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Louisa, Ky—On Sunday, October 20th, Dr. Thomas H. Frazier, a gastroenterologist at Three Rivers Medical Center, was a featured speaker at a conference for the Multi-Regional Society of Gastroenterology Nurse and Associates, Inc. (SGNA). The regional meeting was held in Louisville, Kentucky.Dr. Frazier spoke on fecal microbiota transplants, a relatively new and promising approach in the treatment of recurrent/resistant Clostridium difficle infections.
Dr. Frazier has served as a staff physician/gastroenterologist at Three Rivers Medical Center since July 2011. In addition to treating liver disorders such as hepatitis C and performing endoscopic procedures such as a colonoscopy, Dr. Frazier’s specialty areas include enteral stenting and ERCP. His research focuses on nutrition and obesity and nutrition for the critically ill obese patient. His work in the area of obesity-induced inflammation has led to the development of a tube feeding formula designed for critically ill obese patients. He is also performing capsule endoscopy in the office as a way of investigating diseases of the small intestine.
In addition to his local practice, Dr. Frazier also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville for the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, University of Pikeville, KY, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, and is a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Association for the Study of Liver Disease and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.
LOUISA, Ky. -- A petition was circulated beginning in June that requested the sale of alcohol be placed on the ballot for Louisa city residents to vote on. After the correct number of signers were obtained it was learned that 5th class cities in Ky. cannot legalize package stores. Co. Attorney Mike Hogan decided the petition was flawed because of the wording which, he said, should have specifically said restaurants only or 'moist' meaning no package stores are allowed. The petition said "sale of alcohol" .
Local businessman Gene Wilson, who has been supporting the legalization of alcohol as an economic boost for the the city, especially in the wake of the drop in the coal industry, said this morning that his office has spoken to Ky. Alcoholic Beverage Control lead attorney Steven Humphrees on Monday and the issue will come up in January again.
Wilson said, according to Humphrees, the city council can petition for 4th class status based on official 911 numbers which total 3,800, 911 director Tim Ellis told Wilson. He said U.S. Census figures are based on the number of residences x 2.1 persons in each house in the city limits which puts Louisa well over the number required to be a 4th class city (3,000).
Wilson said Humphrees indicated that the state legislature is prepared to raise Louisa to a 4th class city once the city council asks.
The number need to pass such a petition and allow a vote will remain the same (210) as it is based on 25% of the number who voted in the last General election.
"When the city council petitions for 4th class status, a new petition will be circulated asking for the right to vote on wet vs. dry with no "moist" mentioned," Wilson said.
Wilson said the census figures he got from the internet before were "estimates" and the official count is based on the formula he is using now.
Prestonsburg and Paintsville are already 4th class cities along Rt. 23
State senator Ray Jones spoke to Louisa Rotary members at this week's meeting. He took over in Lawrence County as a result of the redistricting of the state legislature. Lazer photo by Catrina Vargo
Louisa, KY -- The Louisa Rotary Club welcomed Kentucky State Senator Ray Jones II, who now represents Lawrence County after the redistricting process became final this summer.Senator Jones, a Democrat, is from Pike County, KY, born in Whitesburg, went to school at Virgie, and currently lives in Pikeville. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1991, and attended law school at University of Louisville, graduating in 1994. Since then he has practiced law, and in 2000, won his first political race when he ran for the State Senate in the 31st District, representing Pike, Johnson, and Martin Counties. When the legislative redistricting took place earlier this year due to population changes, Lawrence County lost their long time representation from Senator Walter "Doc" Blevins, and Senator Ray Jones II became the county's "new" Senator. In addition to Lawrence, Jones now also represents Elliot and Morgan Counties while he retained Pike and Martin.State Sen. Ray Jones, a Democrat who lives in Pike Co., spoke to the Louisa Rotary as their new state senator at last Thursday's luncheonDuring his term in office, Jones has represented over 200,000 people in different counties, both Democrats and Republicans. "I don't care what party you are, we are all from eastern Kentucky, and we all have the same issues." he said.Jones said he is focused on public education and feels it is the most important thing we can change in order to bring about a better future for the people of eastern Kentucky. With the decline of the coal industry, Jones said we need to raise the level of education so that people will be equipped to work other jobs. He reminded the group of an alarming statistic; only 70% of kids in high school here graduate. "What does that say about the future of eastern Kentucky?" he asked. The coal industry is in serious trouble. People who previously worked in the mines are having to replace those jobs in the service or retail industry. He said one of the things he wants to do in Frankfort is take part of the severance tax and put it toward training and education for displaced miners. Jones said be has never seen such a dramatic economic hit in such a short period of time. Jones said that Lawrence County is really in a better position to do well than some other counties due to their close proximity to an interstate highway, and their other assets. It is important to try to use those assets to attract new business and industry so that people will be able to continue to live here. He explained that as Louisville and central Kentucky grow and the population in eastern Kentucky dwindles, we will lose our voting power in Frankfort.
"Currently, several elected officials who hold positions and help make decisions are from eastern Kentucky, but if we continue to lose population, that will no longer be the case," Jones said.The Senator said he will not tolerate anyone criticizing or putting down people from eastern Kentucky. He and his wife are committed to the area and are raising their kids here. He spoke about the television shows that have portrayed our state in a negative way, pointing out the fact that other parts of the country sees us that way. It's a stereotype that is not accurate, and we don't want to be perceived in that manner.He also talked about the problem of disability fraud in the area. While there are a lot of people who truly cannot work due to having been disabled in the mines or having certain diseases preventing them from working, you have young people who want to "get on the draw" just because mommy and daddy are. That's a huge problem he said. "We have to educate them.""I don't impose my will on other people" Jones said. He talks to the local officials and state representatives who know the people and issues in their own communities and asks them what they need and want so that he can put in as a line item as the budget will allow.Jones wrapped up his presentation by saying that the two largest geographical counties in the state are Pike and Lawrence. "We need to take a more regional approach" he said, reminding us that we have the potential to succeed even though there are tough times ahead.
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