• 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.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: SCFB Women and their commitment to nourishment


    Each year the Shelby County Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee takes time to raise funds and fill bellies for Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Food Checkout Week.

    But this year these fine ladies went above and beyond.

    The group raised more than $500 to spend on food to fill backpacks for the Shelby County Backpack Project, ensuring that hundreds of children will have food over weekends.

    While they always find a way to donate food and money, the donation for children is one that we believe cannot be beaten.

  • WHAT WE THINK: A challenge DEAR to our hearts

    If you happened to see several Cats in hats this week or even just children in large striped top hats, don’t be alarmed.

    Monday marked Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’s, or Theodor Seuss Geisel as he was less commonly known, birthday.

    To mark the event schools across the country and the county will celebrate all week with green eggs and ham, reading events and, of course, visits from Geisel’s most famous character, Cat in the Hat.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Continuing the restaurant tax discussion

    While we are on the topic of congratulating the city, we cannot forget to offer praise for the council’s decision to continue to discuss the restaurant tax.

    With the announcement of a workshop on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at city hall, 315 Washington Street, the council has, for the first time we are aware of, decided to discuss the 3 percent tax on food from restaurants and other sources.

    The tax doesn’t include packaged food, so groceries would not be included.

  • WHAT WE THINK: City Center could be the center of our city

    We were pleased to hear the Shelbyville City Council’s unanimous “Yea” in favor of providing $2 million in funding for the proposed City Center project for the 800 block between Main and Washington streets.

    Not only could we clean up a block that is a considerable blight on our lovely downtown –excluding the community theatre, of course – but this also gets us that much closer to a much needed meeting space and an arts center to be utilized by our school district.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: The House’s eye on our future

    The Kentucky House of Representatives was also hard at work last week on a bill that would ban smoking in all work places and indoor public places.

    There are a few exceptions, including cigar bars and private clubs, but for the most part the bill is fairly inclusive.

    We applaud the House for approving the bill. This is the first time such sweeping legislation has been approved in either chamber of the Kentucky legislature, and we believe it is an integral first step.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Follow the state’s lead and revamp liquor laws

    For decades our commonwealth has been known for fast horses, basketball and Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

    With growing crowds, it doesn’t seem that the Kentucky Derby’s appeal will ever diminish. And the NCAA championship game has featured either the University of Louisville for Kentucky in each of the last three years, making it obvious that our state’s top universities in Lexington and Louisville have no intention of relinquishing our stranglehold on the country’s best hoops teams.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Eat up Shelbyville

    Thursday’s regular Shelbyville City Council meeting was a hub of conversation and discussion centering on a proposal for a zone change that would allow apartments in the Breighton Circle area just south of Interstate 64 by Exit 32 and close to Regal Cinemas.

    While this topic certainly deserves more discussion, it was a smaller presentation that caught our eye.

    The Shelbyville/Shelby County Visitors Bureau & Tourism Commission was on hand to make a presentation, one they made about one year ago in Simpsonville.

  • WE CELEBRATE: The life of Charles “Redd” Crabtree

    Simpsonville, Shelby County and the entire horsing community lost one of its greatest members last week.

    Charles “Redd” Crabtree left an indelible mark on the soul of Shelby County and on the Saddlebred Horse community.