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 […]
Continue Reading SMV Law Changed for Kentucky Amish
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 […]
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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 […]
Continue Reading KY legislators to the rescue of Swartzentruber Amish?
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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
Continue Reading The end of “low” Amish in Kentucky?
Well, after yesterday’s “ugly” post, I felt I had to do something to redeem myself. So I hope you enjoy these shots of an Amish settlement in Hardin County, Kentucky, taken last year on a beautiful summer day (note: this first photo is not an Amish place, but is from a nearby town; all the […]
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The front porch is a great place to spend an afternoon, especially with cool spring days ahead. The key, of course, is having a good place to park your rear end. I think these blue rockers do the trick. From the Hardin County, Kentucky Amish settlement. More on Kentucky Amish furniture.
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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 […]
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