http://www.pioneernews.net/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Leach Family: One of the county’s earliest settlers http://www.pioneernews.net/content/leach-family-one-county%E2%80%99s-earliest-settlers <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/i4-26_mapmg070.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="87" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;Bullitt County started out with four magisterial districts.&nbsp; The third District was name Leaches District.&nbsp; Bullitt County was created out of Jefferson and Nelson County in 1796. &nbsp;</p> <p> The borders and names have changed over several years.&nbsp; From around 1870 through as late as 1940 the district was known as the Leaches District. &nbsp; Some people thought the name Leaches was a creepy blood sucking worm. &nbsp;</p> <p> But, the District was named after Enoch Leach.</p> Legislature makes historic strides in ‘17 http://www.pioneernews.net/content/legislature-makes-historic-strides-%E2%80%9817 <p> &nbsp; It was an honor to serve you and our district in Frankfort this session. Called the &ldquo;most productive and historic session&rdquo; in history, I, along with my colleagues in the Senate, were proud to stand with Kentuckians as we passed historic legislation alongside our new House Majority.&nbsp;</p> <p> In November of 2016, citizens from across the Commonwealth gave us a mandate through the electoral process to fundamentally change our state.&nbsp;</p> BBB Tips on Kentucky Derby Ticket Scams http://www.pioneernews.net/content/bbb-tips-kentucky-derby-ticket-scams <p> &nbsp;Derby season is officially here! If you are on the hunt for last minute Kentucky Oaks or Derby tickets, beware that scammers are trying to fool you into purchasing fake tickets.</p> Mosquito Proof Your Yard This Spring To Reduce Mosquito Population http://www.pioneernews.net/content/mosquito-proof-your-yard-spring-reduce-mosquito-population <p> &nbsp;FRANKFORT<strong>&nbsp;</strong>&ndash; As part of the 52 Weeks of Public Health campaign, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is calling on homeowners to help control mosquitoes by eliminating standing water from containers that can collect rainwater where insects breed.</p> YOUR suggestion box is now open http://www.pioneernews.net/content/your-suggestion-box-now-open <p> &nbsp;Here&rsquo;s a new edition that will run occasionally in The Pioneer News.</p> <p> The Suggestion Box will be open to the public to give ideas. But we don&rsquo;t want suggestions that my neighbor has a junk car next door. The suggestions are to be what are some ideas to help the entire community.</p> <p> We will pass those suggestions on to the proper agencies and try to do a little tracking on whether anything is done. Once again, these are to help benefit the community, in general.</p> <p> Send your suggestions to: editor@pioneernews.net</p> Issues dogged county long enough...time to solve them http://www.pioneernews.net/content/issues-dogged-county-long-enoughtime-solve-them <p> &nbsp;We are normally not all that excited when the way to solve a problem is to form a committee or a task force.</p> <p> However, Bullitt County Judge Melanie Roberts may have reached the only possible solution to the barks and howls over the operation of the animal shelter when she recommended a committee.</p> <p> Of course, we&rsquo;ve not seen a committee where the entire fiscal court is part of the group. But, we&rsquo;ll give it a shot.</p> <p> Currently, there is no possbile chance that the current animal control director and the county judge will agree on anything.</p> Session busy, productive http://www.pioneernews.net/content/session-busy-productive <p> &nbsp; Long nights, intense debate, and media attention from across the globe wrapped up what started as a quiet final week of the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.&nbsp;</p> <p> Minutes before the Senate gaveled out for good, Gov. Matt Bevin called this session the most productive in history.&nbsp;</p> <p> It was truly an honor to work alongside the governor with the new House Majority to pass many great initiatives for our commonwealth.&nbsp;</p> <p> Critics and supporters alike have noted the session was among the busiest our state has ever seen.&nbsp;</p> House gets lot done in short time http://www.pioneernews.net/content/house-gets-lot-done-short-time <p> &nbsp;The most productive and significant legislative session in modern history has officially come to an end.&nbsp;</p> <p> Although it was a short, 30-day session, the General Assembly has accomplished more in 2017 than we have in most 60-day sessions.&nbsp;</p> <p> When Republicans took the majority in the House of Representatives last November, Speaker Hoover came right in and declared that the House would once again be a functioning institution.&nbsp;</p>