NEWS DIGEST: Aug. 6, 2014

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Shelby one of 12 Kentucky libraries

to receive Kentucky 120 books

Shelby County Public Library has been selected as one of 12 libraries in the state to receive a copy of the recently published book Kentucky 120.

The book is a gift from donors who have supported the crowd-source funded project initiated by Frankfort photographer Ed Lawrence and his newly formed publishing company Zedz press.

Kentucky 120 is a collection of landscape photographs from each of Kentucky's 120 counties. A photographic portrait of Kentucky in book form — Ed Lawrence conveys his love and deep appreciation for all of Kentucky, from the Mississippi River to the Appalachian Mountains.

The Shelby County Public Libraries book was donated Dennis and Ann Horn of Shelbyville.

Other libraries receiving copies of the book are: Clark County Public Library, Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library, Graves County Public Library, Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, Lexington Public Library, Louisville Free Public Library, Lucille Little Fine Arts Library, Paul Sawyer Public Library, Rowan County Public Library and the Sayre School Library


SCHS orientation, Back to School bash

Shelby County High School will have its annual 8th Grade Student Orientation from 1:30pm to 5:00pm today at the high school. Incoming 8th Grade Parent Orientation will start at 5:30pm.

The 5th Annual Back to School Bash will follow at 6:30pm at Robert Doyle Stadium. All Rocket students, parents, guardians and fans are invited to attend the Back to School Bash and enjoy free food, soft drinks, games, prizes and information on school and community resources.


Troopers from 6 states target distracted drivers

An unprecedented number of citations for distracting driving were made June 20-26, during a multi-agency enforcement campaign called the "6 State Trooper Project."

Kentucky State Police joined forces with state police agencies from Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Indiana on major interstates, in an ongoing effort to combat distracted driving. Nearly 2,000 citations for distracted driving were issued among the six states. Distracted driving citations include texting, cell phone, reckless and careless driving.

“One of the most deadly threats to safety on our roadways is the distracted driver,” KSP Sgt. Michael Webb said in a news release. “Working in tandem with our neighbor states allows us to extend operations beyond the reach of state lines resulting in a force multiplying effort.”

KSP accounted for 153 distracted driving citations during the enforcement campaign.

“This concentrated effort by all six agencies reduced traffic crashes and criminal behavior at a time of year when we see heightened travel on major interstates,” Webb said.

The next combined enforcement effort is scheduled for September and will target marijuana interdiction and criminal patrol.


Ratliff to address Rotary on Aug. 19

Erin Ratliff, a Shelbyville attorney and past president of the Shelbyville Rotary Club, will present a program about the International Rotary Foundation at the Aug. 19 meeting.

Rotary meets at noon Tuesdays at the Centenary United Methodist Church at the corner of Washington and Fifth streets. Programs are open to the public but there is a nominal charge for the meal.

Ratliff received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Louisville. Since 2008, she has practiced law in Shelbyville, which primarily consists of domestic relations cases. In February she joined Mathis, Riggs, Prather & Ratliff.

Ratliff serves the Legal Aid Society as a volunteer lawyer for low-income clients and has assisted in piloting a volunteer lawyer program in domestic violence court in Shelby County.

She served as president of the Shelbyville Rotary Club from November 2012 through June 2014.  Upon completion of her term as President, she will serve a three-year term as assistant district governor for her Rotary District 6710.


WorkOne job fair

WorkOne will host a Job Fair for Connextions at WorkOne from 10:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. today at its State Street Location, 2125 State Street, #16 in New Albany. The company has 250 openings for customer service agents, 50 openings for the PAID College of Insurance Training Program, and 50 Openings for licensed health agents.

Applicants attending the event should bring a resume and dress professionally for an on-site interview.

For more information, please contact WorkOne at 812-948-6102.


Shelby Artists on Main Street meeting

The next “meet and connect” meeting for the Shelby Artists On Main Street will be at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 in the Hudson Room at the Shelby County Public Library. All artists and persons interested in the arts are invited to attend the informal meeting. For more information call Howard Griffith at 633-2763 or email jhgriffith66@gmail.com.


Squire Boone Day will be Oct. 4

Squire Boone Day will be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Oct 4 2014 at Clear Creek Park.

The Squire Boone Foundation is still searching for sponsors for this year’s event, which will feature rising country music star and Taylorsville native J.D. Shelbourne. Booth space will be available for $25, and tickets will be $10. The foundation will also sponsor a Little Miss and Mr. Squire Boone contest and a Miss Squire Boone. Winners will be VIPs at all future events.

For more information about becoming a sponsor or entering a pageant, please call 502-220-9542.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.