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  • Skate park is more than that

      Growing up in Mount Washington, it was easy to wish we had more.

    More places to eat than the Dairy Queen. More stores to shop at than Houchens. More places to go than the swings at the city park.

    After I left for college, it seemed like everything came to town at once.

    All of a sudden, there was a movie theater within a bike ride of my house.

    Frozen yogurt shops offered a fun place to hang out with friends and the boutiques were at every corner.

  • Saying Goodbye

     We’ll start out with a bit of a stretch in relevance to Bullitt County.

    However, those stock car racing fans in the area will remember Andy Hampton. And I know Bullitt County has a whole lot of stock car fans, especially during the era when the weekly races were held at the fairgrounds and then at Louisville Motor Speedway.

    He was one of the first big-time racers from the Louisville area to make it in NASCAR. His best finish at the Daytona 500 was ninth.

    Hampton died at the age of 87 on April 1.

  • Some hare-raising things going on for Easter ‘16 in Bullitt County

     With a recent boom in local industry and employment, the Bullitt County population continues to grow.

    However, due to certain logistical numbers, local experts were walking on eggshells anticipating a potential shortage in county Easter eggs.

    Bullitt Fiscal Court addressed the issue at recent special meetings with Dee Greenegg, head of the Bullitt County branch of the Special Hen-selected Easter Rabbit International Fraternal Flopears (SHERIFF).

  • Saying Goodbye

     A few notes about some of those who have passed recently and their ties to the community…

    *Robert Harned, known as Bob, to most, recently passed away.

    For many, many years, the Lebanon Junction man has played a major role in agriculture in the community.

    As a young editorial person put in charge of advertising, my biggest memories were his days of owning Bullitt County Feeders.

  • Quiet goodbyes to some former public servants

     Sometimes we lose people in the community who have served but have since dropped out of the limelight.

    Some may be elected officials who have made a difference and we write a larger obituary for that person.

    Others are elected officials who serve and then retired to times not in the spotlight.

    And others are here and then they move on to other areas.

    Today, I will take just a few moments to talk about a pair of individuals.

  • Nichols Nick at it once again

      Unseasonably warm Springtime weather in Bullitt County may end abruptly,  and possibly permanently, due to an ultimatum written in groundhogese.

    As of Feb. 1, Bullitt Fiscal Court officials had not come to an agreement on the ultimatum presented by Nichols Nick, Bullitt County’s official groundhog.

    According to the groundhogese ultimatum, loosely translated and presented by county attorney John Wooldridge, Nick expressed concerns and made demands in relation to the safety of his job environment and his fellow vermin.

  • We have survived THE storm

      Ladies and gentleman of Bullitt County, be forewarned: The apocalypse is near!

    Actually, it’s the first significant accumulative snowfall of the season, but in Bullitt County, same thing.

    Seriously, people, if snow was so evil, then why did God make it so beautiful? Why does it appear in all of our Christmas decorations? Why are there snow globes?

    Snow is wonderful. Snow should make us smile, it is a gift, a natural gift, something unique that can’t be celebrated every day, or most days.

  • Late examples of Christmas cheer preserve Santa’s visit to Bullitt County for 2015

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - International crisis, national issues, even local situations continue to mount up, leading to another potential Christmas holiday cancellation in Bullitt County.

    Unlike past concerns, this year’s events lean far beyond a naughty/nice list.

    According to the official North Pole newspaper, the Joy-Spreader, Santa Claus was considering a bypass of the entire country this year, with Bullitt County specifically tied in with the decision.

  • School system looks for some strategy input

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The Bullitt County Public School System has a vision statement.

    It’s pretty standard -- “The leader in educational excellence.”

    And it has a fancy mission statement.

    “The Bullitt County Public Schools learning community will educate all students to high levels of academic performance as measured by state and national standards by creating and maintaining a positive learning environment with a comprehensive system of support.”

  • Use energy to find way to aid all homeless

     Very rarely will I share my opinions to people outside of my closest inner circle. Unless it’s something obvious like tacos are the best food or fall is clearly the superior season, I try to stay away from the arguments that come from people who don’t know me well enough to understand my side of a situation and vice versa.

    But the news of potential new Syrian refugees coming to the country is something that is a lot harder to keep quiet about.