•  It is that time of year where we annually turn retrospective and reflect on the many things we are thankful for.

    This is something we should really do on a daily basis. But, like those New Year resolutions, our best intentions quickly go out the window.

    This Thanksgiving week we take an opportunity to say thanks.

    *Thanks to all our first responders. They can never be paid enough for their services. Whether it is fighting crime or battling fires or trying to save lives, they are valuable people.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The recent Republican wave in the 2018 Bullitt County election has made the area prime pecking ground for the beginning of a major controversy surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Being one of the most pro-Donald Trump counties in the United States, Trump personally recognized the community by donating a Thanksgiving turkey to long-time Republican Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts.

  •  FRANKFORT – With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is joining in a national effort to send Thanksgiving travelers an important lifesaving reminder to buckle up – every trip, every time. 

  •  The elections are now over and congratulations go out to the victors.

    And thanks go out to those who did not win. It takes extreme courage to put yourself out to the voters. 

    With around 46 percent of the registered voters going to the polls, that is great, especially for a non-Presidential year.

    In early January, several newcomers will take office. And several veterans of government will return.

    So, what happens in January?

    First, the people of this county expect a sense of cooperation.

  •  It’s that time of year again: All those scary creatures come out, they’re everywhere, begging you, never leaving you alone, all dressed up in those wacky colors.

    But we’ll focus on all those election candidates next week. This week is all about Halloween.

    I myself will spend the entire day munching down on apples and cider and popcorn and candy and pie, all while binge watching my favorite classic Halloween movies and television shows. I might even hunker down with a good horror story novel, perhaps reading it aloud like Vincent Price.

  •  Life is full of surprises! Some good, some bad. Some you will never recover from.

    Over the past few months, I have met many families and friends that share a common trait -- the loss of a loved one to violence.

    Some domestic and others have no idea who murdered their loved one(s). We are a select group that nobody wants to know.

  •  On June 1842, Caroline Kappel gave birth to Johann Christian Kappel and he was named after his father Johann C. Kappel .  Johann’s parents were born in Olbronn, Wuttemberg, Germany.

    Johann C. Kappel was born in 1811 and Caroline Boehringer was born in 1815.  While in Germany, Johann Christian met Caroline and they fell in love and got married in 1837 in Germany.

  •  If you notice, there seems to be more people attending public meetings.

    And they seem to be asking more questions.

    While this may seem a bit suspicious, especially when it is candidates asking the questions, the actual asking for information is a good thing.

    We do not favor those who are trying to score brownie points.

    But we do like it when people ask questions.

    What we have found is that many people running for public office don’t always have a good idea on what they are running for.

  •  Sometimes newspaper folks are more worried about their future than they should be.

    Are circulation numbers down over the past decade? Sure.

    But do people still rely on their community newspaper to present them with the news of the area? They sure do.

    The day of the social media is scorned by many. But followed by many others.

    However, there is not news on social media. For the most part, it is angry comments -- some built out of facts and others created by emotion.

  •  Are you a Facebook user? Are you one of the 50 million people recently affected by the security breach? If yes, what do you do now? BBB serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky provides the following information and tips regarding this data breach.

  •  There may only be 13 Fridays until Christmas but there are only six Wednesdays before the Nov. 6 general elections.

    We’re not saying that the elections are more important than Christmas; however, like when buying those presents, we hope that you put a little thought into your voting also.

    Over the course of the next four Tuesdays, the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce and The Pioneer News will host a series of forums.

    They will be held in Mount Washington, Shepherdsville, Hillview and Lebanon Junction starting Oct. 2 and ending Oct. 23.

  •  FRANKFORT — Apply for deer, waterfowl, pheasant and sandhill crane quota hunts offered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources atstate wildlife management areas and other public lands now through the end of September.

    Deer hunts offered include a shotgun-only, youth-mentor hunt at the West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Dec. 15-18.

    Several Kentucky state parks will host deer quota hunts as well, including the following:

  •  With the effects of Hurricane Florence on the east coast, many people are opening their hearts and wallets to try to help the victims in the area.

    Many organizations are available to assist those in need; however, events like this also provide an opportunity for scammers looking to take advantage of the situation.

  •  Bullitt County has become Jefferson County’s dumping ground.

    Drive down Brooks Hill Road and experience the constant parade of dump trucks hauling busted up road material from Jefferson County streets, dropping their dirt, mud and dust.

    I hear the noise 24/7 and so do my neighbors. Can’t our elected officials in Bullitt County tell Jefferson County “We don’t want your trash.”

    Surely, we can adopt nuisance and noise laws. Other states do.

    Gayle Poynter



  •  Calvin Goode was born in Kentucky in 1895 and he was the son of Owen R. Good and Elizabeth Roby. 

    Calvin’s father was a farmer and Calvin grew up on the farm with his siblings.  

    In 1900, Calvin and his family lived in Bullitt County, Kentucky with his grandmother Elizabeth at the time was head of the house hold.

    Owen Goode was born in Kentucky at the end of the Civil War in 1865. Owen married Elizabeth Roby in 1895 in Clark County, Indiana.

  •  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.

  •  Take a look at BBB’s hot topics for August 2018!

  •  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.