• Tourism numbers for 2015 impressive in Bullitt

      SHEPHERDSVILLE— The numbers don’t lie.

    According to statistics presented at the January Bullitt County Tourism Commission Meeting, Bullitt County saw a drastic increase in visitors in 2015.

    According to Tourism Director Troy Beam, an additional 48,000 people visited attractions throughout the county than the year before.

    “I think it’s momentum,” Beam said. “I think I can look back and those attendance numbers are going to show going up, up, up the past 10 years.”

  • Timing of vote may be critical to validity

    SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Is the vote to place Brian James into the role of mayor of Shepherdsville for the next nine months legal?

    That is the question many raised followed the vote on Tuesday night by the Shepherdsville City Council.

    With the six-member board, four are required to reach a quorum.

    On Tuesday, Randy Hammond was on vacation and not present.

    The remaining five members were present -- Larry Hatfield, Ashley Bratcher, Dana Bischoff James, Gloria Taft and Bernie Brown.

  • Bernheim Forest to receive funds from plant grant from LG&E, KU

    We all know trees beautify our natural landscapes, but they’re also a vital part of our ecosystem and play a key role in energy as well.

    Trees help reduce energy bills by providing summer shade, winter warmth and winter windbreaks; benefits the Commonwealth will multiply and continue to enjoy long into the future thanks to partnerships funding tree planting projects across the state in 2016.

  • Hunters Hollow hopes to not have to return ‘Christmas present’

     HUNTERS HOLLOW - The year 2015 ended with a Christmas gift for the Hunters Hollow City Commission, a report that a proposed sewer rate surcharge increase was withdrawn by the Public Service Commission.

     That meant a potential rate increase as high as 125 percent was avoided for customers of the Hunters Hollow sewage treatment plant, including about 750 households and businesses in Hillview and Hunters Hollow.

  • James hopes public will give him chance as new mayor

    SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The desire to be mayor of the city of Shepherdsville did not pop up Tuesday afternoon after he learned of the resignation of Scott Ellis.

     Brian James has run for the office and has been lobbying for the position since it became apparent that Ellis would not fulfill his four-year term.

     At 8:05 p.m. on Tuesday, James was sworn into office as mayor of Shepherdsville by city attorney Joseph Wantland.

  • BBB Warns: It’s Valentine’s Day! Is your new love a con artist?

     It’s February and love is in the air! But if your new boo is someone you met online, he or she could be a scammer… especially if you haven’t yet met in person. BBB is warning those who are “looking for love” to be wary year-round, but especially around Valentine’s Day, when it may be tempting to let your guard down!

  • Hillview caucus will become regular meeting for council

     HILLVIEW -- Now that Rand Paul has suspended his presidential run, the idea of having a caucus in Kentucky may have lost some of its luster.

    And, after two months of caucus meetings in the city of Hillview with little public participation, things will change.

    Hillview officials had an unusual meeting on Feb. 1.

    First, the caucus was held at 6:30 p.m.

    There was a little public discussion and then an executive session.

    At 7 p.m., a public hearing was held for a rezoning request.

  • Hillview plan to settle debt rejected

     HILLVIEW -- After seeking bankruptcy protection, as it faced an $11 million judgment, the Hillview City Council hoped it had a solution that would be accepted by its creditor.

    While the plan had to be sent to Truck America for acceptance, the Hillview City Council took  the first steps to offer a payment proposal that might settle an issue which has stretched well over 10 years.

    However, the settlement offer has been received and rejected, according to attorney Brian Meldrum, who represents Truck America.

  • Surcharge may not be over quite yet for sewer customers

     HUNTERS HOLLOW -- Could the dismissed surcharge on customers in the old Bullitt Utilities service area have a new life?

    A new hearing has been granted by the state Public Service Commission at the request of a bankruptcy trustee who is handling the case of Bullitt Utilities.

    The company abandoned the 700-plus customers last year after suffering a total collapse of its treatment plant off East Blue Lick Road in March 2014.

    Using a pair of temporary waste treatment systems, Bullitt Utilities ran up bills of over $3 million.

  • Fox Chase gets early start on setting next tax rate

     FOX CHASE - Unlike other Bullitt County municipalities, the Fox Chase CIty Council discusses tax rates as soon as the calendar turns.

     City attorney Mark Edison presented first readings of ordinances pertaining to real property, personal property and public utilities tax rates at the council’s January business meeting.

     Last year’s tax rate was set at 13.88 cents per $100 of property. According to Edison, a compensating rate to collect a similar amount would be 14 cents. However, the maximum rate allowed by statute would 13.94 cents.