We congratulate: Those who have taken center stage

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By Lisa King

People who have spent a lot of time in Shelby County are finding their places on stage these days – and it’s center stage, at that.

First there was Jennifer Lawrence, whose family owns a business in Shelby County, being nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress at the ripe old age of 20 for her role in the acclaimed Winter’s Bone.

Then there is Brandi Neelly, who learned a lot of her singing in Shelby County, advancing on American Idol. She’s all of 16.

We can’t imagine what piece of fame awaits someone next.

Though both Ms. Lawrence and Ms. Neelly cling more to Louisville than Shelbyville, it’s nice to know we have shared the same air and dirt with people of such extraordinary talent and universal acclaim.

Of course, we aren’t surprised, either.

Shelby is full of incredibly talented individuals in so many ways that extend beyond the arts and into such less luminous careers as industrial leaders, educators and even administrators.

Those folks may not get a ticket to Hollywood anytime soon, but we know their contributions.

In the meantime, though, we will bask in the warm glow of the successes of Ms. Lawrence and Ms. Neelly and await our next claim to fame.

We doubt that will take long, either.