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Editorials

  • We congratulate: Simpsonville for listening to residents

    We are proud of the Simpsonville City Commission for its handling of the zoning change application by Horizon Properties Group, which wants to build an outlet mall on the southern side of the city.

    Whether you support the zoning change for 24 acres from Agriculture  and Commerical to Interchange – making the parcel absolutely appropriate for the mall – or support construction of the mall itself, surely you must feel that due process has been well served.

  • We congratulate: Our celebrations of community

    Another Labor Day has passed, which is when the communities of Waddy and now Martinsville officially set in motion some of Shelby County’s wonderful traditions: the fall season of community festivals.

    Bagdad and Mount Eden have their days in the spring and summer, but the fall – or the late-summer days leading up to it – have become the gathering time for all aspects of our communities.

  • What we think: Simpsonville now should answer

    Now that Horizon Group Properties has received approval from the Triple S Planning Commission on its request to rezone several acres of Simpsonville to be appropriate as a site for its planned outlet mall, this question now comes down to the final affirmation or rejection by the Simpsonville City Commission.

  • We congratulate: Holding line on property tax

    None of us likes increases in our taxes, and we are fortunate that Shelby County Fiscal Court and the Shelbyville City Council have for most of this century been able to hold firm on their rates for property taxes.

    In a era when so many legislative bodies are going broke and screaming for revenue streams, we should not underestimate the import that these two paramount taxing agencies are able to refrain from boosting cash flow.

  • What we think: A decision that doesn’t make sense

    We have had an alarming situation brought to our attention.

    Our state Cabinet for Health and Family Services recently turned down

    a request for aid from a young Shelby County woman who was brave enough to take on the sudden responsibility of caring for a sister she did not know she even had.

    The woman’s father, who had left her family when she was a baby, went on to father another child many years later, and that child in-turn lost both its parents.

  • We congratulate: State fair winners for their hard work

    There are just a few days left in the Kentucky State Fair, and already we are hearing about winners from Shelby County in a variety of categories.

    That’s always wonderful for us to see, and we look forward to the lists of winners so we can scan and see familiar names accomplishing great things.

    If on your visits to the state fair you’ve never taken time to tour the exhibits, we encourage you to do so. You will find some incredible and inspiring and creative, and you may just find that a friend from school or church has done some ribbon-winning work.

  • We congratulate: The construction is under way on dangerous I-64 ramp

    What a glorious day was Monday, when construction crews from Louisville Asphalt began the 2-year project of re-engineering the dangerous ramp from KY 55 onto Interstate 64 at Exit 32 in Shelbyville.

    This is a moment we have awaited for more than three years, from our first suggestion that something must be done to extend the dangerously abbreviated acceleration lane, through two deadly accidents and several more near deadly ones, through changes in leadership and on to the inevitable budget fights about road plans.

  • What we think: Won’t you step up to serve us all?

    There remains just one more week for candidates for our nonpartisan elections to file for office.

    On Tuesday we will have the slate for three districts of the Shelby County School Board and the city commissions in Simpsonville and Pleasureville.

    Is your name on one of those lists?
    We hope that some of you have emerged to offer your ideas and time to serve on these important legislative bodies. Our county is growing, the issues becoming ever more complex, and there always is a need for fresh voices in the conversations about how to handle them.

  • We congratulate: The Prathers’ generous donation

    We love to compliment generosity. In a world too often littered with complaint and hate and costly fences around ugly air conditioners, it is, well, a breath of fresh air when someone takes a step for the greater good.

    With that in mind today we congratulate the giving spirit of Don and Greta Prather, who saw an opportunity to help the downtown Shelbyville city center project by purchasing and donating a ramshackle house on an adjacent property.

  • We congratulate: Rousing jubilee to open festivities

    The 23rd Shelbyville Horse Show steps off tonight, and there will be some pressure on its organizers. Because like any great opening act, the jubilee that proceeds the competition to rev us up for the show was powerful this year.

    The Shelby Development Corporation organizes this 3-day preliminary every year, but we can’t imagine any festival having been more successful than the one completed this past Saturday with a rousing evening on Main Street.