• WHAT WE THINK: Flooded creeks are more dangerous than they seem

    It seems so simple.

    When water reaches out of the banks of a river, stream, creek or even a drainage ditch, we should stay out of it.

    Especially when it’s coming down, as they say, sideways, leaving every piece of ground saturated and every rivulet looking like the mighty Mississippi.

    But here were are again, as biblical storms threaten to fill Ohio Valley, we still have people trying to drive across flooded roads and bridges.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: An unbreakable bond and a unique friendship


    University of Kentucky Junior All-American Willie Cauley-Stein often left us speechless on the court.

    At 7-feet tall he could glide across the floor with the quickness of men 2-feet shorter. His amazing athletic ability allowed him to soar above helpless defenders for rebounds and his rim-rattling dunks left chins dropped in awe.

    But on Thursday, Cauley-Stein left another indelible mark on us.

  • WHAT WE THINK: A win for love and a win for rights

    On Friday the Supreme Court put an end to discussion of marriage in the eyes of the law.

    With a 5-4 ruling, the Court reversed a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that had upheld same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee.

    Now, as a nation instead of selected states, we can finally drop this silliness of referring to same-sex marriages and just say marriage.

    We understand why some do not agree with the decision, but for legal reasons we needed to have a change.

  • WHAT WE THINK: It's time to repair our sidewalks

    The city of Shelbyville has reissued its ultimatums on sidewalk repair, although for a much smaller, and wiser we think, area to begin with.

    At last week’s meeting, the council heard in a report from City Engineer/Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell that her department was back out identifying sidewalks that need to be repaired on Henry Clay Street, the area in most need of repair.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Another fantastic fair

    Despite a rain-filled week, fairgoers were treated to another fun-filled Shelby County Fair.

    The conclusion of the fair is a sad day for fair fans and a happy day for organizers, who devote countless hours and immeasurable amounts of blood, sweat and tears to producing the show each year. For the first time in weeks, they can go about their regular lives and maybe even get a little rest.

    This event is such an iconic element of Shelby County, a celebration of its history and its residents, and we appreciate those who give so much to benefit so many.

  • WHAT WE THINK: We hope other police agencies can follow Simpsonville

    Our county’s smallest police department is leading the way in safety.

    For more than a year now the Simpsonville Police Department has outfitted its officers with body cameras, providing a safety measure that not only helps protect the public, but the officers, as well.

    While they do come with a bit of a Big-Brother-is-watching feeling, having each interaction with an officer recorded is something that should make us all feel safer – on both sides of the badge.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Where are Sen. McConnell’s less expensive schools?

    Shelby County received a rare treat last week with a visit from Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Louisville).

    McConnell has a long history with Shelby County, including having his parents live here later in their lives.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: A masterful move

    This weekend 14 brilliant and dedicated chess experts and masters descended on Shelbyville for a tournament, and while it didn’t draw the crowds – and they likely wouldn’t want the noise – of a Collins or Shelby County high school football game we were glad to see a less noticeable sport rearing its head in our county.

    While we are all for our usual competition of baseball, softball, basketball, football and the like, we were excited to hear that some are trying to provide new opportunities for our residents.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Taking time to learn from our past

    On today’s front page we wrap up our annual Crime series that focuses on our important issues from violent crime to drug use and finally to traffic issues that include fender-benders and fatalities.

    It’s important that we look over this each year so we know where we stand, and where we as a community need to improve.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our taxing entities remain consistent

    This week we see the final two local government entities have hearings to set the property tax rates for 2016, and what we’re seeing is very exciting.

    All four entities refrained from raising taxes as we are finally seeing our local economy making a rebound.

    This is the third straight year we’ve seen no increases, and even the second year in a row we have watched as one entity, Simpsonville City Commission, has lowered its tax rate due to its vast commercial growth.