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Opinion

  •  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.

  •  FRANKFORT — Boaters can feel safer during the upcoming holiday weekend as conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources join other law enforcement agencies for Operation Dry Water June 30-July 2. 

    Operation Dry Water is a national campaign to educate the public about boating under the influence. The increased law enforcement presence around Kentucky’s lakes and rivers will serve as reminders for people not to boat impaired - the leading contributing factor in recreational boating deaths.

  •  The following is a statement released by the Bullitt County Democratic Party following the shooting that occurred in Washington, DC, on the morning of June 14:

     

    The Bullitt County Democratic Party adamantly condemns the shooting of GOP US House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Staffers and Police Officers this morning while playing baseball.

    Whatever the reason is behind this action, this type of violence is unacceptable. We ask for prayers for their healing.

     

    Rebekah Witherington

  •  Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky is issuing an alert regarding scam calls claiming to be with the Oldham County Sheriff’s Office. One consumer has reported a loss of $2,000 (two thousand dollars).

  •  If anyone has any connections with Mother Nature, maybe you can put a plug in for the Bullitt County Fair, set for June 12-17.

    The fair has a whole lot of rides, games and attractions. However, super hot weather or rainy skies can quickly cause havoc on the group’s biggest form of revenue.

    We hope -- no matter the weather -- will take the opportunity to venture down to the county fair next week. There’s plenty of things to do and the parking is always free.

  •  George Washington Jackson was born in 1845 in Bullitt County, Kentucky.  He was the youngest son of Isaac Jackson and Matilda Spencer.  George’s father Isaac was born in 1797 in Virginia.  Isaac married Abigail Clear in 1808 in Kentucky.  Abigail was Isaac’s first wife.  She was born in 1794 and died in 1822.