News Briefs: Oct. 28, 2009

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By The Staff

 Shelby’s unemployment

drops in September

Shelby County’s unemployment dipped slightly in September to 9.6 percent, which makes it one of the top rates in the state. The rate was 10 percent in August.

Fayette County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the commonwealth at 7.7 percent. Among those closely behind were Oldham (8.6) and Anderson (9.1). Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 21.4 percent.

All counties showed increases from September 2008, when Shelby County’s rate was 6.1 percent.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working.


Carroll speaks here tonight

Former Gov. Julian Carroll will be in Shelbyville for a chili supper on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Stratton Center. Carroll will be eating with the group and then speaking a little before 7. This is an event sponsored by the Shelby County Democratic County Executive Committee as part of our educational series.   The cost of the dinner is $5, and it is open to the public.

  Out of date prescription drop-off  

The Simpsonville Lions Club is sponsoring an out of date prescription-drug drop-off.

The drop off will be in the form of a drive-through to be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Simpsonville Community Center on Old Veechdale Road. Drugs may be dropped off that have reached their expiration dates or are no longer being taken. The purpose of the drop off is twofold: to keep the drugs off the street and to keep people from having to flush unwanted drugs down the toilet, because doing so allows them to be absorbed into the ground water and eventually into the drinking supply.

The Simpsonville Police will be present to monitor drug collections.

  Gardening classes

The Shelby County Cooperative Extension Service is holding a Beginning Gardening Series.  Sessions begin with Fruits and Vegetables, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Shelby County Extension Office.  Other classes are Nov. 12 - Annuals and Perennials, Nov. 12; Controlling Pests, Dec. 3; and Pond Management and Wildlife Issues, Dec. 10. Anyone may participate in one or all sessions. Sign up by calling 633-4593.


Veterans celebration at Simpsonville

Veterans are invited to attend a celebration in their honor at Simpsonville Elementary on Nov. 9 at 6:30p.m. in the Simpsonville gym. This musical program will feature the entire fifth grade and Bobcat Chorus.  Robert Rowe, one of the Bobcat parents and a Veteran who has served in Iraq, will be the guest speaker.  In addition, an Entrepreneur Fair will be taking place following the program.  Also, fifth-grade Native American dioramas will also be on display.


Candlelight vigil for Duckett set for Nov. 9

The family of murder victim James Duckett is holding a candlelight vigil has at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Rockbridge United Methodist Church at 5317 Rockbridge Road.

Duckett, who lived across the street from the church and worked there, was murdered one year ago on that date. His killer remains at large.


Teaching informational fair

Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) is hosting a “How to Become a Teacher-Information Fair!!” on  Nov. 4 from 3:00-6:00 PM at the OVEC office at 100 Alpine Drive, Shelbyville. Do you have a college degree but NOT a teaching certificate?  Are you open to changing careers to become a teacher? Are you interested in learning how to teach in a school district and at the same time to attend college to work on completion of your teaching certification? If so, this information “fair” is for YOU,” according to Tina Tipton with OVEC. Individuals attending the fair can meet with college representatives to learn about their programs and how to become a teacher. Directions to OVEC are on the website (www.ovec.org).  School districts who are members of OVEC are on this website also.


Backpack Program needs help

The Backpack Program, sponsored by the community, provides food each Friday to identified children in Shelby County schools. The program is serving more than 230 students across the district. It costs around $150 per child per year, which turns in to more than $40,000 a year to run the program. The program coordinators are looking for individuals or groups to Adopt-a-Backpacker for $150, which is as little as 50 cents a day to feed a child for the remainder of the school year. Make checks payable to: Shelby County Backpack Project Inc., 1031 Windsor Drive, Shelbyville, KY 40065. Food items that can be dropped off at any elementary school or Central Office, 1155 West Main Street, are: Pop tarts, Individual Cereal Boxes, Breakfast bars, Vienna Sausages, Soup (pop-top), Granola bars, Snack items-rice crispies, animal crackers, etc., Juice boxes, Peanut butter. For more information about Adopt-A-BackPacker, contact Jennifer McIntyre 502-220-3717 or Christy Meredith 502-682-5666.

Gifts of Gratitude Program

Would you like to help your family embrace the gratitude attitude?  Would you like to know the physiological benefits produced by positive thoughts?  If you answered yes to these questions, then plan to attend the free "Gifts of Gratitude" Program at the Shelby County Extension Office.  You will find out the answers to these questions and more at 10 a.m. today. Attendees will learn new information about the benefits of gratitude and how we can incorporate more gratitude into our lives and encourage the gratitude attitude in our families and friends.  Nelda Moore, Jefferson County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, will teach this lesson.