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Opinion

  •  For years, the key to economic development was location, location, location.

    As times have evolved, there is now a 1A in importance -- an educated and skilled workforce.

    With the changing workforce in the country, the needs have gone from a land heavy in manufacturing jobs to one leaning much more to the service and logistics fields.

    Just look at the landscape in Bullitt County. Those big boxes are a different type of business than your parents or your grandparents  grew up in at General Electric, Ford or Philip Morris.

  •  At every formal military dining in or out, there is a small table set up to honor our POWs and MIAs.

    What follows is the dialogue spoken at the touching ceremony:

    This who have served, and those currently serving in the uniformed services of the United States, are every mindful that the sweetness of enduring peace has always been tainted by the bitterness of personal sacrifice. We are compelled to never forget that we enjoy our daily pleasures, there are others who have endured and may still be enduring the agonies of pain, deprivation and imprisonment.

  •  The Better Business Bureau is once again joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency and thousands of other organizations across the country to promote National Preparedness Month. The annual event educates the public on the importance of emergency preparedness, encouraging citizens, businesses, and government agencies to prepare, and stay informed for emergencies.

  •  Each year the Shepherdsville Police Department responds to thousands of requests for service in the community. 

    What the public might not realize is that even though the department responds to those calls the partnerships that are formed in the community are just as important.

    Community partnerships provide both the Shepherdsville Police and the community the ability to share information.  Any organization is dependent on the community to help them understand their needs  and the police department is no different. 

  •  It happened on Sept. 11, 2001. It was a day in which terrorist attacks changed this country forever.

    While the years have passed, the memories have not. And never should they fade from our memories.

    Each year, Bullitt Countians remember this event in a variety of ways. This year will be no different.

    North Bullitt High JROTC will again host a special remembrance on Friday. On Thursday, the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce will honor all first responders.

  •  The recent appointment - without any peep of opposition - of Keith Griffee as the county’s first finance officer is an interesting one.

    As the elections grow closer, the opinion of whether Bullitt County needs a financial officer is varied - for various reasons.

    And it will surely be part of the political fodder we will hear.

    The neat thing is - the creation of the position can be debated on either side. The person selected cannot.

  • LOUISVILLE—The challenge is simple. Lift up one family—from every Kentucky Baptist church—to foster a child. Doing so would mean placing one third of the state’s 7,000 foster children in a loving, Christ-centered home if embraced by all 2,400 Kentucky Baptist Convention churches.

  • FRANKFORT– The days are growing shorter and cooler temperatures are starting to show up in extended forecasts.

    The transition to fall is underway.

    For Kentucky hunters, it started weeks ago with the opening of early fall squirrel season. Labor Day ushered in the start of dove season, and the onrush of hunting opportunities continues this weekend.

    Archery deer and wild turkey seasons open statewide on Sat., Sept. 6 and run through Jan. 19, 2015.

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

     

    1.    If you receive a call from a “Sergeant Carlson” who says he is with the Jefferson County Motor Division, hang up! The “Sergeant,” who is calling local residents, claims a traffic camera on a local highway caught them speeding. The “speeder” is asked to pay the ticket with a prepaid money card. This is a SCAM!

  •  The growing problem is childhood obesityThe obesity epidemic in America is a national health crisis.  Because of this, today’s children may have a shorter life span than their parents.

    For the biggest majority of children, the problem of overweight and obesity is the result of eating too many calories and not getting enough physical activity.

    A diagnoses of overweight in defined as a BMI at or above the 85th percentile and lower than the 95th percentile for children of the same sex and age. 

  •   AAA projects 34.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over 2013.

    Nearly 86 percent of travelers (29.7 million), including nearly 1.75 million in Kentucky and other East South Central states, will celebrate the holiday with a final road trip before summer comes to a close and children head back to school. The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, August 28 to Monday, September 1.

  •  Stop by the Better Business Bureau booth at the 2014 KY State Fair! The BBB booth will be located in Main Street KY, in the South Wing of the KY Fair & Exposition Center. There, you can pick up the latest edition of the BBB Wise Buying Guide, hot off the press! You can also get information on the most common scams, scams against seniors, tips on credit, and more!

    Tips while at the fair:

  •   Incumbents uusally hate them. Challengers usually demand them.

    The great debate over the great debates.

    It is common during the political season for the discussion over the need or validity of debates to be waged.

    The interesting thing is that most people who have ever attended public forums - a kinder, more gentle version of a debate - already had their minds made up.

    It is up to the media to report what is said or not said at such an event and there is the hope that someone reads the account.

  •  The beginning of the school year is upon us, and it is a good time to take stock of where we stand. 

    Before burying you under a bunch of statistics, I want to clearly state that our students are not made up of their test scores. 

    Not a week goes by that doesn’t bring individual and team success stories. 

  •  Check out the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s August 2014 Hot Topics!

    1. Bogus Debt Collectors are calling local residents, pressuring them to “pay their debt.” These callers are extremely aggressive and threaten to file a lawsuit or get the police involved if victims do not pay immediately. Victims are asked to pay via Green Dot MoneyPak or by wire transfer.

  •  Believe it or not, classes will be starting for students in the Bullitt County Public School System next Wednesday.

    Just two months after classes dismissed in June, students, teachers, administrators, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and custodians are all back to work.

    For many, it has been a summer without a break.

    With this in mind, all those distracted drivers who are traveling too fast need to wake up.

    Put away the electronic devices and start paying attention to school buses on the road. 

  •  Back about 10 years ago, it was an exciting time.

    Through a lot of work in Frankfort, it was announced that Jewish Hospital would build an emergency room, have diagnostic testing facilities and bring out specialists to occupy a wing of medical offices.

    There was also the announcement of someday having a hospital with 60 beds approved through a Certificate of Need. The approval process for the beds came after the initial plans were announced and the facilities started.

  •   As the PGA Championship approaches, many consumers will be starting to look for last minute tickets. BBB warns consumers of scammers taking advantage of anyone looking for a great last minute deal.

  •  More changes have been made at the Clerk’s office in an effort to serve you better. 

    For years the Clerk’s office has been the “middle man” for Bullitt Countians scheduling road tests.  As many of you are aware, the state police actually administer the permit tests and the road tests.