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News briefs: Oct. 5, 2012

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By The Staff

Tuesday is deadline to register to vote

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election is next Tuesday.

The Shelby County Clerk’s office will accept voter registration cards until close of business on that date, and mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by that date.

Voters who have recently moved must update their registration information by Oct. 9. According to state law, individuals who move from one county to another county while the voter registration books are open and fail to update their registration information before the registration books close will not be permitted to vote in the election, according to a news release from Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Individuals can access the Voter Information Center, check their registration status and obtain a registration card at www.sos.ky.gov or through links on the secretary of state’s Facebook page.

 

Veterans DL process clarified

Shelby County Circuit Clerk Lowry Miller released a statement Wednesday that said there have been reports from numerous circuit court clerk offices of misunderstandings about how veterans could obtain a driver’s license imprinted with the newly authorized “Veteran” designation, which became available on Sept. 24.

Kentucky veterans who wish to have the designation mustpresent form DD214 – the Department of Defense form that verifies service – at the office of the circuit court clerk when renewing licenses.

The licenses are not free. A veteran will pay the usual $20 renewal fee, however veterans who renewed licenses between July 12, when the law authorizing the veteran designation became effective, and Sept. 24, when the designation became available, can obtain a replacement without paying the standard $12 fee for a duplicate license. The fee for duplicate is waived for those veterans – and those veterans only. The waiver expires Dec. 31.
Veterans who have not yet renewed can request the Veteran designation at license renewal time, and veterans who have not yet renewed and who wish to obtain a license with the Veteran designation before their renewal date, may do so but must pay the $12 fee of a duplicate license.
 

Students can have mock election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has invited schools and teachers across the state to bring the 2012 General Election into classrooms through the Kentucky Student Mock Election program.

The deadline to register for the mock election, which is conducted in partnership with the National Student/Parent Mock Election, is Oct. 31. The statewide mock election will be held on Nov. 1.
For the first time, teachers will have the option to turn computers in their classrooms into voting machines. “The virtual voting machine program allows students to receive confirmation that their votes have been cast and will be counted,” Grimes said. “I believe it will be a valuable tool to engage young Kentuckians.”
The 2012 Kentucky Mock Election ballot will allow students to vote on candidates for president and Congress. The final results of the Mock Election will be available on the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.ky.gov.
 

Williams would accept judgeship

Kentucky state Senate President David Williams, who lost year in a run for governor, has said through a spokesperson that if a vacant circuit judgeship in his district were to be  offered to him, he would consider it. That appointment would have to come from Gov. Steve Beshear, who has a history of offering high-paying jobs to his political opponents. Beshear handily beat Williams in the last governor's race, and the two have been at loggerheads over implementing casino gambling in the state.

WHAS-TV in Louisville reports that Williams told those at a Republican Party meeting last weekend that if the post is offered, he would consider it, sources told the TV station. The judgeship is open after the Sept. 17 death of Circuit Judge Eddie Lovelace.
"No commission has been formed, no offer made and no decision arrived at," Williams' spokesperson Lourdes Baez-Schrader told WHAS-TV. "If there is an appointment offer, Sen. Williams will consider it."
Earlier, reporters covering a news conference with Beshear asked if he would consider appointing Williams to the job. The governor told reporters that he would consider anyone qualified whose name is put forward by a nominating committee.

 

I-64 road closures possible

Lane closures and delays are 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.

 

Shelbyville Fire Department holding toy drive

Employees of the Shelbyville Fire Department and their families will conduct a holiday toy drive this year for families who may not have the means to provide toys and necessities for their children. They will be placing toy drop-off boxes at Shelbyville businesses as well as collection boots and cans for monetary donations.

They are asking any business who would like to assist them by providing them with a location for either a drop off box or fire boot to contact them and they will provide them with one. The toy drive chairperson/contact is Firefighter Dwayne Davis. Anyone wishing to participate may contact him or Assistant Chief Spaulding at (502) 633-7101.

 

Leaf pickup in Shelbyville

The Shelbyville Department of Public Works will offer leaf pickup Oct. 22 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.

 

Multi-Purpose launches energy assistance program

Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. will begin on Nov. 5 the “subsidy” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program that provides heating assistance to eligible household. Last Year, Multi-Purpose was able to assist 401 households in Shelby County with this program.

To qualify, a household must be responsible for home energy costs, directly or as an undesignated portion of their rent; have a combined household income, for the calendar month before the month of application, not in excess of 130 percent of the federal poverty level; apply and reside in Shelby County; and not have liquid resources in excess of $2,000 or $3,000, if at least one person in the household is 60 years old or disabled, ($4,000 if resources are being used for living expenses due to catastrophic illness).

Applications will be taken at the office at 1145 Washington St. in Shelbyville between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., through Friday. Call 502-633-6371 to make an appointment.

 

The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.