Local News

  • Like fine wine, past year good for businesses

     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Those who question Bullitt County's self-proclaimed status as Kentucky's wine capital may think twice when they learn how the county's infant wine industry is taking on the world.

    Though Bullitt County's first commercial winery didn't open until 2007, the county's now four wineries have since become a force to be reckoned with, overshadowing even the most well established wineries in international competition. 

  • Fox Chase receives ‘A’ for ‘12 audit

     FOX CHASE - If a report card was given on the city of Fox Chase’s financial condition, auditor David Buchenberger would give an A.

  • Hornback selected to chair committee in next session of General Assembly

     SHELBYVILLE - Paul Hornback, entering his third year as an elected state senator, will be taking on a bigger role in the upcoming General Assembly.

  • Hillview goes non-partisan in future races

     HILLVIEW - You will no longer need to worry about party affiliation when you go to the polls to cast a ballot for races in one northern Bullitt County city.

  • 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.