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Columns

  • Givhan more worried about planning than zoning

     The county has always been perceived as one where more zoning than planning is done.

    It would be probably hard to argue that point.

    Bullitt County has gone from an area which probably needed, and invited, anything that wanted to locate here to an area where better planning of dwindling lane is needed.

    This all sounds good from the outside. How many people have come to a planning hearing and argued that more planning is needed. Just as many have also said they came to Bullitt County to get away from the city and to enjoy the deer.

  • Disruption to the holiday?

     WARNING -- Those without a sense of humor, an inability to recognize truth and fiction, or a love of sarcasm should not read the following column.

    Independence Day in Bullitt County may no longer be celebrated, at least not this year, due to the brewing of an uncivil war taking place in the county’s southeast corridor.

  • It Happened in MAY

        We will be looking back 25, 50, 75, and 100 years to see what was being printed in The Pioneer News in 1994, 1969, 1944, and 1919 in the month of May.

     

    1994 - 25 Years Ago.

       Secretaries Sallie Smith and Teresa Spalding were given a special ride home by radio personality Terry Meiners in Howard Schnellenberger’s Cadillac in honor of Secretary’s Day.

  • Terry, Kelly were good people in their communities

     Richard Terry and Tom Kelly didn’t necessarily run around in the same community of friends.

    However, both men who we have lost in the past month or so had tremendous impact to those who knew them.

    Terry pulled off something that hasn’t been topped in Bullitt County and maybe the state of Kentucky.

    When the current officeholders in Hillview lost a May primary for mayor in 1985, they couldn’t sit back and not have one of their people to succeed Rip Carter, who would become magistrate of the Third District.

  • Zoning requests are important

     Along Highway 44, businesses line the street. Some areas are more congested than others and some have switched from residential to business over the past decade.

    Particularly in Mount Washington, it isn’t uncommon to see a house transform into a business. From Bullitt East to Armstrong Lane, there are houses turned offices.

  • County looks to ‘new’ traditions for Easter season

     With hippety-hoppety Easter on its way, there is concern throughout Bullitt County that there will be no eggs for anyone to find and enjoy during the holiday.

    Bullitt Fiscal Court magistrates tied on a vote to renew an egg-hiding contract with long-time Easter egg spreader Peter “Pete” Rabbit.

    County judge/executive Jerry Summers broke the eggshells, voting against the contract renewal. Many assumed Summers opposed Rabbit, who was originally brought to the county by former judge/executive Melanie Roberts.

  • State of County unique perspective

     SHEPHERDSVILLE  — After 34 years of reporting, there are few “first” events that you get to witness.

    The State of Bullitt County address hosted by new judge/executive Jerry Summers was one of those new encounters.

    Around 350 braved rainy weather and some college hoops games to come out to Paroquet Springs Conference Centre to listen to Jerry’s vision for the next four years.

  • Three leave us too early

     The longer you stay in the community, the most impressed you are with the people who live and work here.

    As I occasionally reflect back on those who have left us, this week there are three distinct individuals.

    When I started working here 34 years ago, one of the first individuals I met who operated a manufacturing business was Richard Eschman.

    He bought a small business and turned it around.

    It has now expanded to two buildings.

  • A little ground hog fun

     CLERMONT - A local rodent has waylaid plans to bring Bullitt County out of the shadows.

    And six more weeks of winter weather could be over and done before a legal decision could be reached.

    Issues began following the 2018 election, when new county judge/executive Jerry Summers made a decision to immediately fire long-time Bullitt County groundhog Nichols Nick.

  • Tough week for dedicated servants

     Serving one’s community is an act that few take the opportunity to undertake.

    In the past couple of weeks, Bullitt County lost three individuals who provided service to their community in a variety of ways.

    Jeremy Meyer started a career in law enforcement with the Shephepherdsville Police Department.

    He would then go to work for the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office.

    His final duty came in the St. Matthews Police Department.

    In each stop of his career, this young man served his community in an outstanding manner.