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Opinion

  • The beginning of each new school year your child begins another part of their amazing journey from the first day of kindergarten to high school graduation.

    One of the most essential elements for a student’s success is good attendance.

    Attendance is important and must be taken seriously for kindergarten students, elementary, middle and high school students.

    Students need to be at school each day in order to be properly prepared for the important next steps in learning.

  • Seldom does anything generate the controversy caused when school boundary lines are altered.

    With continued growth and the construction of a new elementary school in Mount Washington, the dreaded need to redistrict schools has been done.

    Though not etched in stone, the committee set forth some changes that won’t be altered by a simple plea from the public.

    On Tuesday, Aug. 18, a public hearing will be held at the central office. This will be a time when your voice can be heard.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Years ago when my uncle died his tombstone included the likeness of a basketball goal and a ball with the University of Kentucky logo on it.

    These days I wish their places were reversed: Uncle John here and local college basketball put to rest.

    I grew up in this area and have always been a basketball fan. I used to play it. I keep the March Madness grids each year.

    Now I think I’ve actually had enough.

    I followed all three of the area’s major schools: Kentucky, Louisville and Indiana. I’ve always rooted for all three.

  • SEPTEMBER 2009

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    MONTH:

    Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery

    All-American Breakfast/Better Breakfast

    America on the Move

    Atrial Fibrillation

    Attention Defecit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)

    Baby Safety

    Backpack Safety America

    Be Kind to Editors and Writers

    Biscuit

    Chicken

    Childhood Cancer

    Children’s Good Manners

    Cholesterol Education

    College Savings

    Coupon

    Craniofacial Acceptance

  • The crowd was pretty well behaved even though most came in angry. They didn’t like what the school system had proposed and they were all looking after the future happiness of their children.

    Despite the emotional evening, the Bullitt County Public School Board received a lot of quality comments from the two dozen speakers.

    In question is how to fill up a new elementary school in Mount Washington and how to eliminate the large student population at Freedom Elementary.

  • It’s more than a gathering place for the liar’s club.

    It’s been more than a place to simply show off your athletic abilities by hitting a little yellow ball across a net.

    It’s been a community of people from all walks of life.

    It’s been Fern Valley Tennis Club.

    For the past 34 years, the eight courts (and sometimes a ninth one) have been home to thousands of people. It has been a home away from home, a place to meet others and even a place to share a few adult beverages.

  • There is not one individual who would support a tax increase.

    At the same time, few would want to see their government services cut.

    Local government agencies are not as privileged as the federal government. Simply printing more money is not an option.

    Bullitt Fiscal Court members will have an opportunity on Sept. 1 to determine its real property tax rate.

    In just brief conversations on Tuesday, it appeared there might be a possibility that court members could support a slight increase in the rate.

  • While not arguing the merits of the proposal, we applaud the effort by Mount Washington councilmembers Dale Walter, Dennis Griffin and Larry Porter to deal with a tough issue.

    Mount Washington must build a new sewage treatment plant.

    And, to pay the debt service, the city needs additional revenue.

    Under the current plan, water and sewer fees have risen 17.5 percent and look to increase by the same number next year.

  • Way outside the box.

    That’s the only way to describe a proposal in Mount Washington to rezone a stretch along both sides of Highway 44 from the eastern to the western corporate limits of Mount Washington.

    The proposal would rezone all that property to B-1 Highway Business.

    As observers to the growth in the county over the past 20 years will recognize, there have indeed been many rezonings to commercial classifications along all parts of Highway 44.

  • As we start a new school year, I want to take the opportunity to share with you news of a large step forward in our quest to improve student learning outcomes in Bullitt County.

    For the past two years, the school district has used the ThinkLink assessments three times each year to predict how our students would perform on the state assessment and to pinpoint particular academic areas in which a student needs additional assistance.

  • It is not the first time it has happened and it will not be the last. But it should be.

    Three members of the Bullitt Fiscal Court voted against a small increase in the real property tax rate. Two members voted in favor.

    The initial consensus is that the public would find disfavor in County Judge Melanie Roberts and magistrate David Walker for voting to increase the property tax by $2 for a $100,000 home.

    But we beg to differ.

  • It was discussed over five years ago and it has finally been accomplished by the Shepherdsville Police Department.

    The agency has been designated as one of about 90 departments in Kentucky to have met the 167 standards for accreditation.

    It has taken a while as administrations have changed, as well as leadership of the department. But the Kentucky Association of Police Chiefs bestowed the honor upon the department on Monday night in a ceremony before the city council.

  • Relishes and pickles are a great way to enjoy summer’s bountiful array of fruits and vegetables long after the season is over.

    Pickling should not just be limited to cucumbers. Peaches, green tomatoes, okra, squash, and beans can also be pickled for a delightful addition to any meal. Spiced apples, muscadines, and crabapples and corn, pepper and pears can be used to make relishes. Quick-process pickled fruits and vegetables are easy to make and the many flavor combinations can add a lot of variety to meals.

  • Kentucky Office of Highway Safety issues tough reminder to public: If you are over the limit you will be under arrest!

    Unfortunately drunk driving is nothing new in Kentucky, and nationally is still one of America’s deadliest crimes, killing more than 13,000 people each year.

    In Kentucky last year, there were approximately 6,000 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in over 2,200 injuries and 182 deaths.

  • FRANKFORT  - The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), an agency of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, is joining state and local law enforcement agencies in an effort to reduce impaired-driving crashes over the Labor Day weekend.

    The holiday crackdown coincides with the state’s “Drunk Driving.  Over the Limit.  Under Arrest” campaign, which began Aug. 21 and ends on Labor Day.

  • Maybe it is the fact that my son is just weeks away from getting his driver’s license.

    Or maybe it is from writing too many stories detailing death coming much too early for too many youths in our community.

    The old belief that the young is indestructible is nothing but a myth.

    Just ask the families of Preston Cissell, Jason Smith and R.D. Reynolds.

    The community lost each of these young men in the recent couple of months. They were lost in different ways but they were all lost much too early in their lives.