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Editorials

  • WHAT WE THINK: It’s time we take a closer look at our tax bills

    Tax bills hit county mailboxes last week, and for those looking for a small discount the turnaround is quick.
    But make sure you take a closer look at that bill.
    This year’s tax bills should look remarkably similar to last year’s.
    If you’re willing to dig that old bill out, you’d notice that changes are minimal.
    In fact, unless you live in Simpsonville, where the city property tax rate decreased, you might have suffered from déjà vu when you opened your bill.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our students, teachers and administrators

    Shelby County Public Schools administrators and teachers had big smiles on their faces last week as the district was for the second time in a row recognized as a Proficient/Progressing, and the district saw its overall statewide ranking improve from the 66th percentile to the 76th percentile.

    “We improved and are on a steady trajectory showing growth in our school district,” Superintendent James Neihof said. “Scores like these mean we are moving in a good direction, yet we know there are areas where we need to make more gains.”

  • WHAT WE THINK: We need to take care as we move forward with the city center

    Two of the first dominoes for a proposed downtown city center in Shelbyville fell on Thursday as Shelby County Public Schools joined the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative with a tentative financial commitment.

    The two groups are still waiting for financial commitments from the Shelbyville City Council, Shelby County Fiscal Court and Shelby County Industrial Foundation before they will move forward, but this is as close as we have been to seeing the concept become a reality.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Efforts to save owl from steeple are admirable

    Last week we all found out about a Great-horned Owl that was trapped in the steeple of Centenary United Methodist Church.

    It seems the owl was chasing a pigeon when it became trapped in the tower.

    Lucky for the great bird, the church was beginning a renovation project on the tower and the crew from Thoroughbred Contractors is a pretty honest and ethical group.

    The crew spotted the bird, made sure it had some food and water, and then called in a raptor rescue group to help get the beast out.

  • WHAT WE THINK: It’s time to take advantage of our empty lots downtown

    Last weekend the city of Louisville started its ReSurfaced event.

    Behind still-standing facades of three buildings on Louisville’s Main Street, a party pops up on Thursdays through Sundays through the last Sunday in October. There are food trucks, drink service, and live music and plenty of young adults and families enjoying the atmosphere.

    The annual fall event takes advantage of the cool temperatures, a vacant city lot and people’s penchant for eating, drinking and congregating in an outdoor setting. Call it tailgating without the football game.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Baird, Texas Roadhouse for their day of service

    Last week a group of workers from a Texas Roadhouse corporate office descended on the 200 block of 8th Street to help do some minor renovations at the Open Door of Hope men’s shelter.

    Shelbyville resident Kristal Baird led the group, but the amazing part is Baird was the only Shelby County person in the working crew.

    After Baird mentioned working at the facility with another organization, the Texas Roadhouse group jumped at the chance to help.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Where are the rights in our Human Rights Commission?

    In 2009 our community formed a Human Rights Commission, one that could answer for the people if they felt they had been wronged.

    The commission, a joint effort by Shelby County Fiscal Court, Shelbyville City Council and Simpsonville City Commission, is a wonderful asset to our community.

    In theory, the commission is here to ensure that we as a community maintain our civil standards – that we all are protected and able to enjoy our inherent rights as a person.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Collins continues to garner attention

    Jessica Collins has received yet another form of recognition for her ministry A Place to Sleep.

    Collins, who has been recognized across the state and nation for her work, was recently named one of two Bell Award Youth Service Honor Recipient by WLKY.

    The Bell Awards program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated the true “spirit of Louisville” through selfless volunteer efforts and seeks to inspire all residents to engage in community service.

    Although it is recognized for work in the Louisville area, we proudly call Collins our own.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Our students deserve the best

    At the end of August we learned that Shelby County Public Schools would go a second straight year without raising its property tax rate.

    And we must say, we find that pretty amazing.

    Most districts around the state have approved an increase of some degree, and many taking the full four percent they are allowed without going to a public vote.

  • WE SUPPORT: Fall festival season is upon us

    The weather report for this weekend show temperatures in the mid-70s with lows dipping into the upper 40s – perfect fall weather to be outside.

    What better way to spend a weekend than at a community festival?

    This year’s schedule is already packed with community celebrations every weekend this month ranging from Simpsonville to Finchville to Shelbyville and back.