News Briefs: March 12, 2010

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By The Staff

 Shelby student advances in geography bee

Paul Cozzens, a sixth-grader at Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy in Simpsonville has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2010 Kentucky Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. After winning a school competition for fourth-eighth-graders. Paul took a qualifying test, which was submitted to the National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Colombia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level. The 2010 Kentucky Geographic Bee will be held at the Knicely Economic Center in Bowling Green on Friday, April 9, 2010.

Paul is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Cozzens of Shelbyville.


Census questionnaires arrive

The 2010 Census questionnaire will arrive at households throughout Kentucky by next week. Census Bureau officials ask you to watch for the 10-question form, fill it out and mail it back immediately in the provided, postage-paid envelope. This is the easiest way to participate in the census that takes place every decade, as required by the U.S. Constitution. 

 For help in completing the census form, call the toll-free Telephone Questionnaire Help Line at 1-866-872-6868. Spanish speakers can call 1-866-928-2010. Questionnaire Assistance Centers (QACs) also are opening across the state to assist people. Language Assistance Guides will be available in 59 languages at the QACs, and callers also can get a census form in one of six languages. QAC locations will be posted March 18 at www.2010census.gov.


Campaign signs to be removed

Kentucky Department of Highways crews face an increasing number of campaign signs on the state highway rights of way — signs that must be removed for safety purposes. Acting State Highway Engineer Steve Waddle said state highway workers are required to remove and discard hundreds of signs during each election cycle. The signs can pose hazards for drivers and for maintenance crews.

Kentucky law and Transportation Cabinet policy prohibit the placement of political or other advertising signs on state right of way, including signs attached to utility poles within the state right of way.

Illegal signs will be moved to the state highway garage in each county and kept for two weeks. Owners may claim them by showing identification and completing a claim form. Unclaimed signs will be discarded.


Animal Shelter’s Bleach Month

The Shelby County New Homemakers’ Club has designated March as “Bleach Month” to support the Shelby County Animal Shelter’s need for bleach to keep its dog runs sanitized. You can donate your bleach at the shelter on Kentucky Street in Shelbyville or at the Shelby County Extension office at 1117 Frankfort Road. For more information, contact Robin Kemper at 727-2703.


Babysitting training at Red Cross

The Shelby/Henry County Red Cross is offering a Babysitter Training class 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 20. Bring a sack lunch and baby doll. This class is designed for ages 11-15 and will offer instruction in the responsibilities and qualities necessary to be an effective babysitter. The cost of the class is $35 per person and pre-registration and payment is required. Call 502-633-2486 to register or if you have any questions.