•  Charter schools are schools established by private groups using tax money.

    The purpose is to allow flexibility and freedom from some of the regulation that stifles creativity in the public school and leads to greater achievement.

    I will say up front that if there is ever clear evidence that charter schools (or any other method) can be more successful that our current system, I will be 100% in favor of it.

    There are success stories in the charter movement.

  •  It is hard to believe that it has been 12 years ago when terror rocked this nation.

    Like so many days in history, people remember what they were doing just before 9 a.m. when the pair of planes struck the World Trade Towers.

    The ensuing pictåures are burned into our minds. They are images that will never leave us.

    While time begins to fly by, we must still remember what happened on that day.

    Our level of patriotism blossomed in early September. We cannot let those patriotic thoughts vanish.

  •  As we celebrate grandparents this Sunday for Grandparents Day, Better Business Bureau is warning seniors to be on the lookout for a scheme commonly referred to as the “grandparent scam.”

  •  FRANKFORT – Every year since the late 1980s, the Kentucky State Police has published a highly detailed break-down of the previous year’s crimes, giving us a much closer look at – and appreciation of – the work done every day by our law enforcement officers.  

  •  The Bullitt County Public School Board took the proper route recently when it approved a 4 percent tax hike by a 3-2 margin.

  •   There is probably no time that politics are not part of the governmental scene.

  •  By the time you read this, school will have been back in session for several days.

  •  Short of finding a 10,000-person mistake in the 2010 Census within the next 72 hours, it appears that Bullitt County will be split up once again when legislative redistricting takes place.

  •  For years, the city of Shepherdsville had a festival to culminate the summer.

  •   Everyone enjoys a nice pie of pie.

  •  Restitution is the act of making a person “whole”. 

  •  Better Business Bureau (BBB) joins the nation in mourning the loss of the Arizona Firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire. To ensure donations get into the right hands, BBB offers advice on charitable giving in the wake of this tragedy.

    “Tragedies like this one, the Newtown School shooting, and Boston Marathon bombings bring out scam artists,” says BBB President/CEO Charlie Mattingly. “Americans want to help the victims’ families and community through donations.”

  •  Beth Vachon is a highly-respected veteran educator in Bullitt County.

  •  With the 4th of July right around the corner, it’s that time of year to celebrate the Red, White, and Blue with backyard barbeques, fireworks, and tons of patriotism. However, with any holiday come scam artists who will try to take advantage of you and ruin your holiday plans.

    BBB tells you about the most common 4th of July scams and offers tips on how to protect yourself.

  •  1. Parents are complaining that Inspirational Keys, a performing arts summer camp here in Louisville, abruptly shut down. BBB has received 18 complaints since June 3, 2013 against the Memphis, TN based business. Parents complain they never received any refunds.

  •  Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! That’s the one thing I always hear when I talk to people, we need more jobs. 

  •  FRANKFORT– To better understand just how involved Kentucky is in transporting and exporting products across the country and around the world, consider the lobster.

    Most people normally wouldn’t associate the commonwealth with the crustacean, but they should, because for more than a decade now, we have been home to the world’s largest inland lobster tank.

    It’s a key stopping point between Nova Scotia and some of the United States’ finest restaurants.

  •  The county’s work to become work ready certified is important.

  •  With concerts, games, and festivals in full swing this summer, many fans are eager to purchase tickets to their favorite events. However, before committing to a purchase, BBB warns to beware of ticket scams!

    Many tend to seek out tickets on classified sites. Unfortunately, this is where many scam artists lurk. For instance, fake tickets are often posted on Craigslist, with “too-good-to-be-true” prices. The seller asks the buyer to pay through wire services, like Western Union then the buyer never receives the tickets.

  •  An estimated three to five million older adults in America were victims of abuse in 2011.