News briefs: Jan. 23, 2013

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By The Staff

Rep. Massie to address Shelby Republicans

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Lewis County), Shelby County’s new representative for District 4,  will be in town Thursday night for a meeting with the Shelby County Republicans.

The event will be in the downstairs conference room in the Shelbyville Water Company building, at 1059 Washington St. in Shelbyville.

Massie will be the featured speaker at the event, which is open to all registered Republicans.

Donations of food items will be collected for the Food for Kids Backpack Program.

For more information about the meeting, please call Chairman Jennifer Decker at 502-773-2326.


Wintry mix to arrive Thursday

Tuesday’s highs in Shelby County only reached 19 by mid-afternoon and overnight low were expected to hit around 10, with wind chills even lower than that.

The temp should warm to about 30 on today and Thursday, but a wintry mix of precipitation will hit the area Thursday night. The chance for precipitation is 70 percent, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville.

Snow, sleet and freezing rain are all possible, but the amounts and types of precipitation are not known yet, the forecasters say.


Multi-Purpose seeks applications for emergency heat assistance

Given that temps have plummeted, Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. began operating the “crisis” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) earlier this month on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.

LIHEAP assists households that are in a home heating crisis.  The deepening of cold winter weather combined with rising utility costs leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills or purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm. Your local Community Action Partnership (CAP) stands ready to help! 

A release from Multi-Purpose said that last year approximately 541 residents of Shelby County received financial assistance and emergency services from the LIHEAP crisis component.

A household shall be considered to be in a home heating crisis situation when the household meets the basic LIHEAP eligibility criteria and:

§  Is within four 4 days of running out of fuel if bulk fuel (coal, fuel oil, propane, kerosene, or wood) is the heat source.

§  Has received a past due/disconnect notice if natural gas or electric is the heat source.

§  Its home heating costs are included as an undesignated portion of the rent, and the household has received an eviction notice for non-payment of rent from the landlord. 

Applications will be taken between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at Multi-Purpose’s offices at 1145 Washington St. in Shelbyville. For more information, call          633-6371.

§  BOARD MEETING:Multi-Purpose also will have a board meeting at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Spencer County Fiscal Court Room located in Taylorsville. The public is invited to attend. Multi-Purpose CAA provides services in Bullitt, Shelby and Spencer counties.


Lawsuit says Farris fired coach in dispute

Former George Rogers Clark High School football coach Paul Columbia claims he was terminated because Superintendent Elaine Farris’ grandson wasn’t receiving enough playing time, according to the answer Columbia and his wife Patricia filed Monday in a libel and slander lawsuit brought by Farris. Along with the Columbias, Joan Graves also is named in the lawsuit. The Columbias are countersuing Farris, alleging defamation, the Winchester Sun reported.
In his answer, Paul Columbia said Farris, former superintendent in Shelby County, told him she was not satisfied with her grandson’s playing time on the football team. Columbia cited one instance when Farris texted him during a junior varsity game to complain about the lack of playing time for her grandson “ostensibly exercising her authority as superintendent.” Columbia said he received the text but “did not succumb to Farris’s demands and continued to coach the team in the manner he felt fair to all students.”
Farris filed her lawsuit in November, nearly a year after Columbia was terminated as football coach. Farris claims Graves and the Columbias continually libeled and slandered her in the months that followed, which damaged her reputation and exposed her to “public hatred.”
The Columbias also argue that since Farris is a public figure, actual malice must be proven in court for defamatory statements. The Columbias claim that actual malice was neither alleged nor occurred.
Farris has announced she would retire at the end of the school year.


Organ donors can add heart symbol to licenses

Starting today residents can add a heart to their driver’s licenses to identify themselves as organ donors in Kentucky’s program.

Here is how it would work: When you renew your license, a clerk will ask you if you would like to be a registered organ donor. Everyone who says “yes” will have the option to have a small, blue heart with the words “Organ Donor” printed on his or her licenses. To learn more about the program, visit www.donatelifeky.org.

If a person already has a valid driver’s license and would like to add the heart symbol before it is time to renew, Shelby County Circuit Court Clerk Lowry Miller said there would be a charge of $12 for a reprint.


SBDM council meetings scheduled

§  East Middle School’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council will have a special called meeting at 8:15 a.m. today in the principal’s office. The meeting is closed for personnel considerations.

§  Southside Elementary’s SBDM will have a special called meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in the school’s library.


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. 


Shelbyville will pick up residents’ trees

If you live in Shelbyville and have an old live-cut Christmas tree you need to dispose, the city of Shelbyville’s Department of Public Works is willing to give you some help.

If you call the department this month, employees will come by and retrieve the tree and recycle it.

All lights and decorations should be removed, and the tree should be placed by the curb (not blocking the sidewalk or street). If you would like to participate, call 633-1094 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and leave your address.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.