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VOL. 124 2012
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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
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
Southern has offices in Central
and Western Kentucky including locations in Ballard, Caldwell,
Jessamine, Lincoln, Logan,
Madison, Pulaski, Wayne and
Warren counties. For more information about First Southern
See more Heart Health
information on inside pages
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
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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.”
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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
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
"I think a lot of our people have
had enough," said Kerry Harvey, the
chief federal prosecutor for Eastern
where the problem is
worst, but speakers
made clear it is
The state has electronically tracked
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.”
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