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  • This fire will not be put out very soon

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The media was present.

    The crowd was large.

    The anticipation was high.

    Some came from the show which is known as Bullitt Fiscal Court.

    Others came to see what was going to happen in the latest whirlwind saga known as Southeast Bullitt Fire Department.

    At the end of the morning, most probably left disappointed.

    With the exception of a minor flare up at the end of the meeting, calmer heads prevailed on this Tuesday morning.

  • Time arrives to look ahead to next year!!

     The changing of the calendar means new hope.

    It also means new challenges.

    And, in Bullitt County, there will be new people with new hopes facing new challenges.

    The coming year will bring on a new cycle of elected leaders. Some will be experienced veterans. Others will be rookies.

    They will all have dreams and aspirations. And probably a few misconceptions.

    Let’s have a little fun -- in a serious sort of way -- and predict some things that might happen in the next 12 months.

  • Santa Barr brings a few gifts for local officials

     Like so many things that come just once a year, it is time for ole’ Santa Barr to take over this space.

    Leaving the lyrics and humor to staff writer Stephen Thomas, this year Santa Barr will try to present a few gifts to local officials and leaders. All will be genuine; some will be spiced with a bit of bite.

    To all the newly-elected public officials - an olive branch, a little time reading through the pages of The Pioneer News and a peck of patience.

  • A little lyrical holiday humor for Bullitt County

     Pie-Near News, Pie-Near News, it’s the thing to read!

    We’ve got all the stories that the Bullitt Countians need, hey!

    Pie-Near New, Pie-Near News, we have all that stuff!

    So get a new subscription and be happy, sure enough!

     

    We talk Fiscal Court, and councils we report.

    And no one can forget: Mike Farner does the sports.

    We go to all the schools, see po-lice catching fools

  • 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.