• WHAT WE THINK: While one garbage plan succeeds another continues to struggle

    Last week we found out that the Shelbyville City Council would move forward with a plan that would bring residents curbside trash and recycling service for less than $12 per month. Considering the best prices currently had the two services at about $15 per month, that was a win for the city.

    This plan, once finalized and voted on, should be available starting in January for those that decide to opt in.

    Those that decide not to participate in the franchise agreement will have to dispose of their own trash and recyclables.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: The commitment to faster Internet service in Shelby

    On Friday we shared a story about Shelby Broadband earning a national award from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, and we are certainly proud that the company calls our county home.

    Without their commitment to bringing faster Internet speeds to the county, many residents would be left with only whirr-hum-beeps of dial-up service as an option.

    However, it was another statement that president Chuck Hogg made that really made us take notice.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Campaign spending continues to spiral out of control

    Fresh on the heels of the news that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee was coming back to Kentucky to spend more money to help Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign for the U.S. Senate seat, news has come out that Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell is now loaning his campaign $1.8 million to help offset the DSCC’s committed $1.5 million in advertising spending.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Let’s keep things civil

    We have already applauded our local candidates and their ability to be cordial and even friendly during this campaign season.

    But sadly we have found out that this hasn’t necessarily continued over to their supporters.

    We recently heard a story about a supporter of one party purposely putting a sticker of their party on someone else’s car. Of course that person was a staunch supporter of the other party. And the sticker was put on the car’s paint.

  • WHAT WE THINK: It’s time to make your voice heard

    As Nov. 4 quickly approaches we certainly hope you have been paying attention to more than the muckraking, half-truth attack ads that have been running on your television.

    Fortunately, although unfortunately for our television watching habits, our fare commonwealth finds itself at the center of one of, if not the most, contentious Senate races in the nation, and maybe in history. And while that means we must endure countless “he said, she said” ads, it also means Kentuckians get a say in the direction we would like to see this nation move forward.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our students, teachers and administrators

    Shelby County Public Schools administrators and teachers had big smiles on their faces last week as the district was for the second time in a row recognized as a Proficient/Progressing, and the district saw its overall statewide ranking improve from the 66th percentile to the 76th percentile.

    “We improved and are on a steady trajectory showing growth in our school district,” Superintendent James Neihof said. “Scores like these mean we are moving in a good direction, yet we know there are areas where we need to make more gains.”

  • WHAT WE THINK: It’s time we take a closer look at our tax bills

    Tax bills hit county mailboxes last week, and for those looking for a small discount the turnaround is quick.
    But make sure you take a closer look at that bill.
    This year’s tax bills should look remarkably similar to last year’s.
    If you’re willing to dig that old bill out, you’d notice that changes are minimal.
    In fact, unless you live in Simpsonville, where the city property tax rate decreased, you might have suffered from déjà vu when you opened your bill.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Efforts to save owl from steeple are admirable

    Last week we all found out about a Great-horned Owl that was trapped in the steeple of Centenary United Methodist Church.

    It seems the owl was chasing a pigeon when it became trapped in the tower.

    Lucky for the great bird, the church was beginning a renovation project on the tower and the crew from Thoroughbred Contractors is a pretty honest and ethical group.

    The crew spotted the bird, made sure it had some food and water, and then called in a raptor rescue group to help get the beast out.

  • WHAT WE THINK: We need to take care as we move forward with the city center

    Two of the first dominoes for a proposed downtown city center in Shelbyville fell on Thursday as Shelby County Public Schools joined the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative with a tentative financial commitment.

    The two groups are still waiting for financial commitments from the Shelbyville City Council, Shelby County Fiscal Court and Shelby County Industrial Foundation before they will move forward, but this is as close as we have been to seeing the concept become a reality.

  • WHAT WE THINK: It’s time to take advantage of our empty lots downtown

    Last weekend the city of Louisville started its ReSurfaced event.

    Behind still-standing facades of three buildings on Louisville’s Main Street, a party pops up on Thursdays through Sundays through the last Sunday in October. There are food trucks, drink service, and live music and plenty of young adults and families enjoying the atmosphere.

    The annual fall event takes advantage of the cool temperatures, a vacant city lot and people’s penchant for eating, drinking and congregating in an outdoor setting. Call it tailgating without the football game.