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Published 9:18 am Monday, March 5, 2018


Housing Authority of Danville 8 a.m. Monday, March 5, at 1014 Rosemont Ave. The agenda for the special board meeting includes executive session concerning personnel.

Garden Club of Danville — 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at the Presbyterian Church of Danville, 500 W. Main Street. Kentucky native Jon Carloftis, award-winning garden designer and author, will be the guest speaker.

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Ephraim McDowell Health offering free screening kits during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Danville – Colon cancer is a preventable disease, but it is the third leading cancer killer in the United States.  It doesn’t have to be!  Nine out of 10 colon cancer cases may be prevented or cured with regular screenings.

Ephraim McDowell Health Community Services, with the support of the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation, is working to raise awareness that regular screenings can detect cancer in its early stages, when it is the most treatable. While a colonoscopy and/or sigmoidoscopy is the most accurate way to diagnose colon cancer, regular screening of the feces (stool) may indicate further need for diagnostic testing.

Ephraim McDowell Health will offer free, take-home colon cancer screening kits in March, which is observed as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  The screening kits are available for anyone over the age of 50 who has not had a screening in the last 12 months.  The kits may be picked up between March 12 and March 23 at any of the following locations during normal business hours.

In Danville: Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center information desks; McDowell Wellness Center; Danville Family Physicians; Bluegrass Immediate Care; Boyle County Cooperative Extension Service; Lexington Avenue Baptist Church; Centenary United Methodist Church; Gethsemane Baptist Church; Heritage Hospice

In Harrodsburg: Ephraim McDowell Dedman Primary Care; Ephraim McDowell Haggin Primary Care; Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital information desk; Harrodsburg Family Medical Center; Mercer County Cooperative Extension Service

In Lancaster: North Garrard Family Medical Center; Ephraim McDowell Garrard Clinic; Garrard County Cooperative Extension Service

In Liberty: Ephraim McDowell Liberty Family Medical Center

In Stanford: Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital information desk; Immediate & Primary Care at Stanford Medical Park; Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Service; PBK Bank

Women’s Network hosts open meeting on criminal justice reform

The Women’s Network will present Carolyn Dupont on criminal justice reform at 7 p.m., March 13, at the Inter-County Community Room, 1009 Hustonville Road, Danville. This is an open meeting for the community.

Dupont is a history professor at EKU whose specialties include African-American history. She’s on the Commonwealth Policy Institute (CPI) working group on criminal justice reform. Her talk will start by placing the criminal justice system into the historical context of American race relations. She will describe how people brought into the criminal justice system — even for minor offenses — acquire a web of legal, civil and financial disability that can haunt them all their lives. She will also detail the costs of mass incarceration on taxpayers. For more information, call (859) 236-0305.

Free health screening March 17

Ephraim McDowell Health is sponsoring a free health screening at Leavel Green Christian Church in Paint Lick on March 17. The screenings will be offered from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Health screenings that will be offered are cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, take-home colorectal cancer screening kits (over age 50), heart risk, stress and depression. After the screenings are complete, participants will have the opportunity to discuss their results with a licensed health professional.

Participants should not eat 12 hours prior to their screening if they would like to have the blood test that gives them a full lipid panel. This gives the participant detailed information including their HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose.  Medications except for diabetic medications may be taken with water.

Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are recommended. To schedule an appointment, call (859) 339-3103 or (859) 339-2374. The screenings are open to the public for anyone 18 years and older.