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Editorials

  • WHAT WE THINK: Something stinks with city garbage delay

    Somehow we fail to see the problems that are plaguing the city of Shelbyville and its leaders in regards to getting a curbside trash and recycling franchise agreement put together.

    Once the ordinance was approved this spring, all that was left was for the council to submit the Request for Proposal and wait for the bids from Republic, Rumpke and Waste Management to come in.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our new district court judge

    A new name will quickly be acquainted to Shelby County as Betty Springate takes over as our new Distict Court Judge serving Shelby, Anderson and Spencer counties.

    Mrs. Springate takes over the position after longtime judge Linda Armstrong retired in March.

    Mrs. Springate brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position that she will hold until the first of the year. And she will alleviate a great deal of pressure and work from Judge Donna Dutton, who was serving for both Division I and II.

  • What we think: The 4th of July is more than fireworks and food

    As you plan your holiday weekend barbeque – or hot dog feast, whichever (see our Neighbors Section) – and family get together, take a minute, or more, to remember that this is more than just a day off from work.

    So often Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day and the 4th of July are treated as mere days off work, a way to jump start a weekend or plan a party or extended weekend out of town, but we’d all do better to take time to remember what those days mean and why they’re recognized as days off.

  • We congratulate: Mike Miller and the Rabb family

    Last week we were shocked to learn for the first time about the Rabb family.

    What should be heralded as one of Shelbyville’s finest families, the Rabbs were introduced to us by Mike Miller and Rev. Robert Marshall.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Ms. Sjothun deserves a hand, and help from us all

    Finally progress!

    A week ago at the Shelby County Fiscal Court meeting at long last someone made a move to bring a wet/dry alcohol vote to the county.

    Of course, it wasn’t our elected officials – although several have said they would support it – it was Katie Sjothun.

    “The county deserves to be [wet],” she said. “Why should wineries sell wine out in the county and a distillery can’t have a tasting room?”

    We couldn’t have said it better.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Crabtree on his hall of fame induction

    We were surprised to find out that Charles “Redd” Crabtree was the first show horse trainer to be inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

    Crabtree was a member of the 2014 class, inducted just last week, and while we believe it was a well-earned honor, we have to add that it’s about time – both for him and the show horse community.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: The sale of Blue Gables

    Our downtown is getting a facelift, and it is much needed.

    We were very happy to hear on Monday that the sale of the old Blue Gable Motel had finally closed, and that the Shelbyville Preservation Group had taken over the building.

    It won’t happen overnight, but we will soon have a landmark back in our community.

    Many have talked about how the Gables was a vibrant place in the 50s and 60s, when visitors would stay there, catching the bus in and out of town.

  • WHAT WE THINK: It’s time to find a better way for charities to collect money

    Like the inevitability of the flowers blooming each spring, we await the annual gauntlet of driving through our town’s streets.

    Each year as the weather warms we’re inundated with charities lining up at stoplights, buckets in hand and crazy hats on their heads, seeking donations from drivers.

    It’s not that we mind giving to charity or even traffic slowing down as most cars proceed with caution around those seeking donations for their charity. Although we do question if this is the best way to collect money.

  • We congratulate: New distillery, county’s efforts

    When Diageo announced its intention to open a full scale, large operation distillery in Shelby County we were both pleased and a bit surprised.

    While officials had commented that large distilleries were looking at the area, we were starting to think that it might never happen.

  • What we think: Changes to the fair are a welcome addition

    At first glance we were surprised to see the changes to this year’s Shelby County Fair.

    Shortening the time the midway and its rides are open seemed questionable.

    But after thinking about it for a while, we understand the changes.

    While nothing beats a corndog, funnel cake and fresh squeezed lemonade from the fair, we have noticed attendance waning on several nights over the last few years, especially the weeknights.