Friday news briefs

October 10, 2003

Hustonville considers P&Z ordinance

HUSTONVILLE - After several citizens complained to City Council about high weeds and dilapidated trailers beside their property, the council is looking at the possibility of creating planning and zoning law in city limits. The current city nuisance ordinance is the only zoning laws in place, vaguely stating that no thing or condition that offends decency or is offensive to the senses will be permitted in city limits. City laws regarding property maintenance also are vague, stating only that weeds and grass must be cut from August until the first frost.

Councilman Hank Smith agreed that something needed to be done, especially regarding the abandoned camper beside his own property. He defended his position against visually offensive living conditions when some council members questioned it as a campaign against the poor.

"You can be poor and still be clean," said Smith.

"I want to see what we can do to help the poor, not run them out of town," said Councilman Barry McCoy.


City attorney Carol Hill said she would research options for November's meeting.

Registration deadline is Nov. 7 for ACT test

College-bound high school students who want to take the ACT test for college admissions have two chances to register before the Dec. 13 national test date. The postmark registration deadline is Nov. 7. There also is a late registration postmark deadline on Nov. 20 (an additional fee is required for late registration). Students can get information from their high school counselor or register online at

ACT scores are accepted by virtually all colleges in the nation, including all Ivy League schools.

The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test, not an aptitude test. There are four sections, covering English, reading, math and science. The tests cover material that students study in high school.

ACT scores are considered by colleges for admissions and course placement, along with several other important factors including high school GPA, college prep courses taken in high school, extracurricular activities, personal background and other information. The test fee is $26.

To learn more about the ACT Assessment, including registration forms and test locations, contact your high school counselor or go to the ACT website (, which also offers helpful information including test-prep advice, sample tests and a free financial aid needs calculator.

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