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Opinion

  • 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.

  • HOLIDAYS: AUGUST 2009

    MONTH:

    American Adventures

    Black Business

    Cataract Awareness

    Catfish

    Children's Eye Health and Safety

    Children's Vision and Learning

    Get Ready for Kindergarten

    Happiness Happens

    Immunization Awareness

    Inventors'

    Motorsports Awareness

    Neurosurgery Outreach

    Panini

    Peach

    Psoriasis Awareness

    Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness

    Toddler

    What Will Be Your Legacy

    Win With Civility

  • Staff Artist Paul Coyle portrays a friendly reminder from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority that the city cannot raise occupational taxes to help finance the new sewage treatment facility.

  • This week staff artist Paul Coyle takes a look at Fiscal Court attempting to recoup money from the recent hacker theft.

  • Each year, we preach about the need to be safe on the roadways as students get ready to return to the classrooms.

    This year is no different. However, there is an added emphasis on safety.

    Thanks to the federal stimulus dollars, major road construction projects have been started throughout the county. These projects will not be completed for months to come.

    There is also the added dangers at the various schools. Although classes are set to begin on Tuesday, that doesn’t mean all the construction has been completed.

  • Summer time is in full swing and our kids are taking it a little slower.  At least, they aren’t going to school every day.  Instead of being a slow time for young people, many now are attending camps of all kinds - academic, social, and athletic, vacation bible schools, family vacations, summer reading programs at the library - the list goes on and on.  In most cases, the lazy days of summer are just a myth.  That is certainly the case with your school system.  Though staff members are squeezing in well-earned vacations, time is very short, and there is much t

  • Think about your home. What prescription and over-the-counter (OTC drugs do you have? Where are they kept? Would you know if some were missing?

    The good news is that you can take steps immediately to limit access to these drugs and help keep your teen drug free:

  • As a standing member of the Bullitt County community I, as much as anyone else, want the best for this area and everyone in it.

    Bullitt County has problems just like any other area. Some problems are the same in other places. Some are unique to us.

    In past editorials I have suggested ideas for our local officials as far as ways to improve this glorious place.

    However, the officials may not have taken me very seriously. For example, the Highway 44 monorail system between Shepherdsville and Mount Washington remains to be planned.

  •     Lately I’ve been wondering just how old I really am.

        Maybe it’s because I almost broke a toe and have been moving around like an old man. Maybe it’s because I see old friends and to me they look really old.

        The general term of discussion here is determining what old is.

        There are many folks in the community that fall under the elderly category, but some that seem younger than I am.

  • Almost 11 million men age 20 or older currently have diabetes in the United States. That’s more than 10 percent of the total male U.S. population. Men with diabetes and their families can face devastating complications from diabetes, especially since people with diabetes are at a high risk for heart attack and stroke. Diabetes can also lead to blindness, kidney disease, loss of a toe or foot, and erectile dysfunction. But there is good news.

  • HILLVIEW - In 25 years in the business, few people are as passionate about a cause as Dr. Mohana Arla.

    Celebrating his 30th year of medical practice in Bullitt County, Arla is thankful. A young man who didn’t look or sound quite like many people in Bullitt County when he started practicing in Lebanon Junction, Arla has treated generations of patients since that time.

    Medical care has changed over the years and Arla played a part in a portion of that change.

    He also played a role in push toward post-secondary education in Bullitt County.