• WE CONGRATULATE: CUB and our parks system

    Already a somewhat under-recognized gem in our community, Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation started a big move forward last week with the groundbreaking of Phase 1 of the Greenway Trail Project that will connect the Stratton Park, or Stratton Bottom as it’s commonly referred to, 7th Street. Future phases have the trail connecting all the way to Lake Shelby, and that long-term project got a big boost with the donation of 21 acres from Citizens Union Bank.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Theatre’s commitment has arts center rolling again

    If OVEC is the driver and Shelby County Public Schools, the City of Shelbyville, Shelby County Community Theatre and Shelby County Fiscal Court are the wheels, then the proposed City Center/Arts Center is getting closer and closer to pulling out of the garage.

    On April 20, the Shelby County Community Theatre’s board of directors unanimously approved a resolution in support of the proposed arts, conference and theatre center in Shelbyville.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Trés Chic and its organizers

    Among the music, the dancing, the laughing and the beautiful outfits of Trés Chic is, and remains, a cause that tugs at the heartstrings of us all.

    Through its five years, Trés Chic has thousands and thousands of dollars for Kosair Children’s Hospital, and that money has directly benefitted Shelby Countains that find themselves there, often for reasons they are asking a higher being to explain.

    The efforts have helped with bills, food and a place to stay so parents can be with their children in those most vulnerable times.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Violence won't solve problems

    As we all sit and watch in horror as Baltimore starts to resemble a war torn city from the 1980s Soviet Union, it leaves us in wonder.

    We understand, at least to the best of our abilities, the anger, the disgust and the distrust that culminated with the horrific and unnecessary killing of Freddie Gray.

    The death of Mr. Gray has many outraged and irate, and on the heels of several other police and race-related incidents across the country from St. Louis to New York to Charleston, S.C. and now in Baltimore, people have had enough.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: A smooth transition for better service


    Almost one year ago today we were questioning the Shelbyville City Council on their slow adoption of a citywide garbage ordinance.

    We wondered what was taking so long and why decisions seemed to be stalled when cities and counties all around us had adopted franchise agreements years ago.

    But now, as we look back on the results, we see a city that has transitioned smoothly into a new stage.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Questions about water tower collapse need to be answered

    We were stunned earlier this month at the news that the Public Service Commission was further investigating whether or not U.S. 60 Water, which is managed by North Shelby Water, properly heeded warnings about the condition of a water tank in Waddy.

    When the tank collapsed last August, it amazingly left no one injured, but the 177,000 gallons of spilled water left a devastating path of destruction that included building on the site of Waddy Baptist Church.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our flood heroes

    As epic rains pounded Shelby County on Friday and caused flooding on city and county streets and throughout basements and crawl spaces, a few brave people were on the prowl looking to help.

    Our local firefighters, police and emergency responders were not tucked up on the couch reading a book or watching TV, instead they were out in the rain saving lives and helping some that had made poor decisions.

    On three different occasions, first responders used boats or walked out to those stuck in cars that had tried to cross large pools of standing water.

  • WHAT WE THINK: We should not waste these opportunities

    On Monday, gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin stopped in Shelbyville for a meet-and-greet session at the Bell House on Main Street.
    However, very few people came out to either meet or greet Mr. Bevin, in this his second Shelbyville stop in the campaign season.
    With several Republican candidates for governor set to battle in the primary in May, voters are doing themselves a disservice by not attending these meetings – and that includes Democrats, as well.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: The real home to college basketball

    Most pundits will tell you the greatest rivalry in college sports rests on Tobacco Road with Blue Devils and Tar Heels or in deep down south with War Eagles and a Crimson Tide or maybe even a bit farther north between Buckeyes and Wolverines, but those are just the misinformed.

    They haven’t seen the real rivalry in action, they haven’t lived Red and Blue.

    The Universities of Kentucky and Louisville feature a rivalry so deep and so engrained, that it far transcends those others.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Indiana’s mistake can be our gain

    The state of Indiana is in scramble mode.

    As thousands and thousands of fans descend on Indianapolis for the NCAA Final Four this week, instead of focusing on the Hoosier state’s long love affair with the round ball, they will be greeted by a few thousand more protesters.

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has spent the past few days trying to clarify the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act that many have said allows discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.