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Opinion

  •  Bullitt Fiscal Court members have two very big decisions on their plates for early 2016.

    One has garnered much publicity and the other not as much.

    First, the county must make a decision on the future of its public pool system.

    Managed under contract by the Bullitt County Family YMCA, the pool at Bullitt Central has repairs of around $200,000. If they are not done, the pool will not open.

    That news hit the public in November, three months after county officials were apparently notified.

  •  Kudos to the Mount Washington City Council.

    Is the reason for a pat on the back for something monumental? No.

    We commend the council for taking the people of the community to heart before making a decision.

    The most personal of decisions any govenrmental agency may make is a zoning request.

    Many affect few. Some affect many.

  •  Among the several responsibilities that the Board of Education  has delegated to me as BCPS superintendent is the decision to close school when necessary for student safety. 

    At any meeting of state superintendents, especially during the winter months, the topic of school closings and the lamenting of the no-win nature of the decision in many -- if not most -- cases when the decision has to be made is a regular topic of conversations in the hallways. 

  •  I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season and a happy New Year. 

    A new year also means a new legislative session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Tuesday, January 5, marked the beginning of a 60-day session that will run through mid-April. In this session, we hope to address the numerous important issues facing our state, keeping the common theme of creating Kentucky jobs and strengthening Kentucky families.

  •  Like the first day back to school, the first week of any new legislative session brings mixed emotions -- anticipation and excitement, apprehension and hope. 

    To me, it’s also an exceptionally humbling time as I consider the great responsibility you have vested in me as your representative for the 49th District.

    I serve in Frankfort to be an active, accessible voice for the people of Bullitt County and this 2016 session of the Kentucky General Assembly will be no exception.

  •  FRANKFORT – Winners of the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes do not receive phone calls about their prizes.

    And Attorney General Andy Beshear wants to stress this fact as a safeguard to Kentucky seniors and consumers who are being inundated by imposters attempting to scam them out of their money.

  •   Bennie E. Underwood was born in 1910 and Virgil Underwood was born in 1915 in Bullitt County, Kentucky. 

    Their parents were Willis Underwood and Delia Reed.  Bennie and Virgil had several siblings.  They were Lillian, Mary Jane, George, Bertha, Ella, Zelma, Wesley and Lesley.  Their father was a farmer, so Bennie and Virgil along with their brothers and sisters grew up on the farm.  

  •  See the latest scams in BBB’s January 2016 Hot Topics

  •  Poverty - even chronic poverty - and being abused cannot be an excuse for antisocial or criminal behavior. 

    There are countless examples of heroes and regular people in our country who have overcome the most difficult childhood to lead productive lives.

    In schools and in society, we cannot simply allow extremely negative behaviors to go unaddressed. 

    It is a form of societal self-defense because, when we do begin to simply tolerate it - either in a school or in a community - the consequences is that we simply get more of it.

  •  People are always interested in the status of road projects in the county.

    Here’s an update for those road projects, particularly those in the 49th District.

    1.  The road on Old Preston that caved in has been repaired and is open. Should help business return to normal. 

    2. I have been working with CSX and State Transportation to repair the railroad crossing on 44 east (near Publishers). The paperwork has been completed but the crossing cannot be repaired until Spring when asphalt businesses reopen.

  •  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.