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Opinion

  •  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. 

  •  The solar eclipse is now just days away, and BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky is reminding consumers to think smart while preparing for this event. While this is an exciting time, scammers may try to take advantage of the situation.

  •  FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is warning the public not to directly look at the upcoming solar eclipse on Aug. 21 without the proper equipment and techniques.

  •  FRANKFORT — As a conservative, I believe in a limited government, and a government that is efficient and effective with its citizens hard-earned tax dollars.

    However, it is vital that both the federal and state government keeps their promises on one of government’s core functions: our transportation infrastructure.

  •  It is not unusual. In fact, it is pretty common.

    The tenure of school superintendents is usually not a long one.

    The days of a Frank Hatfield serving for decades is not the norm.

    Some of it is caused by poor academic performances of a district. Like a head coach, the superintendent bears the brunt of that performance.

    Some of it is caused by superintendents moving to a more lucrative situation.

    And some of it is caused by superintendents who make decisions that upset a majority of school board members.

  •  Read about the latest scams in BBB’s August 2017 Hot Topics!

  •  I hope that you and your family are doing well as we prepare to close out the month of July. 

    I have been very busy since the legislature adjourned back on March 30. I have attended many meetings and events in House District 53 as well as our Joint Interim Committee Meetings in the General Assembly.

    I have received many calls, letters and emails on a variety of issues, but without a doubt the discussion has primarily been on the possibility of a special session being called by Governor Bevin.

  •  It is a bit embarrassing to learn that a company that is providing a service to the residents of Shepherdsville must file a lawsuit in order to recover nearly $150,000 in unpaid garbage bills.

    OK, the dispute between the city of Shepherdsville and Eco-Tech must be more than a simple opening paragraph in an editorial.

    Or, maybe it isn’t.

    For at least the past three mayors, there has been an issue. The city is required to take steps to collect delinquent bills for the garbage company.

  •  We will be looking back 10, 30, 50, 70, and 90 years to see what was being printed in The Pioneer News in 2007, 1987, 1967, 1947, and 1927 in the month of July.

     

    2007 - 10 Years Ago

    Jailer Danny Fackler was honored by the Kentucky Jailers Association as its Jailer of the Year. He also volunteered to sit in the dunking booth at the St. Aloysius summer picnic.

  •  The law enforcement community lost a couple of good guys recently.

    Jerry Corum and Lucky Dennis recently had their “last calls” through Central Dispatch.

    Corum served the county police and sheriff’s office well. He finished his career as a deputy at the Bullitt County Detention Center.

    Back before drugs were discussed like they were today, I heard of the story where Jerry and a group of officers struggled to subdue a man.

    It wound up that Jerry literally lost a piece of his ear in that scuffle.

  •  Mountain Top is a portion of Bullitt County located now as property of Fort Knox. 

    Mountain Top is the highest elevation on Fort Knox and the most easterly high point hill known as Dawson Knob.

    It also, is south side of the Salt River between Bardstown Junction on the east side and Pitts Point on the west side being  at the junction of the Salt and Rolling rivers. 

    The station that was about 9 meters south of the road along the top of the ridge was the land belonging to William Holsclaw.

  •  When are we going to get another sit-down restaurant?

    Why can’t we have a major mall in Bullitt County?

    Both are questions asked at political forums, as well as whenever the county’s economic development director enters a room.

    The focus on EDA has been industrial and light industrial growth. 

    Location remains a key factor and Bullitt County has that.

  •  You had to dig a little into the recently adopted budget to find some of the changes in salaries for county employees.

    And, for others, it was pretty transparent.

    No matter the way it was done, Bullitt Fiscal Court took an important step in dealing with a common problem -- turnover.

    Turnover has been a tremendous issue for departments such as EMS and Central Dispatch.

  •  Read about the latest scams in BBB’s July 2017 Hot Topics

  •  Circuit Clerks are constitutionally elected administrative and clerical officers for circuit, family and district courts of the judicial branch of government.  Circuit Clerks are on the front line of state government and are the face of the court system.

    All legal actions, both civil and criminal, originate in the Circuit Clerk’s office.  Clerk’s office operations and procedures are subject to civil, criminal, and Supreme Court Rules, as well as state and federal statutes and administrative regulations.

  •  FRANKFORT - The Fourth of July weekend marks the beginning of the traditional summer travel season and the American Automobile Association projects a record 37.5 million motorists will hit the roads this year, an increase of 2.9 percent over last year. Unfortunately, it is also one of the deadliest holiday periods of the year due to drunk driving crashes.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports drunken driving fatalities typically spike during holidays such as the Fourth of July. 

  •  FRANKFORT – As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department of Public Health (DPH) within the Cabinet of Health and Family Services (CHFS) want you to celebrate the Independence Day Holiday safely to avoid personal injury or harm to loved ones.  

    To help ensure that your holiday celebration is safe, attend a community fireworks show, and avoid home fireworks. 

  •  We will be looking back 10, 30, 50, 70, and 90 years to see what was being printed in The Pioneer News in 2007, 1987, 1967, 1947, and 1927 in the month of June.

     

    2007 - 10 Years Ago

    Collectively, Herschel and Pat Ricketts, Lonnie and Myrtle Washburn, Billy and Wanda Cox, Everett and Nettie Coy, Clarence and Lillian McDonald, Donald Kenneth and Ramona June Kerr, and Bob and Jane Harned had totaled 350 years of married life as each couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

  •  LOUISVILLE – While fireworks can be fun and exciting, they also result in thousands of trips to the emergency room.

    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 12,000 people were treated for fireworks injuries last year, including more than 250 per day in the weeks leading up to and after July 4. More than one-third of these injuries involve children under 15.