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Opinion

  •  It is that time each year that we take a few moments to give thanks.

    No matter our situation, there should always be an opportunity to thank others for what we have in life.

    Sometimes, we don’t have everything that we want. Others may not even have everything that we need.

    While the millions of dollars spent on elections could be put to better uses, that is not reality.

    Instead, we help others when we can without the need for any praise or publicity.

    We help ourselves as much as possible.

  •  Are you counting down the days and hours until Black Friday shopping? It’s time to start planning! Remember, all deals are not created equal and the fine print is often the most important thing! Before you head out the door, and get caught up in the frenzy, BBB offers these tips:

  •  FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 24, 2014) – Leaving food on the stove to cook unattended is a recipe for disaster, says Kentucky State Fire Marshal William Swope.

    According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.

    "Being aware of fire safety while preparing your holiday meal can mean the difference between calling family and friends to the dinner table or calling the fire department to put out a fire," said Swope.

  •  The holiday travel season is upon us! Better Business Bureau has some tips on how to make your holiday travel a little brighter.

    Do Your Research. If you are driving, before you hit the road, find alternative routes in case of traffic delays. Also, travel with GPS.

  •  How much does a school system need to do a great job providing opportunities for all our kids?

    That is a very difficult question and I’m sure there are a wide variety of answers crossing thousands of minds as this is being read.

    Part of your thought process depends on whether or not you have kids in the schools, if you ever had kids in public schools, how you liked school yourself, and even your own level of education and employment. 

  •  Freezing weather predicted over the next few days is a good reminder to prepare for winter.

    Frozen pipes are the second most common cause of home insurance claims in the U.S. according to the Insurance Information Institute. Pipes that are either inadequately insulated or exposed to outside temperatures can freeze, rupture, and cause costly damage.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. began the “Subsidy” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that provides heating assistance to eligible households on November 3rd, 2014.

    The significant cost of energy to heat homes leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills or purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm. Your local Community Action Partnership (CAP) stands ready to help!

  •  Pregnancy can increase the risk for complications from influenza (flu), such as pneumonia, making it even more important for expectant mothers to get a flu vaccination.

  •   The time has come to either extinguish the fire or to bring on the heat.

    For years, people have questioned the arrangement at Southeast Bullitt Fire and Rescue and its corporation. And, for years, the district continues to field  from the community.

    Now, questions railed by commissioner Dan Thibideaux made it to Bullitt Fiscal Court and then on the county’s You Tube account.

    The allegations, which have all been refuted by the district’s attorney, seem very serious.

  •  FRANKFORT – Modern gun season for deer opens this Saturday, Nov. 8. Outdoors enthusiasts who witness any illegal hunting activity are encouraged to report it to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

    “If people have any complaints or see any violations such as trespass or poaching, they are encouraged to call 1-800-25ALERT (1-800-252-5378),” said Hank Patton, director of law enforcement for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

  •  Scam artists are targeting veterans, those who serve, and people’s patriotism on this Veterans Day. Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky warns of these common Veterans scams:

    ·        Posing as the Veterans Administration and contacting vets to say they need to update their credit card, bank or other financial records with the VA;

  •  See the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s November 2014 Hot Topics!

    1. Receive a text from The Credit Union Center with an ALERT that your VISA/Debit Card has been temporarily frozen? Delete it! It is a SCAM! The text advises you to call a number, then you are told if you want to reactivate your card, you need to enter your 16 digit credit card number.

  •  The lasted round of assessment results have been reported.

    They are publicly available on the Kentucky Department of Education website and you can look at overall district scores as well as those of individual schools.

    You can look at data collected on students’ performance in all core curriculum areas.

    You can find program reviews related to writing, arts and humanities, practical living and career studies, and the primary program. 

  •  It is fast approaching the fun filled night of Halloween; the Shepherdsville Police Department wants to share with you some important tips to keep you and your family safe.  

    If your child is participating in a traditional “trick or treat” evening, always make sure you walk on the sidewalks and cross the street at the intersections.  

    Make sure an adult is with your child as they make their way through the neighborhood. 

    Another thing to take in consideration is the costume that your child wears. 

  •  Local drivers beware! Ghosts and goblins may invade your driving space in search of their favorite treat and to play a trick or two. AAA reminds drivers to adjust their driving to accommodate these “spooktacular” creatures.

  •  FRANKFORT - Cooler temperatures and shorter days bring out the fall colors that paint Kentucky’s landscape in warm hues before winter arrives.

    At about the same time, the breeding instinct in whitetail deer stirs, putting them on the move and more frequently into the paths of motorists.

    About half of all collisions between vehicles and deer in Kentucky occur over the last three months of the calendar year, according to statistics compiled by Kentucky State Police. More of these collisions are reported in November than in any other month.

  •  At the local level, there are three types of court:  Circuit, District and Family.  

    Circuit Court is the court of general jurisdiction and can hear all types of cases unless the General Assembly has given exclusive jurisdiction of a particular case to another designated court.  

    The types of cases normally heard in Circuit Court are as follows:  civil matters involving more than $5,000 capital; offenses such as felonies, divorces, adoptions, termination of parental rights, real property title disputes and contested probates. 

  •  Probably the biggest battle Bullitt County will face in the next decade was discussed for the first time last Wednesday.

    The altering of the flood elevation maps by the Federal Emergency Management Agency could be catastrophic to the future of Shepherdsville, in specific, and Bullitt County, in general.

    Engineering work has been going on for the past 20 years on making changes to flood maps throughout the country.

    It just so happens that due to a rash of major natural disasters, FEMA is out of money.

  •  See the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s October 2014 Hot Topics!

  •  Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky is warning consumers who are looking to buy the new iPhone 6 to beware of online scammers.