News Briefs: Oct. 1, 2010

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By The Staff

Hardesty honored by KLC

Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty was among 40 city officials recognized by the Kentucky League of Cities for their ongoing commitment to continuing education on local governance issues. Hardesty received the gold level award in the Public Officials Essential Skills Institute (POESI) from KLC. The City of Shelbyville is a member of KLC.

POESI was formedI in 2003 to assist city officials as an opportunity for ongoing quality improvement in governance while recognizing their efforts to become effective leaders. Educational offerings are designed to equip city officials with nuts and bolts education in areas that range from legal issues to managing community resources. More than 400 city officials have been recognized through the program.

 “People depend on their leaders to address needs, reactively and proactively,” said Neil Hackworth, KLC executive director and a former mayor of Shelbyville. “Those leaders who participate in our training programs are going the extra mile to be knowledgeable in these challenging times.”


‘American Pickers’ returning

Producers of American Pickers, the antique-hunting show on the History Channel, are coming back to Shelby County in search of great finds. The show’s hosts, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, were in Shelby in September and found some items for a special segment on Civil War-era artifacts.

Now they’re returning to find just their “normal” stuff, which are fascinating and valuable antiques – treasures that have been long forgotten in junkyards and barns across the country. The team tracks down unique and interesting items from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia.  

 If you think you have what the show is looking for, call Jennifer Dee at 646-873-6246.


Special Olympics equestrian event back in Shelby

The annual Special Olympics Kentucky State Equestrian Competition returns Saturday to the Shelby County Fairgrounds for the first time since 2002.

There are 29 riders registered to compete in the event that includes dressage, equitation, showmanship and working trails classes.

The event will begin with opening ceremonies at 8:50 a.m. The first competitive class will begin at 9 a.m. Competition is expected to wrap up by 2:30 p.m. All events will take place at Bradley Barn Indoor Arena and are free to the public.


Road closings

§       Main Street between 3rd and 8th streets in Shelbyville will be closed 5-10 p.m. Saturday for the downtown Shelbyville concert series and car show.

§       Three-tenths of a mile of U.S. 60 at Clay Village will be closed 7-10 a.m. Saturday for the Clay Village October Fest 5K run.

§       The repaving of U.S. 60 west of Shelbyville continues in overnight hours. Delays and lane closures are likely.

McDowell to address Rotary

Shelby County Property Valuation Administrator Brad McDowell will address the Shelbyville Rotary Club at noon Tuesday. McDowell will discuss the duties and responsibilities of his office and what it means to Shelby County to have accurate and fair property valuation. Shelbyville Rotary meets at the Centenary United Methodist Church, which is located on Washington at 5th Street.

Simpsonville SBDM meeting

Simpsonville Elementary will have a regular meeting of its Site-Based Decision-Making Council at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the school library.