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Today's Opinions

  • A casual look at the first six months

     On Monday, you got a chance to look at several of the top, top stories of the past year.

    Over the next two Wednesdays, we’ll take a casual look at some of the headlines that hit the front pages of The Pioneer News.

    When looking back, it is hard to believe how many things actually occurred.

    The first headline dealt with the Southeast Bullitt Fire conflict. I guess it was a busy year when the years-long battle between the fire district board and the fire department didn’t make the top list.

  • BBB Hot Topics: January 2017

     See the latest scams in BBB’s January 2017 Hot Topics

    1. A local consumer reported almost falling victim to a Craigslist scam involving a “too good to be true” deal on a car for sale. The scammer said she was in the military and needed to sell the vehicle quickly because she was being deployed. She requested payment with gift cards through the fake “Amazon Payment” program.

  • Mary Trunnell had very exciting life

     Mary Elizabeth Trunnell was born in 1849 in Bullitt County, Kentucky. 

    She was the daughter of Henry Trunnell and Mary Jane Field Bowman.  Her father Henry Trunnell was born in 1817 in Montgomery County, Maryland.  He married in 1838 to his first wife Louisa Grable.  

    They had a son who was Phillip G. Trunnell.  Louisa divorced Henry in 1848 and remarried her neighbor leaving their son to be raised by their father.

    Henry remarried in November 1848, to Mary Jane Field Bowman.

  • Coming Soon -- Talks on Charter Schools

     Charter schools.  

    We have all heard the statistics and the arguments.  Forty-three states have approved charter schools in one form or another.

    I have written about charters in this space before and my position is and has always been that I am not in favor of any particular organizational structure to educate kids; I am in favor of educating our kids, period.  

    Now that no legislative barrier blocks the passage of a charter school law, our attention needs to turn to the particulars. 

  • County will be part of national look at Dishons

     From the day of the mass search for a missing teenager to the final sentencing of the uncle who would admit heinous crimes against family members, there was probably only one media member who was there.

    At every one of the painful hearings. At the jury trial of another individual. At the press conferences when a family was desperately seeking help.

    Little did they, or the world, know that the person responsible for the death of Jessica Dishon in 1999 was also responsible for the sexual abuse of others, including family members.

  • Shepherdsville Light Up Success

     Our second City Sponsored parade and display light up at City Hall is over  and again a huge success! 

    And again I need to thank a group of guys that if not for them it just wouldn’t be possible and that is our  Public Works Department (Tom LaFollette, John Bradley, Mark Branham, Josh Edwards, Mike Leslie, Pete Plush, Christian Ramsey and Scotty Smothers) and our Sewer Department (Scott Fleming, Rocky Price, Jeremy Keith and Pat Welsh). 

  • Positives in school system

     I want to write this letter that seems to be positive about our Bullitt County Public Schools.

    At the end of September, I lost my wife to stage 4 breast cancer. My son attends North Bullitt High School. The day of the funeral I was set back and could not believe my eyes. The principal had let his baseball team and friends sign out to attend the funeral. The coaches and some of the parents also attended.

    In all my years of hearing negativity about our schools, that to see all these people as a family come to pay their respects was amazing.

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