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Anderson United gears up for annual free clinic, outreach
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The Anderson United Community Clinic is next week, and features a variety of assistance for all individuals, regardless of physical address. Starting on Friday, April 21 with dental pre-screens, the clinic will take place primarily on Saturday, April 22.

Dr. Duff at Brush Kids Dentistry will offer pediatric screening at his office located at 1005 Parkview Court #11 from 2-6 PM on Friday. Dr. Lea Fowler DMD will offer teen and adult screening at her office located at 147 W. Woodford Street from 4-6 PM on Friday. Both locations will be served first come, first served.

New in 2023, a pet care clinic will be offered on Saturday for dogs and cats to get free wellness exams, free nail trimming, microchipping, and the offer of vaccinations. The Anderson Animal Hospital and Animal Control are offering these services. Call 502-295-3112 to reserve a spot for your pet. They ask that all animals be on a leash or in a carrier. The location is 1988 US-127.

In addition, on Saturday a variety of services will be offered, including medical screenings, vision screenings, hearing screenings, diabetic retinopathy screenings, medicine interaction consultation with a pharmacist, and cancer screenings. These will take place at the main campus for this year’s event, Sand Spring Baptist Church. The church is located at 1616 Harrodsburg Road. Sand Springs requests that you park in their main parking lot, not the back parking lot (reserved for volunteers).

In order to receive the care offered, all individuals must register at the event on Saturday. Registration begins at 9 AM and extends until 3 PM. The event hours are from 9 AM to 5 PM.

The Anderson County United Community Clinic is a recognized 501©(3) that got its start in 2017. Since then, they have been hosting annual free clinics to help meet the health and wellness needs in the community.

In addition, they are even offering services such as photographers to take family and individual portraits, hair stylists and barbers, a clothing closet, and a food pantry.

Overall, Black said, that they, “Strive to love on members of our community though health, wellness.” She also added that they want to meet the spiritual needs of the community by sharing the gospel in a very kind way.

Speaking of the event, Black said that she would love to give a shout out to all of the local people, businesses, doctors, dentists, and more who are making this happen. The clinic is volunteer-based with most of the volunteers coming from local churches and some from civic and business organizations.

Volunteer Crystal Hellard said that her favorite thing about the clinic is that the community comes together and unites as one. “Makes me really proud to be an Anderson County citizen,” said Hellard. She went on to say that it is a fun group and a fun organization. The volunteers come from all denominations, and Hellard said that they “Want everyone to participate.”

Student volunteer Abey Frasure said, “I love volunteering with Anderson United! It’s awesome to see the churches and people in the community! I love serving on the worship band and wherever else is needed. It’s a good opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and serve God and other people!”

Finally, Black shared that is inspiring to see people from the community and from local churches coming together to work as one team. Specifically, she said that it is amazing, “To see a group come together to help another group.” According to Black, everyone comes together with the common goal of just loving on families.

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Heritage Hall takes on Chopped! Challenge
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LOUISVILLE — Residents at Signature HealthCARE at Heritage Hall Rehab & Wellness Center added their own flare and literal flavor to their version of the popular TV show, Chopped!

This March, Signature HealthCARE’s Life Enrichment team launched their special cooking challenge to all 75+ Signature HealthCARE facilities in 8 states, with an ingredient reveal that became a highly anticipated, internal company video broadcast,uncovering the mystery ingredients of Peeps, Pretzels, and Lemon Juice.

“In our efforts to meet our daily mission of inspiring our residents to Live Life With Purpose, our Life Enrichment and Activities teams believe in creativity and fun,” said Ashley Graham, Director of Life Enrichment at Signature HealthCARE.

“Through our arts and crafts projects, game nights, friends and family dinners, and special events like this one, we keep our community engaged, active,and connected!”

Residents and staff members paired off in teams of two and selected their team names,which proved to be as creative as the dishes themselves!At Heritage Hall Rehab & Wellness Center, the H& H Peeps triumphed over the Flavor Queens and the Pandas, with their cotton candy parfait, with added cream cheese, powdered sugar, and whipped cream to the 3 main ingredients of marshmallow Peeps, pretzels, and lemon juice. But the friendly competition was a true win for the judges, all the competitors, and residents who were a part of the “studio audience”.

“I have always believed in promoting activities that stimulate the mind, encourage great teamwork, and bring an entire facility together like the family that we are. As one of my favorite quotes from George Bernard Shaw states, ‘Remember, we don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing’. We’ve got a lot of youth in our communities because we keep playing and having fun!”

Signature HealthCARE is a family-based healthcare company with integrated services at each point of the continuum of care: Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, and In-Home Care. The company’s organizational culture inspires nearly 8,500 employees with our foundational three pillars: Learning, Spirituality, and Innovation, plus our Sacred 7 Principles: Be Heroic, Embrace Teamwork, Show Compassion, Give Respect, Have Integrity, Encourage Positivity, and Be Patient. A growing number of Signature HealthCARE centers are earning five-star quality ratings, the highest classification from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and earning QAPI accreditation. Signature HealthCARE has also been awarded a Best Places to Work in Kentucky honor by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, for six years.

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With the 2023 Regular Session behind us and just over 50 days until legislative committees begin preparing for next year’s session, we can reflect a bit on the session. While odd-year sessions are only 30 legislative days, the legislature managed to pack in more than a few major issues, including addressing the juvenile justice crisis, lowering taxes, protecting our public pensions, ensuring access to reliable and resilient energy sources, and increasing access to lifesaving medical services. We also addressed worker shortages in health care, education, and law enforcement and moved to protect parent’s rights and ensure the individuals and institutions our children rely on are acting appropriately.

Much of this involved healthy debate and often the halls of the Annex and Capitol were packed with people expressing their support or opposition. This is a good thing; debate is critical to the legislative process. However, when the debate is over, we are called to remember that for everything that divides us we are all Kentuckians. We cannot let our differences harden into division and we must remember that a political opponent is not a personal enemy.

That is not always easy to remember. You do not have to look too far to see that there are those who seek to divide us. Whether it be the 24-hour news, social media, or groups and individuals who benefit from breeding a toxic culture, our entire nation seems to be plagued by a sense of hostility with little regard for the truth. Some people cannot even respectfully discuss differences of opinion.

Our world is weary. As we watch nations go to war around the world, our communities face crime. Kentuckians across the state face the scourge of drug addiction. Almost 10,000 children live in our state’s child welfare system.

Our heart is heavy with these problems. Yet, there is hope. And there is no time like Easter to find inspiration that we can move beyond this time of trial. After all, hope is at the heart of the Easter story. Jesus endured an extremely painful death on our behalf, yet He rose from the grave and brought great joy to the world.

As a person of faith, I believe that Jesus’ resurrection is not just an event in the past but one that has implications for us today. Hope is still alive, and we still have far more to celebrate than mourn. I see it in the thousands who gathered for a great revival at Asbury University. I find it in the men and women who volunteer and give of their time and talents right here in our community. And I know it exists within the hearts of our young people. Hope is alive and stronger than ever. We must feed it with our actions and our commitment to work together for a better tomorrow. Because together we can do great things — we just have to make sure we are doing the right things. You see, our best days are always still ahead.

Of course, the people of our district keep many faiths and that this time of year is sacred in other religions as well. In fact, our Jewish neighbors are celebrating Passover, the commemoration of the Israelites departure from ancient Egypt. Muslims in our community honor Ramadan, a time of spiritual renewal, improvement, and devotion. And, while not a religious holiday, the Hindu Holi does have faith-based roots. Many of these also include a message of hope and a celebration of the possible. Above all, they remind us that we are all of sacred worth.

Before I close, I leave you with the words of Roman 15:3, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Thank you again for the privilege of serving this district.

As always, I can be reached on my mobile at (502)639-7079 or through the toll-free message line in Frankfort at 1-800-372-7181. Feel free to contact me via email at If you would like more information, please visit the legislature’s website at

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Conservation District to celebrate Earth Day with tree giveaway
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Earth Day this year is Saturday, April 22. Similar to last year, Earth Day 2023 focuses on the need to “invest in our planet.”

The Anderson County Conservation District and Ace Hardware have partnered to purchase tree seedlings that will be distributed free at Ace Hardware beginning at 9:00 a.m. Local residents may plant the trees in all areas of the Anderson County to help repopulate them, especially those that were lost in the last month’s wind storm.

Five varieties will be offered:

Bur oak offers large, beautiful leaves and acorns. During winter, it fully reveals its rough, gray bark. Native to rich bottom land, this oak is tough and adaptable. It is cold hardy, tolerates drought and grows best in full sun.

Persimmon fruit is an important wildlife food and is edible. The wood from old trees is very hard and has been used to make golf clubs. Common persimmon has distinctive thick, dark gray to black bark that is broken into scaly, square blocks.

Eastern white pine has a graceful habit and long, evergreen needles that give this tree a soft look. It is considered one of the most attractive evergreens and is often planted as an ornamental tree.

Flowering dogwood is a beautiful native tree with four-season appeal. It has lovely flowers in spring, attractive foliage in summer and fall, colorful fruit in fall and an interesting growth habit that provides winter interest.

Pawpaw trees have a semi-tropical appearance and are known for their fruit, the largest berry (up to 5 inches long) produced by any tree native to the United States. The fruit is nutritious and has been used in cancer therapy. Its twigs and bark contain a natural insecticide.

Call the Anderson County Conservation Office at 502-604-6101 with any questions.

Quantities are limited; get there early for best selection.