News Digest: May 24, 2013

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By The Staff

Shelby’s unemployment falls, ranks 4th best in state

Shelby County’s unemployment rate for April 2013 improved to the fourth best in the state.

New claims for the county showed a 6 percent rate, down from 7 percent in March but up slightly from 5.8 percent in April 2012, based on data released Thursday by the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate, at 5.4 percent, followed by Oldham County, 5.6; Fayette County, 5.9; Shelby and Ohio counties, at 6; Daviess and Scott counties, 6.1; Franklin and Hancock counties, 6.2; and Boone, Henderson, Madison and Spencer counties, 6.3.
Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate – 16.9 percent

Among other counties surrounding Shelby, Anderson was at 6.5 percent, Henry at 6.9 percent and Jefferson at 7.5

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.

Memorial Day closings

Memorial Day is observed on Monday, which means the post offices, court house, judicial center and state, county and city offices will be closed. Banks are closed, too.


Democrats to hold Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

The Shelby County Democratic Party will have its annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on  Wednesday evening at Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville.

Keynote speaker will be U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Louisville). The emcee for the evening will be state House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg). Also scheduled to attend and address the group are Attorney General Jack Conway, State Auditor Adam Edelen, Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes and State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach.

Festivities will begin with a cash bar at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:15 and the program at 7:15. Tickets are only $40. RSVP is due by Monday to Austin Redmon at Austin.redmon@gmail.comor 502-220-2472.


Teacher to address Rotary

Maggie Terry, an educator for 20 years, will be recognized at the next meeting of the Shelbyville Rotary Club, based upon her being named as "Teacher of the Year" for Shelby County. Rotary meets Tuesdays at noon at the Centenary Methodist Church and is open to the public. There is a small charge for the luncheon.
Terry is an algebra teacher at Shelby County High School, was selected by a team of administrators from the system's central office.


Pipeline may skip Shelby
A natural gas pipeline intended to link resources in the northeast United States with petrochemical and export facilities on the Gulf Coast might cross Franklin and several other central Kentucky counties – but not Shelby County

Two companies, Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, are proposing a joint venture called Bluegrass Pipeline to build a pipeline that would meander from the Marcellus and Utica Shale regions of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to a connection with an existing pipe system in Kentucky.

The connection would be in Hardinsburg, which is southwest of Louisville and east of Owensboro in Breckinridge County.
The Bluegrass Pipeline would then transport the estimated 200,000 daily barrels of mixed natural gas liquids – which could be increased to 400,000 barrels to meet market demand – to the Texas and Louisiana coasts. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2015.

A map reviewed by The State Journal and comments from others potentially affected suggested a path south from Owen County into Franklin County and then west through Anderson, Spencer, Nelson, Laurel, Hardin and finally Breckinridge counties.

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.


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.

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.


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.