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Columns

  • Center already turning things around

     Every city has its stereotypes. As a native Bullitt Countian, I’ve seen first hand how most of the cities have earned their reputation. However, Lebanon Junction continues to impress me.

    Set on changing the negative talk that surrounds the town, there is a group who won’t accept the bad and is determined to bring the city back to the glory it once held.

  • Saying Goodbye

     Over the past couple of weeks Bullitt County has lost a pair of outspoken individuals.

    During their prime, Charlie Long and Phyllis Wehrenberg were part of the fabric which made up Bullitt County.

    And neither happened to be afraid to speak their peace.

    Charlie covered the gamut of work in Bullitt County.

    When I came onto the scene, Charlie was a detective with the Commonwealth Attorney’s office. At the time, Tom Waller was prosecuting some pretty bad sex abuse cases.

  • Do something good throughout the year

     It happens every year… and I just don’t get it.

    Every year, through my position with the community newspaper, I get to see the good that comes with the spirit of the holiday season.

    Each year I get to see groups and individuals going out of their way to make Christmastime special for others.

    Whether its for needy children, the homeless, senior citizens, or just doing a little something for those that need some good cheer, somehow Christmas always arrives and the local folks seem to pull it through.

  • Real Santa to deliver despite fake news

     Will he or won’t he?

    That was the question on the minds of most Americans as word began to spread that Santa Claus may skip the country this year during his annual Christmas gift-giving visit.

    A statement by Claus, through his attorney, Ixnay Heimerdinger, was officially released through the North Pole newspaper, the Kringler.

    In the statement, Claus said that negative actions by the United States of America in 2017 weren’t the only reasons there could be a country-wide naughty list.

  • Holiday events are spectacular

     From all accounts, all four of the holiday events hosted by the cities of Hillview, Mount Washington, Lebanon Junction and Shepherdsville were record-setting events.

    Attendance estimates were all very high and the weather was spectacular the first weekend of December.

    (Hillview’s Winterfest was held indoors on the night in November when the storms came through the county.)

    As I was getting ready for the Shepherdsville festivities to begin, there were some thoughts which came to mind.

  • Barnes House needs your help

     About a week ago, I wrote another editorial about that old yellow house in Mount Washington at risk of destruction (formerly referred to as “the Barnes house”.)

    Unlike the first one I wrote back in September urging residents to care about the house, this one criticized the mayor and city council for, well, not caring.

    There is a group of residents, largely composed of the Mount Washington Historical Society, working to raise the necessary funds to ensure the city keeps a bit of its character in its downtown area. 

  • Apprenticeship programs important in state

     The Commonwealth, along with many other states across this nation, is struggling to find highly-skilled workers to fill scores of job in the manufacturing, health care, agriculture, and trade industries such as electrical, carpentry, plumbing, and telecommunications.

  • Plenty of attractions close to home for holidays

     With Halloween behind us and Thanksgiving around the corner, NOW is the time to start thinking about winter break. Let me suggest WildLights and Jack Hanna’s Home for the Holidays at the Columbus Zoo in Columbus, OH. WildLights kickoffs at the Columbus Zoo on November 17, 2017 and has quickly become a regional favorite featuring millions of LED lights, animated musical shows, the ole jolly guy himself, Santa’s reindeer, and visits with Bumble and Rudolph.

  • Season to give many thanks

     The leaves fell and the weather grew cooler as we transition into this blustery November.

    As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, the Legislature continues to hold Interim Joint Committee meetings throughout the Commonwealth and in Frankfort.

  • Another seasonal classic?

     Bullitt County has again found itself involved in a nationwide controversy that could signal the end of the traditional Thanksgiving holiday.

    Henrietta “Herkey” Turkey was scheduled to appear at the White House Thanksgiving dinner, but fled the area after learning the president refused to offer a traditional presidential pardon.

    “My predecessors may have made it easy on all of these birds, but not me,” Donald Trump said. “No free meals on my watch.”