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Opinion

  •  Students need to learn some basic facts about interest rates so they can make good choices when it comes to borrowing and investing, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). 

    One interest rate is simple, or nominal, interest. It’s straightforward. If you borrow $1,000 at 5 percent simple interest per year, you’ll pay back $1,050. If you deposit $10,000 in your savings account at 3 percent interest per year, you’ll have $10,300 in your account at the end of the year.

  •  This week, Bullitt County Public Library (BCPL) joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries strengthen their communities through the transformative services, programs, and expertise they offer. April 7th–14th is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians, and library workers. 

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE — So how much stuff is handled through the Bullitt County solid waste channels each year?

    Solid waste coordinator Larry Hatfield must generate a report annually for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

    Some fun facts gleaned from those reports:

    *Did you know Bullitt County operates a recycling center?

    The facility is located between the Bullitt County Detention Center and the Bullitt County Road Department off Highway 61 South.

  •  What a sticky situation the past legislative session has left a lot of people in Kentucky.

    With the smell of the past session when a sewer bill was anything but, there is a lot of distrust between those involved in the public pension program and the state legislature.

    More specifically, educators in Kentucky have contracted a case of sickness on several occasions over the course of the past few weeks.

    Ten counties in Kentucky had school systems which were closed at least one day during the session for “sickness.”

  •  I joined my fellow members of the House in passing several good, meaningful pieces of legislation this week, all aimed at improving the quality of life for all Kentuckians. This is our last full week of this legislative session, with only eight legislative days left in the 2019 Regular Session.

  •  The 2019 session is nearing its ending point, and I am proud to say that the General Assembly accomplished our top legislative priority.

    Senate Bill 1 -- also known as the School Safety & Resiliency Act  -- is heading to the Governor’s desk after passing both the House and Senate.

  •  The Newman family lived in Gloucestershire, England.  Gloucestershire is a county in southwest, England and where the county is part of the Cotswald Hills, part of the fertile Valley on the river of Seven and the forest that is in that area.

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  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE – The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has a problem.

    The organization that oversees high school sports keeps trying to please everybody. I’ve pretty much learned over the years that when you try to please everyone, that you rarely please anyone.

    While the KHSAA has always been trying to fine-tune everything, the situation seems to be getting worse from within. There seems to be a widening gap in many sports brewing between coaches and administrators (i.e. principals and superintendents).

  •  What direction will Bullitt County take over the next four years?

    What is the vision of new Bullitt County Judge/Executive Jerry Summers?

    How does Summers propose reaching his goals and the goals of Bullitt Fiscal Court?

    Well, if you wish to find out all of those answers, be sure to set aside a few minutes on Saturday, March 9.

    At 4:30 p.m., Summers will present his State of the County address at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. Everyone is invited to attend.

  •  So many things are going on in the Clerk’s office. 

    If you come by and it seems like we are a bit scattered and spread a little too thin, we probably are.  

    We are in the process of training and cross-training for all upcoming changes this year.  We are scrambling because we are going into uncharted territory and, at this point, we are trying to tweak operations.  

    As it stands now, Bullitt County will be one of the first counties to start with the new driver’s license and new voluntary travel ID. 

  •  The vote recently by the Mount Washington Fire Protection District to begin the quest to create an ambulance service is not surprising.

    Not only has this become a common theme in Jefferson County but it has been discussed locally by the Mount Washington fire board for some time.

    There are many hoops to jump through which means that it will likely be a year before this could become reality.

    For the members of the Mount Washington Fire District, it appears that it would mean you would have two ambulances in your territory to handle medical calls.

  •  As I file this legislative update from my Capitol desk, we are more than halfway through this year’s legislative session and wrapping up business on our seventeenth legislative day.

    Our week began with members of the General Assembly convening Tuesday’s session in the Old State Capitol Building. It was a great opportunity to appreciate the building that was the center of our state government from 1830 until 1910. 

    While we began our week with a nod towards history, we quickly moved to passing legislation that looks toward our future. 

  •  The argument has always been that Bullitt County does  more zoning than planning.

    A proposal before the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission, fiscal court and the eight municipalities could put a whole lot of planning on certain developments.

    A public hearing will be  held on Wednesday, March 6, at 6 p.m. It will be to discuss a  proposed text amendment by the city of Mount Washington.

    It would be to create a new zoning classification -- Smart Code.

  •  Spring must be around the corner as the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce presents its annual KidsFest celebration.

    It will be held at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre on Saturday, March 2. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the festivities will shut down around 2 p.m.

    There will be dozens of booths giving out free items and plenty of free information.

    There will be mascots running around.

    There will be entertainment.

    There will be lots of candy given out.

  •  Sue Bland had been getting increasingly disgusted by the amount of trash being thrown out onto the beautiful country roads.

    She took it upon herself and recruited her son, Adam Bland, and the Quantum Ink Co. pickup truck to pick up a .5-mile stretch from Cedar Grove Elementary to the Heritage Hill Golf Course entrance. In that small stretch, 10 55-gallon plastic trash bags were filled up.

  •  The pace picked up during week three of the 2019 General Assembly, with legislation clearing committees and passing the full House. 

    As we left Frankfort on Friday, we are almost halfway through with this year’s session. 

    Wednesday, Feb. 20, is the last day that lawmakers can file new legislations, but already more than more than 800 bills and resolutions have been filed for consideration in both the House and Senate.

  •  LOUISVILLE – With Valentine’s Day comes a surge of activity on dating websites, with singles looking to the internet for a love connection.

    Unfortunately, these sites are rife with fraudsters who use affection to manipulate their victims out of their money.

    Worse, a new Better Business Bureau (BBB) report finds, online romance scams often escalate as scammers turn their victims into unwitting accomplices to fraud, known as “money mules.”

  •  It’s an exciting time in Frankfort as we reconvened for the remainder of the 2019 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. I dove right into legislative activity, with committees meeting in earnest and constituents coming to town to meet and discuss issues.