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Opinion

  •  We can follow the Croan Family roots going back to Maryland. The name Croan could be spelled several different ways    Robert Crone (Croan) was born 1747 in Maryland and was married to Letitia Knox.  They had several children.  They were Robert, James, John, Thomas and Elizabeth Croan.  In 1800, Robert and his family moved to Huntington, Pennsylania.   Robert died in 1832 and he was buried in the McCullochs Mills Cemetery in Pennsylvania.  Robert wife Letitia died in 1853 and her place of burial unknown.

  •  Take a look at BBB’s hot topics for October 2017

     

  •  Several months ago in Trimble County a nightmare occurred in daylight.  Lora Cable was granted a no unlawful contact domestic violence order against her partner Timothy Riddle.  The next day, Valentine’s Day, he walked into her work at a doctor’s office and killed her.

  •  The Kentucky State Treasurer’s Office has recently learned of a telephone fraud scheme listing the Kentucky State Treasury as its physical address.

    Under this scheme, an individual is notified that he or she is eligible for a “free grant” of thousands of dollars. The individual is then instructed to wire money or purchase gift cards for the scammer in exchange for the promise of receiving this “free grant.” 

  •  FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) is again preparing for an active wildfire season. Each year, there are nearly 1,500 wildfires in the state of Kentucky, based on a 10-year average.

    Last fall, the division responded to 520 fires that burned 52,216 acres with a timber value loss of $20,642,663. The majority of the fires occurred in November.

  •  When Ellen heard her husband come through the door, she knew this would be a bad night. Quickly sending her kids to their room, she turned the music up so they wouldn’t hear what was coming. After last night’s beating, Ellen had made sure to do all he’d asked of her today: cooked his food, cleaned the house, washed and folded his clothes, and dressed exactly the way he wanted. Still, it was never enough. As he walked toward her, Ellen wondered just what she’d done wrong this time.

  •  After a terrible and very public tragedy such as a mass shooting, people want to help in any way possible, and that often means contributing to fundraisers to help the survivors and the families of the victims. Sadly, scammers often take advantage of these moments of vulnerability to deceive donors. In addition, there are often campaigns set up by well-meaning individuals who may or may not be directly connected to the tragedy.

  •  A final goodbye to a person who didn’t make the headlines.

    Sharon Hand was heavily involved in the Scouts and then got involved in the city of Hillview.

    First, she helped on the Hillview Emergency Response Team.

    Then, she was hired as the city’s code enforcement office.

    She wasn’t a person who wanted the spotlight. She only wanted to help her community.

    Sadly, she passed much too soon. Sharon was a true asset to the Hillview community.

    Also passing recently was Carroll Cogan.

  •  So President Trump is getting criticized for talking with leadership in the Democratic Party?

    Maybe that is the epicenter of our problems in government.

    When we elect individuals aren’t we putting them into office to do what is best -- no matter which side of the aisle has the best idea?

    Instead of criticizing the President maybe folks on his side should pay attention.

  •  Over the course of the last few weeks, I have heard from many of you who have shared your thoughts and concerns with regard to our public pension systems. 

    I realize that the recommendations that were submitted last week to the General Assembly by the consulting group who reviewed our retirement systems were troubling and unsettling.

    I know that there are many of you who have dedicated many years of public service to our communities and our state. 

  •  There was a bit of apprehension among members of a committee working to beautify the city of Shepherdsville.

    What would the people think if the city spent some money to install Christmas decorations this year?

    We think they would be overjoyed.

    We think many would say that it is about time the city looked at ways to beautify the community, especially a downtown area which has suffered for years.

    We think, unfortunately, that most citizens and business owners won’t care.

  •   We hope by the time gets into your hands that the county will have made a big decision on the future of its animal control program.

    The future of its program has been in a state of flux for months.

    Animal control officer Mark Williams had come under heat of the county judge. In fact, Melanie Roberts fired Williams but fiscal court members voted to reinstate him.

    But, he almost immediately went on medical leave, which is perfectly legal.

    The problem is that the 12-week period of his medical leave has passed.

  •  BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky is alerting local consumers about the latest data breach announcement. Equifax, one of the three credit reporting bureaus, announced that personal information may have been exposed for about 143 million Americans.

  •  Take a look at BBB’s hot topics for September 2017:

    1. When disasters strike, scammers come out of the woodwork. Before you give to help Hurricane Harvey victims, check out the charity at give.org first to be sure your dollars are going to a legitimate charity.

  •  FRANKFORT – As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is reminding the public that households, businesses and communities can increase their preparedness by following the four simple steps of Be Ready, Be Steady, Show and Go! during September – National Preparedness Month (NPM).

  •  Many adult smokers started as teenagers due to peer pressure - to look “cool” or to look older.  For most, those reasons no longer exist. 

    As reported in a 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, nearly 7 out of every 10 (68%) current U.S. adult cigarette smokers state that they wanted to quit tobacco completely. Since 2002, the number of former smokers has been greater than the number of current smokers (CDC). 

  •  With the effects of Hurricane Harvey and the flooding in Texas, many people are opening their hearts and wallets to try to help the victims in the area. Unfortunately, events like these provide an opportunity for scammers.

  •   Looking for an apartment? Watch out for this con using the Airbnb name. Phony landlords post photos of too-good-to-be-true rentals and claim the property will be managed by Airbnb. In reality, both the property and the relationship with Airbnb are fake.

    How the Scam Works

  •  Interest in the biggest coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the U.S. has been growing leading up to the big event on Monday, August 21st!

    Fourteen states -- from Oregon to South Carolina -- lie in the “totality zone”, a 70-mile-wide, 3,000-mile-long arc where the moon will appear to completely blot the sun.  With all the buzz surrounding this celestial event, AAA East Central cautions those seeking an ideal location to view the eclipse to be mindful of traffic congestion and distracted driving. 

  •  I have heard from many constituents throughout Bullitt County and the western portion of Jefferson County concerned that we do not have a hospital in our district, and I share that concern. 

    Bullitt County, currently at a population of 80,000 people, is projected to grow to a population of over 100,000 people in the next ten years. 

    The county is the fastest-growing in our state, and yet, we do not have a hospital in the vicinity to serve these ever-growing needs.