• WHAT WE THINK: Restaurant tax is delicious for Shelbyville

    It sounds like the Shelbyville City Council is ready to eat, much like the Simpsonville City Commission did not long ago.

    The council passed on first reading an ordinance that would create a 3 percent restaurant tax, but don’t assume it’s only at restaurants.

    The tax is an added line item on restaurant bills, so it doesn’t affect the prices. It also includes anything that isn’t prepackaged – so fountain drinks at gas stations, lunch counters, etc.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Sam Eyle’s lasting impact on charity

    Last week Sam Eyle unceremoniously stepped down as the director of the Serenity Center, but we certainly think more should have been done.

    Mr. Eyle grew the Serenity Center from a somewhat unknown small counseling center at Shelby Christian Church to the area’s premier food bank, which still offers counseling.

    He oversaw the center’s move and revitalization of rundown building on Frankfort Road and then three years later to the former Emergency Management Building on 7th Street, where it really blossomed into the major player it is today.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Kentucky Wired will bring commonwealth into 21st Century

    For a state that has continued to struggle to provide reliable high-speed Internet connectivity to its rural residents and better than national average speed to its metro residents, good news is on the horizon.

    Last month the state launched construction of Kentucky Wired, a high-speed Internet network that will bring lightning-fast broadband to almost every Kentuckian.

    The three-year project is starting in Eastern Kentucky and is scheduled to be finished in fall of 2018.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Farm tour shows introduces our good neighbors

    The Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office completed its third annual Good Neighbors Farm Tour on Saturday, treating those that attended to demonstrations and explanations at some of our best agricultural sites.

    On display were dairy and beef cattle, Icelandic and Rocky Mountain horses, orchards, sheep, alpacas, hens, maple syrup and blueberry productions and more corn and soybeans than you can imagine.

  • WHAT WE THINK: While cities expand tax rates are shrinking

    If it feels like your pockets are starting to fill back up a little, it’s easy to see why.

    As a whole Shelby County is thriving right now, and as Ronald Reagan would say, it’s trickling down.

    Not to say that our economic improvements have started solely at the top and worked their way down, that’s not exactly true.

    While lower gas prices will show you the most immediate gains, we need to look no futher than our own governments for a nice little boost.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: JHS efforts on annual Men’s Health Fair

    More than two hundred likely strong-willed men turned out Saturday to make sure they remained healthy, and for that we thank Jewish Hospital Shelbyville and their co-sponsors and volunteers for their efforts.

    Providing an efficient, free set up for those in the community that either struggle with health care costs or health issues is a noble cause, and one that JHS is uniquely equipped to handle.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Parents need to be ready for the start of school

    One week from today, Rocket Lane, Discovery Boulevard, Warriors Way and other streets will be backed up with teary-eyed parents and sleepy-eyed students returning to school for the 2015-16 school year.

    As we celebrated on our special back-to-school edition front page today, we, too, are ready for school to start.

    With each school year, students have in front of them the opportunity to learn and grow. But while every education can only be what you put into it, it’s also important to remember that parents can have a major impact on student learning, as well.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Epic ending to Shelbyville Horse Show

    Saturday night’s Five Gaited Stake Grand Championship could not have summed up the 26th Shelbyville Horse Show any better.

    Famed trainer Redd Crabtree cast his final stamp on the show he helped create with former horse Epic Hero taking the coveted title.

    Our Shelbyville Horse Show could not have had a more epic finish.

    It’s almost as if Redd was saying his final goodbye, and in a way only he could have.

    But more than just honoring a legend, the 2015 version of the Shelbyville Horse Show was yet again one to remember.

  • WHAT WE THINK: The more things change...

    At this time last year our county was aflutter with talk of outlet malls, business expansion and a milestone year for one of our favorite community events.

    Here we are one year later and the conversation is still going.

    Our new outlet mall, which will be one-year old later this week, is already undergoing its first expansion.

    It made it through its first slow summer period with several days of packed parking lots and crowded walkways.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Biagi and his promotion in the GOP

    We were excited to have a Shelby Countian returning to Kentucky from Washington to help with Sen. Mitch McConnell’s work in the commonwealth.

    Michael Biagi grew up in Shelby County, and even though he left to pursue his degree and calling in life, he’s found his way back to Kentucky, within a furlong or two of his hometown.

    Biagi is replacing former Chairman and Executive Director Steve Robertson, who is leaving for a public affairs firm in Lexington. Biagi will take over the position Saturday.