• We congratulate: Voter registration growth, but don't stop there

    We were pleased to learn recently that the number of registered voters in Shelby County has increased since we last elected a president.

    That’s always encouraging, and because as our populace grows, we need those of age to do their constitutional – and moral – duty by becoming involved in the electorate process.

    The number of adults in Shelby County who have filed their paperwork to vote in this election is nearly 28,000, which is a strong percentage of those who are eligible.

    That’s the good news, but it also is not enough.

  • What we think: Take this as a signal: No lights on bypass

    We are if nothing else consistent in our efforts to provide encouragement and guidance for the people who build and manage the roads in our county, and we’re not planning to stop.

    And we feel that when the state Transportation Cabinet isn’t asking, that’s when engineers and officials are in the greatest need of our advice. So here’s today’s suggestion: Forget about placing more traffic signals on the Shelbyville Bypass.

  • We congratulate: Nominated teachers are winners already

    Two more Shelby Countians are being considered among the very best at what they do in the state, and we like that.

    Sloane Barnett and Jennifer Cox are two of the 24 men and women statewide being considered for the honor of the state’s Teacher of the Year and moving on to national competition.

    Ms. Barnett, who teaches at Simpsonville Elementary, will vie with seven others for the top honor among elementary teachers. Ms. Cox, who teachers language arts at East Middle School, faces the same field among middle school instructors.

  • What we think: We don’t like Homecoming match

    On Friday night at Collins High School’s newly reopened turf field, the Titans will play host to rival Shelby County High School for the second time in their three years of existence.

    The first two games between these two have not been close, but this one looks on paper like it might be a real battle, indicative of a balancing of the playing field and the emergence of a true – if not simply geographic – rivalry. This should be a spectacle and a lot of fun for everyone.

    Except for one thing:

  • We congratulate: School board’s look at grades

    The Shelby County School Board has taken lot of constructive criticism recently about its actions relative to the tax assessments for this fiscal year. Some residents are asking hard questions about the decisions and the processes related to those assessments, and we will be watching this commentary unfold as it relates to the elections for the seats in three districts –  two contested –  this November.

  • What we think: Our 911 response could be in danger

    We are hearing the calls to 911 about the 911 system, and they are alarms to which we all must respond. The very safety of you and your neighbors could depend on whether these calls for help are heard in the locally knowledgeable manner to which we have become accustomed. We fear that practice soon could become obsolete.

    At issue here are the charges for telephone lines that are collected from each of our bills and then funneled to state and local governments to pay for the infrastructure of the emergency response service to which you connect when you dial 911.

  • We congratulate: Recycling ideas that are all new

    As we continue to see the dirty work of residents who toss trash onto pastureland and cigarettes onto streets as if those were swinging-door receptacles for their refuse, we are encouraged when we see institutions taking responsibility for making our county more energy conscious, our environment more sustainable and our young people more encouraged about both.

  • What we think: Danger remains on deadly ramp

    We’re relieved that state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) has our collective backs when it comes to our safety during the reconstruction of the eastbound ramp onto Interstate 64 from KY 55. We fear that if Sen. Hornback weren’t vigilant that those of us who drive this ramp regularly or occasionally would be dealing for the next two years with even more danger than we have come to expect.

  • We congratulate: Simpsonville for listening to residents

    We are proud of the Simpsonville City Commission for its handling of the zoning change application by Horizon Properties Group, which wants to build an outlet mall on the southern side of the city.

    Whether you support the zoning change for 24 acres from Agriculture  and Commerical to Interchange – making the parcel absolutely appropriate for the mall – or support construction of the mall itself, surely you must feel that due process has been well served.

  • What we think:It’s time for Shelby County to dive into being ‘wet’

    We understand the recent reluctance by members of Shelby County Fiscal Court to provide the property for the city of Shelbyville once again to expand its tax base.