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Editorials

  • WHAT WE THINK: With issues identified it’s time to find solutions

    Last week we attended a meeting put together by the Shelby County Community Foundation and Metro United Way and we must say we were pleased and surprised.

    Pleased because assessing the needs of a community is not only a massive undertaking it is also a somewhat thankless job.

    As Leon Mooneyhan, CEO of the Ohio Valley Education Cooperative and member of both the SCCF and Shelbyville Metro United Way boards, put it, ““The expectation isn’t that this is all of the needs, but it’s a significant start.”

  • WE CONGRATULATE: Our taxing entities remain consistent

    This week we see the final two local government entities have hearings to set the property tax rates for 2016, and what we’re seeing is very exciting.

    All four entities refrained from raising taxes as we are finally seeing our local economy making a rebound.

    This is the third straight year we’ve seen no increases, and even the second year in a row we have watched as one entity, Simpsonville City Commission, has lowered its tax rate due to its vast commercial growth.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Taking time to learn from our past

    On today’s front page we wrap up our annual Crime series that focuses on our important issues from violent crime to drug use and finally to traffic issues that include fender-benders and fatalities.

    It’s important that we look over this each year so we know where we stand, and where we as a community need to improve.

  • WE CONGRATULATE: A masterful move

    This weekend 14 brilliant and dedicated chess experts and masters descended on Shelbyville for a tournament, and while it didn’t draw the crowds – and they likely wouldn’t want the noise – of a Collins or Shelby County high school football game we were glad to see a less noticeable sport rearing its head in our county.

    While we are all for our usual competition of baseball, softball, basketball, football and the like, we were excited to hear that some are trying to provide new opportunities for our residents.

  • WHAT WE THINK: Where are Sen. McConnell’s less expensive schools?

    Shelby County received a rare treat last week with a visit from Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Louisville).

    McConnell has a long history with Shelby County, including having his parents live here later in their lives.

  • 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: 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: 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: 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.

  • 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.