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Columns

  • Eadens never shy about his support for city, his causes

     HILLVIEW — Jim Eadens has been through a lot during his 16 years as mayor of the city of Hillview.

    He’s gone through a lot in the job and away from the office.

    But the guy is not phony. You know exactly what he is thinking.

    A couple of months ago, a group of residents who live in Pioneer Village and Fox Chase went on the attack. The city had approved a rezoning for apartments off the John Harper Highway. The property is close to residents in the other two municipalities.

  • Judge speaks her mind

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — As her days in office count down, Bulitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts has not stopped voicing her opinion.

    Over the past 12 years, Roberts has made reference on numerous occasions about the lack of state and federal funding that returns to the local community.

    This is not an uncommon concern. 

    However, recently, her comments have been a bit more pointed toward those elected to serve the community.

  • Don’t be chicken to let your views be known

     For a couple months, residents in Mount Washington have been asking for a change to an existing ordinance that prohibits livestock within city limits, including chickens.

    Led largely by a resident who admitted to the council he has several chickens on his own land within the city, these residents have given fact after fact over why the council should permit chickens.

  • Election probably proves that people turned off by politics

      I love politics.

    I don’t love the nastiness that often appears during the election cycle.

    But the pure science or non-science of trying to predict races and then analyzing them is something I’ve always enjoyed.

    But it’s two months past the primary and four months until the general election and I didn’t write the first analysis of what happened in May.

    First, I think as journalist we have gotten into the practice of trying to be experts and to offer advise.

  • He should be thanked for demanding change to help kids

     On his final day in the office, Dr. Keith Davis was all packed up and ready to go.

    It is time for him to make that next stop in life.

    Eleven years has seemed like a couple of months. But he is ready to move on.

    In reality, Davis really wasn’t ready to move to his next destination. However, as he would be just the latest to learn the lesson, school systems are often the largest employers in a county and can also be the most political.

  • Daughter grows up so quickly

     It finally dawned on me. My little girl was growing up.

    It was on a Tuesday afternoon. It was election day and I was taking my daughter, Amanda Jean, to the polling place for the first time.

    She was already legal to drive. But now she was legal to allow her views to be expressed on a paper ballot.

    Not only was she able to vote but she was also quickly approaching graduation day.

    You ponder what your children might become. With Amanda, that future has definitely not been determined.

  • Our Goodbyes

      SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A few goodbyes to some people I knew and a few I didn’t.

    Delores Crenshaw Mudd recently passed away.

    She was a giant in the homemakers world in Bullitt County. She was also a longtime teacher in Bullitt County.

    She was also part of the Bullitt County Fair for many years. This year’s fair will be dedicated to her efforts.

    A good person who was involved in so many activities from education to extension.

    She touched many lives.

    A person I didn’t know who watched from afar.

  • Op-Ed -- High school sports offer more toward all scholarships

     The following piece was written by Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Jillian Tackett, Commissioner of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

     

    Unfortunately, today many parents are trying to live out a dream through their sons and daughters – the dream of landing a college athletic scholarship by specializing in a sport year-round. Equally unfortunately, most of these dreams are never realized.

  • Center already turning things around

     Every city has its stereotypes. As a native Bullitt Countian, I’ve seen first hand how most of the cities have earned their reputation. However, Lebanon Junction continues to impress me.

    Set on changing the negative talk that surrounds the town, there is a group who won’t accept the bad and is determined to bring the city back to the glory it once held.

  • Saying Goodbye

     Over the past couple of weeks Bullitt County has lost a pair of outspoken individuals.

    During their prime, Charlie Long and Phyllis Wehrenberg were part of the fabric which made up Bullitt County.

    And neither happened to be afraid to speak their peace.

    Charlie covered the gamut of work in Bullitt County.

    When I came onto the scene, Charlie was a detective with the Commonwealth Attorney’s office. At the time, Tom Waller was prosecuting some pretty bad sex abuse cases.