News Briefs: Oct. 7, 2009

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By The Staff

 Second Sunday event

This year's Second Sunday event will take place on Sunday and will offer Kentuckians the opportunity to take advantage of a statewide day for physical activity and to make a commitment to healthy lifestyle changes.

Sheila Fawbush, Shelby County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, has worked with community partners to plan Shelby County's local event that is co-sponsored by the Shelby County/Shelbyville Parks and Recreation.

This year’s event will be a progressive park day. The schedule is 2-3 p.m. at the Red Orchard Park; 3-4 p.m. at Clear Creek Family Activity Center; and 4-5 p.m. at the Finchville Park.

Individuals who sign in and participate in some form of physical activity such as walking at each of these times and locations will receive a free gift. Participants will also be placed in a drawing for quarterly family memberships at the Clear Creek Park Family Activity Center.  Three quarterly family memberships will be given away, one at each location. 

If you would like to celebrate Second Sunday at your home or in your local community, please contact your Shelby County Extension Office at 633-4593 to have a sign-up sheet mailed to your home.

Those who are physically active on Oct. 11 and complete the information sheet will be placed in a special drawing for several local gift cards. 


Bus employees adopt Owsley students

Shelby County bus drivers and monitors appreciate the local efforts for local children, so they are turning their attention to Owsley County, in southeastern Kentucky, the second poorest county in America, with a median household income of less than $16,000. About 41.7 percent of families and 45.4 percent of the population were below the poverty line, including 56.3 percent of those under age 18. Poverty rates are therefore among the 10 highest of any county in the United States.

Shelby County bus spokesperson Nita Palmer said drivers/monitors agreed to partner with that school district’s Transportation Department. The first fund-raiser to help the project will be Oct. 17 at Daniel Field on Washington Street (across from the rear of the School Board office). There will be games, yard sale, raffles starting at 8 a.m. and concessions available at 11 a.m. The event ends at 5 p.m.

Local school buses will be parked in various locations in town on Saturdays after Oct. 17 as drop-off points for items children’s shoes, sizes 1-7; children’s hoody sweatshirts; and non-perishable food items.

Palmer said the goal is to provide something for every child in the elementary school in Owsley County, which has an enrollment of 450.

The deadline to donate items is Dec.1. Donations can be delivered to the bus garage on US 60 East (across from the Masonic Home) and the various drop-off points throughout town, plus the buses on Saturdays after October 17.


Santa for our troops

The Shelby County Extension Homemakers are now gathering items for our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The homemakers invite all Shelby Countians to participate in support of these men and women who are away from their families during the holidays. Items must be into the Shelby County Extension Office by Nov. 8 in order to send the items overseas for Christmas. The following suggested items would be appreciated: disposable razors, shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, bar or liquid soap, hand sanitizer, Q-tips, lip balms, saline eye drops, band aids, Ben Gay patches, tampons, combs, brushes, granola bars, protein bars, chewing gum, Tootsie Rolls, wash cloths, towels, disposable cameras and individual packages of hot chocolate and beef jerky.  For more information, call the Shelby County Extension Office at 633-4593.


Spencer to vote wet/dry

Spencer County is facing a historical decision in the coming weeks – whether to maintain the county's prohibition of alcohol sales or vote to change the county's status to wet and allow the sale of alcohol in restaurants and retail outlets.

In an effort to make sure the voters have all the facts they need to make an informed decision at the polls Oct. 20, The Spencer Magnet will be hosting a community forum this Thursday at Spencer County Middle School. The forum will be held in the gymnasium and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Keeneland opens

The Keeneland Fall Meet opens Friday and runs through Oct. 31 at the track on Versailles Road in Lexington. Racing is scheduled Wednesday through Sunday, with the first post time at 1:15 p.m. General admission is $5. For information, visit www.keeneland.com.


Holiday assistance applications

Applications for the Salvation Army Angel Tree holiday assistance can be filled out 6-9 p.m. Friday ; 2:30-6 p.m. Oct. 12, 15, 19, 22, 27 and 29; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 31 at Victory Baptist Church, 715 Main St. in Shelbyville.


Simpsonville SBDM meeting rescheduled

Simpsonville Elementary’s SBDM meeting scheduled for Tuesday was canceled because of illness. The meeting will be rescheduled for Tuesday at 2:45 p.m.  Please contact Principal Jill Tingle if there are conflicts with this time.