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Shelby County Public Schools will put up for auction trophies from Shelby County High School. The silent auction process will begin Thursday.
The trophies will be grouped in boxes for the 1960s, 1970-1975, 1976, 1977-1978, 1979, 1980-1982, 1983-1984, 1985-1987, 1988-1989, 1990s and one box with no dates. No prominent championship trophies are included.
Persons may bid on the entire box as labeled, not by individual content. The memorabilia will be displayed for bids at the SCPS central office, 1155 West Main, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday.
High bidders will be notified of their purchases at 1 p.m. Friday, after which trophies must be claimed and paid for by 5 p.m. that day.
Preschool program start date
Shelby County Public Schools is alerting parents of preschool-aged students that Sept. 3 will be the first day for preschool classes. Officials said many parents have contacted school offices to inquire. All other students start classes on Aug. 7.
Brenda King, principal of the Early Childhood Center, said in August, parents would receive a letter from their child’s teacher letting them know location, transportation items and the time of day for Sept. 3.
Simpsonville’s SBDM to meet
Simpsonville Elementary will have a special called meeting of its Site-Based Decision-Making Council at 2 p.m. today for personnel considerations. The meeting will take place in the library and will be closed.
Rain moves slowly
A slow-moving low-pressure system moved across the state from the West earlier today and began dumping rain on most of the state. Thunderstorms were forecast to continue through tonight. The National Weather Service office in Louisville said Central Kentucky could see about an inch of rain. And most of the state could see more thunderstorms this weekend, NWS said.
KSU campus to go smoke-free
Kentucky State University will be a tobacco-free campus starting this week after the Board of Regents on Friday approved a policy barring use on school grounds. The policy takes effect Thursday and covers the entire campus, prohibiting tobacco use in KSU buildings, at events and inside vehicles parked at the university.
Lori Davis, KSU general counsel, said the university considered studies showing the detrimental effects of second-hand smoke when crafting the tobacco-free policy.
Lawyers question about records
Lawyers for the state's two largest newspapers grilled state officials Monday about why they refused to release portions of more than 140 case files about children who were killed or critically injured as a result of abuse or neglect.
For example, lawyers questioned why the Cabinet for Health and Family Services had blotted out information on a news release from the Kentucky State Police about a criminal indictment of a foster parent, why it had removed the name of a parent who had been charged with a crime, and why the cabinet continued to withhold entire files long after criminal prosecutions of the cases were completed, The Herald-Leader reported.
The more-than-6-hour hearing in Franklin Circuit Court was the latest in a more-than-3-year court battle waged by the Lexington Herald-Leader and The Courier-Journal of Louisville over what information must be released after a child dies or nearly dies as a result of abuse and neglect. The hearing continued Tuesday.
"If the information is public and publicly available, why is it private?" asked Jon Fleischaker, a lawyer for The Courier-Journal.
Dana Nickels, a policy adviser for the cabinet who oversees the process of removing information from the case files of social workers, testified Monday that the cabinet removed any information that could be viewed as private or that is required to remain confidential by federal and state laws. She cited juvenile court records, Social Security numbers, information about whether a person receives government benefits and mental health records as examples.
"What the cabinet is trying to do is protect the safety of these families," Nickels said.
Nickels acknowledged that some information, such as portions of a Kentucky State Police news release, should not have been redacted. But cabinet officials don't always know what information is publicly available when they redact information from a file, she said.
Lawyers for the newspapers rejected that argument, saying cabinet officials should know not to remove pertinent information from case files that is publicly available elsewhere.
Franklin magistrates: No pipeline
Magistrates in Franklin County took a step on an issue that many in Shelby County have been discussing: They passed a resolution opposing a natural gas liquids pipeline planned to run through Franklin County, citing environmental and safety concerns and unanswered questions from company representatives.
The move carries no legal power, but makes Franklin the first county in Kentucky to take a formal position on the issue, Chris Schimmoeller, president of Envision Franklin County and a resident strongly against the project, told The State Journal.
The Bluegrass Pipeline could transport up to 400,000 barrels of natural gas drilling byproducts daily from mining regions northeast of Kentucky to the Gulf Coast. Its proposed rout would brush across the southeast corner of Shelby County, near Franklin an Anderson counties.
The natural gas liquids – a mixture of chemicals such as propane and butane – would be used primarily to make plastics, a representative of Williams has stated. Williams is partnering with Boardwalk Pipeline Partners to establish the roughly 1,100-mile pipeline.
Franklin County Attorney Rick Sparks — who unleashed a barrage of questions on a Williams representative about the company’s safety record at a meeting last week — said magistrates also have directed him to explore ways the county could restrict, stop or otherwise control the pipeline.
He said he plans to meet with county attorneys from Woodford, Scott and Nelson counties — where pipeline opponents are also working — about such options. He is also requesting an opinion from the Office of the Attorney General on the unsettled issue of whether the company has the right of eminent domain in Kentucky.
Summer reading reminder
Parents of students in first through sixth grades at Shelby County Public Schools are reminded that each student left last school year with a book that will be used in the first reading unit to be taught in the upcoming school year.
Those books are: first grade – Biscuit Goes to School; second grade – Chrysanthemum; third grade – A Chair for my Mother; fourth grade – Hotel for Dogs; fifth grade – Frindle; and sixth grade – My Life in Dog Years.
Students are expected to have read the appropriate books by the start of school on Aug. 7.
Road projects, closures
The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.