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Opinion

  •  Unable to approve the minutes of a prior meeting?

    That might be the true example of disfunction.

    For some time, there has been the undercurrent (and sometimes the public display) of dissatisfaction between some of the Shepherdsville councilmembers and mayor Curtis Hockenbury.

    Remember that everything does not always appear to be clear when politics happen to get involved.

    But, folks, this is the city government for the municipality of Shepherdsville. This is not Washington or even Frankfort.

  •  The Mount Washington community lost one of its true leaders with the recent passing of Joetta Bass Calhoun.

    Her long governmental experience dates back to the days of U.S. Rep. William Natcher and Bullitt County Judge Arson Moore. She went on to a long career with the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Area.

    But she was probably best known for her days as mayor and city councilmember for Mount Washington.

    Current mayor and longtime friend Barry Armstrong probably said it best... she loved her community.

  •  Are we ever going to return to the place and time when we treated people with dignity?

    The particular folks I’m talking about are those who hold elected or appointed offices in local, state and federal seats.

    Maybe I’m at an age where I’m fed up with the name-calling that has become so common with our governmental officials throughout the lands.

    At the local level, you really don’t see as much of it.

    At the state and federal level, it is a thing of art.

  •  Don’t fret! School may be back in session, but that doesn’t mean fun and entertainment has to end! Living on the outskirts of Louisville, Bullitt County has many opportunities to relax and have fun. Below you will find my top 5 places to go for family fun entertainment during the school year.

    At the top of the list has to Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville, Indiana. 

  •  The Mount Washington Police Department in conjunction with the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office, Hillview Police Department, Pioneer Village Police Department and the Shepherdsville Police Department will be conducting Traffic Safety Checkpoints as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety. 

    As part of the campaign we will be conducting joint Traffic Safety Checkpoints throughout the county in August.  

  •  Every day in Bullitt County, 99 buses will transport up to 13,000 students on school buses to and from school. 

    The bus drivers are on constant alert, though, watching for drivers in other vehicles who attempt to pass the school buses while loading and unloading students.

    With Bullitt County Schools back in session, it is important for drivers to be aware of the school buses on the roads.

  •  As many of you know, the Kentucky General Assembly was called into special session by the Governor on Friday, July 19. 

    We met for five days, approving legislation aimed at providing relief to quasi-governmental agencies and regional universities -- agencies that faced crippling increases in their retirement contributions.

  •  The Bentley family started out living in Virginia.  Daniel Bentley was born in 1690 in Raleigh, Virginia. 

    Daniel married Ann Miller and they had 6 children. 

    They were John, Ann, Samuel, William, Alice and Sarah.  Living back in the early times must had been very hard on the earlier settlers. 

    The Indians still lived on the grounds that the earlier settlers settled on.  Most all families back then farmed their land.

  •  At the rate of $60,000 a day, legislators will be ask to get it right when the General Assembly is called into special session on Friday.

    Gov. Matt Bevin should be commended for tackling the pension issue over the past few years. 

    Now, it will be up to the legislators to make something happen on a short-term fix to the long-term problem of pension reform.

    The work to be done over the next week or so will help some agencies, such as health departments, make it through a critical situation.

  •  What do you envision the Shepherdsville City Park becoming down the road?

    In a partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Shepherdsville city officials are working to determine what the park along the Salt River might look like in the future.

    On Tuesday, the public was given the opportunity to make comments on what they would like to see the park become.

    There will be two other public settings in which residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinions.

  •  Take a look at BBB’s hot topics for July 2019!

  •  Local agencies met their deadlines and Monday started the 2019-20 fiscal year.

    Budgets have been approved as required by law. The slate is now clean.

    As with your household budget, the document approved in June is just a plan of financial spending. Some government entities have plenty of funds and project a carryover. Others are not as fortunate.

    With the growth in Bullitt County and various avenues of revenue, such as insurance premium tax and occupational tax, no cutbacks were required.

  •  Today we say goodbye to a couple of individuals who served their community.

    Raymon Cope was a long-time member of the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission. He was a faithful servant to his community as he was rarely absent from the monthly meetings.

    He was also not afraid to speak his mind, even if it might not go along with the wishes of the agency that appointed him.

    Margaret Moore was a fan favorite as a longtime member of the Shepherdsville City Council.

    It seemed that Margaret was the 

  •  FRANKFORT – The Fourth of July holiday offers opportunities for outdoor fun with family and friends. However, these warm weather events also present opportunities for foodborne bacteria to thrive. As food heats up in summer temperatures, bacteria multiply rapidly. To protect yourself, your family, and friends from foodborne illness during warm-weather months, safe food handling when eating outdoors is critical.

  •  LOUISVILLE – This past weekend’s storms produced thunderstorms, flooding, and heavy rains. As residents begin to evaluate damage that may have occurred, BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky wants to remind consumers to beware of “storm chasers” and out-of-town contractors soliciting business.

    BBB offers the following tips to help you avoid a scam:

  •  This week, the Bullitt County Fair (June 17-22) and the Hillview City Fair (June 20-22) will take place.

    Having the two events at the same time has not occurred in the past. We hope it won’t hurt the attendance of either.

    Fairs are a great way for people to connect once again. Maybe it is only at this time of year that they meet. 

    Support the local fairs. People volunteer their time to make this possible. Take a few moments this week to attend either or both of these events.

  •  There is no doubt that the growth in Bullitt County puts a strain on our resources.

    From transportation to law enforcement to natural gas, the services required of a growing community makes demands that the current infrastructure can’t match.

    While we are surprised that everyone didn’t realize the rapid growth in Bullitt County over the past 10 years, we understand it.

    The point at hand is not a simple one -- the county’s future needs a larger supply of natural gas.

  •  Take a look at BBB’s hot topics for June 2019!

  •  Floyd  Collins was born on a farm in Edmonson County, Kentucky in 1890 to parents Leon and Serilda Collins.  Floyd’s father owned a farm there in Edmonson County, Kentucky. Floyd had two siblings and they were Nellie and Homer.  Floyd lived with his family and worked on the farm all of his life. 

  •  Since the legislative session is over, I have been able to spend more time in the district speaking with people around our community. 

    I appreciate the opportunity to hear from constituents about their concerns, as well as how the legislation we pass in Frankfort impacts us here in Bullitt County.