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GCHS senior wins prestigious competition - page 4 Gallatin County News An Independent Weekly Newspaper Vol. LXXXVI No. 17 Wednesday, April 25, 2012 50 cents Sheriff says new drug law should help Doctors will be monitored Paying a visit The Belle of Cincinnati stopped at the Warsaw riverfront park last Thursday on its way to the Thunder over Louisville fireworks display. The crew wanted to say hello to Captain Russell “Buby” Hall (at left) of Warsaw. Hall used to work for B&B Riverboats which owns the big paddleheeler. He will celebrate his 90th birthday on the boat later this month. Photo by Kelley Warnick County is among the unhealthiest Gallatin County is anked among Kentucky’s nhealthiest counties in a eport released by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at the University of Wisconsin. The report, which heriff investigates ossible horse killing Sheriff Josh Neale has opened an investigation into cases of possible horse abuse and killing on a farm on Parkridge Road near Sparta. Neale said his department has received complaints that unwanted horses are being killed and butchered at the farm with their meat being sold to feed livestock and pets. He said he could not comment further on the case until he has received an opinion on whether the activity is legal or not. ranks every county in the United State placed Gallatin 75th out Kentucky’s 120 counties. It considered such factors as premature death rates, low birth weights and how many days a person said they felt bad physically or mentally. Other factors included the percentage of adults in a county who smoke, are obese or drink alcohol excessively. It also considered access to health care and what percentage of its adults are uninsured. In general, the study found the Appalachian counties in Eastern Kentucky to be some of the unhealthiest in the state. The healthiest were found in Northern and Central Kentucky. Oldham and Boone were the state’s healthiest counties while Magoffin and Clay County were unhealthiest. The report showed the wealth- iest counties were the healthiest and the poorest were the least healthy. Social and economic factors such as unemployment rates were also important in the survey. Included in those categories were high school graduation rates, unemployment rates, percentage of children living in poverty, pollution rates, access to healthy food and access to recreational facilities. “The data shows much of what influences our health happens outside the doctor’s office and factors such education rates and income levels all play a part,” said Risa Lavizo-Mourey, president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Kentucky’s lawmakers passed a law last Friday they hope will curtail the spiraling abuse of prescription drugs in the state. The bill, which has been strongly endorsed by Gallatin County Sheriff Josh Neale, is an attempt to deal with the reality that more Kentuckians die from drug overdoses than from car wrecks. “We have to do something because the abuse of prescription drugs is totally out of control,” Neale said earlier this year after he talked to lawmakers in Frankfort. “This bill will make it much harder for doctors to operate the pain clinics responsible for much of the drug abuse in this state.” The bill passed last week in a special session of the General Assembly. It will require all physicians in Kentucky to use a prescription drug monitoring system so it will be easier to determine if their new patients are actually addicts seeking painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs so many Kentuckians have become hooked on. “When nearly three Kentuckians are dying every day from drug overdoses, we must cast aside our political party preferences and work together to find solutions to help our suffering families and communities,” Governor Steve Beshear said after the new law passed. “Our legislature has just done that.” The measure passed the House 68-19 and the Senate 26-11 shortly before the five-day special session was adjourned. The House had pressed to give the attorney general control of the monitoring system so investigators could more easily identify and arrest unscrupulous doctors who overprescribe painkillers. In a compromise, that monitoring system was left in the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services where it had been all along. The law, however, includes language that will allow the attorney general and other law enforcement agencies to get information from the monitoring system to assist in criminal investigations. Also dropped as part of the compromise, was a proposed fee that doctors would have had to pay to maintain the drug-monitoring program known as KASPER. The House had wanted to require each licensed physician in the state to pay $50 a year but the Senate balked at requiring the fee. The Kentucky Medical Association had opposed the fee as “a provider tax on physicians.” The Association also opposed putting the attorney general in charge of the monitoring system saying it would allow staffers in the office broad access to private medical information that should be available only to physicians and other medical professionals. Warsaw voting places moved Raising the flags Boy Scouts Luke Ackermann, Sam Wright, oston Beach and Hunter Morley raise the flags t a new addition to the Ohio River pull-off on . S. 42. Besides the scouts, Jacquelene Mylor, onny Rider, Bernie Wessels and Gallatin Steel onated time and money to the project, which as dedicated to the citizens of Gallatin County nd our veterans. Photo by Kathleen Niece Voters living in Warsaw will have a new place to vote for the May 22 primary elections. Voters living in both the Lower and Upper Warsaw precincts will no longer vote at the Gallatin County High School. Instead, they will vote at the City of Warsaw meeting room located at 300 East High St. The meeting room is located directly behind Warsaw City Hall. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day Tearing it down Larry Tabor, of London, Ky. used a piece of heavy machinery last Thursday to tear down one of several homes along U. S. 42 at Ethridge near the Markland Dam. The Kentucky Highway Department will spend $20 million in the next two years to widen the busy road and make it safer. The project is necessary because of land erosion along the Ohio River. Photo by Kelley Warnick I have a good reason to be tired This and That By Kelley Warnick Editor Excuse me if I fall asleep while I write this column but there’s a good reason why I can’t keep my eyes open. I have a new baby at my house. He’s the kind with four legs and a furry tail. I picked up Lucky on Saturday afternoon from a family in Fort Thomas. He cried on our way back to Warsaw but I guess that’s normal for babies, even dog babies. The crying stopped as soon we got home and Lucky found all the toys I have. The couch is a big fun toy. So are the kitchen chairs, the cuffs on my blue jeans and all the newspapers lying around. At first, he thought my cat, Tiger, was a toy too. He changed his mind after getting batted by a paw full of claws. Lucky quickly made friends with my older dog, Honey, however. For some reason he will only eat Honey’s food. At first that concerned me. Then, when I realized Honey would eat only Lucky’s food, I figured everything was going to work out just fine. Even though Lucky is young, he’s already the fastest thing living under my roof. Honey can’t come close to keeping up with him. He’s so fast, I thought about calling him The Streak but I was afraid people might nickname him Streaker. I didn’t want him to endure any off-color teasing as he grows up. Lucky is a retriever and I can already tell he’s going to be a good one. So far, he’s retrieved a cardboard box, a flowerpot, five sticks, a small tree, three socks and a dead mouse. I can’t wait to get home this afternoon and see what he has retrieved today. I’m hoping for gold bars but that may be asking for too much from such a youngster. Yes, the puppy has been quite an addition but of course he has lots to learn. That’s because he thinks his leash, bed and all the furniture are chew toys. He’s also smart and I’m sure he’ll figure everything out before the entire house is reduced to splinters. I’m getting lots of advice on how to be a proper pet owner from my Facebook friends. Bill Gardner told me the best way to house-train him is to take him for walks every two hours. So far, that’s working out pretty well and the accidents have been few and far between. I feel kind of foolish, however, strolling around the yard with a puppy at 2 a.m. Lucky’s social calendar is quickly filling up too. Yolande Crist wants to schedule a play date with him and her new puppy. That’ll be fun but I think I’ll wait until I’m sure Lucky plays well with others. One thing I’ve learned is that having a puppy changes one’s life and especially one’s sleeping patterns. Lucky is what you would call a morning dog, a very early morning dog. He was up and wide awake at 4 a.m. this morning looking for something to retrieve. That means I was up too. Unfortunately, I wasn’t wide-awake and far from it. That’s why I’m feeling a little tired today. I’m not complaining, though. I have a beautiful little puppy at home and that makes me a lucky, lucky guy.

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