News briefs: Feb. 8, 2013

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By The Staff

Rain chases away warmth

for a few days at least


That warm, sunny, spring-like day you enjoyed Thursday was just a teaser.

The high temperature of near 65 on Thursday afternoon was to be chased away by overnight rains and deliver more seasonal highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s and 30s around the area.

This morning could see more showers but it could turn mostly sunny by the afternoon with a high of near 45, according to the National Weather Service.
There will be more sunshine on Saturday with a high in the low to mid 40s.

Rain is likely again on Sunday in the afternoon. The high will be in the mid 50s.

Sunday night will likely see even more rain and maybe a thunderstorm as Kentucky finds itself on the backside of the system that will probably produce lots of snow in the Northeast.

The mercury will hit the mid 40s and the chance for precipitation is 70 percent, the weather service said.
Monday could be more spring-like again, with sun and temperatures in the 50s.


Fiscal courts to get oversight?

Lawmakers moved a bill along that would put more oversight to special districts, but not without some lawmakers wanting to see the General Assembly give more power to local governments. The House Local Government Committee on Wednesday passed the legislation, which will then go to the House floor for a vote.

Some lawmakers expressed a desire for fiscal courts to approve all tax increases imposed by special districts.
The legislation, introduced Tuesday by Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, doesn’t do that but would require all special districts to report finances and administrative information to an online state registry accessible to the public.
State Auditor Adam Edelen and other crafters of HB 1, however, oppose giving fiscal courts that authority.
“I’m not sure anyone here would be in favor of tuition rates at universities being set at the Legislature, just as there shouldn’t be legislative approval for rate increases by the utilities,” Edelen told the Kentucky Enquirer. “There are very serious practical concerns to make special districts subject to the fiscal court.”
Sanitation District No. 1 must meet increasing federal standards and needs authority to charge fees to meet expenses, Edelen said. “Sanitation District No. 1 is under a federal consent decree,” he said.

“They have to make significant investments to get up to federal standards. The sanitation district goes across counties. If one fiscal court said no, you cannot raise fees, we could wind up in a whole lot of trouble.”


Spelling Bee on Monday

The Shelby County Spelling Bee will be at 7 p.m. Monday in the board room at Shelby County Public Schools’ central office, 1155 West Main Street.

The district competition is open to public and private schools. Competition is for students in grades 4 through 8. Participants include:

  • Clear Creek Elementary: Ashleigh Howell
  • Heritage Elementary: Kara Thompson
  • Painted Stone Elementary: Bianca Galicia
  • Simpsonville Elementary: Zack Clark
  • Southside Elementary: Orlando Rodriguez
  • Wright Elementary: Nathan Hutchins
  • East Middle: Hanako Boucher
  • West Middle: Bram Scrogham
  • Collins High School: Mason Kuhl
  • Shelby County High School: Dalton Medley:
  • Corpus Christi Academy: Isaac Waurio
  • Cornerstone Christian Academy: Adam Doyle (elementary), Vincent Putnam (middle)

Wolford to address Rotary

Roger Wolford of Thomas Dodson, and Wolford, who specializes in estate planning and setting up trusts for clients, will speak on Tuesday to the Shelbyville Rotary Club.

Rotary meets at noon at the Centenary United Methodist Church at the corner of Washington and 5th streets. It is a luncheon meeting open to the public, but there is a charge for the meal.


SCPS now going social media

Shelby County Public Schools has set up an account on Twitter under  @shelbycountysch. Administrators will post items that parents and students need to know, such as the school calendar being extended one day because of missing class Feb. 1; or a College/Career Night for East Middle and West Middle on Feb. 28; or a video created by Shelby Teen Prevention Council for competition.
Chief Information Officer Tommy Hurt said there will also be a Facebook page developed for even further communications. “We realize technology is the primary way adults and students communicate today so we want to be readily available to not only provide information but to also seek feedback,” Hurt said.

He also said parents should continue to visit www.shelby.kyschools.usfor headline news.


Volunteer nominees sought

The Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service, an agency of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Governor’s Awards for Volunteerism and Service.
This is the 18th year for the annual volunteer awards, which recognize the contributions of Kentuckians to their fellow citizens. KCCVS hosts a special ceremony each year to publicly honor the winners and others who have given back to their communities through volunteering and service.
The award nomination deadline is Feb. 20. Electronic submission is encouraged. Find nomination forms, category criteria and more information online at http://chfs.ky.gov/dfrcvs/kccvs/govawards.htm or contact Shannon Ramsey at 800-239-7404, ext. 3841.


I-64 lane closures possible

Lane closures and delays are possible on Interstate 64 from the Welcome Center to a half-mile east of KY 55 because of the roadway-widening project. Lane closures are scheduled Sunday through Friday from 7 each evening until 5 the following morning and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sunday. The eastbound exit to KY 55 South (Exit 32A) is closed for several months because of ramp construction. Motorists can use Exit 32B to access both KY 55 North and South. 


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.