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Opinion

  •  At crunch time, there are plenty of comments and suggestions being offered on the proposed land-use plan for Bullitt County.

    This is not unexpected.

    The public has until Jan. 31 to submit suggestions to the plans devised by consultant Kriss Lowry. Those must be turned into the Bullitt County Planning office in the courthouse annex.

    A public meeting will be held on Feb. 20 for anyone wishing to make comments.

  •  In the corporate world, no merger or buyout should be surprising.

    It is normally just a surprise to those who are most affected - the employee.

    On Monday, Beam Inc. and Suntory Holdings of Japan announced their plans to join forces.

    For those who own Beam stock, it will be a great deal as they would be paid around $83 per share, up 25 percent over the Friday’s closing price.

    The purchase price would be a cool $16.5 billion, maybe a little smoother than any of Beam’s finest bourbons.

  •  FRANKFORT - As the General Assembly returns to the Capitol on Tuesday this week, it is worth taking one last look back at 2013, to review some of the issues my legislative colleagues and I have been studying in recent months.

    We call this period the interim, and it begins each year during the late spring and continues through the holidays.

  •  It is already January and we are earnestly preparing for the next school year.

    Even in a “normal” school district, there a lot of things that must happen between January and August.

    I’m happy to say that BCPS is anything but a normal school district.

    We are fortunate to have a crop of educational leaders and teachers in this district who are never satisfied with the status quo.

  •  Check out the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s January 2014 Hot Topics!

  •  While it appears certain that there is no certainty on who represents Bullitt County in the General Assembly, it is certain that  you must make your voices heard.

    The 2014 General Assembly is back in session this week.

    Redistricting occurred last summer. Bullitt County had some changes in its alignment both in the House and in the Senate.

  •  MILWAUKEE, WI – Winter is here, along with the temptation to curl up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa all season long. Chilly temperatures deter many from exercising outdoors, and while some prefer to head to the gym to keep up their fitness routine, seasonal activities can also offer great full-body workouts, says TOPS Club, Inc.® (Take Off Pounds Sensibly®), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization. Consider the following activities to break out of your routine and stave off winter weight gain.

  •  FRANKFORT - While there are dozens of issues considered during a legislative session, the General Assembly’s top priority in even-numbered years is always the same: Adopt a budget to run state government.

    Although planning began months ago, the first official stop of what is a multi-stage process came a little before Christmas, when the state’s Consensus Forecasting Group gave its final revenue forecast and predicted growth of about 2.6 percent annually for the next two fiscal years.

  •  In compiling some of the highlights and lowlights of the past year, it is easy to see that Bullitt County had a pretty good year.

    Besides some bickering, it is evident that some major accomplishments were made.

    The school system achieved its best testing marks ever.

    The dream of having a college in the county got a much-needed kickstart as a new way to finance the actual building has started.

    The county has gotten the tag of being a community at work in progress.

  •  FRANKFORT - When you think of the Christmas season, what comes to mind?

    Perhaps going to your child’s holiday play at their school?

    Or fighting the crowds at your local mall to get the newest smart phone?

    For most of us, Christmas is a time to give thanks for what we have been given in the past 12 months, and share the goodwill with family and friends to remember why we celebrate Christmas every December.

    It’s also about the hope we have on Christmas and every day for the future of our nation and our Commonwealth.

  •  FRANKFORT - It may seem to start a little earlier every year, and it may fatten our waistlines while it thins our wallets, but there really is no time more special than the holidays.

    That is especially true here in the Commonwealth, where there is always something to do to get in the spirit of the season, from Christmas parades and concerts to numerous events at our churches, schools and state parks.

  •  Each year, BBB receives calls after the holidays from upset consumers who are stuck with items they cannot return. This holiday season, BBB wants to remind consumers to know their rights. BBB offers this advice on returns/exchanges:

    Returns are a store policy – not a law. Find out about a store’s return policies before making a purchase. Some stores require products be returned within a specific period of time.

  •  BBB is warning, if you shopped at Target lately, CHECK YOUR ACCOUNTS. The store announced it has been hit by a major credit-card attack involving up to 40 million consumer accounts. The credit card breach took place between November 27 and December 15, 2013. It involves the theft of information stored on the magnetic stripe on the backs of cards used at nearly all of Target's stores around the country.

    BBB offers these tips:

  •  The City of Lebanon Junction received a little bit of money.

    But, more importantly, the city now has a steady supply of resources from the Louisville Water Co.

    A recent agreement guarantees that Lebanon Junction residents will no longer have to be concerned over the flow of their water supply.

    Louisville Water Co. will now be the sole supplier to water to Lebanon Junction.

    For years, the agency has been a supplier for a portion of the city’s demands. Now, Bardstown will not be relied upon.

  •   FRANKFORT - Attorney General Jack Conway is urging Kentucky consumers to consider toy safety information when making purchases for children this holiday season. 

    “Keeping our kids safe is one of my top priorities,” General Conway said. “Being aware of the latest product safety measures and recall information can prevent potential injuries and possibly save lives.”

  •  No matter how people may act at particular moments of any time of the year, Bullitt County is full of caring people.

    Elected officials may fight with one another.

    Members of the public may complain about their elected officials.

    Elected officials may moan and groan about their constituents.

    And agencies may fight with one another.

    But when push comes to shove, Bullitt Countians stick together.

    The holiday season is a great example of agencies all pulling together.

  •  It is nice to  lead a school district full of leaders, both in our administrative offices and our classrooms. 

    It has been a wonderful thing to watch our performance rankings rise from the depths of having a state performance audit to being deemed a proficient district in six years.

  •  BBB receives hundreds of complaints from pet owners about kennels every year.  Owners say their pets came back from poor boarding kennels severely dehydrated and malnourished or with fleas, ticks, and even maggots.  Worst-case scenarios include pets that became extremely ill while boarding at poor facilities which resulted in lengthy stays at the animal hospital.

    If you are looking for a reliable kennel, BBB recommends the following checklist:

  •   As predicted, the interest in the revisions to the outdated comprehensive land-use plan would grow -- at the end of the process.

    Despite all the work on the verbage, the real interest is happening now as “the map” is being presented for consideration.

    Consultant Kriss Lowry has gone above and beyond the scope of the project. Now, she is facing the biggest part of the work - dealing with large landowners.

    Lowry has held a series of public meetings and has posted a lot of information on her website.

  •  Falls account for more than one million injuries in the U.S. annually. There are four types of walking accidents with the most common being the slip and fall. That's the type of fall that happens when you fall due a surface not cleared of snow or ice.