NEWS DIGEST: June 27, 2014

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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.


Shelby unemployment one of lowest in state

Unemployment rates fell in 103 Kentucky counties between May 2013 and May of this year, while 11 county rates went up and six counties stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the state at 5.2 percent. It was followed by Kenton County, 5.6 percent, Campbell and Shelby counties, 5.8 percent each; Grant County, 5.9 percent; Gallatin, Oldham and Woodford counties, 6 percent; and Daviess, Fayette, LaRue, Simpson and Warren counties, 6.3 percent each, according to a state news release.

Jackson County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate — 17.7 percent. It was followed by Magoffin County, 15.1 percent; Harlan County, 14.8 percent; Leslie County, 14.1 percent; Letcher County, 13.8 percent; Bell and Knott counties, 12.9 percent each; Clay County, 12.7 percent; McCreary County, 12.4 percent; and Pike County, 12.2 percent.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working.

Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks.

The statistics in this news release are not seasonally adjusted because of the small sample size for each county. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.


Kentucky to help study

college students learning

Kentucky is one of nine states participating in a new collaborative to better assess what students are learning in their college studies.

The University of Kentucky, Northern Kentucky University and Hazard Community and Technical College are among the 68 two-year and four-year institutions participating in the Multi-State Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment.

The Council on Postsecondary Education will work with the three campuses and coordinate the state’s effort.

“Participation in this collaboration moves Kentucky to the forefront of assessing academic quality,” said Dr. Aaron Thompson, the Council’s executive vice president and chief academic officer. “We are excited to team up with other states to help students develop the skills and competencies necessary to meet workforce needs and to become responsible citizens.”

Other states include Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Rhode Island and Utah.

The initiative was announced earlier this week by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will fund the initial year of the program.


GM prepares for another recall

General Motors could announce another recall as early as today, officials have said.

The company is preparing to recall about 33,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars because of faulty air bags.

However, this issue is different than than another air bag issue that has led to millions of recalls through several companies. Both, however, are due to Japanese supplier Takata Corp.

The recall will affect some 2013 and 2014 models.

The Cruze is GM’s top-selling car.


New distillery planned for Bardstown

With the bourbon marketplace booming, distilleries are popping up all over Kentucky, and the capital city of the bourbon world will play host to the industry’s latest venture.

The Bardstown Bourbon Company will break ground this summer on a $25 million, 45,000-square foot distillery, warehousing and visitor’s center complex on 100 acres in the Nelson County Industrial Park, officials announced at a press event Thursday morning at the rotunda at My Old Kentucky Home State Park.

This announcement comes on the heels of Daigeo Spirits’ announcement to open a $118 million facility in Shelby County.

The distillery will employ 35 people full-time and plans to open in 2016. Once operational, The Bardstown Bourbon Company will mark the fifth distillery in Nelson County.

The Bardstown Bourbon Company has brought on Steve Nally as its master distiller. Nally has more than 40 years of experience in the industry and is a member of the Bourbon Hall of Fame.


1st chikungunya case confirmed in Kentucky

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has received lab results confirming the first case of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus, also called CHIKV, in an Anderson County resident who recently traveled to Haiti. Results for nine possible cases in other individuals who recently traveled to the same region are still pending, but are expected to be positive.

The CHIKV illness is routinely found in mosquitoes in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia, but is not yet carried by mosquitoes in Kentucky. CHIKV is only transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes, and does not spread person-to-person. The period of time between when an infected mosquito bites a person and when the person develops signs and symptoms of the illness is typically 3-7 days.

With illness onset, the person develops high fever, chills, and joint pain, followed in some by a rash on the trunk, limbs and face lasting 3-4 days. Muscle and joint pain last about one week. Joint pain is often severe and in some people lasts longer, up to several months. CHIKV is usually not fatal. There is no vaccine available to prevent CHIKV infection.

Kentucky does have both species of mosquitoes that can become infected with CHIKV and then transmit the virus to humans, so it is possible that the illness will become more common in the state and the country in coming years. This is one of the reasons why DPH and the CDC are monitoring new cases of illness in U.S. residents.


Sen. Paul to address Rotary

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Bowling Green) will be the speaker at the Shelbyville Rotary Club’s meeting on Tuesday.

Paul will speak on national policy and national issues.

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.


Art and Author Fest

The Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee is looking for participants for the Art and Author Fest from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on July 26. The event will give artists and authors a chance to sell arts, crafts and books and interact with the public during the Jubilee. For more information or to register for the event, contact Cheryl Van Stockum at cheryljaye@mac.com.


Community foundation accepting applications

The Shelby County Community Foundation invites 501(c)3 charities, Ecumenical religious organizations and governmental organizations to submit applications for grant funding for their organizations by Monday. Grants will be awarded for 2015. Application forms may be downloaded from the Foundation website, shelbyccf.org, or for more information call 633-2763.


State fair entry deadline is Tuesday

The deadline for the Kentucky State Fair general entries is Tuesday. Registration is available online now at www.kystatefair.org. Forms are also available online as a PDF and can be mailed once completed. Entries must be postmarked by July 1. Late entries will be accepted with a fee until July 10.

Check the 2014 Kentucky State Fair Premium Book to find rules, prizes and drop-off information specific to individual categories, as some of the nearly 30 departments are judged before the fair. It can be found online at http://www.kystatefair.org/entries/premiumBook.aspxor can be mailed upon request by contacting the entry department at (502) 367-5190.


Road repairs, delays

  • Interstate 64:  Lane closures and delays possible from the Welcome Center to ½mile east of KY 55 (mile points 27.9 to 32.8) due to roadway widening.  Lane closures are always possible Sunday - Friday from 7:00 p.m. each evening until 5:00 a.m. the following morning and on Saturdays from 10:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. the following morning.
  • 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.