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  • News Briefs: March 25, 2011

    Kentucky’s jobless rate
    unchanged from January

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate remained at 10.4 percent from January 2011 to February 2011, according to the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
    The preliminary February 2011 jobless rate is .5 percentage point lower than the 10.9 percent rate recorded in February 2010. The 10.4 percent rate recorded in February 2011 is the highest rate since May 2010 when it was 10.4 percent.

  • Shelby man at home on the political trail

    While he was weaving through Washington D.C.'s political circles, Michael Biagi said he always knew he wanted to come back to Kentucky.

    Growing up in Shelbyville, he knew the commonwealth would some day be his long-term home.

    Now, returning from political stomping grounds, Biagi has found a spot as the Louisville-area field representative for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).

    He didn't know it then as a young child, but his future was right out there in front of him.

    Actually, it was on the same block.

  • EARLIER: Sidewalk ordinance foes taking fight to City Hall

    A group of Shelbyville business and homeowners that have been organizing in opposition of the city's sidewalk ordinance have announced a plan to attend the next Shelbyville City Council meeting, which will be April 7.

    The group began with a meeting in January and has been collecting signatures for a petition against the sidewalk ordinance since then.

  • Humane Society puts on the dog

    The Shelby County Humane Society is normally more black Lab than black tie, but that will change Saturday night with Runway & Rescue.

    The event, which will be at the Henry Clay Building, 604 South 3rd Street in Louisville, is bringing together a high-end fashion show by designer Christian Siriano, sponsored by Glasscock and Chic Boutique, a gourmet dinner from The Silver Spoon and special guest Carson Kressley.

    All proceeds from the night, which still has seats available for $100 apiece, will benefit the Shelby County Humane Society.

  • Big theft nets no time behind bars

    A Jefferson County man who pleaded guilty last week to what police have called “one of the largest merchandise thefts” ever seen in Shelby County won’t be spending any time in jail if he stays clear of trouble.
    Jack H. McIntosh, 43, of Jeffersontown was arrested last April and charged with the theft of  $512,000 worth of plastic containers. In an agreement with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty in Shelby Circuit Court March 17 to theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, a Class C felony, which carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison.

  • Masonic Home Shelbyville rated 5-star for 2nd year

    Masonic Home Shelbyville, named last year as the state’s top healthcare facility, now can add its second consecutive 5-star rating by U.S. News & World Report to its growing resume.
    The facility learned this week that it had again been so evaluated in the annual Best Nursing Homes survey published by the magazine.

  • More info on plane crash victims with Shelby connection

    The victims of a small plane crash in California have been identified as members of the Laban Jackson family of Shelby County. Katie Jackson Morrison, the daughter of Laban and Carol Jackson of Lexington, died along with her son Wyatt, 6, and daughter Hannah, 5, in a crash near Barstow, Calif. Morrison is the niece of Carolyn Jackson Walters of Shelby County. To read more, go to http://www.sierrasun.com/article/20110321/NEWS/110329991/1066&ParentProf...

  • These books you can sink your teeth into

    Cookbooks are always a good source for food inspiration, but Collins High School teachers Beth Jones and Bethany Farmer suggested their students look a little deeper.

    Jones, the library media specialist, and Farmer, the family and consumer science teacher, banded together to have students from a culinary arts class work on an edible book show.

    “I get a newsletter from the library, and one month it had an article on edible book shows, so I talked to Mrs. Farmer, and we both though ‘Let’s do it,’” Jones said.

  • Graduation set for June 4 at the high schools’ gyms

    Seniors at Shelby County and Collins high schools now know when – and where – they will receive their diplomas.

    At the school board meeting March 10, the school calendar was adjusted to move the last day of school June 3, and now graduation will follow on June 4 at the schools’ gyms – ending many years of commencements at the Frankfort Civic Center.

    Shelby County High School will have graduation at 1 p.m., and Collins will follow at 7 p.m.

  • House OKs compromise on Medicaid

    There may be good news on the horizon for the Medicaid impasse created two weeks ago when a heated squabble broke out in Frankfort, leaving a $166 million deficit in next year’s budget unresolved.

    State Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) said Tuesday that a compromise bill passed the House very favorably, with only 4 nays against it, that he is very hopeful will be accepted by the Senate.