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Editorials

  • We congratulate: The firefighter who saved a life

    We would be remiss if we let any more time pass and didn’t say a proper congratulations to Bobby Cravens, the firefighter from Simpsonville who in a set of incredible coincidences was available and able to save the life of his parents’ neighbors on the July 4th weekend.

    In case you missed the story, Andre Evans was having a heart attack, and his wife, Teresa, was rushing him from their home on Hunter’s Lane to get medical help when she noticed a Simpsonville Fire Department vehicle parked at a house along the way.

  • What we think: We hope $$$ buys answers at Collins High School

    We are hearing the cries of concern from parents, students and taxpayers about the bill the Shelby County School Board is willing to swallow to repair the sinking turf at Collins High School’s Titan Stadium.

    At their last meeting on June 23, board members voted to spend a sum approaching $400,000 on a potentialremedy for the undulations and pitfalls that have emerged beneath this year-old artificial surface – and the emphasis on the word “potential” is not ours.

  • What we think: Animal training is a good idea

    Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong’s investigation into the shooting by Deputy Brian Miller of the dog Daisy produced the sort of findings that we had expected.

    We did not expect the sheriff to determine that Mr. Miller acted incorrectly, and we did expect there to be any disciplinary action in the case.

    There never seemed to be significant concern that the case was handled improperly, public opinion notwithstanding.

  • What we think: Investigation is appropriate step

    Sheriff Mike Armstrong’s reticence about the details of the shooting of a family’s pet dog by one of his deputies continues to trouble us, but we are willing to be patient with Mr. Armstrong’s office for a few more days.

    That’s because we think it’s a good idea that Mr. Armstrong launched an internal investigation about why Deputy Brian Miller used deadly force as his first option when confronted by a Labrador in the backyard of a house he was checking for break-in.

  • We congratulate: Mr. Hudson’s choice by United Way

    The choice of Bobby Hudson to head Shelby County’s United Way campaign is a terrific one for those who want to raise money to help community service organizations in Shelby County.

    Mr. Hudson, the popular and capable CEO of the Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation, certainly knows his way around our boardrooms, corporate offices and public leadership ladder.

    With decades spent in banking, business development and luring new companies and jobs to the county, Mr. Hudson is known by almost everyone who makes decisions on any level.

  • What we think: Deputy’s actions require transparency

    The tragic intersection last week of a family pet protecting her home and a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy investigating a blaring alarm has left us more sad and concerned about the silence after the alarm than the grisly details of what happened while it was sounding on July 18.

    Certainly there’s our sadness for the family of Bart and Renee Lewis of Shelbyville, who lost their beloved pet dog Daisy as a horrible byproduct of an event that can be all too frequent in any neighborhood.

  • What we think: Minnis’ hiring sets terrific example

    The hiring last week of Chip Minnis as the new police chief of Simpsonville was a victory on many fronts.

    Certainly it was a great victory for Minnis, who has toiled for decades in the police departments of Shelbyville and Simpsonville.

    Certainly it was a triumph for the city of Simpsonville, which basically not only was able to keep its police department intact during a leadership change but also able to hire a native son, a person who knows the community so well, to police its streets.

  • We congratulate: Exercise stations concept for trails

    Another month has brought another really good idea to help the people of Shelby County get in better physical shape.

    We speak, of course, of the plan under way to add adult exercise stations to the trails in Red Orchard Park. What a valuable and wonderful new tool this would be to fight the obesity that is consuming our population.

    By adding some muscle-strengthening options to a wonderful walk through nature, Shelby County Parks & Recreation is placing emphasis where it belongs – providing an attractive option to stay fit.

  • What we think: Shelby County Fair Board has been more than fair

    It’s really a positive in a community when decision-makers listen to public input and respond appropriately.
    That’s why it was refreshing to hear last week about the aggressive changes that the Shelby County A&M board had adopted for the upcoming Shelby County Fair.
    Last year the fair had come under significant criticism because of its high prices for admission and ride bracelets and for its restrictive gate practices.
    Those complaints were well-founded and – much  more importantly – well-received.

  • We congratulate: Shelby County's timely new jail deal

    The swift and positive reaction by Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits and the county’s magistrates to an opportunity for new business will provide an important infusion of cash into a county budget that is becoming difficult to balance.
    Waits was quick to respond earlier this spring to a brief openinig to secure a $600,000 contract with Anderson County to house its inmates.