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October 01, 2003

Spouse abuse center conducts voter drive

Safe Connections, a satellite office of the YWCA Spouse Abuse Center, is conducting a voter registration drive for residents, former clients, friends and other supporters. Anyone who wants to register to vote may call (859) 236-2293 or 1-800-544-2022.

Advocates for domestic violence victims want to ensure that as many Kentuckians as possible have a voice in the upcoming governor's race. The registration drive will have a tremendous impact on the quality of services the state and domestic violence programs will be able to offer victims in the coming years. Any citizen who has not been convicted of a felony and who will be at least 18 years old by Election Day, Nov. 4, may register. The deadline for registering to vote in the general election is Monday.

Safe Connections is an outreach office of the YWCA Spouse Abuse Center, which provides services to victims of domestic violence who live in Anderson, Bourbon, Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Franklin, Garrard, Harrison, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer, Nicholas, Powell, Scott, and Woodford counties. Last year, more than 28,000 victims of domestic violence and their children were served by Kentucky's 15 state-funded domestic violence programs.


Public can tour fire safety house

McDowell Place of Danville will host a fire safety house from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at McDowell Place, 1181 Ben Ali Drive.

Individuals will tour the house in groups of 10 to 15 people. Bleacher-type seating is available.

The tour includes a safety video and also simulates smoke, teaching participants how to get out of a smoke-filled room. The tour also features a simulation of a tornado, teaching participants what they should do in that situation.

For more information, call (859) 239-4663.

Screenings for depression offered

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center will offer free screening for depression from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, which is National Depression Screening Day, in the Jane Todd Crawford room.

Individuals may drop in at any time to participate in the anonymous screenings. The screening process will consist of an educational presentation, a written screening test and private discussion with a mental health professional.

Appointments are not necessary. For more information, call (859) 936-8255.

The screening can help to determine if participants are suffering from depression and other related disorders, including bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Depression is a medical condition that affects an estimated 20 million adults in the United States. It is estimated that one out of six American adults will experience depression at some point during their lifetime.

Common symptoms of depression include feelings of sadness, loss of pleasure in usual activities, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness, changes in sleep and appetite, loss of energy, restlessness and thoughts of death or suicide

Bipolar disorder has similar symptoms, along with feelings of euphoria and/or agitation.

Generalized anxiety disorder involves overwhelming feelings of tension that persist for months unabated, and post-traumatic stress symptoms include nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty concentrating and efforts to avoid thinking about the traumatic event.

Hustonville class of 1973 plans reunion

HUSTONVILLE - The Hustonville High School Class of 1973 is planning its 30th class reunion on Oct. 25. For more information, contact Beverly Russell Dunn at (606) 346-2135 or Paul Long at (606) 365-1121.

Fish fry set Saturday

WAYNESBURG - A fish fry will be held from 1-6 p.m. Saturday at Waynesburg Masonic Lodge No. 328, on the corner of U.S. 27 and Ky. 328. The cost is $5 per person.

Meeting is canceled

The Boyle County High School Climate Committee meeting scheduled for today was canceled.


Junction City Council - 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall for a special called meeting to discuss litigation and personnel in an executive session.

Garrard Fiscal Court - 7 p.m. Thursday at the Garrard County Courthouse. The agenda includes considering a tax rate, a resolution, and a special session to discuss pending litigation.|10/1/03***

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