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Editorials

  • WHAT WE THINK: While cities expand tax rates are shrinking

    If it feels like your pockets are starting to fill back up a little, it’s easy to see why.

    As a whole Shelby County is thriving right now, and as Ronald Reagan would say, it’s trickling down.

    Not to say that our economic improvements have started solely at the top and worked their way down, that’s not exactly true.

    While lower gas prices will show you the most immediate gains, we need to look no futher than our own governments for a nice little boost.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: JHS efforts on annual Men’s Health Fair

    More than two hundred likely strong-willed men turned out Saturday to make sure they remained healthy, and for that we thank Jewish Hospital Shelbyville and their co-sponsors and volunteers for their efforts.

    Providing an efficient, free set up for those in the community that either struggle with health care costs or health issues is a noble cause, and one that JHS is uniquely equipped to handle.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Parents need to be ready for the start of school

    One week from today, Rocket Lane, Discovery Boulevard, Warriors Way and other streets will be backed up with teary-eyed parents and sleepy-eyed students returning to school for the 2015-16 school year.

    As we celebrated on our special back-to-school edition front page today, we, too, are ready for school to start.

    With each school year, students have in front of them the opportunity to learn and grow. But while every education can only be what you put into it, it’s also important to remember that parents can have a major impact on student learning, as well.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Epic ending to Shelbyville Horse Show

    Saturday night’s Five Gaited Stake Grand Championship could not have summed up the 26th Shelbyville Horse Show any better.

    Famed trainer Redd Crabtree cast his final stamp on the show he helped create with former horse Epic Hero taking the coveted title.

    Our Shelbyville Horse Show could not have had a more epic finish.

    It’s almost as if Redd was saying his final goodbye, and in a way only he could have.

    But more than just honoring a legend, the 2015 version of the Shelbyville Horse Show was yet again one to remember.

  • WHAT WE THINK: The more things change...

    At this time last year our county was aflutter with talk of outlet malls, business expansion and a milestone year for one of our favorite community events.

    Here we are one year later and the conversation is still going.

    Our new outlet mall, which will be one-year old later this week, is already undergoing its first expansion.

    It made it through its first slow summer period with several days of packed parking lots and crowded walkways.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Biagi and his promotion in the GOP

    We were excited to have a Shelby Countian returning to Kentucky from Washington to help with Sen. Mitch McConnell’s work in the commonwealth.

    Michael Biagi grew up in Shelby County, and even though he left to pursue his degree and calling in life, he’s found his way back to Kentucky, within a furlong or two of his hometown.

    Biagi is replacing former Chairman and Executive Director Steve Robertson, who is leaving for a public affairs firm in Lexington. Biagi will take over the position Saturday.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Cheers to the Shelbyville City Council

    Folks in and around Shelbyville have often lamented the choices we have for dinner dining.

    It’s not that we don’t like what is available, it’s that we don’t have that many choices, that much variety.

    That’s why the Shelbyville City Council’s move on Thursday was so important. The council got the process started to refine the requirements and regulations for a small craft brewery or distillery and restaurant to locate in the commercial and historic district downtown.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Summers focused on learning

    It should come as no surprise that Nolan Hughes and Emma Saarinen would be using their time wisely.

    The two Shelby County students have no doubt somewhat mastered the art of time management as they head into their second years at the Gatton Academy of Math and Science at Western Kentucky University.

    But the way the two are using their summers not solely for fun and a recharge, but to learn and take advantage of opportunity is not just admirable but also a bit envious.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Flooded creeks are more dangerous than they seem

    It seems so simple.

    When water reaches out of the banks of a river, stream, creek or even a drainage ditch, we should stay out of it.

    Especially when it’s coming down, as they say, sideways, leaving every piece of ground saturated and every rivulet looking like the mighty Mississippi.

    But here were are again, as biblical storms threaten to fill Ohio Valley, we still have people trying to drive across flooded roads and bridges.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: An unbreakable bond and a unique friendship

     

    University of Kentucky Junior All-American Willie Cauley-Stein often left us speechless on the court.

    At 7-feet tall he could glide across the floor with the quickness of men 2-feet shorter. His amazing athletic ability allowed him to soar above helpless defenders for rebounds and his rim-rattling dunks left chins dropped in awe.

    But on Thursday, Cauley-Stein left another indelible mark on us.