News Digest: May 22, 2013

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By The Staff

Collins awards night set;

graduation to be streamed

Collins High School will have its Senior Awards Night at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. That’s when scholarships and other honors will be presented.

Following that on Saturday is commencement exercises at the two high schools.

Shelby County High School’s program will be at 1 p.m. in Mike Casey Gymnasium, and Collins will have graduation at 7 p.m. in the school’s gym.

For those attending the commencement exercise, there will be large screens showing the program in the auditoriums once priority seating is full in the gymnasiums.

And those graduations will be streamed live on the www.shelby.kyschools.us.

In the toolbar across the top, click on GRADUATION to the extreme right. It will become live at 1 p.m. at SCHS and at 7 p.m. at Collins.

This community service is being handled by district and school technicians.


Painted Stone honored by ACT

Painted Stone Elementary was recognized as a 2012 NCEA Higher Performing School. According to the ACT affiliate organization, this indicates “the school’s deep commitment to raising student achievement and putting students on the path to college and career readiness – regardless of socio-economic barriers and any other obstacles that might otherwise impede success.”

Painted Stone was among 136 entries from Kentucky and was spotlighted for a growth measure in science.


Collins orchestra invited to festival

The National Orchestra Festival reviews have been completed and Collins High School’s orchestra will be receiving an official invitation to participate in the 2014 National Orchestra Festival in Louisville during March 6-8, 2014. Director Mary McGillen said she was told that “the American String Teachers Association is very excited about the experience your orchestra has been invited to attend. They will come away from the festival with an opportunity that will hopefully expand their musical talent as well as provide them with fond memories they will remember once grown.”


Exchange plan in court
A judge will decide whether to dismiss a case against Gov. Steve Beshear’s administration for implementing a state-run health benefit exchange as part of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Dozens of Tea Party supporters filled a courtroom Monday as attorneys on both sides argued before Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd.

The crux of the matter involved whether Nicholasville activist David Adams and others had standing as taxpayers to challenge Beshear’s executive order establishing the Office of the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act.

Adams is seeking an injunction against the exchange until the Legislature approves its creation. “The bottom line on the case is the health benefit exchange was enacted illegally and unconstitutionally and therefore should be shut down,” Adams told reporters outside the temporary courthouse.

Kentucky’s benefit exchange is expected to help more than 330,000 uninsured Kentuckians gain health coverage and 276,000 may be eligible for subsidized health insurance, according to statistics from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Patrick Hughes, a Crestview Hills attorney representing the state, said the lawsuit should be thrown out because Adams and others have shown no specific injury as a result of Beshear’s decision to move ahead with a state-run insurance marketplace.


Paul names new staff chief

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul announced the appointment of William Henderson as his chief of staff. Henderson had served as a deputy to that position in Paul’s office.

“William is an incredible asset to our team and I am excited that he will be running my Senate office,” Paul said in a release announcing Henderson’s appointment. “His Kentucky roots give him an in-depth knowledge of the issues that are important to the commonwealth and his extensive legislative and policy experience gives him a comprehensive understanding of the U.S. Senate and the issues facing our nation.”

A native of Madisonville, Henderson previously worked for Sen. Mitch McConnell and retired Sen. Jim Bunning.

Additionally, Sen. Paul announced that Rachel Bovard and John Gray will lead his legislative team as co-directors. Among other issues, Bovard will continue her focus on energy and agriculture matters; Gray will continue his work on budget concerns.


Innes to address Shelby GOP

The Shelby County Republican Party will meet Thursday, May 23rd, at 7 P.M. in the Stratton Center at 215 Washington Street, Shelbyville.
Richard Innes, the staff education analyst for the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, will be the special guest speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday when the Shelby County Republican Party meets at Stratton Center, 215 Washington St. in Shelbyville.

Innes will discuss from a parent’s viewpoint the emerging issues with the Common Core State Standards, which are now impacting K-to-12 education across Kentucky, including why the CATS test was crapped.

The meeting is open to anyone regardless of political party affiliation.

The Shelby County GOP Executive Committee will hold its monthly business meeting, which will be open to registered Republicans. Donations of food items will be collected before the meeting for the Food for Kids Backpack Program.
For more information, call Shelby County GOP Chair Jennifer Decker at 502-773-2326.


Library closed

The Shelby County Public Library will be closed today for in-service Training and will reopen for its normal schedule on Thursday.


Cemetery walking tour   
Friends of Grove Hill will offer a free walking tour Monday, Memorial Day, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the chapel. It will be completed in time for the annual memorial service conducted by the VFW.

Leading the tour will be Mike Harrod, with a welcome by Duanne Puckett.


Crackdown on seat belts

As of Monday motorists who refuse to wear their seat belts will be subject to a statewide crackdown for “Click It or Ticket” that will extend through the Memorial Day weekend. Officers from the Shelbyville Police Department, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the Simpsonville Police Department and Kentucky State Police all will be on the lookout for drivers who aren’t buckled in.

Kentucky’s 83 percent seat-belt usage rate lags behind the national rate of 86 percent, and the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is supporting state and local law enforcement across the country in their efforts to strongly enforce seat belt laws around the clock.

Kentucky’s roadway fatalities increased last year, going from 721 deaths in 2011 to 746 in 2012.  More than half of those killed in motor vehicles were not restrained.
According to NHTSA, seat belts, when worn correctly, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat occupants by 45 percent – and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans. 


Looking for information

Juett D. Stucker Sr. is looking for information for the town of Clay Village to use in a book he’s putting together about the community.

Stucker had worked through records of deeds, wills and civil action at the Shelby County Court House, and he has discovered Clay Village was incorporated in 1839 and again in 1949. All information will be credited to the provider. Contact Stucker at P.O. Box 82, Shelbyville, 40066, 502-633-5507 or jdstucker@hotmail.com.


Road closings, delays scheduled

  • I-64:Lane closures and delays are possible between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Friday, between the Welcome Center and a half-mile east of KY 55 because of roadway widening. On Saturdays the hours are 10 p.m.-5 a.m. The eastbound exit to KY 55 South (Exit 32A) is closed due to ramp construction. Motorists can use Exit 32B to access both KY 55 North and South.
  • KY 1848:Shoulder closures and construction delays are possible at the I-64 interchange 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.
  • I-64: Lane closures and delays are possible between mile points 38 and 44 westbound because of sealing of pavement joints and cracks. Lane closures are possible in the evenings from 7 clock until 6 the following morning.

Multi-Purpose sets election, meeting

Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency will hold a public election on June 19 for low-income board representatives in Bullitt and Shelby Counties. Voting will be at senior center on Washington Street between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Anyone 18 years of age or older and living within the county is eligible to vote. Multi-Purpose also will have its next board meeting at 1:30 p.m. June 3 at the Spencer County Fiscal Court Room located in Taylorsville.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.