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Columns

  • Elvis still lives in the eyes of many of biggest fans

     “The King” Lives

    Recently, I had the pleasure of spending some time with Elvis. Even though he may have been dead for almost 40 years, he is still very much alive to some of his fans from Bullitt County and Louisville.

    The five-plus members call themselves the Taking Care of Business for Elvis Fan Club because that was his moto.

    All of the women agreed, they were drawn by his great looks and singing, but also the person he was.

  • After years of service, it is time for chief to resign

     In the past 30 years, there is no memory of ever asking a public official to step down from his or her post.

    In the case of Southeast Bullitt fire chief Julius Hatfield, we think it is more than appropriate to make that request.

    (A special meeting was planned for Tuesday evening. The only item on the agenda was an announcement by Hatfield.)

  • Turkey disease hits region as big holiday nears

     Local officials are scratching their heads - and other areas - determining how they could allow a highly infectious disease to potentially ruin the local Thanksgiving holiday.

    Bullitt Fiscal Court, in collaboration with the Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Bernheim Chapter, officially prepared a statement warning local residents to avoid turkeys this year.

  • Christmas season comes around much too early

     It comes earlier every year. 

    Yes, you know what I’m talking about --Christmas.

    Now I am by no means in any way a Grinch (I have a lot of wonderful Christmas memories of my own), but it bothers me how commercialized the season has become.

    I keep thinking back to the Charlie Brown Christmas episode where he has to be taught what the true meaning of Christmas is amid all the hustle-and-bustle. 

  • Whatever happened to hiring best for the job?

     Sometimes there are things that hit you the wrong way.

    As much as we have heard about Jefferson County education woes, something hit me the other day.

    Saw in a story in The Courier Journal about the need to diversify the teaching forces.

    With 52 percent of the students in the very large school system listed as minorities, I understand it.

    There is a need for role models.

    There is a need for students of all types of minority to see teachers of their own to be in the classroom and in administrative positions.

  • Taking look back at elections; next cycle will come quickly

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Any illusions that President Barack Obama was going to be on the ballot in the November 2014 general election were wrong.

    In fact, the number of straight ticket voters grew on Tuesday when compared to mid-term elections four years ago.

    That did not bode well for local candidates who might have had a “D” behind their name.

    Of the 24,619 who cast ballots in Bullitt County, 8,764 darkened the straight-ticket box on the ballot.

  • A little spooky script for your Halloween season

     These days every time something takes place it is immediately shared throughout the world at such a frenzy that people freak out.

    Topics such as ISIS or ebola put society in an immediate state of shock, worry and panic.

    As a change of pace, it’s time to get back to simpler times. I have again searched around locally for good old-fashioned ideas to use as topics for scary Halloween movies.

    And without further adieu, here’s this year’s list, presented as always in B-movie promo fashion, of Halloween movie ideas.

  • Remember Bill Breeden

     A man with a tremendous heart

    By MARY BARCZAK

    What can I say about a man that meant so much to so many. 

    I only had the honor of knowing Bill Breeden for a short time, but it didn’t take long for him to touch my heart.

    He was the man that knew everyone and knew how to get things done. I always admired his selflessness. He loved this community and gave all he had to it.

    He treated me like one of his own. 

  • Tax decision pretty typical of plight in today’s world

     Should there be unbridled excitement over the recent release of test scores by the state Department of Education?

    Obviously yes…if you are in Bullitt County.

    Should there also be some bridled reservations about what everything means?

    Of course.

    Before throwing any water on the party, we must say that the ship is going in the right direction.

    Some may question or dislike certain individuals. But they cannot question the work that has been done the past few years.

  • Tax decision pretty typical of plight in today’s world

     If you ever wanted to be an elected official, put yourself in the place of members of the Bullitt County Public School Board.

    Personally, it was a simple decision. But I am biased.

    As board members listened and considered a tax increase that would have meant $24 a year on a $100,000 home, I listened to a voice.

    “Am I not worth 46 cents per week?”

    That came from a young lady who I am pretty fond of. It is my daughter.