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We congratulate: Holding line on property tax

None of us likes increases in our taxes, and we are fortunate that Shelby County Fiscal Court and the Shelbyville City Council have for most of this century been able to hold firm on their rates for property taxes.

In a era when so many legislative bodies are going broke and screaming for revenue streams, we should not underestimate the import that these two paramount taxing agencies are able to refrain from boosting cash flow.


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There is a lot of great work being done by Shelby Countians.

We congratulate: State fair winners for their hard work

There are just a few days left in the Kentucky State Fair, and already we are hearing about winners from Shelby County in a variety of categories.

That’s always wonderful for us to see, and we look forward to the lists of winners so we can scan and see familiar names accomplishing great things.

If on your visits to the state fair you’ve never taken time to tour the exhibits, we encourage you to do so. You will find some incredible and inspiring and creative, and you may just find that a friend from school or church has done some ribbon-winning work.


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We have problems with the way support is doled out for someone who is helping a child.

What we think: A decision that doesn’t make sense

We have had an alarming situation brought to our attention.

Our state Cabinet for Health and Family Services recently turned down

a request for aid from a young Shelby County woman who was brave enough to take on the sudden responsibility of caring for a sister she did not know she even had.

The woman’s father, who had left her family when she was a baby, went on to father another child many years later, and that child in-turn lost both its parents.


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That $109,000-plus device to hide the ugly AC at the Shelby County Judicial Center is in place. But is that a good thing?

What we think: Beauty of new AC screen is in eyes of beholder

Because of incorrect information supplied to The Sentinel-News, articles on the front page and continuing inside on July 27 and Aug. 1 defined incorrectly the construction project to hide the air-conditioning unit outside the Shelby County Judicial Center. The barricade built around the unit is no fence.


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With the widening of Interstate 64, the dangerously short acceleration ramp at Exit 32 is being replaced.

We congratulate: The construction is under way on dangerous I-64 ramp

What a glorious day was Monday, when construction crews from Louisville Asphalt began the 2-year project of re-engineering the dangerous ramp from KY 55 onto Interstate 64 at Exit 32 in Shelbyville.


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Final election filing deadline is approaching, and we need to have races full of candidates.

What we think: Won’t you step up to serve us all?

There remains just one more week for candidates for our nonpartisan elections to file for office.

On Tuesday we will have the slate for three districts of the Shelby County School Board and the city commissions in Simpsonville and Pleasureville.

Is your name on one of those lists?
We hope that some of you have emerged to offer your ideas and time to serve on these important legislative bodies. Our county is growing, the issues becoming ever more complex, and there always is a need for fresh voices in the conversations about how to handle them.


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We congratulate: The Prathers’ generous donation

We love to compliment generosity. In a world too often littered with complaint and hate and costly fences around ugly air conditioners, it is, well, a breath of fresh air when someone takes a step for the greater good.


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We can't agree that it is wise to spend $100,000 to build a fence around an AC unit, even if the unit is ugly.

What we think: Building fence is injudicious decision

A lot of you apparently want to vent about the 13-foot screen being built around the air-conditioning unit outside the Shelby County Judicial Center, and we don’t blame you.


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The Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee was particularly strong this year.

We congratulate: Rousing jubilee to open festivities

The 23rd Shelbyville Horse Show steps off tonight, and there will be some pressure on its organizers. Because like any great opening act, the jubilee that proceeds the competition to rev us up for the show was powerful this year.

The Shelby Development Corporation organizes this 3-day preliminary every year, but we can’t imagine any festival having been more successful than the one completed this past Saturday with a rousing evening on Main Street.


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That Shelby County Fiscal Court is diligent and timely in its collection and forwarding to state officials the budgets for these organizations is a truly significant and important caretaking of our precious tax dollars. But we need to continue to watch.

What we think: There’s more to know about taxing districts

We were pleased to read last week that the special taxing districts in Shelby County – about 18 of them – appear to be well ahead of the state’s curve for operating in the light of public view.

That Shelby County Fiscal Court is diligent and timely in its collection and forwarding to state officials the budgets for these organizations is a truly significant and important caretaking of our precious tax dollars.


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