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Today's Opinions

  • Audit reveals just about what many had anticipated... no documentation

     The city of Shepherdsville spent over $15,000 for a special audit of its financial dealings from 2013-16.

    Depending upon who you asked, there is some debate over the return on the investment.

    There is no doubt the money was well spent. The question is what has the city found out and what will be done because of it.

    The major issue found by the auditing team of Jones Nale and Mattingly was that there were many expenses paid without a lick of documentation.

  • Barnes House needs your help

     About a week ago, I wrote another editorial about that old yellow house in Mount Washington at risk of destruction (formerly referred to as “the Barnes house”.)

    Unlike the first one I wrote back in September urging residents to care about the house, this one criticized the mayor and city council for, well, not caring.

    There is a group of residents, largely composed of the Mount Washington Historical Society, working to raise the necessary funds to ensure the city keeps a bit of its character in its downtown area. 

  • Council must put heads together to determine city’s true money status

     Is the city of Shepherdsville in solid financial footing? Yes.

    Could the city of Shepherdsville return to the days of old when paying the next cycle of bills was a matter of concern? Yes.

    Well, you can’t have it both ways. And this is where the city leaders must come together and determine the concerns of the budget and spending and whether those concerns are justified.

    Just a few miles to the east, the city of Mount Washington appears flush with money -- with a whole lot less industry and a whole lot less occupational tax revenue.

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  • Family history of George Simmons

     George Simmons was born in 1841 in Kentucky.  The Simmons family line goes  back to Maryland.  

    George’s great grandfather was Samuel Simmons who was born in 1742 in Maryland.  Samuel married Verlinda Willett in 1762 in Maryland.  During their marriage they had several children.  Samuel Simmons died in 1781 at the age of 39 years  in Maryland.  Samuel’s wife Verlinda remarried to a Yates after Samuel’s death.  She moved to Bullitt County, Kentucky and died in 1820.  Her burial place is unknown.

  • Another seasonal classic?

     Bullitt County has again found itself involved in a nationwide controversy that could signal the end of the traditional Thanksgiving holiday.

    Henrietta “Herkey” Turkey was scheduled to appear at the White House Thanksgiving dinner, but fled the area after learning the president refused to offer a traditional presidential pardon.

    “My predecessors may have made it easy on all of these birds, but not me,” Donald Trump said. “No free meals on my watch.”

  • Bullitt County has many things to be thankful for

    As we enter this holiday season, Bullitt County residents should be thankful for many things.

    Are there things which the county suffers a black eye from time to time? Sure.

    But that is common with any place in the United States.

    It is during this Thanksgiving week that we need to look a little deeper.

    We should be thankful that we aren’t waking up every day or going to sleep every night with a new homicide in the news. With the population reaching 80,000, the odds of bad things happening increases.

  • Apprenticeship programs important in state

     The Commonwealth, along with many other states across this nation, is struggling to find highly-skilled workers to fill scores of job in the manufacturing, health care, agriculture, and trade industries such as electrical, carpentry, plumbing, and telecommunications.