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Opinion

  •  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.

  •   Jury duty is perhaps one of the areas that creates the most questions for our office. 

    The first question is usually, “why me?”  Jurors are selected for service by the The Kentucky Court of Justice Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).

    The Kentucky Court of Justice strives to ensure that jury pools are a true representation of Kentucky’s population. The AOC compiles a master list of prospective jurors for the entire state on a per county basis.

  •  It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month! This year’s theme for NCSAM is “Our Shared Responsibility,” which puts emphasis on the role everyone has to play in making the Internet a safer place to work and play.

  •  October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Many Americans embrace this cause by purchasing pink-ribbon products and services to support a cure for breast cancer. Your Better Business Bureau offers tips to avoid being scammed.

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    Looking to buy or rent a costume for Halloween? You are not alone! According to the National Retail Federation, Halloween spending is expected to reach $6.9 billion this year.

  •  The plan is working.

    While we have always opined that there is much more to educating our youngsters than simply looking at the test scores...

    And while we have religiously fallen into the trap of trying to compare schools and districts to one another based on those scores...

    It seems only right that when the Bullitt County Public School District knocks the lights out of a testing cycle that we allow them to crow a little.

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

    1.    Beware of Rental Scams. Renters who are looking for a house to lease are getting scammed by someone who poses as an “owner.” The place is in a great place, for a great price. The ad looks legitimate and is often copied from a real ad. The “owner” is out of town and wants a security deposit, wired. The renter is out the money, and has no place to live.

  •  Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about an increase in fraudulent activity related to the launch of the Affordable Care Act.  The open enrollment period begins today, October 1, and scammers understand that many Americans are confused about their rights and responsibilities with the new program.

    BBB warns, beware of fake websites, fancy mailers, robo-calls, and scam artists calling you, asking for personal information.

    BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky prescribes the following:

  •  Charter schools are schools established by private groups using tax money.

    The purpose is to allow flexibility and freedom from some of the regulation that stifles creativity in the public school and leads to greater achievement.

    I will say up front that if there is ever clear evidence that charter schools (or any other method) can be more successful that our current system, I will be 100% in favor of it.

    There are success stories in the charter movement.

  •  It is hard to believe that it has been 12 years ago when terror rocked this nation.

    Like so many days in history, people remember what they were doing just before 9 a.m. when the pair of planes struck the World Trade Towers.

    The ensuing pictåures are burned into our minds. They are images that will never leave us.

    While time begins to fly by, we must still remember what happened on that day.

    Our level of patriotism blossomed in early September. We cannot let those patriotic thoughts vanish.

  •  As we celebrate grandparents this Sunday for Grandparents Day, Better Business Bureau is warning seniors to be on the lookout for a scheme commonly referred to as the “grandparent scam.”

  •  FRANKFORT – Every year since the late 1980s, the Kentucky State Police has published a highly detailed break-down of the previous year’s crimes, giving us a much closer look at – and appreciation of – the work done every day by our law enforcement officers.  

  •  The Bullitt County Public School Board took the proper route recently when it approved a 4 percent tax hike by a 3-2 margin.

  •   There is probably no time that politics are not part of the governmental scene.

  •  By the time you read this, school will have been back in session for several days.

  •  Short of finding a 10,000-person mistake in the 2010 Census within the next 72 hours, it appears that Bullitt County will be split up once again when legislative redistricting takes place.