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Opinion

  • A few weeks ago, a large crowd of family and friends turned out to celebrate the landmark birthday of a man whose landmark enterprise helped to feed a generation of you.

    This man in 1967 set up shop at the far eastern extreme of Shelbyville, where he began to cook up burgers and rings to feed the McDonald’s-less, fast-food-craving young masses of Shelby County, which he accomplished to an amazing level of success.

    That restaurant was Burger Queen, and its king was LaMar Nutt.

  • As a new school year gets underway today, we want to take the time to congratulate all those involved.

    It’s no easy feat to get 11 schools, each with their own set of employees, cafeterias, maintenance crews and more, ready each year.

    It’s not easy for teachers to get those classrooms and lesson plans ready to stimulate young minds and get them prepared to face the rigors and tests ahead in the new school year.

  • The Shelbyville American Legion Post 37 baseball team wrapped up its fifth state title on Friday, earning a trip to the regional tournament later this week in Ashboro, N.C.

    This squad put together one of the best seasons in Shelby County history going 25-1 in the regular season and steam rolling the state tournament.

    What makes it even more impressive is that manager Jim Wiley continues to man the helm of a team that he’s led for 30 years.

  • Country road bicyclists

  • There’s a running commercial for a credit card company that asks the question, “What’s in your wallet?” The implication of the question is that the credit card you choose to carry says something significant about you.

    Of course, the intention of the ad is to convince us that a discerning individual wants to make sure they are carrying this company’s credit card.  Though I do not completely buy the sales pitch of this commercial, I have come to realize that what we choose to carry through our daily life says something about us.

  • Our normally sleepy, quiet community got quite the wake-up this past week.

    While the Shelbyville Horse Show normally perks up the area, it was even bigger and better than normal this year as it celebrated its 25th anniversary.

    One of the top shows in the country, the annual showcase of Saddlebreds brings in dozens of former World Champions as they prepare for the Kentucky State Fair World Championship, which begins next week.

  • This is from an article in the Wall St. Journal on July 19 entitled “This Way Up” featuring 18-year-old Dakota Blazier who will forgo a college degree in favor of a blue-collar career. He will join the 70 percent of Americans 25-and-older without college degrees.

  • We usually avoid state or national commentary preferring to stay focused on our backyard, but sometimes issues affect us all and we feel the need to call attention to these two stories that recently came across our desk.

  • Periodically Hillsdale College in Michigan sends me a new letter containing a speech recently given to the student body, and a request for funds.

    Once or twice a year I reply with a modest gift because I whole-heartedly believe with what they are trying to do – teaching conservatism.

    It is not done surreptitiously; students and parents know this is going on. At my alma mater there was only one economic theory discussed and that was Keynesian as espoused by Samuelsson – never a word about Adam Smith, Burke, or Rose and Milton Freidman. 

  • A 25th anniversary is nothing to scoff at. Proudly noted with a precious metal, the Silver Anniversary is difficult to obtain in marriage, work and many other areas of life.

    But just making it though 25 years isn’t what makes the Shelbyville Horse Show’s run amazing, it’s the cultural impact it has left on the community in that time.

    Since its inception, the Shelbyville Horse Show has grown from a meeting of those in the horse industry to the must attend event of the year in Shelbyville.

  • Concerns about a “good neighbor”

     

    Dear Editor:

  • Several months, an otherwise pleasant evening was suddenly ruined when I stepped onto wet carpet in the basement of our home. Heavy rains had put our sump pump to the test and it finally failed. The water rose and soon our entire basement was in danger of being soaked.

  • Questioning Diageo waste plans

     

  • We could all take a moment and learn from the Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks and Rec. Cardinals instructional league baseball team.

    This group of 8-and-under sluggers literally put their teammate on their backs for the season and came through as a gritty underdog to win the league’s postseason tournament title.

  • For a month now the Shelby County Board of Education has tabled a decision on redistricting its voting precincts, but we just can’t seem to understand why.

    According to Shelby CountY Clerk Sue Carole Perry the school board has not altered its voting districts since 1999.

    To us, that seems like a really long time.

    We understand that it is not mandatory, although there seems to have been some confusion on that front throughout the process.

  • Here we sit, less than three weeks away from what is no doubt the biggest retail investment and also one of the biggest investments Shelby County has seen.

    And while we’re excited for The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, and the tourism and jobs it will bring, we can’t help but feel a bit left out of the party.

  • It should come as no surprise that a mother, of all people, would go the extra mile for her son.

    Mothers have been doing all they could for their children since mothers had children.

    But the story of Judith Nigh donating a kidney for her son, Ben, brought tears to our eyes.

    Anyone who has a mother can almost hear them jumping at the chance to donate the kidney, stepping up for their child like no other person could do.

    Fathers are great, they love their children, too, but moms always hold that special spot.

  • Somehow we fail to see the problems that are plaguing the city of Shelbyville and its leaders in regards to getting a curbside trash and recycling franchise agreement put together.

    Once the ordinance was approved this spring, all that was left was for the council to submit the Request for Proposal and wait for the bids from Republic, Rumpke and Waste Management to come in.