• In 2011, federal agents launched a sting operation on an Amish farmer. Prof. Baylen J. Linnekin provides details of the raid:

    “Federal agents watched the home closely for a year, gathering evidence. Then, in a pre-dawn raid, armed members from three agencies swooped in.

  • Shame on Clear Creek Parks

    My son does not play for a soccer team anymore. However, he and his friends do enjoy going out to the park to play soccer games of their own on fields at the park that are empty at the time.

  • The Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office completed its third annual Good Neighbors Farm Tour on Saturday, treating those that attended to demonstrations and explanations at some of our best agricultural sites.

    On display were dairy and beef cattle, Icelandic and Rocky Mountain horses, orchards, sheep, alpacas, hens, maple syrup and blueberry productions and more corn and soybeans than you can imagine.

  • For a state that has continued to struggle to provide reliable high-speed Internet connectivity to its rural residents and better than national average speed to its metro residents, good news is on the horizon.

    Last month the state launched construction of Kentucky Wired, a high-speed Internet network that will bring lightning-fast broadband to almost every Kentuckian.

    The three-year project is starting in Eastern Kentucky and is scheduled to be finished in fall of 2018.

  • In a simple web search, I’ve found some startling statistics:

    (l) In 1960 about 5 percent of births in the United States were to unmarried mothers; in 2014 that percentage was 42 percent.

    (2) In 1960 no one was receiving food stamps; in 2014 about 45 million families receive food stamps.

    (3) In 1960 about 60 percent of adults in America were attending church regularly; in 2014 that percentage was 21 percent; from 2000 to 2010 for each 1,000 churches that started up in the United States, 4,000 closed.

  • Support our parks system

    We are blessed in our community to have such a wonderful park system.

    Shelbyville, Shelby County Parks and Recreation consists of many parks throughout our county – Clear Creek Park, Red Orchard Park, Shelby Trail Park and Finchville Park just to name a few. Over the year I have spent many, many hours in these parks, just like many I know.

  • We have long pegged Shelby County as a tight-knit community, but we must admit each fall we are amazed at the number of festivals celebrated in our communities and at the number of people that show for each one.

    In September and in to October area residents could spend every Saturday at a free event with their friends, family and neighbors and never have to leave the county.

    From Simpsonville to Bagdad and Finchville to Southville, there is something for everyone, everywhere.

  • As Shelby County Public Schools adapts and changes for the future, we are seeing many changes.

    The district is constantly revamping and updating items to better equip our students with the tools they will need to be successful in an ever-changing world.

    Next week the district will deliver new computers for freshman through seniors at Collins and Shelby County high schools, along with students at Cropper.

    This new initiative will help our students learn to use technology as it is further integrated into the curriculum through each of the courses.

  • The front page of Aug. 18 edition of The Louisville Courie-Journal had some disturbing news.

    Overdose deaths went up only slightly from last year, but the surge from the year before was 91 percent.

    Too much to ignore.

    The article went on to say we are going to make a typical Liberal response: Let’s throw $5 million at it and maybe it will go away.

  • More protection for high school students

    On Aug. 28, a neighbor and I were at Clear Creek Elementary School to present garden and butterfly information to several 4th grade science classes.

  • One year ago, as we all came back to work fresh off a three-day holiday weekend one of our community’s was in mourning.

    A shooting in Martinsville, on the heels of the neighborhood’s annual Labor Day events, left many in shock and awe that such an event would happen as the day’s festivities had just wound down.

    At that point it would have been easy for the residents to pack up their parade and get together. They could have used the shooting as a reason to give up on the long established Shelbyville neighborhood.

  • Last week we attended a meeting put together by the Shelby County Community Foundation and Metro United Way and we must say we were pleased and surprised.

    Pleased because assessing the needs of a community is not only a massive undertaking it is also a somewhat thankless job.

    As Leon Mooneyhan, CEO of the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative and member of both the SCCF and Shelbyville Metro United Way boards, put it, ““The expectation isn’t that this is all of the needs, but it’s a significant start.”

  • The United States Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, redefines marriage to include same-sex unions and gives privileged legal status to such unions. The opinion is legally and logically unsound, and its future impact is dangerous in several ways. A theological discussion is also necessary because homosexual “rights” have now been elevated over religious freedom.

    Legal Analysis.

  • This week we see the final two local government entities have hearings to set the property tax rates for 2016, and what we’re seeing is very exciting.

    All four entities refrained from raising taxes as we are finally seeing our local economy making a rebound.

    This is the third straight year we’ve seen no increases, and even the second year in a row we have watched as one entity, Simpsonville City Commission, has lowered its tax rate due to its vast commercial growth.

  • On today’s front page we wrap up our annual Crime series that focuses on our important issues from violent crime to drug use and finally to traffic issues that include fender-benders and fatalities.

    It’s important that we look over this each year so we know where we stand, and where we as a community need to improve.

  • Support for swim coach


    Losing J.P. LaVertu as the high school swim coach is a huge loss for Shelby County students.  Coach LaVertu has coached my daughters on the Shelbyville Stingrays – the summer team at the FAC – for the past three summers.

  • This weekend 14 brilliant and dedicated chess experts and masters descended on Shelbyville for a tournament, and while it didn’t draw the crowds – and they likely wouldn’t want the noise – of a Collins or Shelby County high school football game we were glad to see a less noticeable sport rearing its head in our county.

    While we are all for our usual competition of baseball, softball, basketball, football and the like, we were excited to hear that some are trying to provide new opportunities for our residents.

  • Shelby County received a rare treat last week with a visit from Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Louisville).

    McConnell has a long history with Shelby County, including having his parents live here later in their lives.

  • Saturday night’s Five Gaited Stake Grand Championship could not have summed up the 26th Shelbyville Horse Show any better.

    Famed trainer Redd Crabtree cast his final stamp on the show he helped create with former horse Epic Hero taking the coveted title.

    Our Shelbyville Horse Show could not have had a more epic finish.

    It’s almost as if Redd was saying his final goodbye, and in a way only he could have.

    But more than just honoring a legend, the 2015 version of the Shelbyville Horse Show was yet again one to remember.

  • One week from today, Rocket Lane, Discovery Boulevard, Warriors Way and other streets will be backed up with teary-eyed parents and sleepy-eyed students returning to school for the 2015-16 school year.

    As we celebrated on our special back-to-school edition front page today, we, too, are ready for school to start.

    With each school year, students have in front of them the opportunity to learn and grow. But while every education can only be what you put into it, it’s also important to remember that parents can have a major impact on student learning, as well.