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Opinion

  •  Diligence at the district and school level has resulted in energy savings of $1.46 million over five years.

         The dollar figure was a key element in an Impact of Performance Contracting and Intelligent Services report by Kyle Johnson of Harshaw-Trane at the October Bullitt County Board of Education meeting.

         Johnson said an energy consumption analysis was performed for the period of January 2009-August 2013 for phases 1, 2 and 3.

  •  Better Business Bureau is warning about these common holiday scams and frauds:

  •  FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 25, 2013) – Once the Thanksgiving traditions are complete and the family members have recapped all they’re thankful for, many Kentuckians will turn to sale fliers to plan their Black Friday or Cyber Monday attacks on Christmas shopping.

    The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) would like to remind consumers to spend wisely this holiday season by shopping smarter, saving money and avoiding fraud.

  •  Louisville - Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 11.5 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.40/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 644 gas outlets in Louisville. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.26/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

  •  Have you started planning for Black Friday - that special shopping day after Thanksgiving when you can find all of the “deals?” Remember, all deals are not created equal and the fine print is often the most important thing! Before you head out for the holiday shopping frenzy, BBB offers these tips:

  •  FRANKFORT – Parties, family dinners and seasonal gatherings where food is served are traditional part of holiday cheer. This holiday season, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) urges consumers to take precautions in purchasing and preparing food items, and to pay close attention to good hygiene practices to combat foodborne illness this Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    Here are a few simple food safety tips to avoid getting sick during the holiday season:

    Safe Storage Temperatures

  •  FRANKFORT – With the holiday season upon us and “Black Friday” this week, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet wants to remind all retailers in Kentucky to adopt effective safety procedures for crowd management.

  •  This week rings in a season of spending time with friends and family, shopping, gift-giving, decorating, baking, and cooking. Safe Electricity offers tips to help ensure that this busy and festive time remains a safe one.

  •  The holidays are a time of cheer, but they can also be a time for battling traffic and bad weather on the road. Staying safe should be a top priority for all travelers, so Better Business Bureau recommends, before hitting the road, give your car the attention it needs and take these extra precautions when hitting the road:

  •   FRANKFORT - On Friday, our country will mark the 50th anniversary of one of its most tragic events: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

    Like the attack on Pearl Harbor before it and 9/11 after it, Nov. 22, 1963, is one of a handful of dates in history where those old enough to remember it will never forget where they were and what they were doing.

    What many Kentuckians may not know about that day, however, is that it was a future resident of our state who broke the news of President Kennedy’s death to the world.

  •  BBB is urging consumers to create a holiday budget this season! Mapping out your spending in November will help ease the strain of a financial holiday hangover in January. Creating a budget, and being disciplined enough to follow it, is one of the best ways to avoid overspending during the holidays. Here are the steps to creating a holiday budget:

    Step One: Consider your Income.

  •   I had the excellent fortune to recently attend a choir concert by one of our local high schools held in one of our community’s beautiful churches.

    It was excellent fortune both because of the incredible melodic result of the intense work and practice put forth by the students and director, and because I came across a quote in the program that I otherwise may never have seen, given that I am not any sort of expert on music (other than I know what I like when I hear it).

  •  Check out the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s November 2013 Hot Topics!

  •  FRANKFORT - In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. - Mark Twain

    Every day we have choices.

    Where to eat, where to shop, what to watch on television, where we go for our family vacation, and where we worship.

    I sometimes wonder if we take the time to think about those simple freedoms, and why we have them.

  •  The work conducted by a committee of individuals from all walks of life in Bullitt County has been rewarded.

    The county has been labeled as a Ready to Work Community in progress. Basically, the county has laid out its roadmap to improve the readiness of its work force for the future.

    Many of the requirements will revolved around the local school system. Will it prepare its graduates for a place in college or a career in the work environment?

  •  During orientation, 12 jurors will be picked for grand jury. 

    The grand jury will be sworn in and will meet, usually 3 days per month in the 3 month period.  The grand jury determines whether or not to indict, which means to bring a formal, criminal charge against an individual for a felony.

    Grand jurors do not decide whether a person is innocent or guilty. 

    They hear evidence to decide if there is sufficient proof to support an indictment and require the accused to stand trial. 

  •  What do Julie Todd, Amanda Ross, Jessica Dishon and Karen Byerly Morgan have in common?

    They were all killed by someone who professed to love them, a stranger or a family member. Since my sister, Karen, was murdered by her husband in August 2010, I have worked with women and me (he’s, men) who are in controlling relationships and families who have lost loved ones due to domestic violence.

    I meet an abused woman at least four times a week.

    From many stories told to me, I have found some COMMON characteristics in their relationships.

  •   A serious topic with deadly overtones.

    Over the past couple of months, Pioneer News staff writer Stephen Thomas and summer intern Kayla Swanson wrote a series of stories about a growing problem - suicide.

    While nothing earthshaking may have been discovered in the series, the major point of the articles is to alert the community that suicide is a growing cause of death. And the age of such self-inflicted acts is starting every early in life.

    Bullitt County is losing too many lives much too early in life.

  •   During a woman’s life, she has different changes in her breast. She might have more lumpiness during her period or may have breast problems, like a mastitis (a breast infection), while breastfeeding.

    Several breast conditions can affect women. Learning more about these breast condition can help you find problems early and have them treated right away.