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Former State Rep Eddie Ballard Dies

Praise is pouring in for former Kentucky Rep. Eddie Ballard of Madisonville, who died at age 81.Before retiring from the legislature last year, Rep. Eddie Ballard would rise from his desk each day the House was in session and ask the Speaker to excuse all absent members.The ceremonial duty was generally the most Ballard spoke on the floor. He wasn’t prone to long-winded speeches. But everyone knew where the Democrat and self-employed businessman stood on the issues, especially veterans’ affairs.In fact, lawmakers made sure the Western Kentucky Veterans Nursing Home in Hanson was named for Ballard, who served in the Air Force.Among those praising Ballard is Gov. Steve Beshear. “Eddie Ballard was a stalwart of his community.”House Speaker Greg Stumbo called Ballard “one of the most authentic people I know and a tremendous advocate for his constituents.”