News Briefs: Aug. 21, 2009

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By The Staff

Obama-advisor McKenzie speaking here

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, the first female bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will attend the West Kentucky Annual Conference of the 13th Episcopal District on Tuesday through Aug. 29 at Bethel A.M.E. Church on Henry Clay Street. She sits on President Obama's advisory council for faith-based programs and serves on subcommittee of the council devoted to fatherhood. McKenzie will deliver the closing address at 11 a.m. Aug. 29 at Clay Street Baptist Church. Cassandra Gray of New Mount Zion Baptist Church will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday during lay witness night.


Charities cornhole event

Shelby County Community Charities’ second-annual cornhole tournament is 2-10 p.m. Saturday at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. There is karaoke, live music and cash prizes. For information, contact shelbycharity.com or 387-9290.


Labor Day parade entries

Want to be part of the NAACP Labor Day Parade? It will be held Sept. 7 at 11 a.m., with pageants for ages infant to 18 at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6. For information about how to enter the pageants or the parade, call Edwina Stoner, 347-0644 or Debra and Albert Jordan, 633-1789.


Free prostate screening at Fair

Free prostate cancer screenings will be offered in the South Wing, Health Horizons during the Kentucky State Fair 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily.  Men ages 40 and over are urged to be screened annually for prostate cancer.  The screening includes a simple blood test and a physical exam.  Metropolitan Urology will perform the physical test and University of Louisville Healthcare Phlebotomists will draw the blood. 


Lifebridge fund-raiser is Sept. 5

Lifebridge for Animals will hold a fundraiser Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. The event will include a Bluegrass Mutt Show, the Rover Run (motorcycle ride and show), a cornhole tournament and many other activities for adults and kids. There will also be humane education materials available.

The event’s special guest will be PJ Cooksey, Shelby resident and the second winningest female jockey in history.

Admission is free, but there is a fee to register for event participation. Registration forms are online at www.peteducationky.org.

Trophies will be awarded for winning motorcycles, and Bluegrass Mutt Show winners will receive show rosettes for first place and ribbons for second and third place in each category.

Proceeds will go to the Lifebridge education program and continue work on spay/neuter initiatives. 

Unclaimed property information

Treasurer Todd Hollenbach, citing a need for Kentucky State Treasury to return unclaimed property to Kentucky residents has announced a statewide program known as Treasure Finders. For further information about this program and when Treasure Finders will be coming to your community contact Tom Scally, Kentucky State Treasurers Office, at (502) 564-4722.

  Identity breach

A Northern Kentucky University employee's laptop computer, which contained personal information of at least 200 current and former students, was stolen from a restricted area last month. The computer was reportedly taken July 22, and contains Social Security numbers of the current and former NKU students, according to school officials.

For consumers who may be affected by this breach of sensitive personal information, taking the proper steps to ensure any lost information does not lead to identity theft is crucial. For information on identity theft procedures, contact Christina D. Galloway, (480) 457-4671


Grant applications sought

The Shelby County Community Foundation is currently inviting non-profit (501c3) organizations in Shelby County to submit applications for a major grant totaling at least $35,000. The funds to be distributed represent the annual earnings of the Partnership Grants Fund, which is one of the many funds under the umbella of the foundation.  Recent recipients of the fund include Court Appointed Special Advocates for Shelby and Spencer Counties  (CASA), and the Substance Abuse Treatment  program in Shelby County. 

The deadline for submitting an application is Sept. 15.  The winning organization(s) will be announced at the annual distribution meeting scheduled for Nov. 9.


Drivers alerted to possible delays

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises of potential delays because of roadwork in Shelby County. Those locations are:

§       Between mile markers 38 and 43 of I- 64 because of corrective work on bridge approaches.

§       Harrington Mill, Midland Industrial and KY 53 where those roads intersect with construction of the Shelbyville Bypass.

§       KY 53 south at KY 44 because of mowing.


Local blood donation opportunities

The American Red Cross has announced local blood donor opportunities. All blood types are needed. A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required. For information or to make an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or visit givebloodgivelife.org. Shelby County donation opportunities are Jewish Hospital, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, and Simpsonville Christian Church, 2:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 31.