Kentucky Amish

SMV Law Changed for Kentucky Amish

Conflict over the SMV safety triangle, which has seen numerous Amish sent to jail in Kentucky, has ended. Governor Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 75 into law yesterday.  The new law allows reflective tape to be substituted for the Slow Moving Vehicle emblem.  Amish reaction from the AP story (no longer online): Atlee Miller, an Amish farmer from Franklin, said he appreciates the help from the…

Does anyone still write letters?

Does anyone still write letters?

If you’ve been following the Kentucky Amish SMV case, you know that some people still do. Jacob Gingerich of Graves County, Kentucky recently wrote 138 letters to KY legislators explaining the Swartzentruber Amish position on the safety triangle. Thanks in part to Gingerich’s efforts, a compromise bill acceptable to his people has quickly passed the KY Senate and is now moving through the House with…

KY legislators to the rescue of Swartzentruber Amish?

There’s another possible out for Swartzentruber Amish in Kentucky who refuse the SMV triangle–a change in state law. The Bowling Green Daily News reported Saturday that members of the Kentucky General Assembly were considering a change in regulations covering the SMV insignia. The trials of 5 Amishmen in Logan County, set for Friday, were accordingly postponed til March. The “legislation…introduced in both houses of the…

Amish story updates

We’ve been following a number of high-profile stories involving Amish the past few weeks and months.  There have recently been some updates I wanted to pass along to you: Ohio Amish shooting As of last week, officials were waiting for results of ballistics testing in the Ohio Amish shooting case.  However they are confident the bullet which killed Rachel Yoder was that fired by a…

Kentucky Amish Mug Shots

The big story last week was the imprisonment of 8 Kentucky Amishmen for not displaying the Slow Moving Vehicle triangle on their buggies. Back in June we covered this issue with a lot of discussion on the implications of the case.  It’s an issue of freedom and safety, similar in a sense to controversies over raw milk or vaccines, and one that brings out strong…

The end of “low” Amish in Kentucky?

Here on the blog and on the Amish America Facebook page, some of you have been bringing up the court decision in Kentucky on Slow-Moving-Vehicle (SMV) triangles.  The SMV triangle has become iconic of the Amish and the vast majority of them willingly display them on their carriages. However, some of the “lower” groups (in particular the Swartzentruber Amish and a few others) refuse to…

Amish Sympathy Cards

Amish Sympathy Cards

You’ve probably heard about the accident in a Kentucky Amish community last Thursday.  Flash flooding in a normally passable creek caused a crossing buggy to overturn.  Four children, ranging in age from 5 months to 11 years, were swept away and drowned. The Amish community, in Graves County in western Kentucky, has suffered a difficult loss.  One hopes the parents take some bittersweet comfort at…