News Briefs: Oct. 30, 2009

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By The Staff

 Hardesty resting at home

Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty went home from the hospital Saturday and is doing well. It is not known when he will return to the office, as he continues to recover from recent major surgery. Hardesty was hospitalized on Oct. 19 and underwent emergency, life-saving surgery for bleeding ulcers.

 Street closing

Motorists should be aware that 11th Street between Washington Street and Henry Clay Street in Shelbyville will be closed Monday through Friday mornings for road work. Contractors and the City of Shelbyville Public Works will be working together to mill and repave 11th Street and repair the existing railroad tracks located within 11th Street. In the event of inclement weather, this project would be rescheduled for the next available day weather permits.

Cicchella to visit Rotary

 Chuck Cicchella, district governor of Rotary International District 6710, will make his official visit to the Rotary Club of Shelbyville on Tuesday,. Rotary meets at the Centenary United Methodist Church at the corner of Washington and 5th Streets. Cicchella is the first member of the Shelbyville Rotary ever elected as district governor since the club was founded in 1927, is served as president of the local club in 1999.

Grayson has new Web site

Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that his U.S. Senate campaign has launched a new Web site at www.TreyGrayson.com. “Our new Web site will be an effective resource for Kentucky voters to learn about our campaign and for volunteers to engage in our effort to return fiscal responsibility to Washington and create new jobs in Kentucky,” Grayson said.


Animal Shelter yard sale

The Shelby County Homemakers is having a fundraiser yard sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Extension Office barn on Frankfort Road in Shelbyville. Proceeds will benefit the No Kill Mission that works to keep the Shelby County Animal Shelter a No Kill facility.


Gardening classes

The Shelby County Cooperative Extension Service is holding a Beginning Gardening Series.  Sessions begin with Fruits and Vegetables, 6:30 p.m. Thursday 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.


Teaching informational fair

Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) is hosting a “How to Become a Teacher-Information Fair!!” on  Wednesday 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 Krispies, 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.

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.