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Opinion

  •  It is one of the few events that Bullitt Countians can rally behind – in a united effort.

  •  A perfect opportunity for a partnership exists in Bullitt County.

  •  May is National Moving Month, which kicks off the busiest time of year for Americans changing residencies. It also means unlicensed movers and dishonest scammers are waiting to take advantage of unwary consumers.

    BBB is again joining with the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) to provide important tips on how to avoid scams.

  •   BBB is warning consumers to beware of the “499” Scam! Local banks are being inundated with calls from concerned consumers.

    The call appears to come from “499” on your cell phone. The automated message says the person is with the security department of a well-known bank and your card has been deactivated for transactions due to suspicious activity.

  •  For its faults, Kentucky has been blessed with being a hotspot of tourist attractions.

  •  It’s almost Mother’s Day! Whether you are ordering flowers, shopping for custom jewelry, or arranging for a special spa day, be a smart consumer this Mother’s Day! BBB sees lots of scams that focus on holiday shopping, and is warning consumers to proceed with caution before falling victim to a Mother’s Day vender scam, especially when shopping online.

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

    1. OverstockCloseoutSales.com of Leitchfield, KY has an “F” rating with the BBB. Consumers say the website, which is now shut down, was using the BBB logo. Complainants, who found the company advertised on their local Craigslist, say they ordered and paid for items they never received. They paid for the items through Green Dot MoneyPak.

  •  The driver’s license division is the one division of the clerk’s office with which most citizens are familiar. 

  •   As the school year ends, the festivities begin. From graduation get-ups to prom preparations, the expenses can quickly add up for parents.  Each year, BBB receives complaints from unhappy parents after the festivities.

    According to a new survey by Visa, the average American family plans to spend $1,139 on prom this year, a 5-percent increase over 2012.

  •  The race is on to get last-minute Kentucky Derby tickets! But, BBB warns, beware of scam artists who are on the prowl, trying to fool you into buying fake Derby tickets!

    “A ticket to the Kentucky Derby is the hottest ticket in town and one of the hottest in sports,” says Charlie Mattingly, President/CEO, of the Better Business Bureau. “If you're looking to buy a ticket to get into Churchill Downs on May 4th, make sure you don't get taken for a ride. Protect yourself against ticket fraud and ticket deceit."

  •  In this column we will look back 15, 30, 60, and 90 years to capture glimpses of what was happening in Bullitt County in each of these years. Today we will focus on the month of April.

  •  One of the odd things about a career in education, unlike a career in engineering or medicine, is that most all of us have spent years during our own childhood in schools - and that translates for some people as qualifying them to be an expert in what it means to be a good teacher. 

  •  Bet you thought the decade-old legal battle between the city of Shepherdsville and Southeast Bullitt Fire Department/Pine Creek Forest Fire Protection District was over in 2012.

  •  The Bullitt County Education Foundation was set up three years ago to provide a little extra money for teachers who are doing some innovative things in the classroom.

  •   Spring has sprung! BBB is warning homeowners to be on the lookout for home improvement scams.

    This is the time of year when less-than-reputable or unqualified contractors come into town promising a variety of services at cut-rate prices. They may show up at your door, advertise in local papers, or deliver fliers to your home.

    There are thousands of reputable contractors who will deliver quality work, on time and within budget. Here are some tips from the BBB on how consumers can avoid costly mistakes and scams:

  •  For years, maybe decades, this newspaper has opined that there is a need for a planner in Bullitt County.

  •  At least one poorly-conceived charity scam (this one was on Twitter) has already emerged in the wake of the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday, and more are likely.

    BBB Wise Giving Alliance (“Alliance”), the national charity monitoring arm of the Better Business Bureau, and BBB Serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont (“BBB Boston”) cautions donors about potential red flags concerning tragedy-related philanthropy.

  •  Springtime is synonymous with spring scams. It never fails. Every year, around this time, scam artists come out of the woodwork. Scam artists will break down your door with “too good to be true” opportunities. BBB recommends you look out for these three spring scams:

  •  Some don’t like it. Others are overjoyed.

  •  What a wonderful surprise....so many people showed up to talk about the revisions to the comprehensive plan, the consultant had to get out more paper and pens for the participants to use.