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Trigg girls’ season ends in blowout

SMITHLAND, Ky. — The Trigg County girls’ basketball team couldn’t find its footing in its final game of the season Tuesday night, falling 63-38 to Crittenden County in the District 5 Tournament semifinals. Trigg, the No. 4 seed in the tournament ...

Alternative Energy Not New for Ohio Valley

Stora said the plants at Belleville, W.Va., and Canneton, Ky. are expected to be producing power sometime this year, while the Willow Island, W.Va. and Smithland, Ky., plants are expected to start-up sometime in 2016. "When you think about it ...
. the same ...

Smithland, Kentucky Vacation Rentals

Smithland, Kentucky offers great vacation house rental and home rental-by-owner deals for the knowledgeable traveler. No matter what budget or level of comfort you seek in your holiday to Smithland, KY, there's surely a great local vacation home rental ...

Smithland man wanted after search yields stolen property

Police say a search warrant was served on Tuesday at the Smithland, Ky. residence of 47-year-old Kevin Hopkins. That warrant was the result of an investigation that took place over several days. Several stolen items were located during the search at ...

KSP Seizes Over 15 Pounds of Marijuana in Livingston County

SMITHLAND, Ky. (9/23/14) — Kentucky State Police Post 1 recovered over 15 pounds of marijuana from an abandoned house on Dunlap Road in Livingston County on Sunday Sept. 21, 2014. The Livingston County Sheriff's Office had been investigating scrap metal ...

Case of former soldier before US Supreme Court

SMITHLAND, Ky. – The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether to take the case of a former Fort Campbell soldier sentenced to death for killing three children and attacking a woman in southwestern Kentucky. Attorneys for 42-year-old Kevin Wayne Dunlap and ...

Voith ships equipment to Smithland hydro project in Kentucky

Voith Hydro has shipped three stators and three distributors from its Ohio plant to the Smithland Hydroelectric Project in Kentucky, continuing its manufacturing role in American Municipal Power's (AMP) Ohio River projects. Stators and distributors are ...

Students hurt in Kentucky school bus accident

A Union County school bus involved in wreck on U.S. 60 at Silver Mine Road near Smithland, Ky., is prepared for towing Friday, May 10, 2013. AP Photo/Stephen Lance Dennee SMITHLAND, Ky. A bus carrying a high school girls softball team overturned Friday in ...

School bus overturns in Smithland, Kentucky; students injured

SMITHLAND, Ky. - A bus carrying a high school girls softball team overturned Friday in far-western Kentucky, injuring several students. Kentucky State Police say the school bus was carrying the Union County High School girls' softball team and had 28 ...

Workers tend to Smithland, Ky. floodwall

A small group of dedicated workers are tending the Smithland, KY, floodwall in an effort to save the city from Ohio River and Cumberland River floodwaters. According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Ohio River is expected to reach a crest at ...

Smithland, KY - The Cumberland Marine Hospital

The Cumberland Marine Hospital Mill Street near the school. Used to be a hospital during the war and people came from all over to see a face in one of the windows that resembled the likeness of God. A…

Coal trends on the Ohio River

Wow. That was the first word out of my mouth when I compared coal shipments through Ohio River locks in 2014 with 2013 and the recent peak in 2015. I expected locks in the mid Ohio Valley to see decl…

Lady Rockets stumble in Fifth District finale

CCHS coach Shannon Hodge was frustrated by her team's inability to score vs. Lyon.Crittenden County stumbled out of the gate and was never able to make a serious run at Lyon County in the Friday's Fif…

Lady Rockets in district championship tonight

Lady Rocket senior Chelsea Oliver and the Crittenden County girls basketball team are chasing their Leading Scorer Chelsea Oliverfirst Fifth District championship in four years tonight when they take …

Rockets go for district title tonight

Senior Noah Dickerson (4) vs. Trigg earlier this season.Crittenden County's boys' basketball team will be trying to win just their second Fifth District title in the last half century when they take o…

February Snowfall in Illinois

Much of the southern third of Illinois received between 1 and 12 inches in this last winter storm. The highest amount reported was 12.5 inches at Smithland with several other stations reporting in the…

Tombstone Tuesday - John F. Costello

John F. Costello1901 - 1942 Buried Smithland Cemetery, Smithland, Kentucky. Tombstone photographed 2 August 2013. According to his Kentucky death certificate, #22812, John F. Costello was born 6 Octob…

President's Day Winter Storm Reports

Final snow reports from last 36hrs. Looks like the Eddyville's take the cake! Monday Evening Snowfall Reports: Once the storm wraps up, I will compile all the final totals and post them here too…

They Only Stayed a Short Time ...

The 1840s was a time of expansion for Smithland, Kentucky. Many people moved into the little river town - some became permanent residents and some moved on to other places. David G. Butler and his wif…

Marion woman dies in crash in Livingston

Shawnna Murray, 25, of Marion died in a single-vehicle accident on Ky. 453 south of Smithland just before 1 p.m., today. A passenger, Heath Coursey of Salem, was seriously injured. The Crittenden Pre…



To drink much during the teens years could lead to structural changes in the brain and memory deficits that persist in the adult phase, according to the disturbing results of a study done on animals. The study found that, even as adults, rats who had daily access to alcohol during his adolescence had reduced levels of myelin. With a function not very different from the  insulation of electrical wiring, myelin forms an insulating layer that surrounds the axons. These are filiform extensions of neurons that transmit nerve impulses.

These brain changes in rats were observed in a region important for reasoning and decision-making. Animals who drank more alcohol performed worse on a test of memory made when they were adults. The results suggest that high doses of alcohol during adolescence may continue affecting the brain even when the inpidual has left the consumption of alcohol. More research is needed to determine if these findings can be applied to humans.

According to the World Health Organization, a growing number of teens and young adults is provided to drinking to get drunk, consuming four (five for men) or more drinks in about two hours. Previous research in humans have shown an association between an episode of drinking excessive (binge) in adolescence, changes in the myelin sheath in several brain regions, and cognitive impairments in adulthood. However, it was unknown if alcohol was behind these brain differences and behaviour or if there was predisposition factors that could explain the found.

In this study, Heather N. Richardson, Wanette M. Vargas, Lynn Bengston and Brian. W. Whitcomb, of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst American city, as well as Nicholas W. Gilpin, of the State University of Louisiana in New Orleans, United States, compared the myelin in the prefrontal cortex (an area of the brain that is vital to reason and make decisions) in young male rats who gave a daily sweetened alcohol or sweetened water access for two weeks. It was found that animals that drank alcohol in his teens experienced a reduction in the levels of myelin in the prefrontal cortex, compared with those who drank a similar amount of sweetened water. When the researchers examined the animals exposed to the alcohol several months later, they found that continued showing levels of myelin reduced as adults.

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Take Action to Improve Your Financial Situation in SMITHLAND KENTUCKY

By Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Director.

America Saves Week, February 24 – March 1, 2014, is a time to review your finances, decide what you want to save for, and set up a system that will allow you to save automatically. That’s why the America Saves Week theme is Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically. Did you know that only half of Americans report having good savings habits? Even if you are already saving, it’s good to take a look at your goals and decide if you can save more or start a new savings goal. Join thousands of others who are pledging to pay down debt, save money, and take financial action during America Saves Week.

Not sure what to save for or what to save for next? Here are the most popular saving goals of those who have pledged to save through America Saves:

· Save for Emergencies - Only 37 percent of low-to-moderate income households have a savings or money market account at a bank or credit union and nearly a quarter of savers who have pledged to save have chosen “emergency savings” as their first wealth-building goal. Learn more.

· Save for Education - Saving for education is the second most popular goal savers select when they pledge to save with America Saves. There are many different things to factor in when saving and paying for college. Learn more.

· Pay Down Debt - Getting out of debt is the #3 goal Savers select when they pledge to save. That does not come as a surprise since a 2012 survey found that 45% of families with annual incomes under $50,000 rely on credit cards to pay for basic needs such as rent, utilities, insurance and food. Learn more.

· Save for a Home - For decades, home ownership has been the main path to wealth for most Americans. Today, home equity - the market value of a home minus the balance on any home loans - represents more than four-fifths of the typical family’s wealth. Learn more.

· Save for Retirement - Retirement savings is a top priority for many Savers. Saving for retirement now will ensure that you have enough money to maintain a comfortable standard of living when you stop or reduce the amount of hours you work. Learn more.

Not sure how to save for your goals? Here are some saving strategies to help:

· Save Automatically - The easiest and most effective way to save is automatically. This is how millions of Americans save at their bank or credit union, and how millions of employees save through 401(k) and other retirement programs at work. Learn more.

· Save at Tax Time - Do you spend weeks eagerly anticipating your tax refund? When the money finally comes in, is it gone tomorrow? Many people view tax refunds as unplanned bonuses. They see the money as a gift from the government, to use for splurges or treats. But a tax refund provides the opportunity to improve your financial situation. Learn more.

Take the America Saves Pledge (or re-pledge) today to set your savings goal and make a plan to save. When you take the pledge you can also choose to receive text message tips and reminders to help you save for your goal. And don’t forget to follow America Saves on Facebook and Twitter.

America Saves Week is coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council. Started in 2007, the Week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for inpiduals to assess their own saving status


What do you know about abuse of women in SMITHLAND KENTUCKY ?

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Signs of abuse

It can be hard to know if you´re being abused. You may think that your husband is allowed to make you have sex. That´s not true. Forced sex is rape, no matter who does it. You may think that cruel or threatening words are not abuse. They are. And sometimes emotional abuse is a sign that a person will become physically violent.

Below is a list of possible signs of abuse. Some of these are illegal. All of them are wrong. You may be abused if your partner:

  • Monitors what you´re doing all the time
  • Unfairly accuses you of being unfaithful all the time
  • Prevents or discourages you from seeing friends or family
  • Prevents or discourages you from going to work or school
  • Gets very angry during and after drinking alcohol or using drugs
  • Controls how you spend your money
  • Controls your use of needed medicines
  • Decides things for you that you should be allowed to decide (like what to wear or eat)
  • Humiliates you in front of others
  • Destroys your property or things that you care about
  • Threatens to hurt you, the children, or pets
  • Hurts you (by hitting, beating, pushing, shoving, punching, slapping, kicking, or biting)
  • Uses (or threatens to use) a weapon against you
  • Forces you to have sex against your will
  • Controls your birth control or insists that you get pregnant
  • Blames you for his or her violent outbursts
  • Threatens to harm himself or herself when upset with you
  • Says things like, "If I can´t have you then no one can."

If you think someone is abusing you, get help. Abuse can have serious physical and emotional effects. No one has the right to hurt you.

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Healthy vs. unhealthy relationships

Sometimes a relationship might not be abusive, but it might have some serious problems that make it unhealthy. If you think you might be in an unhealthy relationship, you should be able to talk to your partner about your concerns. If you feel like you can´t talk to your partner, try talking to a trusted friend, family member, or counselor. Consider calling a confidential hotline to get the support you need and to explore next steps. If you´re afraid to end the relationship, call a hotline for help.

Signs of an unhealthy relationship include:

  • Focusing all your energy on your partner
  • Dropping friends and family or activities you enjoy
  • Feeling pressured or controlled a lot
  • Having more bad times in the relationship than good
  • Feeling sad or scared when with your partner

Signs of a healthy relationship include:

  • Having more good times in the relationship than bad
  • Having a life outside the relationship, with your own friends and activities
  • Making decisions together, with each partner compromising at times
  • Dealing with conflicts by talking honestly
  • Feeling comfortable and able to be yourself
  • Feeling able to take care of yourself
  • Feeling like your partner supports you

If you feel confused about your relationship, a mental health professional can help. Remember, you deserve to be treated with respect.

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