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Y oman e ATE AREA SINCE 1880 See DVANCE D VA N C E Bomber action on page A8 WEDNESDAY SERVING THE TRI-STATE AREA SINCE 1880 T HE A DVANCE HE D VA N C E VOL. 124 2012 H FEBRUARY 8,H H H 5 VOL. 124 H H H 6 In God we trust Johnson serves as legislative First Southern Promotes Heart page on Family Resource Day Health in Memory of Hughes (KEVIL, Ky.) – First Southern National Bank Team Members in Ballard County are joining the fight against heart disease throughout the month of February in memory of long-time coworker, Steve Hughes. Hughes worked for First Southern for 14 years. He died suddenly last February as the result of a heart attack. “We all still miss Steve dearly,” said Cathy Sullivan, Teller for First Southern National Bank. “Inviting everyone to honor and remember him in this way seems so fitting. He’d love it.” Cathy is coordinating the bank’s hearthealth awareness events during February. Employees kicked of the month-long initiative by wearing red on Friday, February 3 – something all 200-plus First Southern Team Members across the state had been invited to do as well. On display in the Kevil and Wickliffe branch bank lobbies are trees decorated with hearts, which may personalized in exchange for a one dollar donation to the American Heart Association. Stop by either Ballard County location to make your donation – in Wickliffe at 359 Court Street, or in Kevil at 141 Kentucky Avenue. First Southern National Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Southern Bancorp, Inc. headquartered in Stanford, Kentucky. First Southern has offices in Central and Western Kentucky including locations in Ballard, Caldwell, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Logan, Madison, Pulaski, Wayne and Warren counties. For more information about First Southern National Bank, visit www.fsnb.net. See more Heart Health information on inside pages Steve Hughes Ballard County Middle School student Lexi Johnson is shown here with State Rep. Steven Rudy at the desk of the Kentucky Speaker of the House of Representatives in Frankfort. The seventh-grader was selected to be Ballard’s representative during Family Resource Legislative Page Day, held Feb. 1. She served as a page for Rudy that day. Johnson was selected for the program based on an essay and art work she produced that detailed what Family Focus Family Resources and Youth Service Center does at BCMS. (Family Focus photo) Shocking realities of prescription pill abuse Employees at the Kevil Branch of First Southern National Bank. From left to right: Tiffany Norment, Tara Terrell, Kacey Queen Brenda Ashcraft, and Gary Rodgers. Employees at the Wickliffe Branch of First Southern National Bank. From left to right: Bob Faulkner, Lisa Laster, Megan Blankenship, Greta Purvis, and Cathy Sullivan. Great Tips For Heart Health Month (StatePoint) For most people, February conjures up images of red hearts, candy and messages to loved ones. But, did you know February is also American Heart Month? Now is a great time to focus beyond Valentine hearts and pay attention to your actual heart. As the leading killer of Americans, cardiovascular disease affects one in three people in the U.S. -- approxi- mately 81 million people. And, the American Heart Association predicts that this number will increase to 116 million people, or 40.5 percent of Americans, by 2030. Thankfully, there are simple steps you can easily incorporate into your day-to-day life that can make a big difference, according to Susan J. Crockett, PhD, RD, FADA and leader of the General Mills Bell Institute of Make more money. Health and Nutrition. “Genetics does play a role in cholesterol and overall heart health,” says Crockett. “While being aware of one’s family history is certainly important, there are lifestyle changes you can make and foods you can eat as part of an overall healthy diet that can decrease the risk factors for heart disease and may help lower cholesterol.” continued on page A6 by Tara Kaprowy Kentucky Health News Prescription drug abuse has become so prevalent in parts of Kentucky, people are buying Mason jars of clean urine at flea markets and under the table at tobacco stores so they can pass drug tests. Kentuckians are pulling out their own teeth so they can go to the dentist to get a three-day prescription for hydrocodone, the most popular painkiller. When they make arrests, law enforcement officers are finding stacks of food stamps that have been traded for pills. Almost two-thirds of Kentuckians have used prescription drugs for non-prescription reasons, 30 percentage points higher than the rest of the country. FBI intelligence analyst Anthony Carter detailed the problem. Those were just some of the sad, startling facts that surfaced last Wednesday in Lexington during the Kentucky Prescription Drug Summit, the second comprehensive, statewide gathering on the subject in two weeks. The summit was sponsored by the two U.S. attorneys for Kentucky hosted by the University of Kentucky and brought together law enforcement, physicians and the pharmaceutical community to learn more about the problem and cooperate in fighting it. "We're galvanizing our forces, all of our forces, in this fight," Gov. Steve Beshear told the packed crowd. "This is a corrosive evil and we have to stop it." He noted that drug overdoses kill more Kentuckians than traffic accidents, and other speakers said the overdose numbers are under-reported. "I think a lot of our people have had enough," said Kerry Harvey, the chief federal prosecutor for Eastern Kentucky. That's where the problem is worst, but speakers made clear it is statewide. The state has electronically tracked prescriptions since 2000, but Attorney General Jack Conway said only about 25 percent of doctors use the Kentucky All-Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting system, and KASPER's data are "just sitting there and law enforcement are not able to access it" to proactively search for people getting an unusual amount of drugs. Beshear recently appointed a panel of health-care providers to establish guidelines to identify overprescribers through KASPER, and his budget proposal would put more money into the system and set up the state's first substance-abuse treatment program for Medicaid recipients. “The day after the summit, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, filed a bill to require drug prescribers to use KASPER and require pain clinics to be owned by doctors, among other things.” continued on page A3 GOT PAIN? AVOID DRUGS, INJECTIONS & SURGERY. SEE IF YOU QUALIFY Why workout when you can TORQ out Introducing our new inch reducing machine! Located just a hop, skip & jump from Ballard County! Earl Davis, FICF Area Manager 270-554-5950 270-575-1000• Shane Hoying, DC www.healthsourcepaducah.com 50 CENTS • THE ADVANCE YEOMAN • PUBLISHED WEEKLY •  50 CENTS

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