Today's Opinions

  • Leaders at all levels need to learn to be true leaders

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- For the past several years, the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce has hosted a luncheon featuring U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

    The 2015 version of the gathering occurred on July 20 at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

    A nice crowd but not as many elected officials as one might think.

    However, in reality, they didn’t miss much.

    Yes, it would be nice in terms of respect for the nation’s highest ranking Republican.

  • Know your history

     I’d like to share my experience from July 18, 2015.

  • It Happened in July

     We will look back 10, 20, 40, and 80 years to capture glimpses of what was happening in Bullitt County in each of these years. Today we will focus on the month of July.


    2005 - 10 Years Ago.


    Sara Miller of North Bullitt High School and Tina Stottman of Hebron Middle were among 17 students autographing their own posters during a reception. They were selected to be on posters due to their high standards and community service.

  • Gubernatorial candidates talk about farming

     LOUISVILLE -- Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) Board of Directors met last week with gubernatorial candidates Jack Conway and Matt Bevin to discuss positions on issues affecting the state’s agriculture industry.

    Conway (D) and Bevin (R) fielded questions from the KFB leaders and explained their positions during the two-hour meeting at the farm organization’s state office.

    KFB President Mark Haney said the meeting gave the organization’s leadership and all Kentuckians an opportunity to gauge the differences between the two on key issues.

  • Quick action shows that you can make a difference

     You can still make a difference.

    When state highway officials mentioned that they would possibly not fix Old Preston Highway in northern Bullitt County, people came alive.

    Business owners, residents and motorists began to light up the phone lines to state Rep. Linda Belcher and magistrate Joe Laswell.

    They, in turn, called state transportation officials about their possible inclination to keep the road closed due to the broken culvert.

    A little pressure from this newspaper may have added to the fuel.

  • 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. 

  • 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? 

  • Kindergarten students invited to meet staff, have a little fun

     The first day of the 2015-2016 school year for students is Wednesday, Aug. 12.

    Children starting kindergarten get a preview (along with their parents) Thursday, July 16, during the district’s annual Kindergarten Kickoff from 4-7 p.m. at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville.

    The free event is sponsored by the Bullitt County Public Schools Family Resource Centers.