•  Injection drug use, especially heroin, is skyrocketing in the United States, and among the many disastrous consequences is an increase in people infected with Hepatitis C. 

    Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that can cause liver disease, cirrhosis, cancer, and death.  For some people, infection may cause a short illness.  However, 70-85% of people with Hepatitis C go on to develop chronic infection.

  •  WASHINGTON -- Thanksgiving is the largest meal many cooks prepare every year. Its centerpiece - the turkey - is the largest dish most cooks ever encounter, and many are not experienced at roasting one. USDA wants consumers to know that a range of resources, from smartphone apps to its 30-year Meat and Poultry Hotline, exist to help consumers through any food preparation conundrums this holiday season, wherever and whenever they may arise. 

  •  The holiday shopping season is here! Whether you are planning to go out shopping on Black Friday, or shop from home on Cyber Monday, here are some shopping tips from your Better Business Bureau.

    Black Friday Shopping

    Know before You Go. Many retailers will release their Black Friday deals online, in social media, and other publications. Some will also send emails (sign up for their email alerts). Research where the sales are and make a list of your gift priorities to compare prices and plan your day of deals.

  •   A lot of bad things are happening in our world today.

    From terrorist bombings to the all-too-common shootings in our communities, things do not seem right with the world.

    But, even in light of the bad, we should all take a moment this time of year to give thanks.

    No matter how small or no matter how large, there is something we can all be thankful for at this Thanksgiving season.

    As a newspaper, we are also thankful.

  •  It’s one of those subjects that few people want to discuss. But it is also reality.

    Over the past four weeks, reporter Stephen Thomas has profiled some of the efforts being undertaken to address a growing problem -- homelessness.

    Many years ago, the late Shepherdsville mayor Adrian Jones had a dream of starting a homeless shelter in the community. Some 25 years ago, he saw a need.

  •  FRANKFORT  With fatalities on Kentucky’s roadways up compared to last year’s statistics, the Kentucky State Police are implementing Operation R.A.I.D. (Remove Aggressive, Impaired and Distracted drivers from Kentucky Roadways) in an effort to save lives and reduce injury-related crashes during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.

    Through November 19 of 2014, 585 lives were lost on Kentucky’s highways. For the same time period in 2015, 652 people were killed.

  •  FRANKFORT – Thanksgiving tradition is about more than turkey.

    The most American of holidays also is the busiest travel time of the year, putting more people on the road and increasing the likelihood of crashes.

    As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is reminding motorists to buckle up and is putting a special emphasis on those traveling in pickup trucks.

  •  Martin Luther King, Jr. said “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry.”

    Reverend King preached these words in 1967, and they became a famous quotation of what is truly an extraordinary sermon titled “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life,” the text of which you can find on the internet.

    This quote and the sentences around it tells us to be the best we can be, whatever it is that we are. 

  •  FRANKFORT – It’s a common practice today to use a credit or debit card to purchase gas or withdraw money from an Automated Teller Machine or ATM. But beware; criminals may have installed devices to steal consumer information that results in unauthorized account access.

  •  FRANKFORT ― The Kentucky State Police is urging all motorists to be aware of the increased dangers posed by deer wandering onto roadways during November and December.

    “Two factors combine to boost the chances that motorists may encounter these animals during this time of the year: mating season and hunting season” says KSP Sgt. Michael Webb. “This results in increased movement that presents hazards to deer, vehicles and drivers.”

  •  The Bullitt County Assessment Team is working on the Community Strengths and Weaknesses Assessment Survey for Bullitt County. If you live, work, or play here in Bullitt County, your input is requested.

    Please take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey! We are hoping to complete 1000 or more surveys for Bullitt County.

    We have this survey online and in paper copy as well. For information, as well as suggestions for places to host paper copies, call 955-5355.

  •  See the latest scams in BBB’s November 2015 Hot Topics


  • I read an opinion letter from a Ms. Thompson that stated Gloria Taft and Dana James brought the “brink of bankruptcy” to a balanced budget (in the city of Shepherdsville).

    I am not being negative toward these ladies but do wish to straighten the record. They were not in office when this began and the council at the time (including myself) worked hard with the mayor to make tough decisions that were not popular and understandably so.

    All these recoveries were in place when these ladies took office and then they continued with it.

  • On Oct. 21, 2015, Ms. Thompson stated in the Pioneer News that Gloria Taft and Dana James saved the city of Shepherdsville from the brink of bankruptcy.

    Well, I want to set the record straight. In 2011, six council members (Faith Portman, Don Cundiff, Bonnie Enlow, Larry Hatfield, Bernie Brown and Alan Wetzel), the mayor, Nick Simon with Publishers Printing and Bill Hardy with The Peoples Bank of Bullitt County worked together as a team to save the city of Shepherdsville from bankruptcy.

  • There’s no doubt in this cynical journalist’s mind that 2015 has been the scariest year in some time.

    The shootings and threats, the scandals, the ethics charges, the upcoming presidential election campaign starting a year early…it’s all pretty creepy.

    Sometimes both you, the beloved reader, and I both experience the burnout of story after story dealing with so much blatant negativity and drama. Sometimes we just need to step back and enjoy the fun things in life… like vampires, spiders, witches and ghoulish creatures.

  •  No, Donald Trump will not be on the ballot next Tuesday when the voting machines are open in Bullitt County.

    To cast your opinion about the flashy leader of the GOP primary polls, or to show your support for Hillary Clinton, you will have to wait until next spring.

    What you will decide on Tuesday is who will be your leadership team in Frankfort for the next four years.

    We’re  not here to endorse anyone.

    What we do endorse is that you go out to the polls.

  •  As Halloween approaches, people think of scary things like witches, spiders, and haunted houses, but what is actually scary is the fact that each day 22 children, men & women in America die needlessly. 

    As superhero capes are fitted, what Kentuckians don’t realize that everyone can be a superhero all year long, costume not necessary.  Simply by saying “yes” at your Circuit Clerk’s office and becoming a registered organ donor.

  •  The time has come to get this long-standing dispute at Southeast Bullitt Fire District over and done.

    Like a fire, maybe shutting off the oxygen is the best way to extinguish the blaze that has been burning the past year.

    Prior to that, it was a smoldering fire that wasn’t seen on the surface because those who were upset had no power and no control to get the word out.

    Finally, by actions that really had nothing to do with the fire department, the earthen cover was removed and a fire escaped.

  •  The Better Business Bureau is warning those who want to help flood victims in South Carolina and neighboring states to beware of scammers and fake charities. After a natural disaster, it’s common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from those who want to help.

    Here are some tips from BBB:

    ·       Donate to well-known charities. Beware of charities that spring up overnight. Check out a charity at bbb.org/charity.

  •  FRANKFORT – The orange tint in the tops of mature trees portend what is coming our way. Cool nights with crisp, gorgeous days signal not only some of the best days of the year in Kentucky, but also the beginning of the fall reservoir fishing season for largemouth bass.

    September is typically the driest month of the year and the water in many lakes becomes air-clear. The clear water combined with the lingering summer thermal stratification of the lake makes predator fish lethargic and skittish. This leads to tough fishing.