•  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.

  •  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.