News Briefs: Nov. 27, 2009

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By The Staff

 Shelby’s unemployment rises slightly

The unemployment rate in Shelby County rose to 9.9 percent in October, a .4 increase from September. Rates rose in all 120 counties in Kentucky, figures released Wednesday by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet show.

Oldham County (8.8 percent) and Jefferson (9.6) were the only counties in the region with lower rates than Shelby. Henry was at 11.3 and Spencer 10.6.

Fayette County had the best rate in the state (7.6), and McGoffin had the worst (21.7).

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.


Sponsorships for CASA children

Donations are being accepted for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Holiday Sponsorships for abused or neglected children. Anyone can sponsor a child for $100. Partial sponsorships are gladly accepted. We can provide the child's wish lists if you prefer to do the shopping yourself. Gift-wrapping is welcomed but not necessary. In some cases, our advocates take some of the older CASA teenagers shopping, so they can pick out their own clothes and gifts. Monetary donations are needed by December 11th and gifts are due by Dec. 21. For more information, contact Shari Christoff at the CASA River Region office at (502) 595-4911 or you can go to our website at www.casariverregion.org to make a donation.


Pool fun at the FAC today

The Clear Creek Family Activity Center will have the 8-foot tall inflatable slide and 6-foot tall inflatable beach ball in the swimming pool from noon-4 p.m. today.


Southside SBDM council to meet

The Southside Elementary School-Based Decision-Making Committee will meet in a special called session at 5 p.m. Monday in the library of Southside Elementary. Agenda items include the School Improvement Plan, the ESS Plan and a closed session on a personnel matter.


Judges attend training

District Court Judges Linda Armstrong and Donna Dutton of Shelby County recently participated in the 2009 District Judges Fall College at Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz. The Administrative Office of the Courts offered the college Oct. 18-21 for District Court judges throughout the state.

The judges attended courses about managing extradition proceedings, handling evictions and other landlord/tenant matters and understanding the court’s limited role in post-judgment collection proceedings. Other sessions focused on the admissibility of evidence at trial, sentencing for enhanceable offenses and court interpreting services. Judges also examined the barriers that domestic violence victims face while seeking safety from their abusers.

Pleasureville receives records grant

Pleasureville City Clerk Verna Stivers has received an $8,100 grant from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives to preserve and manage local government records. The funds will be used to codify the ordinances of the city.

The Local Records Program is dedicated to the preservation and management of Kentucky’s local government records of enduring value. “Over the past 25 years, grants have been given to local agencies to protect vital records and make sure they are accessible to the public,” said KDLA Local Records Program Manger Jerry Carlton.


Christmas at Claudia's

Monetary donations and volunteers are needed for the annual Christmas at Claudia's, which will be held Dec. 20 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville. The event treats Shelby County children and families, elderly and children to a holiday dinner and gifts. There will be two seatings, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. To donate or volunteer call Louise Riley at Claudia Sanders, 633-5600, or Angela Millourn at Operation Care, 633-1965.