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  • Appeals Court says health board can regulate smoking policies

    Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em took on a whole new meaning in the past year in Bullitt County.

    After a Bullitt Circuit Judge ruled that the Bullitt County Board of Health had overstepped its powers in imposing a smoking ban in public places, the state Court of Appeals reversed that decision.

    The Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the health department had the powers to impose the regulations. County and city officials argued that those should be decisions made by elected officials by ways of an ordinance.

  • Redistricting map looked so good until court involved

                In January, it looked Bullitt County would get some favorable news as legislators went to Frankfort to vote on new Senate and House boundaries.

                In the original redistricting plan, Bullitt County would have a new Senate district, including all of Nelson County.

  • Controversial cases get approval, suits

                A rezoning case in the Bardstown Junction community sparked conflict between residents, church members and proponents of economic development.

                A request was made to rezone property at the intersection of Highway 245 and Highway 61. The land surrounded Bardstown Junction Baptist Church.

  • 2012...A look back at some of the top stories, issues: Economic development continues at steady pace

                Despite a sluggish economy, Bullitt County continued to see success over the past year.

                In January, Gov. Steve Beshear was in Shepherdsville to cut the ribbon on Magna Seat. The Ford supplier was set to hire about 300 people but that original announcement was quickly exceeded.

  • Cities still look for ways to generate funds

                City governments were in the hunt for additional revenue in 2012.

                In Hillview, the city opted to take 2.5 percent of the 5 percent insurance tax imposed for the past decade by county government.

                Later in the year, the city was hit by an $11 million judgment in a long-standing lawsuit filed by Truck America Training.

  • Strategetic plan, land-use plan now in works

        While zoning normally takes the headlines, some planning issues were important in 2012.
        First, a committee co-chaired by state Rep. Linda Belcher and Chamber of Commerce president Lou Ann Moore began to work on a strategic plan.

        Various committees were formed and a plan was developed. Work continues to fulfill the goals of the plan.
        Second, a consultant was hired to finally complete a revision of the county’s land-use plan.

  • County works to revamp some departments

        Besides undergoing some personnel change on the fiscal court, discussions throughout the year centered on some changes among departments or agencies funded by county government.

        The Bullitt County Parks Board, in its 1971 form, was abolished and a new committee was crafted. The work came after  the first version failed to meet the approval of fiscal court.

  • GOP remains strong in county

        Elections were also a major story in 2012.

        Early in 2012, magistrate Dan Kelty announced that he would resign to become a police officer for the city of Mount Washington. Banker Rick Clements would be appointed to the position. But in the fall election, Bob Hunt defeated Clements.

  • Hebron Estates cancels Jan. 1 meeting due to holiday season

        HEBRON ESTATES - It’s Christmas time in the city of Hebron Estates; All is calm, all is bright.
        Guests at the city’s December city commission meeting saw the newly placed community center sign in full display.
        The new sign, placed by Bill Riley Construction, replaces the previous sign that was knocked down and destroyed by a vehicle during a traffic accident.

  • Sidewalk project in MW hits some curbs

        MOUNT WASHINGTON - While Mount Washington officials were hoping to move forward with a downtown sidewalks project after receiving additional funding in September, construction has been put on hold yet again
        It was with disappointment that Mount Washington Mayor Joetta Calhoun shared that the construction bid recently submitted by local contractor United Construction & Design nearly doubled what the city has set aside for the project.