News Digest: April 5, 2013

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By The Staff

Clerk’s office signed up 1,300 for donations last year

The Shelby County Circuit Clerk’s office has registered more than 1,300 organ donors in the next year and is pushing to expand that during Donate Life Month in April.

“This April, and every day, I am proud of the impact this office has on the lives of others, especially those in need of life-saving organ transplants,” Shelby County Circuit Clerk Lowry Miller said in a news release. “I am humbled at the generosity of our community. Even through tough economic times, our community is committed to helping others.”

There are nearly 1,000 Kentuckians on the waiting list for an organ transplant. Each day 18 people die waiting for their life-saving organ transplant.

Driver’s license clerks ask every person obtaining a license or ID to donate $1 to the Kentucky organ donor program and if they wish to be a registered organ donor.

“I am honored to announce that in 2012, more than thirteen hundred Shelby County residents gave hope to patients in need by becoming registered organ donors,” Miller said.

Out of 10,381 licenses issued last year, the Shelby County driver’s license staff collected more than $5000 to help the organ donor awareness program. These dollar donations go to a separate non-profit called the Trust For Life, which educates Kentucky about the life-saving mission of organ donation through community outreach programs, public speaking, and advertising efforts.  Awareness is especially important in April as it is National Donate Life Month.


March one of coldest

Following a record warm March in 2012, a persistent pattern of wintry weather across Kentucky left March 2013 as one of the coldest on record. The statewide average temperature for March based on the Kentucky Mesonet, the commonwealth’s official source of climatological observations, was 39.8 degrees, and the statewide average temperature for March 2012 was 57.9 degrees, according to Stuart Foster, state climatologist and director of the Kentucky Mesonet.

Based on historical records from stations operated by the National Weather Service, 2013 was the coldest March on a statewide basis since 1969, when the average temperature for the month was 38.3 degrees.

The cold March was surprising for many considering the winter months of December, January and February were 3.8 degrees above normal and ranked as the 11th warmest winter on record. This was the second consecutive mild winter for Kentucky, as the winter of 2011-12 ranked as the second warmest on record.
Snowfall in March was 2.5 inches, which ranked as the 20th snowiest March on record. This was also the 12th time on record that March had more snowfall than the other three winter months combined, as only 1.3 inches of snow fell from December through February.


Clean-up in Shelbyville

The City of Shelbyville’s Department of Public Works will implement a citywide clean-up begins Monday and continues through the week for residents within the city limits, not businesses.

Appliances (except microwaves) will be picked up, but must have doors secured for safety reasons. Any small items must be bagged or boxed. Limbs must be stacked neatly in piles no higher than 4 feet tall. Limbs must be no longer than 6 feet and not larger than 6 inches in diameter. Limbs must be placed separate from other items.

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. Residents should contact the Public Works Department at 633-1094 to request a pickup.


McKinney to address Rotary

Helen McKinney of the Painted Stone Settlers group will address the Shelbyville Rotary Club at its meeting at noon Tuesday. Rotary meets at the Centenary United Methodist Church at the corner of Washington and 5fth streets in Shelbyville. The meeting is free and open to the public, but there is a charge for the luncheon.


Female justice for Shelby district

For the first time in Kentucky history, three women will sit on the state's highest court. Gov. Steve Beshear tapped state Court of Appeals Judge Michelle Keller to replace retiring state Supreme Court Justice Wil Schroder. Keller will serve the remaining year of Schroder's term but will have to run for re-election in November 2014.
Keller’s district includes Shelby County.

Schroder said in January that he was stepping down to focus on his health after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
"I have the deepest respect and fondness for Justice Wil Schroder. Therefore, this is a bittersweet moment for me," Keller said in a written statement Wednesday that was published by The Herald Leader.
"I am very grateful to Gov. Beshear. and I am humbled by his confidence, as well as the confidence and support of so many people in my district and beyond. I will work hard to provide justice to my fellow Kentuckians and continue the fine legacy of Justice Schroder."
Keller, a native of Fort Mitchell, has been on the state Court of Appeals since 2006. Before being elected to the appellate court, Keller practiced law for 17 years, including stints as an assistant county prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney. Keller was a registered nurse before becoming a lawyer.
She was one of three potential replacements for Schroder picked by a bipartisan judicial nominating commission last month. Other nominees were Joseph E. Conley Jr. of Villa Hills and Allison Emerson Jones of Prospect.
Beshear must now appoint a replacement for Keller on the state Court of Appeals. Another judicial nominating commission must meet to pick three potential replacements for her.
The other two women on the state Supreme Court are justices Lisabeth Hughes Abramson and Mary Noble.

Gun violence program

Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is hosting a free workshop Sunday to address gun violence in the church. The 2-part series, titled “Church Safety and Pastoral Care in Violent Times,” will explore active shooter scenarios, church safety best practices, security training policies and strategies on how best to minister to a congregation following an act of violence.

The workshop is open to the public but is encouraged for ministers, church staff,  nurses, child care employees, ushers, counselors, youth workers and church volunteers.

The entire workshop will take place on the first floor of Schlegel Hall at 1044 Alta Vista Road. Part one, “Church Safety in Violent Times,” will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. After a short break for dinner, part two, “Pastoral Care Response in the Wake of Violence,” will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Participants are free to attend one or both sessions. Registration is required. To register, contact Pat Welsh at 502-629-2702 or pat.welsh@nortonhealthcare.org.


School testing calendar

When students from Shelby County Public Schools return to school Monday following spring break, the Spring MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing window begins. It ends May 17. During May, students will take the K-PREP (Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress) assessments.
Parents are asked to make every effort to avoid out-of-school appointments for their children during the testing dates. Also they are encouraged to help their children to get a good night’s sleep and eat a nutritious breakfast.

Dates to remember:

  • Spring MAP Window- April 8 – May 17.
  • Elementary K-PREP- May 6 – May 10.
  • Middle School K-PREP- May 6 – May 10.
  • §  High School K-PREP (grades 8, 10 and 11)- May 2 – May 8.
  • High School (End of Course)- May 8 – May 21.
  • High School (Advanced Placement)- May 6 – May 17.


Shelby Democrats to meet

The Shelby County Democratic  Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. April 16 at Stratton Center, 215  Washington St. in Shelbyville. State Rep. Jim Wayne will be guest speaker and will address proposed tax reform. Paper goods will  be collected for the Dorman Center.


I-64 lane closures possible

Lane closures and delays are possible on Interstate 64 from the Welcome Center to a half-mile east of KY 55 because of the roadway-widening project. Lane closures are scheduled Sunday through Friday from 7 each evening until 5 the following morning and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sunday. The eastbound exit to KY 55 South (Exit 32A) is closed for several months because of ramp construction. Motorists can use Exit 32B to access both KY 55 North and South. 


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.