NEWS DIGEST: April 2, 2014

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By The Staff

Kentucky, Wisconsin governors bet on Final Four game

Gov. Steve Beshear and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are wagering on their home teams in Saturday’s NCAA Final Four men’s basketball game.

Beshear bet a fully stocked Kentucky bourbon bar that the University of Kentucky Wildcats will win, while Scott offered Wisconsin beer, bratwursts and cheese for a University of Wisconsin Badgers victory.

“The Wildcats are playing their best basketball of the year, and they’ve already taken out three of last year’s Final Four teams,” Beshear said in a statement. “It will be a real treat to see these fantastic coaches, John Calipari and Bo Ryan, go head-to-head, but Kentucky clearly has the edge over the Badgers. We’ll look forward to grilling those Wisconsin brats after the Kentucky win on Saturday. Go Cats!”

The Kentucky bourbon basket – created from a half-barrel from Maker’s Mark – will include some of the state’s best premium Bourbon brands – Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey, Jim Beam, Bulleit Bourbon, Four Roses, Evan Williams, Elijah Craig and Town Branch Bourbon. The barrel also will include barware, glasses, apparel and accessories to conduct a priceless Bourbon tasting. The Kentucky Distillers’ Association provided the basket.

The Cats will tip off against the Badgers on Saturday at 8:49 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will be televised on TBS.


Shelbyville City Council has short agenda

The Shelbyville City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for its regular meeting. The council has a very short agenda with two proclamations – one declaring April 12 Health and Fitness Day and the other declaring April 19 Earth Day. The council will also have a closed session to discuss proposed or pending litigation for or against the council.


LG&E and KU remind about safe digging

With the increasing warmth of the season come increased thoughts of making home upgrades and repairs, or putting renovation projects in motion. But one detail that often gets left out of the mix is how to safely execute those projects, particularly when they require digging underground.

As part of April’s “National Safe Digging Month,” Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company urge customers to dial 811, the Federal Communication Commission’s designated call-before-you-dig number, to identify buried lines that could be damaged as a result of excavation work.

Whether it’s a home owner or contractor, Kentucky law requires all excavators to contact operators of underground utilities before performing any excavation work.

According to Common Ground Alliance, a national organization focused on protecting underground utilities across the country, an underground utility line is damaged every eight minutes because someone decided to dig without calling 811.

LG&E is a Kentucky 811 member utility in all of the areas it serves. KU is a Kentucky 811 member only in certain areas of its service territory. LG&E customers should dial 811before they dig. KU customers can visit the company’s website www.lge-ku.comto see if they need to call 811 or KU directly based on the area where they are digging.


Nielson to address Rotary

Gregory Nielson, executive director of Green Hill Therapy of Louisville, will be the speaker at the Shelbyville Rotary Club’s meeting on Tuesday.

He represents the Louisville nonprofit organization and formerly served a vice president and contract manager for Bank of America in Louisville. He is a retired legal officer with the U.S. Army, and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law school.

Rotary meets at noon at the Centenary United Methodist Church, located at the corner of Washington and 5th Streets in Shelbyville. Programs are open to the public, but there is a nominal charge for the luncheon.


Legislative breakfast

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce April 9 will have an Eye Opener Breakfast with State Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) and State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville). The breakfast, which will be from 8 a.m. to 9:30 at the Stratton Center, 215 Washington Street, Shelbyville, will give our representatives the opportunity to discuss the legislative session and what it means to residents. For more information or to register, visit the chamber’s Website, www.shelbycountykychamber.com, E-mail johnna@shelbycountykychamber.comor call 502-633-1636.


Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will have a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shelby County Jefferson Community and Technical College campus on Thursday. To reserve a spot, stop by room 118 at the college or call 502-213-3600.


Kindergarten registration

Shelby County Public Schools will have kindergarten registration from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 on April 22. Registration will be held at the student’s home school, and parents will need to bring 2 proofs of residence – like utility bills, mortgage or lease agreement – an official birth certificate, social security card, immunization certificate, current physical and eye and dental exams.

For any other questions or concerns, contact your home school or the Office of Student Services, 633-2375.


City of Shelbyville cleanup

The City of Shelbyville’s Department of Public Works will have its citywide clean-up April 7-11. The cleanup is for city residents only and business pickups will not be permitted. To schedule a pickup, contact Public Works at 633-1094. Yard waste is allowed, but limbs must be no longer than 6-feet, no larger than 6-inches in diameter and in stacks no taller than 4-feet. Appliances, except microwaves, will be picked up but must have doors secured for safety reasons. Items that will not be included are standard household garbage or truck bodies, asbestos, propane containers, dead animals, chemicals, microwaves, hazardous waste or large quantities of material from building demolition or remodeling. Public Works reserves the right to leave any debris, if these stipulations are not met.


SBDM meetings

  • Shelby County High Schools SBDM will meet at 4 p.m. April 17 for its regular monthly meeting in the main office conference room.
  • Collins High School’s SBDM will meet at 4 p.m. April 16 for its regular monthly meeting in the conference room. The council set its schedule to meet on the third Wednesday of each month through June 18.


Road repairs, delays

  • Interstate 64:Lane closures and delays are possible at any time on Interstate 64 from the Welcome Center to half-mile east of KY 55 (mile points 27.9 to 32.8) because of roadway widening. Lane closures are scheduled on westbound I-64 at the bridge over Bullskin Creek (mile point 29.3) for asphalt repairs at the bridge ends
  • KY 1848:Shoulder closures and construction delays possible at the I-64 interchange (mile points 4.6 to 6.4) because of roadway widening. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. The speed limit is reduced to 35 MPH in the work zone.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.