News Briefs for Sept. 27

September 27, 2004

Boyle seniors participate in health campaign

The U.S. Administration on Aging will start a new campaign called "You Can! Steps to Healthier Aging."

The campaign aims to boost physical activity and improve food choices among older Americans, and is based on growing awareness among public health officials and medical experts that even modest improvements in diet and activity can promote healthy aging.

"AoA really understands our community and the people we serve," said Jackie Sims, executive director of Danville-Boyle County Gathering Place for Senior Adults. "AoA recognizes the importance of addressing lifestyle choices at the local level, and this tool kit is full of items that make it easy for groups like mine to get started easily and quickly. Our seniors want to get involved, to try new things, and we are delighted to be able to participate in the You Can! campaign."

Three illegal dumps to be cleaned up


FRANKFORT - Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced that $4,578,000 in matching funds will be distributed from the Kentucky PRIDE Fund for cleanup of 82 illegal dump sites in 34 counties.

Garrard County sites are on Fisher Ford Road and Polly's Bend Road. In Mercer County, a dump on John Jones Road will be cleaned up.

Ceremony to honor Civil War veterans

STANFORD - The Elijah Marrs Post of Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will hold a dedication ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Buffalo Springs Cemetery in Stanford. The ceremony will honor two Civil War veterans buried in the cemetery. The event is open to the public.

McDowell offers depression screenings

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center will offer free screenings for depression from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the McDowell Room.

Individuals may drop in at anytime 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.

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.

For more information, call (859) 936-8255.

Fitness campaign kicks off in Casey

LIBERTY - The Get Moving Kentucky! Physical Activity Awareness Campaign will kick off 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Pork Producers Association building at Casey County Ag/Expo Center on U.S. 127 South.

Participants who pre-register will receive a special prize the night of the kick-off. The event will consist of information and sign-up for Get Moving Kentucky, including free blood pressure checks, body composition checks, body mass index and calculations. Pedometers are available for a $10 fee that will be refunded to participants at the end of the program if they choose to return the pedometers, or participants may waive the refund and keep the pedometers. Prizes will be awarded to the team and the individual who accumulate the most physical activity awareness miles.

The event is sponsored by Casey County Cooperative Extension Service and Lake Cumberland District Health Department. The eight-week physical activity program will spark some friendly competition among county residents. Teams and individuals will compete to see who can log the most miles.

For more information or to participate, call the extension service at (606) 787- 7384.


James Hunn is a resident of East Main Street. He was called to Parkside East Apartments as police were arresting Robin Houston. The information was unclear in a recent story about Houston.

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