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Opinion

  •     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.

     

  •     Late last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) began mailing more than 34,000 checks to consumers who lost money in cross-border fraud schemes involving payments made via wire through MoneyGram International, Inc.

  • High school students and their parents are often concerned about upcoming college expenses. The Better Business Bureau urges students and parents to be cautious regarding offers from scholarship services and organizations that require upfront fees to apply for or search for scholarships.

     

  •     As a parent there are so many risks from which we try to protect our teens.  Alcohol use is one of those risks that can be hard to understand.

        There has been a good deal of study on this issue and there are several risks.  Aside from the fact that underage drinking is illegal, it poses a high risk to both the individual and society. 

        *Drinking and Driving-Most parents know that automobile crashes are the leading cause of death among youth ages 15 to 20.

  • BBB Hot Topics May 2010

    Flood Repairs - Property owners in need of repairs after the recent floods should carefully check out companies before hiring them. A home repair rip-off artist may overcharge, perform shoddy work, or skip town without finishing your job. BBB Tips: Deal with licensed and insured contractors only, take your time signing a contract, resist hiring a contractor who asks you to pay for the entire job up front, and check with the BBB to see if complaints have been filed against the contractor.

  •     Governor Beshear has designated May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Kentucky.

        Warm weather is finally here and the motorcycles are once again sharing the highways with you.

        You may not know but the greatest hazard a motorcyclist meets is the drivers of other vehicles.

        Seventy-five percent of motorcycle accidents involve another vehicle such as a car or truck.

        Many drivers claim they did not see the motorcycle.