News briefs: Oct. 31, 2012

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By The Staff

Simpsonville man named to serve

on board of national arts agency

Kentucky Arts Council Board Chairman Todd Lowe of Simpsonville has been elected to serve a 3-year term on the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies’ board of directors.

Lowe has served on the Kentucky Arts Council board – and as its chairman – since 2005. He is president and founder of the investment advisory firm Parthenon LLC.

"It is a privilege to serve on the NASAA board and represent the interests of the fifty-six state and jurisdictional arts agencies in the nation," Lowe said in a release announcing his appointment. "The arts contribute to and enrich the lives of all Americans in many, many ways. I will work with the board to preserve and fortify the impact our individual state arts agencies make through their work every day."
The state arts agencies elected five new members to the board in early October at NASAA Assembly 2012 in Washington, D.C., after a rigorous national nomination process.
"Todd's unique understanding and lifelong dedication to the arts is immeasurable," said Lori Meadows, arts council executive director. "I know he will be an enormous asset to NASAA, just as he continues to be for the arts in Kentucky."
Lowe was previously senior vice president of J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons Inc., where he served as director of research, director of marketing, and equity analyst and portfolio manager. He was the past president of the Partnership for Creative Economies in Metro Louisville, is a board member and president-elect of Actors Theatre of Louisville, and is immediate past chair of the board of trustees of The Speed Art Museum. He is immediate past chair of the South Arts governing board.
After attending the University of Louisville as a music major, Lowe graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in finance. He has experience as a professional musician, including performing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Rich Little Orchestra and Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.


Bed bugs infestation meeting

An informational and question-and-answer meeting regarding the bed bug epidemic in Shelby County and Shelbyville will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Stratton Center on Washington Street in Shelbyville.

The event will feature representatives from the North Central District Health Department, University of Kentucky Entomology Department, UK Extension Office, Shelby Clean Community Program and others. Information is pertinent to renters, landlords, homeowners and business owners.

For more information, contact Lynn Whittaker at 502-321-7116 or Dr. Carlen Pippin at 502-321-0221.


10 Thoroughbreds die in Oldham fire

Ten Thoroughbred horses died in a barn fire in L'Espirit early Monday morning, according to La Grange Fire Department officials. The department responded to a call at 3:40 a.m. to Park Shore Road and found the barn fully engulfed in flames.

A neighbor called 911 after realizing the barn was on fire. The horse owners were leasing the land; there is no home on the property.

A caretaker resides in a small living area inside the barn and woke to heavy smoke. He attempted to rescue one of the horses but was unable to get any of the animals out before the smoke became too dense.

The barn had at least 20 stalls.

The department arrived on scene within eight minutes of the call. "It was lit up from end to end," La Grange Fire Department Maj. Keith Smith said.

No people were injured in the fire, but animal control was called to care for a pet goat.

Firefighters remained on the scene until 6:50 a.m. Wet piles of hay remained steaming Monday afternoon.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Veterans program at Collins

Charles Turner, a Navy Veteran of the Korean War, will be the guest speaker for a Veterans Day program at Collins High School. All veterans in the community are encouraged to attend the ceremony being coordinated by the Army JROTC and the Youth Services Center. The event will be at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 9.


Parent academy for preschool
Parent Academy, a new parent development program with Shelby County Public Schools, kicks off Nov. 13 with an event just for parents of preschool students. Parents can learn skills to help with their children’s reading at home. There will be hands-on activities at the event at 6-7 p.m. at Collins High School, 801 Discovery Blvd. Reservation slips are being sent home with the children to return before Nov. 9. Registrants can indicate if child care is needed for children preschool-aged and older.

SBDM meeting
The Shelby County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the main office conference room.  This is a regular-called meeting.

I-64 road closures possible

Lane closures and delays remain possible on Interstate 64 from the welcome center near Simpsonville to a half-mile east of KY 55 because of roadway widening and interchange reconstruction. Lane closures are possible Sunday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.


Leaf pickup in Shelbyville

The Shelbyville Department of Public Works will offer leaf pickup through Dec. 30 within the city limits. Leaves must be bagged in strong garbage bags and tied with a 50-pound weight capacity. They should be placed on the curb, not blocking the sidewalk or street. Residents must call this department, 633-1094, to get on the list for pick-up.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.