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Columns

  • Writer provides very unique look at upcoming holiday

     As I continue to cover Bullitt County over the past month, people say to me, “Farner (remember the good ol’ days when I used to get confused with younger co-workers?), are you going to write another one of those hilarious Christmas stories again this year?”

    Well, it’s not always that easy to be funny. Sure, in Bullitt County there’s always something to poke fun at, but sometimes my thoughts go elsewhere.

  • Be thankful for those special ‘gifts’ you have this Christmas

     In the spirit of Christmas, I think it’s essential to take time to reflect on all of the presents in our lives.

    As the day draws near, our minds are filled with gift ideas and holiday engagements (and I am just as guilty), but I encourage you to stop and take a minute to recognize the priceless presents around you -- your parents, siblings, grandparents and friends. Because these can never be replaced once lost.

  • Pancake breakfast more than a fund-raiser

     In the world of reporting, it is not unusual to see tears shed.

    But you normally don’t see that happen at a youth baseball all-star game. And, when it happens, the tears normally flow from an upset child after a loss or an angry parent who believes his or her child didn’t get enough playing time.

    On this particular Saturday afternoon, it was a coach shedding tears and apologizing to one of his players.

    He was upset the young man had not gotten into the game. 

    His displeasure in himself led to tears. His own tears.

  • Time to give thanks to some other people in our community

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - It is at this time each year that we reflect.

    We reflect on the things that we should be thankful for.

    We have our health. And we have our families. 

    All things to be thankful for.

    Many will thank the higher being of their own particular belief.

    Others will be thankful for their places of employment.

    But there are many others in which we need to take a few moments to thank - even though we may criticize them throughout the year.

    A big thanks goes out to our first responders.

  • Turkeys get their wings on for annual holiday

     The end of Thanksgiving in Bullitt County became a legitimate possibility this year following the overwhelmingly devastating assassination of the official county turkey.

    John Fitzgerald “Honey Glaze” Turkey was killed shortly after being pardoned by County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts and invited to her table for her Thanksgiving meal.

    The gruesome event took place as Honey Glaze and Roberts were riding in the back of a convertible limousine through downtown Shepherdsville to celebrate the pardoning.

  • Many things make you stop and say, really?

      Here’s another batch of REALLY and REALLY? moments from the past month or so.

    Throughout the Washington shutdown, there were ample opportunities to say REALLY?

    More than anything, the American people were saying REALLY folks.

    First, aren’t these people we elect to serve supposed to be pretty intelligent and level-headed? OK, maybe that’s the first mistake.

  • Doing what’s right might be hard to accept

     Not long ago I was driving with a 15-year-old in my car one evening on a quiet road. Nearing an intersection the traffic light switched to yellow. I hit the brakes just hard enough for an abrupt stop.

    The light stayed red a long time. The teen was antsy to return home. After sitting a few more seconds, I was asked why I didn’t just run the light.

    My initial reply was that the nearby police officer we couldn’t see was waiting with a ticket. My later reply was that I was obeying the law.

  • Have a safe Halloween... if you dare

     The tinsel flowing off the branches of the Christmas tree next to the air conditioning unit, reflecting twinkly lights off the ornaments, reminds me of one thing: It’s Halloween time in Bullitt County.

    While I think it’s scary to see Yuletide decorations in October, it still doesn’t take away from the fun autumnal season and the biggest of the Fall holidays.

  • Seniors will get to take trip even if ‘educational’ value questioned

     When is a policy not a policy? When you can find a good reason to bend the rules.

    It was almost a funny situation.

    On Sept. 9, the Bullitt County Public School System held its monthly work session.

    At these sessions, the members have a little extra time in a more informal setting to discuss things such as field trip policies.

    During this particular session, although no formal request had been received, board members were advised that a senior trip for Bullitt East might be on the horizon.

  • Death of newspapers could be bad rumor

     I know of newspapers that kept their communities informed about clean water and shelter during terrible storms and disasters.

    I know of newspapers that exposed crooks, lost a lot of advertising from the crooks’ buddies and still put out a paper every week.

    I know of a newspaper that had an ironic sense of humor that even offended a few readers and stood its ground with a “come on people, have a brain” retort.

    I know of publishers who took pay cuts during the recession rather than cut staff.