• Butler selected chief; pay to increase for certifed firefighters

     CLERMONT -- A chief and two new board members have been found.

    But the question of whether retired fire chief Julius Hatfield should receive any type of severance pay will have to be answered another day.

    The Southeast Bullitt Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Inc. board tackled a wide range of issues at its first meeting since the retirement of Hatfield, who served as chief since 1990.

    First, the board had to select a new leader of the department.

  • Tammy Ott nominated for her community service, business skills

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A Bullitt County resident is getting some big recognition for her time and talent. 

    Tammy Ott, owner of Today’s Kids Childcare & Learning Facility in Shepherdsville, was one of six recently nominated for the EPIC Award given by the National Association of Women Business Owners of Louisville.

  • Hunters Hollow renews contract with Rumpke for sanitation service

     HUNTERS HOLLOW - The city’s sewers remains on a temporary system, but the Hunters Hollow trash removal continues to flow smoothly.

    The city commission agreed to renew an existing contract with Rumpke for the collection services. The contract runs out March 31.

    The service will experience a slight customer increase, from $11.80 to $11.95.

    Rumpke representative Laurie Probus said the company checks for any necessary increases at each renewal period. Probus said the Hunters Hollow rate was last increased in 2009.

  • Court of Appeals sends part of annex suit back to judge

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Legal action challenging annexations by the city of Shepherdsville may not be over quite yet.

    A three-member panel of the state Court of Appeals sent a portion of a local decision which had presumably ended the battle between Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection District and the city of Shepherdsville.

    In a prior ruling, Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress granted summary judgment for the city in its legal battle over the validity of several annexations.

  • AG offers consumer tips following Anthem breach

     FRANKFORT - Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Consumer Protection are encouraging Kentuckians to take steps to protect their personal information and watch for signs of identity theft following a data breach recently announced by Anthem, one of the nation’s largest health insurers.

  • BBB Hot Topics: February 2015

     See the latest scams and bad business in BBB’s January 2015 Hot Topics

    1.    Beware of tax scams this time of year. One involves fake IRS phone calls that have been circulating across the country. The scammers alter their caller ID to make it look like they are calling from the IRS. They threaten taxpayers with possible arrest or lawsuits if they do not pay immediately – often by pre-paid debit card. The IRS will not call you for payment information. 

  • Funding received for conservation programs with household limits

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- While the state funding for environmental issues is less than a year ago, local officials with the Bullitt County Conservation District are still grateful.

    Each year, the conservation district is able to request environmental funding from the state to work with projects in conjunction with Bullitt Fiscal Court.

    According to BCCD representative Cindy Badder, the state funds for junk pickup was $7,500.

    Of that money, $5,000 is dedicated to the county for its annual junk disposal days.

  • February meeting to talk on flood insurance

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Despite a hurriedly scheduled meeting by the city of Shepherdsville in reference to deadline changes in flood insurance requirements, the state’s Division of Water reports no change to a flood plain appeals process.

    Kentucky flood mapping coordinator Carey Johnson said a deadline date for potential flood plain changes by the Federal Emergency Management Association had not yet been set.

  • Pioneer Village welcomes new councilman, new P&Z member

      PIONEER VILLAGE - Pioneer Village will gain a city council member they already had, while not exactly losing the one that is stepping down.

    Former council member Denver Matthews was sworn in as one of the six members representing the city beginning in January.

    Matthews joins five returning members, replacing Tony Thompson, who ran for the county judge/executive’s office.

    Meanwhile, Thompson was unanimously approved by the council to become the city’s representative on the Bullitt County Planning and Zoning Board.

  • City tables decision on lowering tax on workers

       SHEPHERDSVILLE - For now, the occupational tax rate in Shepherdsville remains the same.

    By a split vote, the Shepherdsville City Council tabled the first reading of an ordinance to repeal the rate, two weeks after a split vote during a special meeting approved keeping the current rate.

    The rate in question, set at 1.5 percent, was first approved by the council in 2011 as a way to help tackle a $5 million dollar city debt. The rate was raised from 1 percent.