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Opinion

  • The City of Shelbyville’s plan to do an extensive study about its East end is an appropriate step toward fulfilling the city’s potential as a destination for both residents and visitors.

    This most historic area, somewhat preserved in the blocks from 2nd and 3rd Streets between Main and Washington, has an unexploited opportunity to become the eastern gateway into a thriving and eclectic downtown.

    And the timing for this new study could not be more appropriate.

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    He has taken another historic building that for years housed The Armstrong Agency and turned it into what he hopes will be an upscale Tuscan/Mediterranean eatery, called The Bell House.

    And we like that idea quite a lot.

    Shelbyville needs a continued insurgence of energy, and Mr. Andriot – as with his brother, Bill, and his father, William – long have provided power to new looks and new initiatives that have improved our county seat. Mr. Andriot has led many parades, and this new one could strike a wonderful chord for our future.

  • That could have been you or me, you know.

    That tragically dead teenager lying on a piece of farm land along one of Shelby County’s tight and treacherous roads could just as easily have been one of us.

    Maybe you knew and today mourn Samantha Mathus-Cooper. Maybe you knew someone else who was driving or riding our roads one night and simply never made it home.

    Or maybe it’s a bit of both.

    These tragedies never leave us, and yet they never really do justice to the person who gave a life, either.

  • Every time I see someone for the first time since moving back to Shelby County, he or she will ask that invariable and earnest question: Don’t you miss Florida?

    Doesn’t matter if they are family, friends, foes or faux pas, this comes up. And my response is almost always the same: Yes, there are some things I do miss.

  • Gov. Steve Beshear has said state lawmakers will undertake problems with the horse racing industry when they convene next week in Frankfort.

    If you read between the lines or have been following this discussion, that simply means he thinks it’s time Kentucky examines the idea of expanding gambling to support a key industry.

    We don’t argue horse racing has problems and needs some focused support.

  • Do you know what a Titan is? And does it have some connection to Shelby County?

    Well, yes, now it does because Titans was selected as the new nickname for Martha Layne Collins High School.

    The Collins High School Titans?  Sounds forgettable.

    Actually, we think the students who selected it probably were remembering the Titans, as in the feel-good movie starring Denzel Washington.

    We doubt they had spent much time studying the origin of the word: Greek mythology.

  • “Everything that was nailed down has come loose.”  I believe that line from the 1936 movie "The Green Pastures" accurately describes what is going on in our culture today.

  • There is more than a little understatement to say that these are sad and troubling days for the manufacturers of Shelby County.

    Great symbols of change and growth in our dear old homestead are closing their doors, sending home their workers and leaving behind facilities that could become the weed-infested, rust-crumbled eyesoresthat we are used to seeing in states farther north.

  • In Owensboro this weekend, a group of girls from Shelby County High School will make a bid to be the best among the state’s softball teams.

    They begin on Friday morning against top-ranked Christian County on a journey of hope and desire against 15 teams from around Kentucky.

    Several of these young women are seniors playing for the final time. Some will go on to play in college. Others will give up the sport.

  • In Owensboro this weekend, a group of girls from Shelby County High School will make a bid to be the best among the state’s softball teams.

    They begin on Friday morning against top-ranked Christian County on a journey of hope and desire against 15 teams from around Kentucky.

    Several of these young women are seniors playing for the final time. Some will go on to play in college. Others will give up the sport.

  • Shelby County High School, Cornerstone Academy and Corpus Christi High School are about to graduate their latest senior classes, which are always days of great celebrations for teachers, parents and, particularly, the students.

    But this year we challenge the entire community to celebrate graduation day.

    In the midst of economic issues, with factories closing and futures uncertain, we must remember that the most important and incomparable commodity of Shelby County is the young people we deliver to the real world each year.

  • My old second baseman married one of my old pitchers on Saturday.

    And, no, this wasn’t one of those controversial, newfangled marriages of the new millennium. One of them was a woman.

    She played second base to my shortstop on our sixth-grade softball team, which was coed for reasons of necessity. We wouldn’t have had enough players for gender-specific teams.

  • Shelby County’s animal shelters are now touting themselves as the first in the state to earn the status of no-kill.

    That means that at least 90 percent of the animals they take in are preserved, and that seems a lofty level of success, given that hundreds of homeless creatures are collected each year.

    And many of you deserve to share in that accomplishment.

    We know it’s cool to have a hot breed of dog purchased directly from a breeder, but isn’t there something more enduring in finding an animal that is in need of a home and giving it one?

  • Gov. Steve Beshear is saying he will approach the state’s revenue shortfall without adding any new taxes.

    After hitting cigarette and alcohol buyers hard with new – and appropriate – revenue expansions in February, he says he will look to expense cutting as a way to bring balance to his increasingly imbalanced books.

  • I recently heard a story about trumpet legend Louis Armstrong, who grew up in rural Louisiana in the early 1900s.

    Armstrong told about how his Aunt Haddie Mae sent him down to the pond to fetch a bucket of water.  As he leaned over to get the water, an alligator surfaced and nearly scared him to death.

  • "Who are we? Who? Who? Who? Who?”

    With all due respect to The Who, a British rock band of some historic repute, some of you are wondering “who are we?”

    As ungrammatical as that sounds  -- and it’s not, by the way – it’s a viable question about this newspaper, our Opinion page and how it’s produced.

    In the upper left corner of this page, you will find a small headline that says, imperially, “What we think.”

  • Where is James Duckett’s killer?

    Increasingly the public and family members ask that question, but the answers become fewer and fewer and farther and farther between.

    More than six months have passed since Duckett was brutally slain at his home on Rockbridge Road in eastern Shelby County.

    From the first moments after the murder, Kentucky State Police investigators have been frustratingly tightlipped about the investigation and how it was progressing.

  • There is no greater professional reward than to be chosen as the best among your peers.

    And because of that Artavia Acklin must feel very proud these days.

    She was chosen the Teacher of the Year for Shelby County.

    Teaching is a wonderful profession that attracts a very special breed of individual. There’s a dedication and commitment to excellence that is overpowering.

  • We welcome to our community the new principal at Shelby County High School.

    Eddie Oakley arrives from Lexington Dunbar with a broad base of experience on his resume, a reputation for being a good guy and a self-proclaimed focus on how data informs a school’s culture.

    He won’t take over until July 1, but we suspect Mr. Oakley already is being sought by those with advice to extend, parents who take very personally the environment and productivity of the leaders of their children’s education.

  • When Shelby County native Elisabeth Martin became the first white woman to be voted  Miss Kentucky State University, her accomplishment was much greater than simply winning a pageant.

    Ms. Martin has knocked down a barrier that was in its isolated way was just as steadfast as those broken by Jackie Robinson and Martin Luther King Jr., even if the resistance was not nearly so tragic.