• Thanks for so many great experiences in the county

     The time has come for farewell. 

    Friday will be my last day working at The Pioneer News.

    This transition will be bittersweet for me.

    I will be moving back to northern Kentucky to be closer to my family, but I am also sad to leave a lot of great people I have met here.

    I will miss Bill Harned’s jokes and Vivian Adams’ taco salads at the AARP meetings. 

    Jenny Estepp’s warm nature and smile. John Snider’s humor. 

    Barry Armstrong’s professionalism. 

  • Dukes of Hazzard wrong focus of very stupid act

     Fear not, Dukes of Hazzard fans: I have found a way to keep your beloved show on television.

    In recent weeks the TV Land television network has decided not to air episodes of the show. Some major businesses have refused to sell Dukes merchandise.

    The reasoning was based on an issue that arose following a recent tragedy, where a lone lunatic went into a church and murdered nine people.

    The lunatic’s reasoning was based upon racial bias and hatred that collected in his own mind, then was carried out through his physical actions.

  • Spend some time this summer at the library

     When was the last time you got lost in a good book? Give it a try this summer.

    I fear books have lost importance in youth’s lives today. When I was younger, we spent everyday at the library—checking out books, participating in the summer reading logs and programs. 

    I learned about so many different places and characters. I look forward to the day when I can share that same excitement with my children too.

    Have you ever spent so long watching TV that you feel like your brain’s turned to mush? 

  • Horse looking for ‘respect’, first BC Derby victory

     Possibly the nicest weather in the history of Hall of Famer Mike Farner Downs greets the competitive field for this year’s Bullitt County Derby.

    Among the popular favorites in the annual Run for the Glade Cress is the Shepherdsville Wal-Mart entry, Open For Business, out of Here We Are and No More Driving.

    Another favorite comes from Standard Publishing and The Pioneer News. Hot Off The Press hails from Five Alarm Fire and Ash Wednesday.

  • New faces heating up rivalry between Bullitt track teams

    SHEPHERDSVILLE-- There might not be a track for any local meets this season, or any season for the foreseeable future, but the area coaches and athletes seem to be doing a pretty good job of things despite the hurdles (or lack of hurdles).

  • Aged stories get some closure with mixed results

     Time goes quickly…most of the time.

    If you are around long enough, you have the opportunity to witness a lot of things.

    Unfortunately, there is seldom anything positive that results from these long term events.

    The most notable example is the latest resolution of the Jessica Dishon murder.

    In looking around the pool of reporters sitting in the jury box during the final sentencing of Stanley Dishon, I realized that I may have been the lone media person who covered the events from the very first day of the search.

  • 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.