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My Word

  • MY WORD: Lots of people contributed to new historical project

    The Shelby County Historical Society officially opened its new World War II exhibit at its annual picnic on Sunday.

    President Sherry Jelsma thanked several members of the Society – Sharon Hackworth, Jim Cleveland, Nancy Hill and Col. Roger Green – for their contributions to the exhibit, which may be seen at two locations: the hometown front in the second floor of the Shelbyville Welcome Center and the military part in the VFW building next to the parking lot adjoining the center. 

  • MY WORD: A response from Midwest Metals on zoning debate

    As the applicant for the proposed rezoning of 478 Kentucky Street, we feel compelled to respond to the recent letters that have been printed regarding our project. Midwest Metals is a local, family-owned business, and we take great pride in being a good neighbor while providing a valuable service to the community.

  • MY WORD: Shame on you, Shelby County School Board

    Not even a “thank you” to the taxpayers of Shelby County.
    The citizens of Shelby County need to wake up and take notice of the total disregard our current school board has for the anxiety most taxpayers feel about our financial future. We should be outraged and disgusted by what took place at the Aug. 25 school board meeting.

  • MY WORD: Some points about the zoning decision that need to be heard

    It’s hard to say park and scrap metal recycling plant in the same sentence. It would be harder yet to live with a recycling plant in the same block as a park. Even if we can’t have a voice at the 10 a.m., Sept. 20, Shelby County Fiscal Court meeting, we can have a presence and that might help our magistrates keep the facts for their decision in focus.

  • MY WORD: Plan for more spending is not the solution

    As I traveled across Kentucky over the past several weeks, meeting with constituents and hearing their concerns, one overriding issue became clear: People are concerned that our stagnant economy is not turning around. With unemployment in the commonwealth at 9.5 percent and the recent news that not a single net new job was created in the country last month, they’re right to be worried.

  • MY WORD: Collins High School has a lot going for it

    Collins High School...an opportunity for success.

    As one drives up Discovery Boulevard, an impressive "green" school comes into view. Cross-country runners can be seen trotting over the sprawling rural campus. One also notices coaches and students from various teams sharing fields and making the best of a challenging situation. The band beats out cheerful tunes in the parking lot.

    If one enters the school, they quickly notice pictures on the wall proudly

    displaying last year’s Governor Scholar recipients. Three more will join them

  • MY WORD: Sobering campaign has important point

    Many of you may have noticed the recent media blitz sponsored by nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide aimed at impaired driving known as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

    This campaign, which officially kicked off on Aug. 19, continues through this Labor Day.

    The statistics demonstrating the need for this type of campaign are not very difficult to locate.

    While data shows that alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities across the country have declined by almost 8 percent in the last year, the numbers are still extremely high.

  • MY WORD: Collins High School is a study in mediocrity

    As one drives onto the boulevard leading to the Collins High School campus, all seems well.
    A short while later, the observant person notices large quantities of grass clippings all over the road. Weeds and grass are growing in the cracks of the asphalt and concrete, which in the present state will do irreparable harm to both if not corrected quickly.
    The lack of maintenance will allow the weeds to punch holes in the side of the asphalt and therefore create another outlandish expense for the school. The flower beds all around the school are consumed with weeds.

  • NEIHOF: Getting Shelby’s students ready for college/career really a ‘big goal’

    The mission of our school district is reflected in our ultimate Big Goal – graduate by 2016 all students meeting college and career readiness benchmarks. I would like those in the community to be able to discuss the goals with students, friends, family and neighbors.

    But I also hope that understanding the goals helps you to gain insight into the purpose of our work in Shelby County Public Schools this school year.

  • MY WORD: Moores, Pflughaupts deserve our admiration and thanks

    It was my pleasure and honor to work with Mr. and Mrs. J. Edward Moore as the chairman of the O. L. Moore Memorial Scholarship Committee for the last 19 years of its 25-year existence.  It was one of the most rewarding experiences in which I participated in my 43 years of educational work.