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Opinion

  •  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.

  •  See the latest scams in BBB’s June 2017 Hot Topics:

  •  The media is pretty important in the history of our world and it is even more important for our future.

    While community newspapers may not be at the forefront of the media issues with elected officials in Frankfort or in Washington, we are part of the profession.

    All media -- although we are a bit biased toward the print folks -- plays a vital role in the checks and balances which govern our land.

  •   While Memorial Day weekend was a wonderful time for gathering with family and friends for picnics, pool parties, and parades, I hope the true meaning of the event was not forgotten. 

    Memorial Day is an annual reminder of the brave men and women who have put everything on the line so we may live in freedom in the greatest nation in the world. 

    Born out of a wish to honor those who fell in the Civil War, Memorial Day serves as a nationally-recognized holiday to honor all those who have died in service of the United States. 

  •  The month of May has been declared National Community Action Month by Governor Bevin.   Community Action has a history that dates back to the Johnson presidency.   A significant amount of services are provided by Community Action in Bullitt County.   Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency has been serving low income families and senior citizens in Bullitt County since the 1970’s and in the early 80’s evolved into a Community Action Agency.   

    So, what is Community Action? 

  •  It is hard to believe that another year has passed but you can tell by the firefighters standing on intersections holding their boots that it is indeed Crusade for Children time.

    That first weekend in June is the time in which Kentuckiana pours out its heart for the special needs children of this area.

    Every penny collected goes to helping the children. There is no administrative fees taken out.

    And, the money raised by Bullitt County fire departments will be returned to this community.

  •  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 May.

     

    2007 - 10 Years Ago.

  •  I addressed you Mister (Trump) because I believe every man should earn his title and most only become famous after death. I voted for you but God chose you to lead this great country back to sanity.

  •  There were some national initiatives former President Obama favored that I disagreed with; and, one that I respectfully but vehemently disagreed with, was the concept of charter schools. In his book, “The Audacity of Hope,” Obama cited his reasons for supporting charter schools. I found that none of them actually defended this idea. 

  •  There is always that disclaimer on any indictment -- such charge does not mean guilt or innocence. It only means that a certain number of grand jurors felt there was enough evidence to move forward with a criminal trial.

    While an indictment does not mean guilt or innocence, it can bring shame.

    It can obviously bring shame to the individual indicted. Even if cleared of the allegations, the cloud is never totally lifted.

    It can also bring shame to a community.

  •  See the latest scams in BBB’s May 2017 Hot Topics:

    1. If you see a Facebook post about a $50 Mother’s Day Lowe’s coupon, don’t click on it! This will send you to a survey site that asks for personal information and asks you to share the post with your friends. Lowe’s is not running this promotion – it is a scam.

  •  Bullitt County started out with four magisterial districts.  The third District was name Leaches District.  Bullitt County was created out of Jefferson and Nelson County in 1796.  

    The borders and names have changed over several years.  From around 1870 through as late as 1940 the district was known as the Leaches District.   Some people thought the name Leaches was a creepy blood sucking worm.  

    But, the District was named after Enoch Leach.