• As gas prices soar over $4 per gallon, motorists are making tough decisions with regard to their summer travel plans.In fact, many are opting to stay close to home this vacation season. However, there are some who have other plans.Plans that, in the long run, could cost them even more.“As the price of gas increases, we tend to see more drive-offs at the gas pumps - when people simply drive away without paying for the fuel taken,” said Bullitt County Attorney Walter Sholar.

  • FRANKFORT – Last week’s special legislative session on reforming our public retirement systems may have only taken five days – the shortest time needed for a bill to become law – but it culminated more than a year of ongoing study.The end result was well worth the wait, however, based on the unanimous vote by the House and near-unanimous vote in the Senate and the support from the many groups affected by these changes.Legislators have known for some time that Kentucky eventually would need to update the retirement syst

  • The economy is getting to everyone, including drug dealers.Kenny Hardin, director of the Bullitt County Drug Task Force, told magistrates of the story of a dealer who was being set up to sell to an informant in the county.But, on top of the price to buy the cocaine, he needed $20 for gas money.The buy was made.While it provides a little humor in a very serious game of drug dealing and drug buying, there is nothing to laugh about when talking about the future of the Bullitt County Drug Task Force.

  • FRANKFORT - As a result of the work completed by the Senate during the Special Session in Frankfort last week, the state employee retirement system became more fiscally sound, but there is still much work to be done. Without key changes, the public employees pension system faces a $27 billion unfunded liability.

  • As the clock nears that final hour until the presses begin rolling, ole' Santa Barr is faced with that annual dilemma - how to be funnier than Stephen Thomas when writing his Christmas column.

    While Stephen attempts to find humor with the holiday or the central figure of that particular holiday, Santa Barr tries to look much deeper into the situation.

    Of course, that's hard to do when Santa Barr begins his column a couple of hours before presstime and Stephen normally writes at a relaxing pace that consumes several days.

  • An irate, chubby little elf may cancel Christmas in spite of himself.

    In an exclusive interview with The Pioneer News, Santa Claus mentioned the possibility of calling off the holiday in Bullitt County.

    A prodigious pack of public performances and political prerequisites provoked the pondering of potential permanent postponement plans.

    "I understand this is like a kick to the kidneys, a Pain with a big P," Claus admitted. "But the lines need to be drawn."

  • Those wishing to get an alcoholic beverage after midnight or on Sunday in Mount Washington won't have that opportunity.

    The city council rejected a committee recommendation to extend alcohol hours by a unanimous vote on Monday night.

    The outcome was not surprising. Ideas that may sound valid and reasonable can suddenly become less appealing once the public has an opportunity to voice its opinion.

    And that's OK.

    Mount Washington leaders decided they didn't have the public support to pass such a measure.

  • Random drug testing for county employees?

    It appears that is a good possibility sometime in early 2008.

    It's honestly a bit surprising that Bullitt County hasn't been implementing at least a drug testing policy upon hiring new employees.

    With discussions recently, it appears the policy would include all full- and part-time employees who work or hope to work for the county.

    It's a good thing.

  • Forever, Kenny Davis is part of Olympic history.

    Davis, a collegiate basketball player at Georgetown College near Lexington, was one of the 12 members selected for the 1972 United States Olympic squad.

    You remember, it was the team that lost the gold medal to the Russians in what has been the most controversial game in Olympic history.

    While the Olympic loss to the Soviet Union was bad, Kenny Davis also had to live through a much more life-altering experience in Munich, Germany, in September 1972.

  • People can be remembered for one thing in life. Be it fair or unfair, that is how we judge people, especially those in elected office.

    If you ask someone about Paul Patton, the first comment would probably be about the former governor's affair.

    If you ask someone about the past four years under Gov. Ernie Fletcher, they'll probably lead off the conversation with the merit hiring issue.

    Funny how people think. We think that is what you call a person's legacy.

  • Some days you just want to quit your job.

    Things aren't going well and you never seem to get caught up.

    The walls seems to be collapsing in around you.

    Next thing you know, your life is like a country song.

    But there are things and people that make the job worth it.

    Bullitt County lost one of those people this past week.

    Newspapers are all about finding a cause and battling for it.

    Typically, however, they are issues that the common man can't really relate to.