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Editorials

  • WHAT WE THINK: Looking back on 2015

    Every January since 2009 The Sentinel-News has established a blueprint for the coming year to help focus on ideas, concepts and circumstances that deserve – or require – our attention.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Solid waste center can succeed as regional hub

    After $3.2 million and a year in operation, the Shelby County Solid Waste and Recycling Center still seems to have as many questions as answers.

    Recycling is actually down about 25 percent at the center – from 516 tons last year to 389 tons this year – but that’s largely due to the City of Shelbyville’s franchise agreement with Republic Services that went into effect in early January, as well.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Tax will help improve city for residents, tourists

    We’d like to say thank you to the Shelbyville City Council and Mayor for ensuring some improvements will come to our fine county seat.

    By passing the 3 percent restaurant tax during Thursday’s meeting, the city not only ensured an estimated $700,000 in funding for quality of life and community enhancement projects, but they also guaranteed that our tourism commission will be getting the word out on everything we have to offer.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Holiday gifts can be about more than what's in the box

    With the turkey, cranberries and pumpkin pie all washed down and leftovers dwindling, we can fully turn our attention to the Christmas season.

    However, those of you shopping for gifts have likely already gotten underway with your holiday favorites of Gray Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and, of course, Cyber Monday – if we are not careful, we’re going to run out of days.

    But let’s stop for a second and look back over those days of consumerism, and think about our one special day that is tucked there in the middle.

  • 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.