• WHAT WE THINK: Fire gets the community’s attention, quick response

    Friday we saw the best of Shelbyville and Shelby County.

    As most were starting to pack the car – or the fridge – for their Labor Day plans, the Shelbyville Fire Department rushed the scene of a raging fire on Kentucky Street.

    Not long after that the Shelby County Fire Department was there and other departments would continue to chip in – including Simpsonville and several others in standby.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Sports seasons are in full bloom

    It felt like it took forever, but the fall sports season finally got into full swing last week.

    Football got underway, volleyball rallied into play and soccer kicked off to get us into full swing.

    Cross Country will get running this weekend, and we can all finally take a breath from tending the garden, cutting grass and all the other summer activities that have kept us busy until sports came back.

    And now we’re just a few days away from college football returning, too.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Let the name calling stay in the national media

    “Enemy of the people!”

    “Opposition Party.”

    “Fake News.”

    These are just a few of the statements tossed out by President Donald Trump describing media reports of him, his counsel, and investigations surrounding him and those around him.

    Are these statements fair? Of course not.

    Are they all undeserved? Unfortunately no.

    There have been several interactions between this White House and the media that have left all of us scratching our heads – on both the left and the right.

  • GUEST EDITORIAL: Follow Danville’s lead on smoking ban

    Editor’s note: A smoking ban has been discussed in Shelbyville and Shelby County in the past but never acted upon. There are some bans in place with government and school buildings but no city or county-wide bans have been brought to a vote.

    This week marked the 10th anniversary of Danville’s smoking ban, which means employees, customers and essentially everyone in the city has been breathing healthier air for a decade.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Council needs to give HRC work a vote of confidence

    On Thursday the Shelbyville City Council once again heard a presentation recommending the city act on and adopt a Fairness Ordinance that would expand civil protections to not only LGTBQ residents but also national origin, age over 40 and marital status.

    This time, however, was different. In the past presentations have been made by somewhat outside groups.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Horse Show, back to school shouldn’t fall on same days

    The Shelbyville Horse Show is our county’s marquee event, and not just for our equine friends.

    The dinners, the dresses, the hats – we pull out all the stops.

    Opening night brings out the dignitaries and politicians, all eager to shake hands and meet their constituents.

    Families bustle through, eager to see friends and watch the horses. We’re all back from summer vacations, full of tales from the road and fresh tans.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Clouds gather in Frankfort for Sunshine Week

    Here we are, right smack dab in the middle of National Sunshine Week, and the Kentucky Legislature is as cloudy as the weather.
    Sunshine Week, March 11-17, celebrates transparency in government and promotes Sunshine Laws in place so citizens can know what their government is doing by highlighting the importance of open records, meetings and freedom of information.
    The same day the Kentucky House of Representatives recognized House Resolution 220, in honor of Sunshine Week, House Bill 200 was received in the Senate Committee of Appropriations and Revenue.

  • WHAT WE THINK: A Merry Christmas and a bustling New Year

    While shoppers have been scouring Main Street and the outlet mall for the perfect gifts, Shelby County has been scrambling to close the year with a boom.

    Just this month we’ll have discussion of a new proposed distillery along Interstate 64 in Waddy, the Shelby County Board of Education is looking into the purchase of the Jefferson Community and Technical Shelby Campus, and Main Street in Shelbyville is bursting with new opportunities.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Trial sparks intrigue, excitement for a 2nd time

    About 80 years ago Shelby County, along with the nation and the world, stopped to watch the court proceedings on Main Street in Shelbyville.

    The Garr brothers were standing trial for the alleged murder of Brig. Gen. Henry Denhardt, and everyone waited to see the verdict of what appeared to be revenge for the alleged murder of the Garr’s sister, Verna.

    And back in the Shelby County Courthouse this weekend, visitors watched the trial unfold again.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Celebration is about more than just lights

    Thousands roamed the street in Shelbyville Saturday, waiting to bask in the glow.

    The city’s annual Celebration of Lights culminated with the pop of the holiday season’s red, green, orange and blue bulbs.

    Downtown Shelbyville is now awash in color and Simpsonville will soon join this weekend, marking Shelby County as one of the first communities in the state to dive head first into the holidays.