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Opinion

  •  FRANKFORT - As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

    The Christmas season always evokes a spirit of thankfulness and giving, when families come together to celebrate the reason for the season.

    And the New Year’s holiday is often a time to start with a slate clean, hopefulness toward starting something new like giving up smoking or losing weight.

    In this holiday season for the Commonwealth we can be thankful in some ways, but in others we are hoping for a new start.

  •  Twas the night before Christmas,

    He lived all alone,

    In a one bedroom house made of 

    Plaster and stone.

    I had come down the chimney

    With presents to give,

    And to see just who

    In this home did live,

    I looked all about, 

    A strange sight I did see, 

    No tinsel, No presents, 

    Not even a tree,

    No stocking by the mantle,

    Just boots filled with sand,

    On the wall hung pictures

    Off far distant lands.

  •  Many people support their favorite charities all year long, however, some wait until the holiday season to donate. BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky offers some DOs and DON’Ts that apply year-round when it comes to charitable giving.

  •  What is one thing most politicians will talk about in their campaigns?

    Beautification.

    What is the one thing that most often gets ignored once that politician is elected to office?

    Beautification.

    While we are not sure all the language in the Mount Washington proposal to ramp up expectations for signage is good, we applaud the effort.

    Drive through the community. What do you see? A lot of junk.

    As a newspaper, it is difficult to champion the cause in limiting outdoor advertising. We get that.

  •  Every few years, there is a changing of the guard.

    With our political cycle, there will be those who step away voluntarily or have the voters decide that it is time for a change.

    We are approaching the end of the line in this particular political cycle for some of our elected officials.

    For all of the good and for all of the bad that happens in Bullitt County, those who decide to devote time to public service are doing it for the right reason.

  •  Mall traffic can be overwhelming for shoppers who are heading out for their last minute bargains. AAA recommends that drivers exhibit the holiday spirit by safely sharing the lot with pedestrians.

    Distracted driving could also result in additional holiday expenses. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found about 20 percent of all vehicle collisions happens in parking lots.

  •  FRANKFORT - Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week that the influenza (flu) activity level in the state has increased from “regional” to “widespread.” Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.

  •  The Shepherdsville Roller Mill was located on 4th Street in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.  The Roller Mill was a wooden structure large enough to use as a Roller Mill.

    The Roller Mill was a new method of grinding Meal and flour from the older method of the water wheel.     The Roller Mill Company was a part of what was formerly known as the Tile Factory Lot.  In 1913, the property owner was Maraman and Company.  

    The Property sold at Public Auction and the property was sold to C.L. Croan.

  •  FRANKFORT - As Kentuckians generously open their pocketbooks and wallets for those in need of a helping hand this holiday season, Attorney General Jack Conway wants to make sure your charitable donations do not end up in the hands of scam artists.

  •  The 700-plus customers of the Hunters Hollow sewer treatment system in northern Bullitt County better have some pretty broad shoulders.

    Since late March, the treatment facility off East Blue Lick Road has been operational only due to the use of a temporary system.

    A major collapse of the system has caused for Bullitt Utilities to do some thinking about its future.

    Do you rebuild the existing plant?

    Do you try to contract with another entity to take over the crippled system?

    Do you just run away as quickly as you can?

  •  As the hype surrounding the adventures of the Southeast Bullitt Fire District continues to swirl, do not let us lose focus of the prize.

    The real concern for years has been the spending of the funds. That spending could be legal. It might be illegal.

    The purchases may be ill-advised. But they might not be illegal.

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

    1.    Local consumers are complaining to BBB that they are getting harassed by scammers who are calling, posing as IRS Employees. The scammers say the consumer owes on taxes, and will be arrested if they don’t pay immediately. They are trying to get personal/payment information.

  •  Report cards have been around for as long as schools. 

    Many of us still have our old report cards tucked away in a box somewhere and once in a while, we’ll see one dating back many decades and wonder how that child turned out. 

    As interesting as they may be in a historical sense and as a tool to bring forth old memories of a particular teacher or period of time, today’s report card is much more than an assignment of percentages mastered in a particular content area.

  •  Quite honestly, we thought our unprecedented move last Wednesday to ask Southeast Bullitt fire chief Julius Hatfield to resign would be a bit anticlimatic.

    With a meeting planned of the private fire department board after our holiday deadlines last Tuesday, our thought was that by the time the paper came out, Hatfield would have announced the previous night that he was stepping down in light of the recent events which cast shame upon the image of Bullitt County.

  •  The following was drafted and approved by the mayors of Shepherdsville, Mount Washington, Hebron Estates, Hunters Hollow, Pioneer Village and Lebanon Junction, as well as the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce, the Bullitt County Economic Development Authority and the Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission in asking that Julius Hatfield resign as fire chief of the Southeast Bullitt Fire Department:

    Julius Hatfield is only one man and he does not represent the sentiments of our community. 

  •  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.