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Our residents showed very well in many categories.

WE CONGRATULATE: Shelby County's many winners at state fair

Wow, have you looked through the hundreds upon hundreds of winners from Shelby County who brought home ribbons from the Kentucky State Fair?

A list culled from those posted by fair organizers is so voluminous that it takes several editions and pages of the newspapers just to provide the basic info. That process continues this week and into next as the names roll and roll.

Grand champions, sweepstakes winners, reserve champions and enough ribbons to cover all the walls of a large room were handed out.


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Redistricting didn't do incumbent state Sen. Paul Hornback any favors.

WHAT WE THINK: Shelby's control of Senate seat is in jeopardy

We are trusting that the maddeningly long and purposefully political process of realigning our state’s legislative and judicial districts truly is complete. Our leaders say it is. But they said so in 2011, as well, when they were supposed to have this done in the first place.


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There will be no tax property tax increase for Shelby County Public Schools this year, but that's not going to be a long-range remedy to all the problems schools face.

WHAT WE THINK: Flat tax rate not permanent solution for Shelby County schools

Wen we learned last week that Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof planned to ask the school board to approve a .5 of a cent compensating rate on tax increases, our first reaction was that this was an astounding accomplishment in this day of expanding educational needs and contracting resources.


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A clerical error is not the biggest problems with pageants that parade children for judging.

WHAT WE THINK: It's time to end pageants for kids

The brouhaha that came to light last week about a pageant contestant from Shelby County who was disqualified from competing for the state Little Miss title because she was too old is a sad moment for an innocent little girl. We feel sorry for her and wish that she not have experienced that disappointment. It’s a sad moment from society when a clerical error by an adult – although no one will take responsibility for that mistake – can take away a child’s beautiful smile.

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A healthy bank is good for all of us, and we believe this process has rendered Citizens Union Bank healthier.

WE CONGRATULATE: CUB's emergence from examination

We were pleased to read that Citizens Union Bank has emerged from the oversight of state banking examiners and has steadied its course for the future.

CUB this year is marking 125 years as part of Shelby County, and we certainly think this good news adds candles to that celebratory cake.

The volatile real estate market of a few years ago and the aggressive investment in Shelby County by a hometown bank came together to create some dicey days for CUB. We, too, were saddened that bank examination became part of the process of sorting out those problems.


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The unliateral, do-as-they-please mentality arose last week when crossing worked closed access on the south side of Shelbyville.

WHAT WE THINK: Railroads have too much power

A communications gap last week among employees of Norfolk Southern Railroad that frustrated residents and officials in Shelby County was testament to a much larger problem than some blocked crossings that railroaded commuters on the first day of the school year.

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Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden and City Adminstrator David Eaton made a prudent trip to check out a new outlet mall near Atlanta.

WE CONGRATULATE: Mall road trip by Simpsonville officials

The decision by Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden and City Administrator David Eaton to take a road trip to Metro Atlanta to check out Horizon Group Properties’ recently opened outlet mall is a smart and responsible concept.

Mr. Eden and Mr. Eaton seek to learn from the leadership of Woodstock, Ga., and the managers of Outlet Shoppes At Atlanta about how the grand opening last month evolved for all concerned and what they might anticipate for a similar event next year at the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville in south Simpsonville.


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Commonwealth's Attorney Laura Donnell should make available the information that cleared a Shelbyville Police officer in death of teen.

WHAT WE THINK: Grand jury testimony should be opened

Memo to Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell: Open the grand jury testimony in the shooting death of Trey Williams.

The family of Mr. Williams, the teenager who died tragically in a confrontation with Shelbyville Police Officers in November 2011, is seeking the records as part of the fact-finding in their lawsuit against the police department and specifically against Suzanna Marcum, the officer who fired those three fatal shots.


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Old Shelbyville retail center has new owners and new hope.

WE CONGRATULATE: New owners of Governors Square

We were glad to hear last week of the plans of real estate broker Lee Webb and his church, Christ Community Church, in the purchase of Governors Square. This can be nothing but good news for Shelbyville.

Although this parcel technically is outside the city’s limits this is a welcome step in developing the city’s long-range plans for a spiffy and inviting East End.


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The public hearing was a good idea, and we look forward to an ordinance to serve residents.

WE CONGRATULATE: Shelbyville's steps to add trash, recycling service

Good job by the Shelbyville City Council last week when it conducted an open meeting to review its plans to adopt a citywide curbside and recycling program.

That was the penultimate appropriate step, to answer questions from and disseminate information to the public about those plans. Next would be the ultimate decision: to pass an ordinance enacting the collection of trash and recyclables from all residences.

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