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Columns

  • Deaths should push us to organ donations

     There once lived a girl who, despite every rock thrown her way, aimed to make the most of the life she lived. The girl had learned early just how precious life was.

    As a newborn, the girl was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a disease that causes more mucus in the lungs than normal. The disease caused the girl to spend her childhood in more hospitals than playgrounds.

  • Graduation ceremonies are all special

     Like a wedding, there can be no such thing as a bad graduation.

    As my alma mater was having an all-class reunion last Saturday, the three Bullitt County high schools were wishing the best to nearly 1,000 graduates.

    There are always special moments. That is what graduations are for.

    Superintendent Keith Davis had the chance to present his son, William, with his diploma from Bullitt East.

    School board vice chairman Darrell Colemen did the same for his niece, Annie Argenbright of Bullitt Central.

  • Saying Goodbye

     A goodbye to a fellow that many people may not know but it is someone who stands out in my 33-year career.

    Dennis Wilson recently passed away. To many in the Hillview governmental circle, that would be Big D.

    Dennis loved politics. He was a frequent attendee of the Hillview City Council.

    He was a big supporter of many of the governmental leaders in the city, including former mayor Leemon Powell.

    He was also a big supporter of Elise and John Spainhour and Tom Givhan.

    Dennis loved politics. He loved to make predictions.

  • National scene hits the groundhog

     UPDATE (Feb. 2, 7:24 a.m.): Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, saw his shadow this morning.

    Traditionally, this means six more weeks of winter weather.

    For more information visit www.groundhog.org.

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    NICHOLS – In the first month of the Trump administration, two factions have had issues with the new commander-in-chief… issues that could lead to the end of Bullitt County and perhaps the entire world.

  • MWES more than renovated school

     Once a Mount Washington Elementary Brave, always a Mount Washington Elementary Brave.

    I spent seven years inside that school and it’s bittersweet to think about the changes that have been made, no matter how needed they were.

    Thanks to a terrible speech impediment, I spent from preschool to fourth grade earning scratch and sniff stickers twice a week if I could say my name correctly.

  • Old Business

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Today starts an occasional column that I’ve called OLD BUSINESS.

    Why?

    Because we seem to forget as elected officials things that we’ve talked about. In other words, I’ll keep certain topics on the list until something is done.

    In the inaugural list, what about:

    *The city of Shepherdsville has a garbage contract. In that contract there is some contention that the city is responsible when Eco-Tech is unable to collect the bills.

  • A casual look at the final six months

      Alliance Entertainment started off the second half of 2016 by announcing that it would expand its Shepherdsville distribution facility and add 150 jobs.

    The expansion would make it the world’s largest distributor of CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray wholesale products.

    Noah Glass was selected to be part of the Team USA squad which participated in the National Archery in the Schools All-Star Championships.

    The competition was held in South Africa.

    Homearama came to Bullitt County in July.

  • A casual look at the first six months

     On Monday, you got a chance to look at several of the top, top stories of the past year.

    Over the next two Wednesdays, we’ll take a casual look at some of the headlines that hit the front pages of The Pioneer News.

    When looking back, it is hard to believe how many things actually occurred.

    The first headline dealt with the Southeast Bullitt Fire conflict. I guess it was a busy year when the years-long battle between the fire district board and the fire department didn’t make the top list.

  • County will be part of national look at Dishons

     From the day of the mass search for a missing teenager to the final sentencing of the uncle who would admit heinous crimes against family members, there was probably only one media member who was there.

    At every one of the painful hearings. At the jury trial of another individual. At the press conferences when a family was desperately seeking help.

    Little did they, or the world, know that the person responsible for the death of Jessica Dishon in 1999 was also responsible for the sexual abuse of others, including family members.

  • Yet another humorous way to look at holiday season of local history

     It’s usually the most wonderful time of the year, but politics can even affect North Pole protocol.

    After hundreds of years of running things on his own, Santa Claus decided to allow for the distribution of North Pole Christmas duties to staff members that would help ease his workload.

    “At the time it was a great plan,” said North Pole spokeself Ivy Dinkelschmirter. “Kind of like Great Britain, we have leaders for various things but Santa was still the royalty.”