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Opinion

  •     FRANKFORT - In a spirit of compromise that followed weeks of debate, the House and Senate came together recently to vote for a two-year budget that has the twin goals of living within our means while preserving classroom funding and other critical services.

        Unfortunately, I could not vote for the Executive Branch budget.  I felt that too many “good things” were cut from the budget that would have helped Bullitt County and our state.  However, I did vote for the operation budget for the state’s road plan.

  • In a very short period of time, the revised Bullitt County Parks Board has made a world of difference.

    First, the board wisely moved forward to allow the YMCA to manage the Bullitt County pools for the summer.

    Second, they wisely didn’t rush into a decision on the future of the entire parks and recreation department.

    Instead, the board members opted to do some research and then make a decision on whether it would recommend fiscal court take the proposal and turn everything over to the YMCA or whether it would retain control.

  • With unemployment up, and schools across the area out for the summer, job seekers are turning their heads online to search for employment. The Better Business Bureau warns, while that jobs you find online may sound tempting, they could be a scam!

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - It obviously could’ve been much worse.

        Kaitlyn Yates, 13, is babysitting her two younger siblings on Spring Break and finds a would-be burglar in her kitchen.

        After a quick call to her mother Kaitlyn called 9-1-1. Kaitlyn did the right thing.

        According to the experts, she also did it very well.

        Bullitt County Dispatch supervisor Carla Johnson praised Kaitlyn for offering vital information that helped dispatchers and police help her.

  •     FRANKFORT - Citizens throughout the Commonwealth should be on guard for telephone solicitations requesting donations for the benefit of the Kentucky State Police.

        According to Lt. David Jude, commander of the KSP Media Relations Branch, the agency has received numerous reports from individuals throughout the state regarding efforts to raise funds for the families of fallen troopers or to purchase drug dogs for schools.

  •     Wow.

        That’s the reaction many probably had when looking at the reports from last Tuesday’s primary election.

        The biggest surprise was not that Martha Weaver Knox won the Democratic nomination for jailer.

        It was the margin in which she won.

        The biggest disappointment was that Bullitt Countians had two opportunities to have somone on the fall general election ballot for the state Senate seat but failed to nominate either candidate.

  •     State agencies must continue to look at cutting the fat in their budgets.

        That message was clearly sent once again as the new two-year budget was finally approved by the General Assembly last week.

        A perfect example of an agency that has  taken the proverbial bull by the horns and made cuts has been the state administrative office of the courts.

        The cuts in personnel at the state level have been accomplished with relatively minor affects on the local operations.

  • May is National Moving Month, the start of the busiest time of the year for changing residences. More than 37 million

    Americans - or about 13 percent - move to a different home every year, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau

    statistics. 

     

    Unfortunately, every year, BBB receives extremely serious complaints from consumers who have fallen prey to dishonest and sometimes unlicensed moving companies. BBB received more than 8,400 complaints against movers in 2009.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The chill in the air and recent rains haven't chased away the multitudes at Mike Farner Downs for the annual Bullitt County Derby.

        Part of the large crowd is credited to the pre-race card, including primary races featuring enormous fields. Those results will appear in a later edition of The Pioneer News.

  • In just a few days, graduation ceremonies will be held for local high school students.

    Over 600 youngsters will graduate at the four high schools.

    Each year, their future seems to be a bit more clouded. This one is no different.

    Those attending college will face higher tuition costs and less scholarship money.

    And if they attend college, what subject should they major in?

    The job prospects for college graduates is still dim in many fields.

    But if you don’t attend college, what does your future hold?

  •     Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Alex Wimsatt and I’m the newest addition to The Pioneer News family.

        If you haven’t noticed my by line in the paper, I’m the new staff writer primarily covering Mount Washington and Lebanon Junction.

        I joined the paper at the end of February after graduating from Western Kentucky University in December with degrees in journalism and political science along with a certificate in political communication.

  • JUNE 2010

    MONTH:

    Accordion Awareness

    Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat

    Aphasia Awareness

    Bathroom Reading

    Cancer from the Sun

    Celibacy Awareness

    Child Vision Awareness

    Childhood Cancer Campaign

    Children's Awareness

    Dairy Alternatives

    Effective Communications

    Entreprenuers "Do It Yourself" Marketing

    Fireworks Safety (June and July)

    Gay and Lesbian Pride

    GLBT Book

    Go Barefoot

    Great Outdoors

    Home Safety

  • OK, so it is a little warm. OK, it’s a lot warm.

    And, yes, it is a bit muggy. We give...it’s a lot muggy.

    So it put a few more curls in Dana Winchell’s hair on Monday night. It still didn’t distract from her beauty and grace in winning the Miss Bullitt County Fair crown.

    Forget all the weather-related excuses and be sure to make a visit to the 35th annual Bullitt County Fair.

    Once a year, the fairgrounds comes alive with rides, shows, pageants and food. You can throw in a few politicians, if you like.

  •     Since this is being written several hours before the polls are closed, why not look back at some of the events of the past several months on the campaign trail.

        And since I don’t know the outcome, some of the things I may think are weird, could actually turn out to be productive for a particular candidate.

        With time ticking down until the polls close, let us get begin.

        First, has there ever been such a quiet election season, especially during a countywide election?

  •     FRANKFORT - With a press conference and a plan, Gov. Steve Beshear told lawmakers Wednesday to prepare for a special legislative session May 24 to quickly resolve the budget stalemate that has threatened to shut down much of state government this summer.

        The governor revealed a compromise 2011-12 spending plan prepared by his administration in recent weeks.

  •     Some work-at-home scam artists are attempting to pass themselves off as Delta Airlines. A local consumer contacted the BBB about a letter she received in the mail that looked to be from the airline. The letter offered her a chance to participate in a paid Consumer Research Program as a mystery shopper.