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Opinion

  • 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.

  • As we all sit and watch in horror as Baltimore starts to resemble a war torn city from the 1980s Soviet Union, it leaves us in wonder.

    We understand, at least to the best of our abilities, the anger, the disgust and the distrust that culminated with the horrific and unnecessary killing of Freddie Gray.

    The death of Mr. Gray has many outraged and irate, and on the heels of several other police and race-related incidents across the country from St. Louis to New York to Charleston, S.C. and now in Baltimore, people have had enough.

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    In support of the tourism tax

     

    I am writing to support the restaurant tax that is currently before the Shelbyville City Council.  Having served as Mayor [of Shelbyville], I know how difficult it is to vote for a tax.  There is no perfect tax.  We passed the occupational tax back many years ago after federal revenue sharing was eliminated and over a third of our budget disappeared overnight. 

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    Almost one year ago today we were questioning the Shelbyville City Council on their slow adoption of a citywide garbage ordinance.

    We wondered what was taking so long and why decisions seemed to be stalled when cities and counties all around us had adopted franchise agreements years ago.

    But now, as we look back on the results, we see a city that has transitioned smoothly into a new stage.

  • We were stunned earlier this month at the news that the Public Service Commission was further investigating whether or not U.S. 60 Water, which is managed by North Shelby Water, properly heeded warnings about the condition of a water tank in Waddy.

    When the tank collapsed last August, it amazingly left no one injured, but the 177,000 gallons of spilled water left a devastating path of destruction that included building on the site of Waddy Baptist Church.

  • As epic rains pounded Shelby County on Friday and caused flooding on city and county streets and throughout basements and crawl spaces, a few brave people were on the prowl looking to help.

    Our local firefighters, police and emergency responders were not tucked up on the couch reading a book or watching TV, instead they were out in the rain saving lives and helping some that had made poor decisions.

    On three different occasions, first responders used boats or walked out to those stuck in cars that had tried to cross large pools of standing water.

  • On Monday, gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin stopped in Shelbyville for a meet-and-greet session at the Bell House on Main Street.
    However, very few people came out to either meet or greet Mr. Bevin, in this his second Shelbyville stop in the campaign season.
    With several Republican candidates for governor set to battle in the primary in May, voters are doing themselves a disservice by not attending these meetings – and that includes Democrats, as well.