News Digest, Nov. 20, 2013

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By The Staff

Pollett to be sworn in as KaCO’s 1st VP

Shelby County Magistrate Hubert Pollett will be sworn in as first vice president of the Kentucky Association of Counties at its 39th Annual Conference and Exposition at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. He will take the oath of office Thursday, at the banquet and installation of officers.

Pollett will serve on KACo’s executive committee and board of directors. He is also president of the Kentucky Magistrates & Commissioners Association.

Pollett, who serves District 1 in Shelby County, is a retired educator and coach.

More than 1,000 elected county and state officials and their guests are expected at this year’s conference, including county judge-executives, magistrates and commissioners, sheriffs, jailers, county clerks, coroners, county attorneys, circuit clerks, PVAs and others.

Officials will hear from the Honorable Hal Rogers, Kentucky’s 5th District congressman, as well as other constitutional officers.


Massie stopping in Shelby

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Vanceburg), whose District 4 includes Shelby County, will host three “meet and greets” in Shelby County on Monday as part of a 48-hour swing around the western area of his district.

Massie is scheduled to appear at 10-11 a.m. Monday at McKinley’s Bred Shop and Deli on Main Street in Shelbyville, from 11:20 to noon at Carriss Grocery on Southville Pike and 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Elmar’s BP Gas Station/Convenience Store near the county line in Fisherville.

He also will have sessions in eastern Jefferson County, Goshen, La Grange, Bedford, Smithfield and Owenton.

If you have a question about the session, contact Stacie Rockaway, Massie’s field representative in the area at Stacie.Rockaway@mail.house.gov or 502-438-4951.


Survey: Improve existing road

An overwhelming number of participants in a survey sponsored by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet would like the state to focus on maintaining and improving the existing highway system, with a focus on bridges and roadway surface, but also indicate a desire for development of multimodal options for their trips where possible.

More than 16,000 people participated in helping the Cabinet to develop its Long Range Transportation Plan. This was the first campaign of its kind for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet that achieved such widespread participation.

Suggestions include focusing on multimodal transportation such as bus, rail, pedestrian walkways and trails and public transit, among others.
Participants also expressed a strong desire that these projects improve the safety of the system and additionally support economic development, be cost effective considering the benefits and provide congestion relief.


Scouting food drive upcoming

On Saturday, Scouts in Shelby County will collect food to help the hungry and to donate in Shelby County will be at Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency’s food bank, at 1145 Washington St. in Shelbyville.

This food collection is part of Scouting For Food, an effort by packs, troops, and crews around our nation to fight hunger.

Scouts will collect the food left on the doorsteps of households that receive a Scouting for Food sticky note on their doors. Scouting for Food notes will be distributed this Saturday.

If your house does not receive a Scouting for Food note, you still can deliver food donations to Multi-Purpose or to the Kroger store on Boone Station Road.

For more information, call 633-6371.

Library’s holiday hours

The Shelby County Public Library will be closed Nov. 28-29 in observance of Thanksgiving Holiday and on Nov. 30 for floor maintenance. The library will re-open at 9 a.m. Dec. 2. The library will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of Christmas holidays; and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for New Year holidays. For more information, contact 633-3803, ext. 11 or marketing@scplibrary.net.


Bardstown a ‘favorite’

Bardstown holds many titles, most notably “Most Beautiful Small Town,” but the town will now add another title as one of America’s Favorite Towns, as named by Travel and Leisure magazine. Readers nominated their favorite towns on social media with the hashtag #TLTowns and then voted for their favorite town in the first America’s Favorite Towns survey conducted by the magazine. Bardstown was No. 16 on the final list of 20 winners.


McConnell’s health-care contributor

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) is a vocal critic of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and its glitch-stricken Web site, HealthCare.gov, repeatedly calling for repeal of the law "root and branch." However, since 2011, McConnell has accepted more than $75,000 in political donations from health care giant UnitedHealth Group, which owns the technology company that helped build and launch HealthCare.govfor a reported $155 million and now is responsible for fixing it.


Southern Lights turns 20

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Southern Lights holiday festival returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Friday though Dec. 31. Southern Lights has achieved status as a premier holiday event in the region and nation, according to a state news release. More than 115,000 individuals in more than 27,000 vehicles annually attend the show.


SBDM council meetings

  • Collins High School’s Site-Based Decision-Making Council will meet at 4 p.m. today 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.
  • The Heritage Elementary FRC advisory council will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday.
  • Shelby County High School’s SBDM will meet at 3:30 p.m. next Wednesday at 1701 Frankfort Road, Shelbyville.


Roadwork, closings:

  • Interstate 64:Lane closures and delays are possible 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 possible Sunday throug­­­h Friday from 7 p.m. each evening until 5 the following morning and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Sundays. A 12-foot width restriction is in place for the westbound lanes of I-64 in this work zone.
  • 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.