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Columns

  • Prognosticators on the run as annual day of prediction nears

     Multiple snowstorms. Temperature below zero. Wind chill advisories. Day after day, week after week. And all during an election year.

    Local officials, many of which are slated to run for re-election, will not stand back and let that happen.

    By a 4-1 margin, Bullitt Fiscal Court agreed on an ordinance banning any future prognostication by formerly-official county groundhog Nichols Nick.

  • Don’t forget to let kids be kids as they do their schoolwork

     I had the opportunity to photograph the district’s science fair recently and I would like to share with you some of my findings.

    Now it’s been about 10 years or so since I’ve been to one, but when did when did the projects get so complicated and involved?

    I entered the science fair twice when I was in school.

    The first project I did was about trees and the second about the solar system. Someone almost always did a volcano.

    But there were no volcanoes in sight at this fair.

  • Santa Barr pulls something out of hat at last minute

     With the hours suddenly becoming minutes, it is time for Santa Barr to leap into action.

    Feeling like Mike Farner and waiting until the final moment to write this annual column, I quickly forced down a Snickers bar.

    I am back to normal. And Farner is still normal as he procrastinated even longer than I. But not only did he run out of time but he also found himself out of space.

    Without further delay, the deer have been fed and my belly is full for a long night of delievering packages to the good little boys and girls.

  • 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.