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Opinion

  • If anyone questions where you live and why you live there, just point out that Bullitt County is a great community made up of caring people.

    On Aug. 20 an unnamed city employee in Shepherdsville decided that a monument was needed to honor the veterans of military services.

    Absorbing the entire cost, the anonymous employee took care of everything and the monument was officially dedicated.

    Every community is full of caring people. And when the chips are down, you know others will come to offer help.

  • 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.

  • When legislators return to Frankfort in January, they will face many issues, including the budget crisis, gaming and duels.

    Yes, duels have been part of the Constitutional oath since 1849.

    State Rep. Darryl Owens of Louisville has pre-filed a bill to eliminate the part of the oath of elected officials stating that they had dueled or been a second in a duel.

  • I am 82 years old, and my wife (80) and I are retired in Palm Desert, Calif.

    Born in Belmont I spent the first 16 years of my life there. We are attending the Belmont Baptist Church for the first time in 66 years, and it calls for a bit of nostalgia and reminiscing about life during and after Belmont.

    Regular attendance at Sunday School and Church each Sunday was expected.  My father was the Sunday School Superintendent, and  my mother was the teacher of a Sunday School Class of small children.

  • When arriving into the community over 25 years ago, Bullitt County was home of four major festivals each year.

    The Mount Washington Historical Society had the spring festival each May and Lebanon Junction’s Old Fashion Days were held in early October.

    The Bullitt County Fair was held in the middle of June at the fairgrounds.

    And the Shepherdsville Olde Tyme Homecoming was held along Frank E. Simon Avenue.

  • 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.