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Opinion

  • Thanks for help with Crusade

     

    The Shelby County Fire Department would like to thank everyone in Shelby County who gave to the 2015 WHAS Crusade for Children. This is a time of year that our firefighters look forward to because we believe so strongly in this cause. Many volunteers join the firefighters in collecting donations, including the Shelby County Ladies Auxiliary, SCFD Junior Firefighters, friends and family of the firefighters and various community organizations.

  • While it was reportedly approved months ago, pardon us if we were cautiously optimistic about the state approving a stoplight for Todds Point Road and U.S. 60 in Simpsonville.

    But now, with an end in sight at the end of this month, we are pleased to see that with the downtown streetscape renovations in Simpsonville we will also see a safer passage for cars turning onto U.S. 60 and pedestrians traversing those new sidewalks in the area.

  • Our county’s smallest police department is leading the way in safety.

    For more than a year now the Simpsonville Police Department has outfitted its officers with body cameras, providing a safety measure that not only helps protect the public, but the officers, as well.

    While they do come with a bit of a Big-Brother-is-watching feeling, having each interaction with an officer recorded is something that should make us all feel safer – on both sides of the badge.

  • The tragic shootings in Charleston, S.C., last week have left many reeling in the wake of the racist/terroristic events.

    I certainly am one of those.

    It was an event that hit a little too close to home for me.

    Some of you may know that my wife and I attended school in South Carolina. Not in Charleston, unfortunately, but in Columbia at the University of South Carolina. However, we both spent a good deal of time in the Holy City.

    It’s a unique place. We always described it as so much more.

  • Despite a rain-filled week, fairgoers were treated to another fun-filled Shelby County Fair.

    The conclusion of the fair is a sad day for fair fans and a happy day for organizers, who devote countless hours and immeasurable amounts of blood, sweat and tears to producing the show each year. For the first time in weeks, they can go about their regular lives and maybe even get a little rest.

    This event is such an iconic element of Shelby County, a celebration of its history and its residents, and we appreciate those who give so much to benefit so many.

  • The city of Shelbyville has reissued its ultimatums on sidewalk repair, although for a much smaller, and wiser we think, area to begin with.

    At last week’s meeting, the council heard in a report from City Engineer/Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell that her department was back out identifying sidewalks that need to be repaired on Henry Clay Street, the area in most need of repair.

  • To the Community of Shelbyville:

    I am Noemi Mauro, exchange student from Italy, and I have been living here for the last 10 months. It is almost time for me to go back but before doing so I would like to take this opportunity to share how thankful I am for my time here. Shelbyville is a community that has a lot to give, and I have had the joy and pleasure to receive it.

  • I write this letter wearing two hats, one as the Director of Parks and Recreation and another as a citizen of Shelby County.

    As the topic of a restaurant tax has arisen, I have heard different points of view in favor of the restaurant tax and points of view against it. I may not have all the exact details or know how it will affect everyone, but I do support the restaurant tax for many reasons.

  • On May 15 our community lost one of its most inspiring voices.

    Just 9-years-old, Blake Hundley had touched more lives than most of us much, much older.

    Diagnosed with brain cancer when he was only 6, Hundley stood strong and proudly defeated the disease … twice, even getting back on the field with his youth baseball team for a time.

    We all watched, admired and learned as someone so young fought with the guile of a much older person.

    Hundley showed us all that we can continue to strive and to live with faith in others as we battle.

  • Last Tuesday night, as we sat and watched the Republican Primary for Governor, we could not help but notice one glaring issue – less than 400,000 votes were cast in our state.

    And that’s not 400,000 in the Republican Primary, that’s total. There were only 214,000 people that cared enough about our Republican nomination to vote.

    Although, maybe we should be impressed with the GOP’s turnout – only about 178,500 turned out to vote in the Democrat Primary. Of course, Jack Conway got more than 140,000 of those votes.

  • Cemetery clean and without issue

     

     

    In your April 10 issue, allegations were published that a private cemetery was neglected and being abused. Because of the reports of damage and desecration, the Shelby County Cemetery Preservation Board was contacted for comments.

  • Each year Memorial Day – like the 4th of July – seems to drift further and further away from its true meaning.

    We manage our cookouts down to the spud and bun – who is grilling the dogs and burgers, who has the veggies, who has dessert, who has drinks.

    We manage our parties with games for the kids and the adults. We manage our guest lists to include our friends, neighbors and family.

    But it seems as though we never manage to stop and remember the reason we are not at work or school on the last Monday of May.

  • As we cast our votes and watch the precious few voters that turned out with us on Tuesday, we found ourselves wondering the same thing we always do around election time.

    Surprisingly it has nothing to do with attack ads, mudslinging or even the issues. No, we’re left with that internal debate we have twice each year about students missing school for Election Days.

  • Spring brings the return of sunshine, warm temperatures, rain and beautiful May flowers, and along with those rites of passage is the annual budget cycle.

    Our municipalities have put together aggressive budgets this year, signifying the growth our community has seen over the past 12 to 24 months.

  • With its beautiful Saddlebred horse farm tours, iconic and varied restaurants and outstanding shopping venues, Shelbyville, Simpsonville and Shelby County give visitors many reasons to visit our community, known for its small-town charm and world-class equestrian events.

    The role of the ShelbyKY Tourism Commission & Visitors Bureau is to encourage guests to stay overnight and visit our restaurants, shops and attractions. With National Travel and Tourism Week underway May 2 to 10, it is a good time to look at the role of tourism and its economic impact on our community.

  • Sustainable Eating

     

    Just in time for the 45th anniversary of Earth Day last month, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee made it official: U.S. consumption of animal products is not environmentally sustainable at current levels. 

    Their conclusion matches those of a comprehensive 2010 United Nations finding that a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and climate change.

  • Already a somewhat under-recognized gem in our community, Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Recreation started a big move forward last week with the groundbreaking of Phase 1 of the Greenway Trail Project that will connect the Stratton Park, or Stratton Bottom as it’s commonly referred to, 7th Street. Future phases have the trail connecting all the way to Lake Shelby, and that long-term project got a big boost with the donation of 21 acres from Citizens Union Bank.

  • If OVEC is the driver and Shelby County Public Schools, the City of Shelbyville, Shelby County Community Theatre and Shelby County Fiscal Court are the wheels, then the proposed City Center/Arts Center is getting closer and closer to pulling out of the garage.

    On April 20, the Shelby County Community Theatre’s board of directors unanimously approved a resolution in support of the proposed arts, conference and theatre center in Shelbyville.

  • Supports Bevin

     

    "It does not take a majority to prevail but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

    -Samuel Adams-

     

  • Among the music, the dancing, the laughing and the beautiful outfits of Trés Chic is, and remains, a cause that tugs at the heartstrings of us all.

    Through its five years, Trés Chic has thousands and thousands of dollars for Kosair Children’s Hospital, and that money has directly benefitted Shelby Countains that find themselves there, often for reasons they are asking a higher being to explain.

    The efforts have helped with bills, food and a place to stay so parents can be with their children in those most vulnerable times.