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Opinion

  •  As we began compiling some highlights or lowlights of the first six months of 2015, one thing struck us -- there is a whole of going on in Bullitt County.

    There is another thing that struck us -- many of the residents of Bullitt County are uninformed of what happens on a daily basis that can directly affect their lives.

    Of course, for you, this is no surprise. You have seen the need to read the community paper and keep up with the events happening in the community.

  •  Twas the night before Christmas,

    He lived all alone,

    In a one bedroom house made of stone.

    I had come down the chimney with presents to give,

    And to see just who in this home did live,

    I looked all about,

    A strange sight I did see,

    No tinsel. No presents, Not even a tree.

    No stocking by the mantle, 

    Just books filled with sand,

    On the wall hung pictures

    Off far distant lands.

    With medals and badges,

    Awards of all kinds

  •  As 2015 winds down, we are approaching a festive time to celebrate the birth of Christ and also look back on this past year while developing a sense of optimism for the new year.

    Christmas is often time to get together with family and exchange gifts in the same spirit that recognizes the reason for the season.

    For many of us, the spirit of Christmas is a time of celebration, reflection on the good and bad of the year, and how our faith helps us celebrate those happy times and get through the low points during the year.

  •  Forget partisan and non-partisan politics.

    One of the biggest flaws in our government today is the inability of leaders to talk to one another about issues.

    The general public often doesn’t know about the relationships -- or lack thereof -- in government circles. We try to not air dirty laundry.

    And we’re not talking about Washington or Frankfort. We’re talking about within the boundaries of Bullitt County.

    Although, we are pretty sure these issues over lack of communication happen throughout the Commonwealth.

  •  FRANKFORT -- If you drive impaired in Jefferson County and surrounding counties -- beware.

    The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Brown-Forman joined other Louisville Highway Safety Committee team members from highway safety and health-related agencies to kick off the holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign recently at Fourth Street Live in Louisville.

  •  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    As we approach the end of another year it DOES NOT seem possible that this year has come and gone so fast.  I want to make you aware of some things that happen in our office every year in December and January.

    The Bullitt County Clerk’s office will be closed for Christmas on Dec. 24-25. 

    We will be closed for New Year’s on Dec. 31- Jan. 1, 2016.    

    Voter Registration is something people usually only think about when it is time to vote two times a year.  

  •  Attendance is important.

    Whether it is at school or work or as a member of a governmental body, being there is very important.

    In terms of school or work, the show will normally go on -- whether you are there or not.

    In government, however, your attendance may be a key reason why a legislative body meets or cancels  its proceedings.

    While we are a few months away from the filing deadline for local races, it is a good time to think before you sign up.

  •  Studies show that the average American gains one to two pounds over the holidays. While it may not sound like much, those pounds can add up over time.

  •  On October 30, 2015, the Bullitt Circuit Court Clerk turned over $6,025.32 in unclaimed funds to the Kentucky State Treasurer.

    If you are one of the people listed below or know one of these people, please let them know that funds have been submitted to the Secretary of State in their name.

    The funds turned over as unclaimed funds included bail bonds which had previously been released and checks had been returned, restitution payments previously mailed which had been returned, and overpayments of fees for which the checks were not cashed.

  •  Serving as Kentucky’s 49th Attorney General has been an honor and a privilege. I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together since I took office eight years ago. I’ve kept my promises to you, and it’s been my honor to fight for you, to protect Kentucky families and to move this state forward.

  •  Scammers are busy this time of the year! Whether it’s on the internet, at the stores, or even at your front door…they are ready to take your hard-earned cash! Here are some tips from the BBB on holiday scams:

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

    1.    Local consumers are receiving letters from the Office of Personnel Management about a data breach that has affected current, former, and retired federal employees. The legitimate letter will include a 25-digit pin to register for free credit and identity monitoring services.

  •  The Wigginton family came from Virginia into Kentucky.  Benjamin Wigginton’s grandfather was Seth Wigginton.  Seth Wigginton was born in 1770 in Virginia.  He married Elizabeth Clarke in 1790. 

    They had several children.  In 1810, Seth and his family moved from Virginia to the area of Bardstown, Kentucky.  Then in 1820, Seth’s residence was in Bullitt County.  Seth died in 1850 in Bullitt County, Kentucky at the age of 80 years old.

  •  This is the season that drives Santa and newspaper photographers a little crazy. For the next three weeks, both will be flying around from one holiday event to another.

    The cities of Hillview and Lebanon Junction have kicked off their holiday seasons.

    Shepherdsville and Mount Washington will light up for the season this Friday evening.

    In addition, every school will have at least one event geared to the holiday season. And many of these events will allow the public an opportunity to see what’s going on.

  •  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.