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Opinion

  •  You can have the best educational system in the world but if you can’t get kids to and from school, there is no education system.

    For the past couple of years, Bullitt County -- as well as many other districts -- have had a problem recruiting school bus drivers.

    And they have been having trouble retaining those that were employed.

    Recently, the Bullitt County Public School Board voted on a package of incentives which should help those currently employed, as well as those who might consider coming to this district for a job.

  •  Can a report from a state auditor serve the purpose of making both sides happy?

    We guess so.

    Let’s take, for example, the recent release of Adam Edelen’s audit of the Southeast Bullitt Fire Board.

    Going into the request for the examination, the concern was mismanagement of tax dollars.

    Beyond that, local residents were looking for some tidbit of illegal activity. Theft of tax dollars would be an added bonus. Recommendation for jail time for criminal misdeeds would be icing on the cake.

  •  It’s been about three months ago that voters went to the polls and made their selections.

    In the city of Shepherdsville, a mayor and six councilmembers were elected.

    They took office earlier this month and have already had one meeting.

    We hope none in the future follow that initial gathering.

    Meanwhile staff writer Stephen Thomas composed a column that outlines some of the allegations and accusations thrown about at the Jan. 12 meeting.

  •  More than two centuries ago in 1775, Benjamin Franklin was appointed first postmaster.

    ‘The first Post Office was established in Boston, Mass., at the house of Richard Fairbanks in 1639.  One of the earlier Post Offices that were located in Bullitt County was in the town of Shortsville.  Shortsville was located near the Bullitt-Jefferson County line not far from Mount Washington, Kentucky.  This Post Office was there from 1856 to 1863 when it was discontinued.  

  •  FRANKFORT - This week marked the start of the 2015 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

    This year’s session we are only scheduled to meet for 30-days, and we spent the first week more or less getting the House of Representatives in order.

    One of our first responsibilities was to elect the individuals who will lead our caucus for the next two years.

    These are important and crucial roles, not only for our caucus but the General Assembly as a whole.

  •  See the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s January 2015 Hot Topics

    1.    BBB is calling the IRS scams an “epidemic.” A BBB employee received a call from someone representing themselves as the IRS, saying they have been trying to reach her, and that this is her final notice before a lawsuit is filed. The scammer wanted payment immediately. 

  •  FRANKFORT - This year, Kentucky smashed records for business investment, created nearly 15,000 new jobs, enrolled more than half a million Kentuckians into affordable health care, slashed costs on critical transportation projects, and invested more money into K-12 education than ever before.

    These are among the Top 10 accomplishments of 2014 announced by Gov. Steve Beshear.

  •  A comprehensive review of existing scientific research into the effect of extracurricular on student outcomes was published in Developmental Review in 2012.  

    It reviewed 52 studies published in the previous five years.  There are two things you need to know about academic research. 

    One is that it is hard to explain because there are so many different things or combination of things that could explain a certain outcome.

  •  As families gear up for celebrations surrounding New Year’s Eve 2015, TNT Fireworks – the nation’s largest distributor of consumer fireworks and sparklers – reminds all Americans to keep safety top of mind as they ring in the New Year.

    “As we celebrate 2015 with consumer fireworks and sparklers across America, the following safety tips from the American Pyrotechnics Association will help us safely celebrate the New Year’s holiday,” says Jason Skipper, spokesperson for TNT Fireworks East.

  •  FRANKFORT - As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

    The Christmas season always evokes a spirit of thankfulness and giving, when families come together to celebrate the reason for the season.

    And the New Year’s holiday is often a time to start with a slate clean, hopefulness toward starting something new like giving up smoking or losing weight.

    In this holiday season for the Commonwealth we can be thankful in some ways, but in others we are hoping for a new start.

  •  Twas the night before Christmas,

    He lived all alone,

    In a one bedroom house made of 

    Plaster and 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 boots filled with sand,

    On the wall hung pictures

    Off far distant lands.

  •  Many people support their favorite charities all year long, however, some wait until the holiday season to donate. BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky offers some DOs and DON’Ts that apply year-round when it comes to charitable giving.

  •  What is one thing most politicians will talk about in their campaigns?

    Beautification.

    What is the one thing that most often gets ignored once that politician is elected to office?

    Beautification.

    While we are not sure all the language in the Mount Washington proposal to ramp up expectations for signage is good, we applaud the effort.

    Drive through the community. What do you see? A lot of junk.

    As a newspaper, it is difficult to champion the cause in limiting outdoor advertising. We get that.

  •  Every few years, there is a changing of the guard.

    With our political cycle, there will be those who step away voluntarily or have the voters decide that it is time for a change.

    We are approaching the end of the line in this particular political cycle for some of our elected officials.

    For all of the good and for all of the bad that happens in Bullitt County, those who decide to devote time to public service are doing it for the right reason.

  •  Mall traffic can be overwhelming for shoppers who are heading out for their last minute bargains. AAA recommends that drivers exhibit the holiday spirit by safely sharing the lot with pedestrians.

    Distracted driving could also result in additional holiday expenses. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found about 20 percent of all vehicle collisions happens in parking lots.

  •  FRANKFORT - Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week that the influenza (flu) activity level in the state has increased from “regional” to “widespread.” Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.

  •  The Shepherdsville Roller Mill was located on 4th Street in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.  The Roller Mill was a wooden structure large enough to use as a Roller Mill.

    The Roller Mill was a new method of grinding Meal and flour from the older method of the water wheel.     The Roller Mill Company was a part of what was formerly known as the Tile Factory Lot.  In 1913, the property owner was Maraman and Company.  

    The Property sold at Public Auction and the property was sold to C.L. Croan.

  •  FRANKFORT - As Kentuckians generously open their pocketbooks and wallets for those in need of a helping hand this holiday season, Attorney General Jack Conway wants to make sure your charitable donations do not end up in the hands of scam artists.

  •  The 700-plus customers of the Hunters Hollow sewer treatment system in northern Bullitt County better have some pretty broad shoulders.

    Since late March, the treatment facility off East Blue Lick Road has been operational only due to the use of a temporary system.

    A major collapse of the system has caused for Bullitt Utilities to do some thinking about its future.

    Do you rebuild the existing plant?

    Do you try to contract with another entity to take over the crippled system?

    Do you just run away as quickly as you can?

  •  As the hype surrounding the adventures of the Southeast Bullitt Fire District continues to swirl, do not let us lose focus of the prize.

    The real concern for years has been the spending of the funds. That spending could be legal. It might be illegal.

    The purchases may be ill-advised. But they might not be illegal.