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  • Special election required to fill vacancy

     MOUNT WASHINGTON – Rebecca Johnson wants the opportunity to fill the seat vacated with the death of her husband on Wednesday.

    State Rep. Dan Johnson, who represented the 49th District of Bullitt County in the state House of Representatives, died on Wednesday evening.

    In a release sent to the Associated Press on Thursday, his wife said she would run to fill the seat.

    Rebecca Johnson wrote that she desired to fill his seat because of “these high-tech lynchings based on lies and half-truths can’t be allowed to win the day.”

  • BREAKING THE BAGUETTE

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — In keeping with tradition, Panera Bread opened in Shepherdsville with the breaking of a baguette.

    Panera representative Archie Karel explained that the company breaks the French bread rather than cutting a ribbon to open all its restaurants before inviting members of the city and chamber of commerce to take their own piece, too. 

    Along with their various breads, the café offers numerous soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta and dessert items as well as a variety of coffees, smoothies, teas and frozen drinks.

  • New Hope expands as needs continue to grow

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — Just like a growing family needs a bigger home, a growing center needs more space.

    For A New Hope Pregnancy Resource Center, the new space has provided new hopes for a larger outreach and a more professional feel.

    The nonprofit organization works to educate both women and men on pregnancy and provide resources to those who ask for it.

    Heading into its seventh year, A New Hope was previously housed in a home-turned-office off Highway 44 in Shepherdsville.

  • Beam to invest millions into warehouses; schools work

      CLERMONT — A major expansion is planned which could mean that up to 15 new warehouses would be built to store and age Jim Beam bourbon.

    The investment could be as much as $585 million.

    Normally, that would be a tremendous increase in taxable property assessments, which would mean high dollars for governmental agencies such as the school district.

    However, under an agreement with Bullitt Fiscal Court, the county will actually lease the property to Beam Suntory through an industrial revenue bond issue.

  • Wight-Meyer earns Commissioner’s Cup

     FRANKFORT — Some familiar names and a first-time winner rounded out the list of Commissioner’s Cup-winning wineries at the 2017 Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition.

  • Deficiencies will cost builder...but it could be worse

    MOUNT WASHINGTON—An unfinished building site could cost the city of Mount Washington $25,000 a day.

    Instead, it will cost the builder an amount only determined by how long it takes him to finish the site…one year later than originally planned.

    A hearing was held for Jones Brothers Builders regarding the incompletion of the Dollar Tree building site, located on Shadowmeade Lane off Bardstown Road.

  • Communication system to be upgraded

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — Since William Mahoney returned to the Hillview Police Department, he has been very vocal about his concerns over the communications system.

    There were too many times when his radio did not work, especially inside buildings.

    And it was not that the radios were broken.

    The current system used by Bullitt County was just not up to date and communications were at times impossible.

    That presents a very dangerous, and possibly fatal, situation for law enforcement officials and the public.

  • Hillview looks to upgrade community center

     HILLVIEW – In efforts to upgrade its community center, Hillview officials are getting rid of some old to get something new.

    Mayor Jim Eadens said the city is getting rid of the old plastic and wooden bleachers in the community center on Prairie Drive.

    The wooden bleachers will be moved to the city’s ball field next to the government center.

    The plastic ones will be sold on gov.deals.com.

    New bleachers are on order.

    The city is also getting rid of about 50 folding chairs.

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  • Brown calls for mayor to resign

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — As auditors presented their report on the city financial practices since 2013, reaction surfaced immediately.

    Some of it came from the members of the Shepherdsville City Council while some came from a pair of former town board members who were also part of the audit committee.

    And one of the comments asked mayor Curtis Hockenbury to resign his office.

    Such was the war of words on display over the past week.