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Columns

  • Saying Goodbye

     Benny Stillwell served a number of years as police chief for the city of Shepherdsville.

    During most of my tenure, Benny spent in the city’s public works department.

    A good person who always seemed to help out all the city’s departments no matter the need.

    He will be missed.

    When I saw the docket for the Bullitt County Board of Adjustments meeting and there was an application for a variance for a high-rise sign, I always thought of Morris Longacre.

    The passing of Morris is a bit more personal.

  • Disasters happen at home

     Any time a disaster happens, I’m always intrigued by how people react. 

    Are they sharing facts from reliable articles?

    Are they even aware of what is really happening? Do they continue to show interest after the hype of the disaster is over?

    Take the Gatlinburg fires.

  • Some Thanksgiving poetry

    A day before Thanksgiving Eve, and at computer: Frazzled Steve.
    A longer weekend, hopes to leave, but must complete thine annual jaunt.
    Struggling hard to find some words while dreaming ‘bout the tasty birds,
    A meal awaits, with family nerds who, all about thine job, will taunt.
    Thou digress - the work awaits. “’Tis hunger tricks,” my mind doth haunt.
    Turkey sandwich, thou doth want.

    Best that I try to remember, all those stories in November

  • More horror movie ideas...

     Leave it to the Cynical Journalist to squeeze blood from the turnip of impossibility.

    Each year at this time we try to gather a list of potential Halloween horror movie ideas based on local or current news events.

    This year has been a momentous calendar year, one like I’ve never experienced before, mostly because I wasn’t around in the 1960s, nor the 1860s.

  • Do the right thing... make an informed vote on Nov. 8

     With election day less than two weeks away, have you ever seen a time when people just seem to not care?

    Normally, during a presidential election, turnout might exceed 70 percent. In Bullitt County, where off-year elections may hover in the 20-20 percent range, 70 percent is pretty strong.

    When the current presidential campaign started -- what seems like years ago -- there was much enthusiasm.

    In Kentucky, for the first time a Republican caucus was held and the turnout was very good.

  • Learning history never ending

     Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once urged former presidential speechwriter James C. Humes to “study history, study history! In history lies all the secrets of statecraft!”

    Studying the history of government affairs, like Churchill urged, can help you better decide who to vote for in the presidential and local elections this November.

    Studying the history of your family can help you discover potential medical problems or where certain traits began.

  • Pay attention to emergency sirens

      Hey Bullitt County drivers, let’s chat for a second.

    I know I’ve only had my driver’s license for less than 10 years and that there are far more experienced people than me on the roads. However, I’m convinced there must have been some miscommunication when I read my driver’s manual and took my test than when the rest of the county took theirs.

  • Saying Goodbye

     Over the past month, I’ve lost some folks who were pretting important during my tenure at The Pioneer News.

    Thomas Whitt was a very solid member of the community and as a member of the Bullitt County Public School Board.

    Well-respected for his work on the fire department board in Mount Washington, Whitt dealt with many tough issues on the school board.

  • Exclusive interview with the elusive BEAR

     CLERMONT - Officials at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest always felt the opportunity was bearly possible.

    Rangers investigated claw tracks and took reports on a number of missing picnic baskets before receiving photographic proof that a black bear was in the forest last week.

  • What does make America great?

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Local officials remain uncertain as to whether the United States Flag will still be seen flying over the Bullitt County Courthouse by the dawn’s early light on July 5.

    A growing fear appears to be taking hold of the community as political opponents are using Independence Day as a tool in their ongoing fight to claim their own perceptions of what makes America great.