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Columns

  • April Fools’ Day good for writer with comical pen

     Easter weekend and Spring Break are both fast approaching, but recent news items in Bullitt County are keeping The Pioneer News staff hopping like an Easter Bunny with an ingrown toenail.

    In local news, Bullitt Fiscal Court continues to struggle with the Bullitt County Sheriffs Office over budget numbers.

    The last argument was over a line item requesting specialized ceremonial uniforms to be worn by the sheriff and deputies only when television cameras are anticipated in the vicinity.

  • KHSAA sanctions cornhole starting next fall

     SHEPHERDSVILLE – Earlier this week, the Kentucky High School Athletic Association voted to sanction cornhole as a competitive sport starting with the 2015-2016 school year.

    Kentucky now becomes the first state to join the cornhole bandwagon and other southern states are soon expected to join the cornhole phenomenon.

    Adding cornhole is seen as a move to put the ugly ‘yard darts’ debacle in the rearview mirror for the KHSAA.

  • Who can you really trust these days?

     While recently driving around in snow and cold all week, in a vehicle without proper heat, used tires and worn windshield wipers, fighting off the pending cold that has waited months to attack me, I eat lunch at my desk.

    I take a break to clear my head, and one of the things I check is my email, where I’m informed by a friend that Major League Baseball player Alex Rodriguez has apologized to us.

  • Thanks for agencies for their help in time of need

     A wild week to say the least.

    First, you get the snow and the cold.

    That is always a situation of chaos.

    Then, fire strikes the back portion of our business.

    The important part of the incident is that no one was hurt.

    The inventory and the building structure can be replaced. Lives can’t.

  • Does snow make us crazy?

     Is it simply the falling of those pretty white flakes that make us a little crazy?

    Or is it just a coincidence?

    Probably just a coincidence that everyone hits the grocery stores on those days preceding a big snow storm.

    And probably just another coincidence that people get interested in buying shovels and salt on the days before a snowy storm.

    It’s probably just a coincidence that the viewship on The Weather Channel, once a proud member of the Landmark family, goes through the roof.

  • Deaths leave holes to be filled

     Holes in the soul.

    Those were the words of the minister conducting funeral services for Les Bandy on Monday afternoon.

    Starting year number 31, you get to know a lot of people. Some are elected officials who seem to dominate the press. Others may be individuals who quickly go about their work.

    Over the past couple of weeks, the Bullitt County community suffered some holes. Holes that will be patched but they will not be forgotten.

  • College loans put you in bad situation

      I’d like to say a few words about the president‚Äôs recent proposal to offer college students two free years at community college. 

    That’s great news, but what about all the students who have already graduated college?

    I went to a public university and had scholarships and still owe more than $40,000 in student loans. I just wonder when the government’s going to start helping those with my same situation out?

  • UPDATE: Better be quick to predict next move

     UPDATE (Feb. 2): At approximately 2:12 p.m. on Monday afternoon, Feb. 2, Nichols Nick, the official Bullitt County Groundhog, contacted The Pioneer News in regards to his prediction.

    According to the local seer of seers and prognosticator of prognosticators, it was not until the afternoon hours that the Sun creeped through the clouds covering Bullitt County all morning.

    With that little bit of sunlight, Nick declared that he did indeed see his shadow, signifying six more weeks of wintry weather expected for Bullitt County.

  • Fight card full for first city meeting

      For many Bullitt Countians, Monday nights mean tuning in for their favorite television wrestling program. 

    These days the only fighting I get to see on Monday night is at the Shepherdsville city council meetings.

    As a reporter it is my job, to the best of my ability, to report what happens at these meetings, placing the important information into the newspaper so readers may be informed and, if possible, not bored.

  • A little love thoughts in violent times

     In these crazy times, when people don’t always like one another, it’s time to think toward the social event of the year in Bullitt County.

    The American Red Cross in Bullitt and Spencer counties will host their annual Valentine Gala on Saturday, Feb. 14.

    The 17th annual event at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre will include music by Wulfe Pack.

    Tickets are $55 per person or $110 per couple. A table of eight is available for $440.

    Cocktails begin at 7 p.m. with dinner at 8 p.m. featuring music by Hans Sander.