Local News

  • Special 49th District election set for Feb. 20

     FRANKFORT — Voters in the 49th District of the state House of Representatives will have an opportunity to go to the polls on Feb. 20.

    The special election will be needed to fill the vacancy left by the recent death of state Rep. Dan Johnson.

    The deadline for the Republican and Democratic Party officials to announce a candidate to place on the ballot will be Jan. 2 at 4 p.m.

    Independent candidates can also file by that date with the required number of signatures.

  • Office of Highway Safety, KSP reminds motorists to ‘plan a ride’ this holiday season

      FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) and Kentucky State Police (KSP) is reminding motorists to be responsible behind the wheel as the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign continues through Jan. 1, 2018.

  • Holiday Season 2017

     Family Day Ministries recently sent its final truckload of items for those in the Houston area who suffered from floods earlier this year.

    The relief effort started shortly after the flood hit.

    By the time the final M&M Cartage trailer left the Shepherdsville church, over $30,000 worth of new items were sent just in time for Christmas.

  • Santa makes some early visits

     Santa came to the American Legion Post 157  and he brought gifts!

    Over 80 residents attended the annual Christmas event, where kids were invited to enjoy snacks and partake in crafts until the anticipated arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.

    Once there, children of all ages were given the chance to have their picture taken and receive an age-appropriate gift. The American Legion Post 157, the Ladies Auxiliary, the American Legion Riders Post 157 and the Sons of the American Legion collectively put on the event as well as purchased the gifts.

  • Ceremony to remember fatal train wreck of 1917

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - The railroad is a major factor in Bullitt County and Shepherdsville’s history.

    No other moment involving the railroad had more impact on the area than the train wreck that occurred on Dec. 20, 1917, in Shepherdsville, the worst wreck in the history of the L&N Railroad.

    On Wednesday there will be a commemorative 100th anniversary centennial remembrance ceremony hosted by the Bullitt County History Museum and Bullitt County Public Library at Ridgway Memorial Library, located next to the actual wreck site.

  • Traffic patterns expected to change along Preston Highway

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Motorist driving through Shepherdsville can expect to see traffic changes this week.

    At least that is what the portage signs say.

    The traffic signal at the new Old Ford Road bypass at South Preston Highway is expected to be activated some time this week. The paving work on the connector road is still being done.

    The state Department of Highways is also saying that Highway 61 will see some lane changes starting on Thursday.

  • Legislator ends ‘battle’ against report

     MOUNT WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, state Rep. Dan Johnson found himself defending his character against allegations of sexual molestation of a teenager five years ago.

    Thirty hours later, Johnson took his own life on a deserted bridge near Mount Washington.

  • ROADSHOW for the week beginning December 17, 2017

    Inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances may occur, so the information below is strictly of an advisory nature and is subject to change with no notice.


    Pothole patching, sweeping, drain & ditch cleaning, pavement marking, and maintenance crews may work on major interstates in the Louisville Metro area only during non-peak daytime hours and at night.  Motorists should watch for roadside maintenance and pavement marking crews on interstates and highways throughout the rest of the district on a daily basis.


  • Funeral arrangements made for State Rep. Dan Johnson

    State Representative Dan Johnson, age 57, of Mount Washington returned to his Heavenly Father on December 13, 2017. Mr. Johnson as an evangelist since he was 17 years old and especially enjoyed working with inner-city ministries. He started Heart of Fire Evangelical Church in 1994. Mr. Johnson represented Bullitt County as a state representative.

  • State Rep. Dan Johnson has died

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Just after posting a somber Facebook message, the Bullitt County sheriff's office discovered the body of state Rep. Dan Johnson Wednesday evening.

    Johnson, who learned on Monday of a renewed investigation into allegations of sexual molestation of a former church member, committed suicide, according to Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell.

    The gun used in the incident has been recovered.

    The sheriff's office learned of the posting and began work to possibly locate Johnson through his cell phone around 6:30 p.m.