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Columns

  • Late examples of Christmas cheer preserve Santa’s visit to Bullitt County for 2015

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - International crisis, national issues, even local situations continue to mount up, leading to another potential Christmas holiday cancellation in Bullitt County.

    Unlike past concerns, this year’s events lean far beyond a naughty/nice list.

    According to the official North Pole newspaper, the Joy-Spreader, Santa Claus was considering a bypass of the entire country this year, with Bullitt County specifically tied in with the decision.

  • School system looks for some strategy input

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The Bullitt County Public School System has a vision statement.

    It’s pretty standard -- “The leader in educational excellence.”

    And it has a fancy mission statement.

    “The Bullitt County Public Schools learning community will educate all students to high levels of academic performance as measured by state and national standards by creating and maintaining a positive learning environment with a comprehensive system of support.”

  • Use energy to find way to aid all homeless

     Very rarely will I share my opinions to people outside of my closest inner circle. Unless it’s something obvious like tacos are the best food or fall is clearly the superior season, I try to stay away from the arguments that come from people who don’t know me well enough to understand my side of a situation and vice versa.

    But the news of potential new Syrian refugees coming to the country is something that is a lot harder to keep quiet about.

  • Turkeys gone wild this year

     Many Bullitt Countians already have their Christmas decorations up, but many more are concerned about a potential crisis situation threatening to affect the nation, even local areas.

    Americans are living in fear of the Great Turkey Shortage projected throughout the country, primarily by the companies that sell turkeys.

    A potential early solution to the local issue was a proposed donation offered by Beam Suntory, makers of Jim Beam, who offered to supply the area.

  • Many duties performed in circuit clerk’s office

     As a general rule, the public has many perceptions of the role the clerk’s office plays in the court system.  These perceptions, however, are many times inaccurate.  

    The clerks play a vital role in the court system.  However, the clerks are not attorneys and are not allowed to provide any type of legal advice.  

  • Presidential campaign trail keeps Paul constantly on go

     PIONEER VILLAGE -- There were no television cameras.

    There was none of the major media poking microphones in front of his face.

    No one was asking him what he thought of Matt Bevin first saying that he would be voting for Ben Carson for president and then coming back a couple of hours later and saying that he would really be voting for you.

    It was a relaxed meet-and-greet hour between U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and his constituents from Bullitt County.

  • Horrific stories can be told on movie screens from events in Bullitt County

    There’s no doubt in this cynical journalist’s mind that 2015 has been the scariest year in some time.

    The shootings and threats, the scandals, the ethics charges, the upcoming presidential election campaign starting a year early…it’s all pretty creepy.

    Sometimes both you, the beloved reader, and I both experience the burnout of story after story dealing with so much blatant negativity and drama. Sometimes we just need to step back and enjoy the fun things in life… like vampires, spiders, witches and ghoulish creatures.

  • A STORY WORTH TELLING

     HILLVIEW -- Many years ago, there was a program in Jefferson County schools called Scared Straight.

    Students would listen to people who were responsible for bad things -- most times fatal traffic accidents -- because they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    The goal of any program is to bring a little reality to a possible situation if they make bad choices.

    Through the years, individuals have come to schools across the country to give similar testimony on why drinking and driving do not mix.

  • A TALE OF TWO TAXES

      SHEPHERDSVILLE -- It was an interesting discussion that probably needs to be held more regularly.

    Steve and Barbara Plenge appeared at a recent meeting of the Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission.

    They had questions about the makeup and operation about the organization.

    For those regularly attending meetings or following the happenings of the organization, it might not be too complicated.

    But, then again, maybe it is.

  • Jessica has already made writer proud

     It’s that time of year when school begins, not only for the kids but also for the college-bound students.

    Many of these students are anxious and excited about a new beginning, moving away from home to live on a college campus.

    As a member of The Pioneer News staff, I’ve known many local students who have performed well in high school and headed to that next level. Some have returned to become prominent local citizens.