News Digest: Oct. 9, 2013

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By The Staff

Bridge repairs could cause

closings, delays on I-64

Some overnight lane closures are possible because of construction work on Interstate 64 in Shelby and Franklin counties to perform concrete overlays on four bridges, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced.

The work, which begins Monday, will include the westbound bridge over Bardstown Trail (at Mile Marker 45.5).

In Franklin County, repairs will be made to the eastbound and westbound bridges over KY 151 (Mile Marker 47.7) and the westbound bridge over Evergreen Road (Mile Marker  49.8).

All construction work will take place at night, with lane closures possible Sunday through Thursday, from 7 each evening until 7. the following morning.  No lane closures will be allowed on Friday and Saturday nights.

KYTC awarded this contract to American Contracting & Services in the amount of $1,006,341. The contract completion date is Nov. 15.

The actual starting date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Dial 511 or visit 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information.


Other road work, closings:

  • Interstate 64:Lane closures and delays possible from Simpsonville east to KY 55 because of the roadway widening project. Lane closures are possible Sunday through Friday from 7 each evening until 5 the following morning and on Saturdays from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. 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 because of the roadway widening. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction. The speed limit is reduced to 35 mph in the work zone.


Weekend rain less than 3 inches

The torrential downpours that on Sunday rendered much of Jefferson County under several feet of water and sent some residents fleeing their homes were a bit kinder to Shelby Countians.

About 3 inches of rain were measured officially in Shelby County, but that amount was not uniform throughout the county. National Weather Service meteorologists reported 2.9 inches in their Kentucky Mesonet site near Finchville, and Tom Doyle, manager of Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer, said that 2.4 inches were recorded at the wastewater treatment plant on Kentucky Street.

Some residents’ gauges measured more than 3.5 inches on Saturday and Sunday.

Still those totals reflected the most in a single weekend since Sept. 19-20, when Shelbyville got 4.6 inches of rain on Sept. 20 alone, Doyle said.


City council cancels meeting

The Shelbyville City Council announced Tuesday that it was canceling a special called meeting it had scheduled for Thursday night. That meeting had been set to replace its regular meeting of Oct. 1, which was canceled because of a meeting of the Kentucky League of Cities, which was attended by several city officials.

The council next will meet at its regular session at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in city hall.


Campbellsville U. cited

The annual report of America's Best Christian Colleges by the Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc. has included Campbellsville University among one of the best Christian colleges in America. A total of 1,040 schools responded to the Annual National College Survey, and 384 of those schools were Christian institutions of higher education.

According to this survey, an incoming freshman to a Christian institution held an average high school grade-point average (GPA) of a 3.30. The average SAT score for these students was 1061 and the average ACT score was a 22.

To qualify an institution must be an accredited, 4-year institution offering bachelor degrees and offer full residential facilities including residence halls and dining services.


Tobe to address Rotary

Chris Tobe, a certified financial analyst with 25 years of institutional investment experience, will speak Tuesday to the Shelbyville Rotary Club at its regular weekly meeting.

 Rotary meets at noon at the Centenary United Methodist Church, at the corner of Washington and 5th streets in Shelbyville. Meetings are open to the public, but there is a charge for the luncheon.


Coyote night hunts OKd
New regulations allow hunters to use a shotgun to take coyotes at night year round. Lights or night vision equipment can only be used from Feb. 1 through May 31.

"This new opportunity offers landowners another tool to assist in the removal of coyotes associated with livestock depredation," Steven Dobey, furbearer program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said in a news release. "Coyotes are generally less wary at night and hunting at this time can result in increased harvest success."

Kentucky’s General Assembly enacted a law allowing night hunting of coyotes earlier this year, but lawmakers left it to Kentucky Fish and Wildlife to create regulations for the seasons. The commission approved the new regulations in the spring; the proposed regulations recently won all the necessary approvals from legislative committees to open a season.

A shotgun loaded with shells up to size T is the only legal firearm for night coyote hunting. Hunters will not be able to use slugs. Decoys and electronic calls will be allowed.
Hunters on private property must have permission from landowners to be there. "In developing these new regulations, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife has taken special precautions to prevent the illegal harvest of antlered deer and minimize human safety concerns," Dobey said in the release. "No hunter should jeopardize those precautions by trespassing just because they are hunting at night."
The night light season will correspond with the time of year when deer have shed their antlers. This should lessen the motivation to poach deer. Late winter is also when vegetation is at its lowest, food is most scarce and when coyotes are actively breeding, making them easier to call into a set up. Lights cannot be connected to or cast from a vehicle. Any color of light can be used.
Daytime hunting for coyotes is open year round. Hunters may use shotguns, center-fire rifles, bows, crossbow, air guns with a minimum size of .22-caliber and rim-fire rifles during daylight hours.
There is no limit on the number of coyotes which hunters may take at night or during the day.


Student drug-abuse video contest

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Keep Kentucky Kids Safe partners Monday announced the start of their annual prescription drug abuse prevention public service announcement contest for Kentucky middle and high school students. The competition is part of Conway's statewide public awareness initiative to warn Kentucky kids about the devastating consequences of prescription drug abuse.
As part of the competition, Kentucky middle and high school students produce a 30-second video that shows the perils of prescription drug abuse. The first place winner will receive an Apple iPad donated by NADDI. The runner-up will receive a $100 Amazon.com gift card donated by the Kentucky Pharmacists Association.

The deadline for submitting a video is Dec. 6. Winners will be announced on Dec. 13. To see how to enter, visit http://ag.ky.gov/rxabuse.

Community health meetings

The KIPDA Rural Diabetes Coalition meets Oct. 17 to discuss ways we can make Shelby, Henry and Bullitt counties healthier places, especially for people living with diabetes. The group works to create healthy resources for our communities, influence public policy, and plan educational events for the public and for professionals.

The next meeting is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bullitt County Extension Office.

A working lunch will be provided with RSVP. For more information, call Teresa McGeeney at 502-266-5571 or teresa.mcgeeney@ky.gov or visit www.krdcoalition.com.


The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report.