars and/or readings, for discussion and book signing. This is an informal way for readers to meet local authors and for authors or aspiring authors to meet others. Coffee and cookies will be provided.
When the final gavel falls on a legislative session, it’s often seen as a time to start looking back – a chance to review what passed, what failed, who won and who lost.
We’ve had a few days for such assessments since the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly adjourned. So, now, let’s turn our gaze forward and see the ways lawmakers’ recent work will touch Kentuckians’ lives in the days and years to come.
School kids across the commonwealth will be attending better-funded schools, thanks to a two-year state budget that provides increases the funding schools get for each student. Students will also see improvements from increased funding for education technology. Teachers will get raises, too.
On university and college campuses, students will see physical improvements since many capital construction projects were authorized to go forward. The postsecondary schools’ operating budgets, however, might still feel tight since the schools will experience 1.5 percent budget cuts. Whether this could have a future effect on tuition prices remains to be seen.
Senior centers and others who provide services to elderly citizens will be better safeguarded against those who aren’t suitable to work in the adult care industry. An adult abuse registry will be created so that these employers can better vet potential employees and ensure they don’t have a history of adult abuse or neglect.
Children with uncontrollable seizures may have a promising new treatment within reach since doctors at UK and U of L will be allowed to prescribe cannabis oil for medical purposes. Researchers at the schools will also be able to learn more about the oil and its potential to alleviate medical problems since they will now have authority to conduct research on the product.
Domestic abuse victims who feel like they need to better protect themselves will have quicker access to concealed deadly weapons permits. A change to state law will allow anyone who has been granted an emergency protective or domestic violence order to receive a provisional concealed carry permit in one business day. The petitioners will undergo the same background checks and application requirements as other applicants but will have up to 45 days to complete the necessary training for full concealed carry licenses.
Residents near some state park lodges and golf courses in counties where alcohol sales currently aren’t allowed now might get to vote on whether by-the-drink alcohol sales should be allowed at the facilities.
Tax cheats will have a new reason to worry: It will soon be a Class D felony to possess a “tax zapper,” a device that could be used on a computerized cash register to help a retailer hide sales subject to tax from tax collectors.
Kentucky’s small farm wineries might soon be able to lure in more weekend visitors and sell their products on Sundays. By mid-summer, Sunday alcohol sales at small farm wineries could be authorized by a fiscal court vote or a local option election.
Parents will be in the loop if their children are caught driving in an unsafe manner. The parents will now be notified and expected to appear in court if a child under 18 receives a traffic violation.
Just as children aren’t able to buy cigarettes, they soon won’t be able to buy electronic cigarettes that are growing in popularity. A change in state law will make it illegal for retailers to see e-cigarettes to those under 18.
There may be a bit less kudzu and other invasive plants along Kentucky roads in the days ahead. The list of plants targeted by the state for eradication from public right-of-ways is set to grow to include these and other nuisance plants.
Victims of the underground crime of human trafficking will have a little more help from the state when they come forward. A new law will ensure the victims can have their records cleared of a non-violent offense if a judge determines the offense resulted from being a victim of human trafficking.
Those served by the juvenile justice system also have reason to expect better results. The state is now on track to increase and strengthen evidence-based early intervention programs and services provided to young offenders of certain non-violent crimes, such as truancy. Recently approved legislation will also increase education and training of certain employees in the juvenile justice system and data collection that will help point out areas for future improvements.
While the impact of lawmakers’ work this year will be felt across the state for years to come, the 2014 session – like all sessions – left some issues unresolved. Many of those issues will no doubt continue to be discussed in the days ahead and may again be proposed in the form of a bill in a future legislative session.
With that in mind, citizens are encouraged to stay connected with their lawmakers and activity at the State Capitol. Your feedback can be shared with lawmakers by calling the General Assembly’s toll-free message line at 1-800-372-7181. People with hearing difficulties may leave messages for lawmakers by calling the TTY Message Line at 1-800-896-0305.
You may also write any legislator by sending a letter with the lawmaker’s name to: Capitol Annex, 702 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.
Kentucky Writers’ Day celebrates the Commonwealth’s strong literary tradition and the birthday of Kentucky native Robert Penn Warren, the first poet laureate of the United States and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes.
Kentucky Writers’ Day activities are free and open to the public.
The 2014 Dogwood Writing Conference will be held at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park on Saturday May 3. There is a Friday night get-acquainted creativity session. The $50.00 fee includes continental breakfast and Saturday buffet lunch. Speakers will include Hallee Bridgeman, Christian fiction author, Cindy Nord, historical romance author and SG Redling, mystery author. Join local writers for a day of learning and get a few steps closer to publishing your book. All levels of writers or aspiring writers are welcome. Register in advance and pay on-site email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or mail check to KYOWA Writers Conference, 920 Blackburn Avenue, Ashland, KY 41101
The Northeast Head Start Flatwoods Center is now recruiting children for the 2014-2015 school year. Children who will be 3 or 4 years of age on or before October 1, 2014 are welcome to apply. The Flatwoods center services children who are living in the Raceland/Russell school districts.
Children who apply must meet income guidelines set forth by the Department of Health & Human Services. Parents/Guardians should bring with them the child’s certified birth certificate, KY immunization certificate, social security card and proof of income (W-2, tax return, latest check stub) with them to apply.
Head Start offers services that include nutritious meals, educational activities, visual, speech/language, hearing and developmental screenings, health checkups/follow-ups, dental services, social services, parent involvement, family engagement and services to children with special needs. Transportation services are not offered at Flatwoods center.
Northeast Head Start does not discriminate against gender, race, national origin, disability or religious beliefs. Head Start participates in the federal CACFP meal program for all children enrolled.
Super recruitment day is scheduled for Friday, April 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. through 2:30 p.m.
Please contact the Flatwoods Family Advocate, Gail McClurg at 606-834-9312 to schedule an appointment. If unable to reach the center, please call the Northeast KY Community Action Agency at 1-800-817-4443 or 606-286-4444 for further information.
In addition, applications will be taken from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the centers located at Greysbranch Elementary, Argillite Elementary, McKell Middle School and Wurtland Elementary. If you are unable to come to the centers on this date please call Tereasa Fore, Greysbranch Family Advocate at 606-473-0767, Connie Boyles, Argillite Family Advocate at 606-473-9689, Becky Greene, McKell Family Advocate at 606-932-9467 or Doretha Carroway, Wurtland Family Advocate at 606-834-8070 to schedule an appointment.
If unable to reach any of the centers, please call the Northeast KY Community Action Agency central office at 1-800-817-4443 or 606-286-4444, extension 2248, or ask for Melinda Rodgers, ERSEA/Family Services Manager.
The Russell High School Class of 1964 is looking for some classmates. The reunion is planned for September 26 and 27. Those missing are: David Adams, Gary Blevins, Lynn Lutz, Doug Hennig, Carolyn Price Stevens, Jim Weeks, Shirley Shuck Turner, Roger Willis, Kathy Hamra Brickles, and Evelyn Diamond Bobolo. Contact Sandy Thornberry: email@example.com
Kentucky is projected to save $20.1 million from changes to the state’s prepaid tuition plan under a bill signed into law by Gov. Steve Beshear.
The bill caps the rate of return on Kentucky Affordable Prepaid Tuition (KAPT) accounts that are not used for college expenses. It also sets 2028 as the last year a KAPT account can be used for any purpose.
“This is good legislation that protects current account owners,” said Gov. Beshear. “Students and their families are counting on this program to help pay for college, and this helps the state keep that promise.”
House Bill 279 was introduced by state Rep. Mike Denham, of Maysville, and cosponsored by Reps. Rick Rand, of Bedford, Jim DeCesare, of Bowling Green, and Derrick Graham, of Frankfort.
KAPT is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).
“We are very grateful for Representative Denham’s leadership on this bill,” said Dr. Carl Rollins, executive director of KHEAA. “Detailed information will be delivered to customers regarding program changes, but the vast majority of account owners will not notice any difference.”
The program was established by the General Assembly in 2000 but has not accepted new enrollments since 2004 because the cost of tuition has risen more quickly than fund growth.
Kentucky families can still save for college expenses with the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust, administered by KHEAA. For more information, visit www.kysaves.com.
KHEAA is the state agency that administers grant, scholarship and work-study programs to help Kentuckians pay for college.
To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to www.gotocollege.ky.gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write to KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7372.
Kentucky high school juniors and seniors may apply for a scholarship to help pay for dual credit classes taken at a Kentucky college or university.
The Mary Jo Young Scholarship, named for a former member of the board of directors of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), provides assistance with tuition and textbook expenses for up to two classes each semester. Scholarships can only be used in the fall and spring semesters.
To be considered, students must be in grades 11 or 12 during the 2014-2015 academic year. They must have at least an 18 ACT composite or earn at least a 2.5 GPA during the 2013-2014 academic year. Priority is given to students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch.
KHEAA is the state agency that administers the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES), need-based grants and other programs to help students pay their higher education expenses.
To learn how to plan and prepare for higher education, go to www.gotocollege.ky.gov. For more information about Kentucky scholarships and grants, visit www.kheaa.com; write KHEAA, P.O. Box 798, Frankfort, KY 40602; or call (800) 928-8926, ext. 6-7372.
Ashland Community and Technical College offers three choices for summer classes: a full summer term from May 19 to July 31, Summer Session I from May 19 to June 19, and Summer Session II from June 30 to July 31.
Application deadlines are May 12 for both Summer I and the Full Summer term and June 23 for Summer II. Admission forms and class schedules are on the web at: ashland.kctcs.edu. For more information, call the Admissions Office, 606-326-2114.
In-state Kentucky tuition for summer classes is $144 per credit hour, and residents of neighboring Ohio and West Virginia counties qualify for in-state tuition. Financial Aid is available for summer classes. Go to” www.fafsa.gov for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or call the Office of Financial Aid, 1-855-246-2282.
ACTC will host this summer’s Camp Invention June 23 to 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Camp Invention is a weeklong summer day experience for children entering grades one through six. The program is designed to inspire creativity and inventive thinking through loads of hands-on activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Spaces are limited on a first come basis. For more information or to register, call 800.968.4332 or visit www.campinvention.org.
The Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital (OLBH) Mobile Mammography Unit schedule for the month of April has been released. The unit will visit the following locations with all times 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted:
Cannonsburg United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 11620 Midland Trail Road, Cannonsburg – Tuesday, April 22
Walton Chiropractic, 4360 13th Street, Ashland, Wednesday, April 23
Valley Medical Center, Ironton Hills Plaza, Ironton, Ohio- Thursday, April 24
Safe Harbor, Ashland – Monday, April 28
Lewis County High School, Lions Lane, Vanceburg – Tuesday, April 29
Ironton High School, 1701 South 7th Street, Ironton- Wednesday, April 30
Those who wish to attend any of the scheduled stops of the OLBH Mobile Mammography Unit must schedule an appointment by calling the OLBH Women’s Center at (606) 836-PINK (7465).
The Greenup County Board of Education has amended the current school calendar. The last day for students is June 6. School will be in session both Election Day and Memorial Day to make up for missed days. The GCHS graduation ceremony will take place Friday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at GCHS.
May 1 is the deadline to apply for admission to the Pharmacy Technology at Ashland Community and Technical College.
Pharmacy Technology offers a quick path into health care employment and can sometimes be the first step in becoming a pharmacist.
“Of my 12 students who graduated last year, 10 had jobs in the field as soon as they graduated, and the other two went on for associate degrees,” said Linda Tiller, ACTC Pharmacy Technology Instructor and Program Coordinator.
At ACTC, Pharmacy Technology is a one-year diploma program, and a Community Pharmacy Assistant Certificate is also available.
Pharmacy Technology is a selective admissions program, and the application deadline is May 1. New students will need to submit both ACTC and Pharmacy Technology applications, which are available on line at: ashland.kctcs.edu.
For more information, contact Tiller at 606.326.2154 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stephen Salyers Charities Foundation is excited to announce SpringFest, May 2-4, 2014. This year’s festival includes the Sounds of Spring Conference, SpringFest 5K, and the Taste of the Tri-State and Block Party.
Join one of today’s top contemporary Christian artists, Grammy-nominated Newsong (Arise, Rescue, Swallow the Ocean), as they headline Ashland’s first Sounds of Spring Conference. Enjoy dynamic speakers and worship featuring Daniel Lucas, Stephen Salyers, Render the Hearts, Truth and Nails, Oasis Worship and more. The Sounds of Spring Conference is being held at the Boyd County Community Center. Doors open Friday evening, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday morning, May 3, and 9:30 a.m.
SpringFest will feature the Taste of the Tri-State and Block Party on Saturday, May 3, at 5:30 at the Kyova Mall. Take part in sampling specials from your favorite local restaurants and diners. The event will feature hot air balloon rides as well as inflatables for children.
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Recruitment and Certification Unit is in desperate need of foster families for children in Greenup, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Morgan and Lawrence Counties. Children are being placed in foster homes far from their homes, families, schools and communities as there are not enough homes locally to provide for their care. This makes an already difficult situation worse for children in foster care. Currently, these counties have 445 children in foster care, and there are only 84 CHFS foster homes in this service region.
We also have a need for adoptive homes for children who are unable to return home to their biological families. We have children eligible for adoption and awaiting families. These children are usually older and may have specific needs or health issues that desperately want a loving home.
To become a foster parent you must attend 30 hours of training, complete background checks, have personal and credit references, meet health and financial requirements and pass a home safety audit.
If interested in attending the next class offering or for information please contact Mary Sparks at 606 474-6627 or Liane Detty at 920-2130.