• WHAT WE THINK: Eat up Shelbyville

    Thursday’s regular Shelbyville City Council meeting was a hub of conversation and discussion centering on a proposal for a zone change that would allow apartments in the Breighton Circle area just south of Interstate 64 by Exit 32 and close to Regal Cinemas.

    While this topic certainly deserves more discussion, it was a smaller presentation that caught our eye.

    The Shelbyville/Shelby County Visitors Bureau & Tourism Commission was on hand to make a presentation, one they made about one year ago in Simpsonville.

  • WE CELEBRATE: The life of Charles “Redd” Crabtree

    Simpsonville, Shelby County and the entire horsing community lost one of its greatest members last week.

    Charles “Redd” Crabtree left an indelible mark on the soul of Shelby County and on the Saddlebred Horse community.

  • Our goals for Shelby County in 2015

    With many New Year’s resolutions set and already broken, we believe it’s time to look forward for Shelby County.

    What do we want our county and our community to look like for 2015, where are our priorities?

    We want to be ambitious but realistic. We want to address issues that have captivated the public and we want answers.

    Yes, 2014 was a big, big year and we believe it has primed us for even more in 2015.

    With that said, we offer these goals for the year:

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  • A look back at 2014

    Every January since 2009 The Sentinel-News has established a blueprint for the coming year to help focus on ideas, concepts and circumstances that deserve – or require – our attention.

    Every December since 2010, we have issued a report card to review how well the community has responded to those goals. Sometimes new issues rush in and steal our momentum – such as two new distilleries planning facilities in our county – but generally we have at the end of the year developed a grade for how we have fared as a community.

  • A county full of Christmas spirit

    While New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on our ups and downs from 2014, we firmly believe that Christmas and Christmas Eve are for family.

    And family can have many different meaning. Some celebrate with mom, dad and siblings, while others extend it to dozens of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and more.

    For you, it may even mean close friends that come by to share some stories and Yuletide greetings.

    But for us at The Sentinel-News, our family is Shelby County.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Karas continues her national ascent

    It was a little more than one month ago that we congratulated Gabby Karas for her fourth consecutive cross country state title.

    The Collins sophomore burst on to the scene as a seventh-grader with stamina and will power well beyond her years. And now she’s showing the rest of the country what we have come to expect from what may be the most decorated athlete to emerge from Shelby County.

    After placing 25th in 2013, Karas was 9th Saturday at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championship in San Diego.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Peaceful gathering focuses on kindness, respect for all

    On Friday night several members of our community gathered in front of the old Shelby County Courthouse to have a candlelight vigil.

    While the topic – racism in America and recent issues of officers with unarmed young black men – was certainly on point and relevant, it’s not what we would like to focus on.

    It was the way the vigil was handled, to us, that is the most important.

    A group of like-minded individuals gathered to express their opinion of injustice on a national topic that has gripped the TV news cycle for months now.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our area police forces

    The holidays have been known to drive a few people crazy and that surely seems to be the case in Shelby County recently.

    Last week, what appeared to be a routine traffic stop turned into a car and foot chase through the east end of Shelbyville. And now, on Monday night, a man drove a car through his home in Simpsonville trying to kill his wife and at the same time endangered a child and a Simpsonville police officer.

  • WHAT WE THINK: A community that gives

    Shelby County never ceases to amaze us.

    Time and time again we see individuals, groups, organizations and businesses step up to meet the unmet needs of our community.

    Per capita, we can’t imagine a more giving, loving and protective county in the country.

    Whether it’s raising money for a homeless shelter, making a home handicap accessible, ensuring a family can afford its medical bills or that the family has a place to stay if their child is sick, Shelby County’s residents look out for their own like no other.

  • MY WORD: Taoism and leaving the economy alone

    A chap by the name of Craig Lindsay wrote a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal, which appeared in the Nov. 8 edition. His thesis is that a successful economy run by a private enterprise economy in a political environment of freedom within the law truly does lift all boats.

    The problem is it also produces outstanding success stories to which the ever-present “left” can view with alarm exclaiming “Hey, wait a minute. You’re not getting your fair share, these dirty capitalists are getting rich off your sweat.”