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Opinion

  •  With the close of business yesterday, the filing deadline for the fall general election has passed.

    We should all be able to sit down and see who the candidates are. 

    Over the course of the fall campaign, the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce and The Pioneer News will have a series of forums during the month of October.

    Reserve your Tuesday nights as the forums will return to Mount Washington, Shepherdsville, Hillview and Lebanon Junction.

    What we hope is accomplished is that voters will look at the issues. Study the candidates.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE — The community recently lost a couple of gentlemen who were probably best known to the courthouse crowd.

    Mac McCoy spent a lot of time on the sheriff’s department in the last few years in Bullitt County.

    He was probably best known for his organization and leadership of the Explorers Post out of the sheriff’s office.

    McCoy had a group of teenagers who were dedicated to their interest in law enforcement. During the tenure of the group, it was not uncommon to see them parking vehicles at local events.

  •  Suicide accounted for nearly 45,000 lives lost in 2016, and the numbers are rising in nearly every state across the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    On average, one person dies by suicide every 12 hours in Kentucky. More than twice as many people die by suicide in Kentucky annually than by homicide.

    Studies report that one out of two people know someone who has died from suicide.

    And for every one person who has died from suicide, another 280 other people have seriously thought about it.

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  •  Since the beginning of governmental bodies, laws have been approved.

    That’s what the legislative bodies do — they make laws.

    And it is then up to the executive branch to make sure those laws are enforced.

    If there is a question over the enforcement of those laws, the judicial branch can be brought into the process.

    Over the past six months, discussions of code enforcement have been held in Shepherdsville and Hillview. The latter revised its sign ordinance. The former did that a whole lot more.

  •  The new school year is now underway.

    Around 13,000 students will make up the Bullitt County Public School System, with hundreds of others in private schools.

    First, we welcome new superintendent Jesse Bacon to the county. We throw our total support behind our new leader.

    Second, we welcome the teachers -- both returning and the dozens of others who are coming here for the first time to be part of a great system -- and the administrators.

  •  LOUISVILLE — An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – to give now and help save lives. 

  •  The Bullitt County Partners in Prevention program continues its efforts to educate the community about issues involving substance abuse and preventative methods.

    PIP is made up of a conglomerate of local experts and officials from various community components working together to establish strategies toward implementing such methods.

  •  (LOUISVILLE, KY) – This past weekend’s storms produced tornadoes, hail, flash floods, 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 around the area.

    Local consumers have reported companies knocking on their doors just hours after the storms had passed to help fix the damage. Before you sign a contract and hand over your money, BBB has some tips to help you avoid a scam.

  •   Washington DC – BBB Wise Giving Alliance (Give.org), the charity monitoring organization affiliated with the Better Business Bureau, joined today with the Federal Trade Commission, state Attorneys General, and state charity regulators to help the donating public avoid misleading charity appeals and find trustworthy veterans’ organizations to support. The event was held at the FTC’s headquarters in Washington, DC to announce the latest enforcement actions against veterans’ charities.

  •  Besides taxes, what is the most aggravating part of many peoples’ lives?

    Traffic congestion.

    As Bullitt County has grown and the number of people driving vehicles has mushroomed, the roads are just not adequate to handle the flow.

    This community is not the only one facing these issues. However, if you spend time trying to navigate from one area to another, you know it is bad.

    The simple Friday afternoon traffic delays on Highway 44 in Mount Washington and in Shepherdsville are now a daily occurrence.

  •  The Harned family came from England.

    The first immigrent of the Harned family to travel by vessel to America was Edward Harnett/Harned and his wife Scisllea/sysley Parrmaor arrived in Salem, Massachusetts around 1643.

    Before coming to America, Edward married his wife in 1619 when he was 21 years old.  They had a son name Edward Jr. who was born in England.  Edward died in 1658 in Salem, Massachusetts.  Edward’s wife death was unknown.

  •  Maybe the biggest buzz word in government circles over the past few years is “transparency.”

    Everyone on the campaign trail talks about it.

    Those in office swear by it.

    The public drinks it down like a cold, icy cola on a hot summer day.

    In the media, we talk about transparency and how we are the champions.

    In reality, not the fake world where so many tend to spend their time, transparency is no more present today than it was 100 years ago.

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  •  FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 6, 2018) – July is Military Consumer Month, and Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning veterans and military families to be on the lookout for the most common veteran-specific scams.

  •  FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Division of Fire Prevention encourages Kentuckians to attend community events instead of celebrating with fireworks at home during this year’s Independence Day festivities.

    “Let the professionals entertain your family,” said Mike Haney, state fire marshal and director of fire prevention for the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction. “By celebrating at a public event instead of at home, you reduce the risk of injury and property damage. You may also avoid violating the law.”

  •  It is midway through the Bullitt County Fair but there is plenty of time to go out and enjoy the many sights and sounds.

    The annual fair, which is operated and run by a totally volunteer board, runs through Saturday evening.

    This year, visitors will see some improvements to the facility, especially those watching the various pageants under the pavilion.

    When your major revenue generator is subject to the wishes of Mother Nature, it is difficult to predict the success of your county fair.

  •  Maybe it was a final effort to make a difference.

    Superintendent Dr. Keith Davis recently proposed a “no fee” zone for elementary and middle school students.

    The idea was pretty simple -- students would not be required to go out and purchase school supplies for their elementary and middle school years.

    They would also not be subjected to any class fees -- with the exception of Chromebooks and some field trips.

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  •  George Tanner was born 1879 in Hardin County, Kentucky.  His father and mother were John Tanner and Henrietta Graham.  Henrietta was born in 1838 in South Carolina. She was the daughter of Henry Graham and Elizabeth Johnson.  

    Henrietta’s family moved to Kentucky around 1845.