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Sam Saarinen has done a great job of representing students from Shelby County.

WE CONGRATULATE: An exponential mathematics star

We can’t imagine a student having a better senior year than Sam Saarinen. Certainly, he is making Shelby County look very good in the educational world.


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We welcome these new lights to deal with dangerous places on our roads.

WHAT WE THINK: The lights finally are coming on

Shelby County so often has appeared to be moving in the slow lane when it comes to matters of highways and byways – see the Shelbyville Bypass, if you will – that our recent giddiness about the expedited replacement for the deadly interchange at KY 55 and Interstate 64 sometimes seems like a bit of a dream.

That project is moving along quickly, right through the winter months, and we would have bet our asphalt that we wouldn’t have seen such activity in our lifetimes. We only can assume a more dedicated contractor was hired this time.


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We like Sunday's event to share African-American history in Shelby County. Now we would like to see it grow.

WE CONGRATULATE: A new event that could make history

The presentation Sunday at Stratton Center about the bits and pieces of recorded African-American history in Shelby County is the wonderful culmination of a long-since-due step in preserving that piece of our ancestral pie.

We often feel that much of the story of African-Americans in the nearly 221 years of Shelby County are lost in the anecdotes and in the dwindling in the memories of a few in our county. There are so many rich stories that we fear would be lost, if not for the dedication of the volunteers from the Shelby County Historical Society.


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You need to speakup during public hearings about new garbage plan.

What we think: It’s your time to talk trash

The 109 Board in Shelby County is doing one thing we heartily applaud: It scheduled five public-input sessions at various locations across the county to gather your thoughts on its plans for a new garbage/recycling center and its idea of charging you to drop your trash there.

The first of those sessions was Tuesday night in Simpsonville, and another will be held tonight at the Shelby County Health Department in Shelbyville. There are also sessions Thursday in Finchville, next Monday in Bagdad and Tuesday in Waddy.

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Shelby County's fundraising season is off to a big start. It likely will be a year of growth.

We congratulate: Our need to give – which may grow

Fundraising season is upon us, that time of year when we launch into an annual parade of events that raise much-needed revenue to support a variety of philanthropic efforts in Shelby County.

This past weekend featured the cultural gamut of Ducks Unlimited – with its Duck Dynasty theme this year – to one of Shelby County’s glitziest gatherings, Tres Chic.


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The 109 Board gets nearly $1 million annually in tax money and provides nothing more than property. It needs a vision.

What we think: Shelby County's new garbage fee idea really stinks

If you own property in Shelby County, you pay 3.5 percent of that property’s taxable value for what you might consider to be garbage service. This is what you receive for that payment: A “convenience center” in Waddy that is maintained and emptied, a recycling center that is staffed and an opportunity to transport your garbage or recyclables to those facilities.

What you don’t get is garbage service.

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The newspaper must do a better job of being your eyes and ears when it comes to how your dollars are being spent.

What we think: Taxing districts need to answer

We now have a clearer picture of how many of our tax dollars this year will be going to the 16 separate taxing districts around our county. At least the property tax payments recorded by Sheriff Mike Armstrong have showed us how our hard-earned $30 million is being divvied up.

Yet, although we have this dollar amount and a thread of an idea about the tax distribution, we truly don’t know how that ball of yarn unwinds.

And we owe you an apology.

We simply should have been watching more closely and offering you more information along the way.


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Shelby County School Board member Brenda Jackson received the state's Rev. Martin Luther King Citizenship Award -- a very appropriate honor.

We congratulate: Brenda Jackson’s deserved award

Brenda Jackson has served Shelby County Public Schools long and well and, as she has sworn to do, she has put the kids ahead of herself. Her methods can be questioned, as they were last fall when she fought off a challenger to win her seventh term representing District 5 on the Shelby County School Board, but you can’t debate what is in her heart, for she lives from that heart every time she takes her seat on the platform for a board meeting.


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We have two issues where there is little agreement. How about if we bring them together.

What we think: Let’s try a new idea on debt, gun issues

The topics of greatest collision these days in our national discourse are the centrifugal – if not central – debates about the oversight of our economy and of our right to bear arms.

Almost every person in leadership at every level of our governments – and many of us lowly taxpayers – is debating one side or the other of one topic or the other, some wanting to choke the reins of control while others want at least to maintain the freedom of movement now in place. Oddly the chokers and the relaxers are not consistent along the political spectrum.


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We like that Shelby County Public Schools is testing and teaching safety measures.

We congratulate: Lessons in safety schools are learning

We like what we are hearing from our schools about an increased focus on security. A month after the devastating horror that occurred in Newtown, Conn., we are seeing and hearing that those 26 deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary are having some bit of a positive legacy in school systems cross the country.

We like that we hear and see that Shelby County Public Schools is working systematically with law enforcement for lockdown drills and process reviews that are intrinsic in providing confidence to parents and imperative to ensuring that first responders are practiced as well.


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