NEWS DIGEST: April 9, 2014

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CASA benefit is Friday

The Feast for Futures to benefit CASA of the River Region will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Claudia Sanders Dinner House. The event, organized by former JCTC Shelby County Campus student Kim Hinkle, will raise funds for a scholarship to JCTC Shelby County. The cost is $35, with $10 going directly to the scholarship fund, and includes entrance and dinner. There will also be a silent acution.

CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children, is a national network of community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities.


Middle School Parent Academy

Shelby County Public Schools will have a Middle School Parent Academy from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 15 at East Middle School. All parents of middle school students are invited to attend. The academy will feature information for parents to help students with the proper steps to college and career readiness. For more information, contact the school district at 633-2375.


Paint the town puprle

Businesses will celebrate Relay for Life in Shelby County by decorating in purple through May 16. The city of Shelbyville will put purple bows on lampposts and the Shelby County Courthouse by May 1. Participants are urged to upload photos to the Relay for Life Shelby County KY Facebook page to be entered into a contest.

To purchase a ribbon, contact Heidi at 502-437-0865 or 502-396-7697. The bows have one purple tail and another with a different color representing cancer support, like pink for breast cancer. Streamers can be added to existing bows that were purchased in the past. All proceeds go the Relay for Life, which will be from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. May 16-17 on the front lawn of Jefferson Community and Technical College.


Tyson recalling 75,000 pounds of chicken nuggets

Tyson Foods has issued a recall of more than 75,000 pounds of white meat chicken nuggets sold in 5-pound bags at Sam’s Club stores.

The recall, the company said, is in response to several calls received from consumers who found small pieces of plastic in the nuggets.

"Though the plastic pieces have been found in a very small number of packages, out of an abundance of caution, the company is recalling 75,320 pounds of product. The products were shipped to Sam’s Club distribution centers nationwide and in Puerto Rico in late January and in February," the company released in a statement.

Also included in the recall orders were the 20 pound packets of chicken breast patties. 

The USDA gave the order for the recall of the nuggets, and Tyson has bought back any portions of the products still at stores.

The affected products can be identified by product code “16142-928" with a "Best if Used By" date of "Jan 26 2015" or Feb 16 2015." The manufacturer codes "0264SDL0315 through 19" and "0474SDL0311 through 14" can also be found on the bags. These products were produced Jan. 26, 2014 or Feb. 16, 2014.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Tyson Foods Consumer Services toll free at (866) 328-3156. If you have one of the affected bags, Tyson said the product should be thrown away, and consumers should mail the UPC and date code from the bag to Tyson Foods – CP631, P.O. Box 2020, Springdale, Ark., 72765-9989


Humane society president calls out Bevin

Michael Markarian, the president of The Humane Society of the United States’ legislative fund, Thursday called for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin to withdraw from the race after he spoke at a pro-cockfighting rally in Corbin. Bevin reiterated his stance that Saturday’s event at The Arena in Corbin was a states’ rights rally in an interview with 84WHAS radio Thursday. He said he’s “never been to a cockfight, don’t condone cockfighting,” and there were no roosters present at the event.


Kentucky highway fatalities slightly behind last year's pace

Through March 31, 122 people have lost their lives in vehicle accidents on Kentucky roads. That compares to 126 fatalities at the same time a year ago, according to the state Transportation Cabinet's Office of Highway Safety.

Of the 122 fatalities, four occurred on motorcycles and 19 were in commercial vehicles.

Among the fatal wrecks this year, 40 percent of the victims were wearing seat belts while nearly 49 percent were not.

The age groups 20-24 and 55-64 years had the most fatalities -- 17.2 percent each.

The area comprised of the KSP Elizabethtown post had the largest number of fatalities -- 27; while the Frankfort post was second with 11. With only one fatal wreck, the Harlan post had the fewest.


Steier to address Rotary

Kurt Steier, with Cool World video marketing, will be the speaker at the Shelbyville Rotary Club’s meeting April 15.

Steier has mort hand 25 years of experience in promotion, marketing and sales in the media, private, non-private and government sectors. His career path has included time at WVEZ-FM and WHAS radio in Louisville and Cox Broadcasting in Miami, Fla. His primary role at Cool World is to introduce clients into the creative process and fulfillment of video marketing creations.

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.


DAR geneaology workshop

Isaac Shelby Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will host a Genealogy workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on April 26 at the Shelby County Public Library, 309 8th Street, Shelbyville. The workshop is open to the public. Anyone interested in help with research and/or becoming a member of the DAR is invited to attend.

Seating is limited, for early reservation contact 502-593-5791 or 502-321-9244.


Legislative breakfast

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce today 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.


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 this week. 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.