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Opinion

  •     I still enjoy celebrating holidays, so much that I always supply a list each month at www.pioneernews.net.

        That way Bullitt County can share the experience with me.

        One of the bigger holidays, Labor Day, is approaching, which has me wondering what everyone will be doing over the extended weekend.

  •     How important is the tea party movement in the United States?

        And how much impact will it make in Bullitt County elections?

        Maybe Bullitt County voters need a good dose of strong tea on election day.

  •     Have you ever told stories about the messiest restroom you’ve ever visited?

        What about telling others about the best public restroom you’ve ever seen?

        Leave it to the internet.

        Cintas Corporation, based in Cincinnati, has sponsored a contest the past eight years to honor businesses across America that place high value on hygiene and exceptional style.

  • Parents from three middle schools have a tough decision.

    Do they take advantage of the federal No Child Left Behind standards and ask that their middle school youngsters be allowed to transfer to Eastside or Bernheim?

    Or do they stay at their current school and look for improvements? And if they qualify under the free and reduce lunch standards, will they ask for supplemental educational assistance?

    Today is the deadline to ask for a change. That is a tough decision.

    We won’t even attempt to sway parents one way or another.

  • Note about this initiative: As part of the commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to increase public safety and reduce the number of repeat criminal offenders, leaders from all three branches of government are partnering with the Pew Center on the States to develop strategies for reducing crime while still holding offenders accountable and controlling corrections spending.

  • LOUISVILLE - Healthcare is a trending topic that has been on the minds, lips and social networks of many Americans this year. With rising costs and uncertain futures, visitors to the Kentucky State Fair can take healthcare into their own hands this year at the Health Horizons exhibit. More than 10 different screenings are offered including mammograms, prostate cancer, bone density, spinal and vision, and most of the services offered are free with the price of admission to the Fair.

  •     Seldom do you hear an elected official stand up in front of people say you made a mistake. But that is exactly what happened on Tuesday night.

        The Bullitt County Public School Board members knew that the timing of the redistricting the voting precincts was wrong.

        But the move was reversed, much to the pleasure of David Cross, who had bought his signs but faced the prospects of being moved to another area -- after he filed to run for the school board seat.

  • Check out the Better Business Bureau at the 2010 KY State Fair! The BBB booth is located in Main Street KY in the South Wing of the KY Fair & Exposition Center.

    As hundreds of thousands of people enjoy the fair over the next two weeks, the BBB wants to remind consumers to be cautious when dealing with some indoor exhibitors. New products on display meant to make life easier could be enticing to purchase, but consumers need to ask questions about the product, and the company selling it. BBB suggests asking the following questions:

  • FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear announced today that $4 million in federal funding will be made available beginning Monday, July 12, for summer cooling assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

        LIHEAP services are provided locally by the 23 Community Action Agencies through a partnership between the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) and Community Action Kentucky.

  •     Breaking news....breaking news.

        There will be a community meeting on Thursday evening. The topic will be the new plans for improvements on Highway 44 between Mount Washington and Shepherdsville.

        Whatever the plans say, we're for it. Step the public hearing and move straight to go on the game board of life.

        While widening the entire stretch to four or five lanes would be grand the revenue just isn't available.

  • Source:  John Strang, extension professor, horticulture

        We often associate certain foods with different countries.

        Spaghetti is Italian, tacos are Mexican and what could be more American than apple pie? 

        Did you know the very first apples ever eaten grew several thousand years ago in fertile land south of the Black Sea?  

        The history and origins of different fruits and vegetables are as interesting and unique as their taste. 

  • It’s beyond hot. It’s miserably hot.

    Just think, eight months ago you were complaining about the cold and the snow and the wind.

    How much would you give to have a couple of inches of snow to play in?

    OK, for some, the summer heat is great.

    Look at The Y, formerly known as the YMCA.

    They take over management of the county pools for the summer and couldn’t ask for better weather.

    Through June, it looked like the pools had at least broken even thanks to the sun and the heat.

  •     The summer is winding down, and soon students will be headed back to school! Chances are, you still have some major “back-to-school shopping” to do. Whether your child is headed to high school or college, the Better Business Bureau has some Back-to-School basics.

     

        When shopping for anything from new attire to electronic items, BBB has these tips to help you be a savvy back-to-school shopper:

     

  •     Bullitt County government recently lost a very valuable member of its team.

        Having served under three different county judge/executives, Kendall Grant recently resigned as director of the parks and recreation department.

        Grant had a keen interest, especially in youth sports, throughout the county.

        Over the past few years, Kendall battled through some very serious medical issues. In the end, he decided that it was best to take the time to get better physically.

  • It’s a small world after all.

    Never has this statement been more true than it is today as technology continues to advance, moving us closer and closer to one another.

    Innovation has allowed us the capability to hold conversations with people on the other side of the planet in the blink of an eye and just as instantaneously, billions of dollars can be transferred from the U.S. to Germany, Thailand, Australia, anywhere in the world, all with the simple click of a button.

  • Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul stopped in Shepherdsville for the Voices of Independent rally on Thursday.

    It seemed everyone came out of the woodwork for the TEA Party gathering.

    I had the privilege to speak with several of Bullitt County’s fine citizens, Democrats and Republicans alike, and I was fascinated to hear where each of them stood politically.

    The only person I encountered who didn’t seem to know where he stood politically was Mr. Paul.

  • While we are sure the intent was never to change boundaries on the five school board seats at the last minute, the latest decision makes things appear a bit messy.

    An addition to the last month’s school board agenda, a committee recommendation to redraw the five districts was approved with little discussion.

    For the most part, school board elections don’t draw a lot of interest, unfortunately.

    And maybe this one would have fallen into the same category as the seats currently held by Tim Wiseheart and Dolores Ashby are up for bids.

  • Over the years it has happened on the local, state and federal level.

    People swear to the voters that they aren’t politicians. They are just common folk wanting to serve their constituents.

    Then reality hits. They are now in the world of politics.

    Bullitt County’s drug task force has been a shining star for the past nine years. While at times it may seem to TV viewers that Bullitt County only has a bunch of criminals, the task force has done a wonderful job.