News Briefs: March 19, 2010

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By The Staff


Shelby’s unemployment

at 10.4 percent in January

Shelby County’s unemployment rose by nearly a point in January, based on information released Thursday by to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Rates rose in all but four counties, and Shelby County’s new unemployment claims was at 10.4 percent, up from 9.5 in December 2009. In January 2009, the rate was 9.2 percent.

Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate (8.5 percent) and Oldham (9.9) and Franklin (10 percent) were among the lower rates in the state.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate (23.5).


Rand Paul here Thursday

Rand Paul, the Republican frontrunner for the nomination for retiring U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning’s seat, will be in Shelby County on Thursday to address the Shelby County Republican Party. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Stratton Center in Shelbyville.

The meeting is open to all registered Republicans, and Paul will take questions from the floor. For more information, contact Jennifer Decker at 633-4925.


Shelby resident honored

Edward J. Cunningham, a resident of Shelby County and executive director/CEO of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and The Student Loan People, has been named a recipient of the GEAR UP Advocate of the Year award.

KHEAA and The Student Loan People are public, nonprofit agencies and administer the state’s grant, scholarship, Federal Family Education Loan and multifaceted outreach programs to help Kentuckians pursue higher education.

GEAR UP, also known as the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a program federally funded by the US Department of Education. Its objective is to encourage middle and high school students to stay in school, study hard and take the courses necessary to prepare them for college.

Kentucky’s GEAR Up program is administered by the Council on Postsecondary Education.

“Because we share a common mission to make higher education more accessible to Kentuckians, I am certainly honored to be named a GEAR UP Advocate of the Year,” Cunningham said. “I share this recognition with the dedicated staff of KHEAA and The Student Loan People who give their best, day in and day out, to provide top-quality higher education programs and services to Kentuckians.”


Benjamin to address Rotary

John Benjamin will speak March 23 about the Vihiga Children's Home, an orphanage in Kenya. Benjamin is a resident of Shelbyville who is active in many civic projects, including director of the recent production of "Romeo and Juliet" at the Shelby County Community Theatre.

 Rotary meets Tuesdays at noon at the Centenary United Methodist Church, which is located at the corner of Washington and Fifth streets.


Boy Scouts raising money

Boy Scout Troop 470 will be at Dairy Queen Shelbyville and Metzger's in Simpsonville on Saturday to sell fundraiser "camp cards,” good for discounts at Kroger. The cards, which cost $5, earn you a $5 discount when you spend $50 at Kroger. Half of the price from every card goes back to the scout.


Guthrie’s rep visits Shelby

Steve Miller, field representative for U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green), will hold office hours in Shelby County at 10-11 a.m. Monday at the Stratton Community Center, located at 215 Washington Street in Shelbyville. Miller will be available to answer any questions and address concerns regarding current issues or problems with federal agencies. He will forward all comments to Guthrie,

Simpsonville SBDM seeks nominations

Simpsonville Elementary is seeking nominations for a parent member to serve on the SBDM council for a 2--year term effective July 1, 2010-June 30, 2012.  Anyone interested should contact Tracy Lay, at 834-0336, or the school office, at 722-8855, no later than March 29. Elections will be held on April 13.


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 Kenyon at 727-2703.