• What we think: New judicial center is money well spent

    Shelby Countians awoke this morning to perhaps the most wonderful new public facility in the more than 200 years of our history – the Shelby County Judicial Center.

    We don’t know how residents in the early 1900s reacted to the opening of the Shelby County Courthouse, and we set aside the oooos and aaaaaahs for new schools, because those tend to happen and bring new educational wonders every decade or two.

    But we believe the center on the corner of 4th and Main streets in Shelbyville is a building of which all residents should be proud.

  • We congratulate: All the ways we celebrate the holiday season

    Some have labeled us as Sentinel-News Scrooges for suggesting that the Celebration of Lights in Shelbyville is scheduled too early and infringes on Thanksgiving.

    We still believe that it is, but we will set that aside for now to recognize another dead-on Santa certainty:
    Lots of people in Shelby County love to celebrate the holidays.

  • What we think: The Christmas story is our forever lesson

    In our annual pause to celebrate love and giving, we believe it is important that everyone remember the story that changed mankind.

    Luke 2

    1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.

    2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

    3 All went to their own towns to be registered.

  • What we think: Fitness should be focus for law enforcement

    Should we care about the physical fitness of our law enforcement officers?

    You have reacted strongly both in print and on the Web about why that question should or should not receive public scrutiny.

    You have been vocal about whether the mere suggestion that the physical capabilities of the two Shelbyville Police officers who entered into the deadly confrontation with a teenager last month might have been a factor in the way that confrontation unfolded and unfortunately ended.

  • We congratulate: New event to honor Mike Casey

    We really like the fact that Shelby County High School created a day of basketball in honor of its most famous former player.

    The Mike Casey Classic, held for the first time this past Saturday, invited seven schools to join the Rockets for a day of basketball in the Mike Casey Gymnasium at SCHS.

    We commend Principal Eddie Oakley and Athletic Director Sally Zimmerman for having the commitment to Mr. Casey’s legacy to take forward their naming of the gym and court and building a showcase for the game he played with so much zeal and grace.

  • What we think: Review or repeal shock probation

    Why is shock probation part of the judicial landscape in Kentucky?

    There are only seven states that have such a program, which allow judges to release from prison convicted criminals – many of them felons – simply because they have faced the “shock” of life in a cell.

    Why does Kentucky’s having shock probation seem to be such a disservice to law enforcement, prosecutors and the judicial process in general?

  • A black mark against the Christmas spirit

    In an era in which the true meaning of Christmas takes more punches to the jaw than Muhammad Ali landed on Joe Frazier in their third fight, I offer you the biggest, most powerful haymaker ever to be thrown:

    Black Friday.

    Is there anything that says less about the spirit of Christmas than Black Friday?

    Even the coined name is repugnantly ruinous to that spirit: Black Friday.

  • What we think: One more case that requires answers

    The plea for pieces of information that law enforcement officials owe Shelby Countians has become sadly and amazingly more complex these past few weeks.

    We want to know answers to our questions, and we want to know them now – although we now understand that such demands aren’t always simple.

    First, there was the horrible beating of Denisse Escareno, found by the side of Mount Eden Road in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.

  • We congratulate: Great accomplishments aren’t all about 1st place

    It was another banner season of fall high school sports in Shelby County, and our congratulatory notes have to be delivered first to the person who finished first.

    Last year we praised the accomplishment of Caterina Karas to bring the first state title to Collins High School, and now we have to offer the same plaudits for the performance that brought the schools’ second: her sister, Gabbie, who beat Caterina to win the Kentucky Class AA Girls Cross-Country Meet earlier this month in Lexington.

  • What we think: Let’s pause before reacting to shooting

    The agonizing pain of a tragic situation is eating at Shelbyville today, sending a corrosiveness coursing through the bloodstream that connects a tight-knit community and a strong family.

    The death on Saturday of Trey F. Williams, 18, during an altercation with two Shelbyville Police officers that went horribly wrong has created a open wound of pain that threatens to seep beyond the aggrieved in this horrible situation and into all our relationships.