News briefs: July 24, 2009

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By The Staff


KACo board changes spending practices

The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Association of Counties announced Thursday that, effective immediately, credit cards will no longer be used by KACo.

That organization and the Kentucky League of Cities have been under fire since June when an investigation by The Herald-Leader in Lexington found questionable spending by the organizations and their officers. 

"This is just one more layer of protection to assure that KACo will not be paying for services that might not be appropriate.  The steps we are initiating today are part of an on-going effort to bring about change to improve KACo's financial operations," KACo President and Christian County Attorney Mike Foster said in a statement. "After several weeks of extensive discussion and research, we have concluded that these steps are not only necessary to restore confidence in KACo, but the right thing to do."

In addition to cooperating with State Auditor Crit Luallen, KACo officials said they would contract with former Madison County Attorney and Inspector General for the Transportation Cabinet Bobby Russell to conduct a management review.

Shelby County Magistrate Tony Carriss is a former president of KACo.

  Salsa sampling at Farmers' Market

The Cooperative Extension Service will host a Salsa Sampling at the Shelbyville Farmers Market at 8-11 a.m. Saturday at the fairgrounds. In addition to trying out some new and delicious salsa recipes, attendees will receive a complimentary salsa cookbook, filled with recipes for many types and flavors of salsa. Stop at the market for a great selection of seasonal veggies, crafts and some great salsa.

    Daycare registration  

Because of state regulatory changes, Shelby County Public Schools' after-school programs were required to become licensed daycare facilities during the 2008-2009 school year.  Changes have been implemented for the 2009-2010 school year, stemming from visits to nearby daycare programs by and input from a group of parents representing each elementary school.

Registration for daycare slots opens today for students. Program brochures are available at Central Office and each elementary school that outline hours of operation (after-school) and costs (ranging from $40 to $60 weekly).

A $25 registration fee is due upon enrollment. A District Daycare Manager is being hired and can be reached at 633-5123. In the meantime, contact Central Office 633-2375 with questions. Registration forms should be submitted to the elementary school where your child will be enrolled in daycare.

  Hometown Vacation Friday is tonight  

The Hometown Vacation Friday event is tonight in he parking lot at 627 Main Street, next to the Presbyterian Church and the Shelby History Center, in Shelbyville. Food service begins at 5:30 p.m. and entertainment at 6 p.m. For information, call Bob Pearce, 633-3482.

    Mara-a-thon 5K is Saturday  

The AFB Mare-A-Thon 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Shelby Center for Disability Services is Saturday at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. Registration and check-in are at 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., with a start time of 8:30. Registration is $20 today and $25 day of event.  Businesses, churches and other organizations are encouraged to enter teams. Challenge your co-workers to see who can raise the most $$$ for charity! Donations for the Shelby Center for Disability Services are also welcomed.

Top three overall male and female runners will receive unique Grand Champion ribbons like those presented during the Shelbyville Horse Show. Top two overall male and female runners  also will receive gift certificates. Top three runners in each category will receive official Horse Show 5K ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. All runners will receive official 2009 Mare-A-Thon T-shirts. To register online, go www.active.com and find the event.

  Other weekend events   Community theater

Secret Garden will run today through Sunday at the Shelby County Community Theatre. For reservations 636-0242.

  Appalachian interest

Mitch Barrett, a performer, storyteller and songwriter from Berea will demonstrate his command of traditional Appalachian stories and songs during a workshop 2 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort. 

  Movie Night

Free Outdoor Teen Movie Night is 9 p.m. today. A rain date is set for Saturday. Free popcorn and drink provided. No registration needed for this program just bring a chair.

  Winery event

The Smith-Berry Winery will have a concert and meal beginning 6 p.m. Saturday. Nervous Melvin and the Mistakes will perform. For information, contact 502-845-7091.

  Family History Day

Explore downtown Shelbyville during the free Family History Day 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Shelby County Welcome and Heritage Center, 627 Main St. in Shelbyville. Children must be accompanied by an adult.