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  • Bullitt County has many things to be thankful for

    As we enter this holiday season, Bullitt County residents should be thankful for many things.

    Are there things which the county suffers a black eye from time to time? Sure.

    But that is common with any place in the United States.

    It is during this Thanksgiving week that we need to look a little deeper.

    We should be thankful that we aren’t waking up every day or going to sleep every night with a new homicide in the news. With the population reaching 80,000, the odds of bad things happening increases.

  • Saying goodbye

     A couple of recent passings of note.

    Harry Cooper moved into the Hillview community from Highland Park and immediately made an impact.

    His first work in the city came with Operation Santa. He served as a helper to the real Santa Claus for a number of years.

    He was never afraid to tell you what he thought. Sometimes that meant going against the city fathers.

    He successfully ran for city council in Hillview. He was also unsuccessful in a bid for mayor.

  • Bullitt County gets high marks for role in JCTC success

     In a world of change in the post-secondary education field, Bullitt County is still a strong community.

    At least, in the eyes of the president of Jefferson Community and Technical College.

    Dr. Ty Handy was the keynote speaker at the recent Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner.

    With 12,000 students enrolled in JCTC classes, the biggest growth remains in the dual credit courses.

    High school students take courses that will fulfill their graduation requirements, as well as earn college credits.

  • Proposed pension plan not right

     On behalf of the teachers, administrators and support staff of Bullitt County Public Schools, I urge you to oppose the pension bill put forth by Governor Bevin late week.   

    Almost everyone recognizes that this is a serious issue and appreciates very much that Governor Bevin has determined to take action to rectify a problem that has festered for years.

  • Some creepy movie suggestions in future

      Monsters. Witches. Zombies. Grim reapers. Headless specters. Scary doctors. Evil scientists. Shadowy figures. Spooky creatures. Bloodsucking eels. Stalking wolves.

    But enough about national government officials… let’s cut to the upcoming Halloween holiday instead.

  • Dad, it’s time that you can rest in peace

     You’re prepared. But I guess you’re never prepared for death.

    Leaving the hospital late Sunday night, he seemed to be in very good spirits. Maybe that’s the way it is just before you enter your  next phase in life.

    All the kids had gotten to visit. His sisters were there. He probably talked more in that one day than he had in the past year.

    He told me he was dying. I really didn’t believe him. Maybe I should have paid more attention.

  • Yellow house needs to be saved

     On Main Street Mount Washington, there is two-story yellow house with intricate white details decorating the front.

    The colorful paneling and wide boards always left 7-year-old me fantasizing about what life what like in Mount Washington circa 1920. Even now, at 25, I find myself fantasizing about running a bakery on the bottom floor and making the second floor an apartment to live in.

  • Eclipse Day becomes new holiday

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - One week prior to the much-anticipated total solar eclipse of 2017, Bullitt County’s school board voted unanimously Monday night to make Aug. 21 a professional development day, allowing all students and teachers a day off to enjoy the event.

    Many children and teachers throughout the county celebrated with eagerness to partake of the major weather event. But not everyone in the county is happy, with one local resident protesting both the event and the school board’s decision.

  • County loses pair of different leaders

     As I do on an occasional basis, we try to salute some of those who have left Earth but not without making an impact on their community.

    While on a short vacation, I learned that two pillars in the community -- Tom Jasper and Jim Enlow -- passed away.

    While at the newspaper the past 34 years, I didn’t have the opportunity to have many direct dealings with Jasper.

    However, the resume was impressive and his impact upon the community, especially in Mount Washington, could not be questioned.

  • Finding solution to growing homeless issue serious one

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - At a time when the United States of America celebrates the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, Bullitt County still continues to scratch its collective head on what to do with those in a land not free, existing bravely without a home.

    In an attempt to alleviate the homeless problem in the county, a collection of civic-minded individuals initially gathered to discuss the situation and determine a solution.

    That meeting resulted in numerous solutions made by numerous individuals and organizations.