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  • THE PIONEER NEWS WARNS OF AD SCAMS

    The Pioneer News warns that an unidentified business not affiliated with the newspaper is contacting businesses that advertised in last year's Bullitt County Directory.

    The newspaper's advertising department learned Tuesday morning that the scam was contacting other businesses that advertised in a previous directory. The scam includes requesting ad renewals for the upcoming directory, asking businesses to pay immediately via credit card.

  • County banks on change for fiscal accounts

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - It probably won’t come to the surprise of many that Bullitt County government will change its financial institution.

    Bullitt Fiscal Court voted unanimously on Tuesday to change its banking services from First Federal Savings Bank to PBI Bank.

    This comes as a lawsuit has been filed by fiscal court against First Federal in the cyber-theft of over $400,000 in June. The county was able to recover over $100,000 in funds that had not been accessed by the various fraudulent accounts and another $160,000 from its insurance carrier.

  • Hebron Estates expects traffic woes will speed up as school year begins

    HEBRON ESTATES - Things have been slow over the summer for the two sheriff’s deputies contracted to patrol the streets of Hebron Estates.

    But, with the Aug. 11 opening of the school year, Det. Mike Cook and deputy Leroy Lerding expect the pace to pick up.

    Lerding said he would meet with North Bullitt High officials to have them notify students that there will be a zero tolerance to speeding in the city.

    East Hebron Lane and Burkland Boulevard are traditionally the prime trouble areas for speeders.

  • Ethington to make bid for jailer's office

    MOUNT WASHINGTON - With local jails across the state searching for ways to pay the bills while incarcerating a growing number of inmates, Larry Ethington believes he might be the person needed to help Bullitt County’s situation.

    Ethington, a 31-year law enforcement veteran, has thrown his name into the ring to be the next Bullitt County jailer.

    “I have some new ideas that will help the county,” said Ethington, who has been with the Bullitt County sheriff’s department the past eight years.

  • Fiscal Court to look at tax rate options

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Magistrates will have three options to look at when they assembly Tuesday morning to set tax rates for the upcoming billing cycle.

    The budget committee met Monday and looked at the options available to meet the legal requirements.

    Chairman Joe Laswell said the committee would make no recommendation to the full body of fiscal court. The purpose of delaying a vote at the previous fiscal court meeting was to get all the options on the table to consider.

  • MW man receives 5-year sentence for threat on judge

    MOUNT WASHINGTON - A man who was found guilty by a Bullitt Circuit jury of making threats against a district judge received a five-year sentence Monday.

    Special Circuit Judge Stephen Ryan went along with the jury’s recommendation of a five-year sentence against Terry G. Hayes, 50.

    He was found guilty of retaliation against a participant in a legal proceeding and being a persistent felony offender.

    The one-year sentence on the retaliation charge was enhanced to five years.

  • Lebanon Jct. paddling upstream to bring in greater water revenue

    LEBANON JUNCTION ee" A water rate increase seems to be inevitable for Lebanon Junction residents.

    Just how much that increase might be is still a mystery, but city attorney Mark Edison informed council members in August that if rates weren’t increased quickly the city could risk losing its bonds which funded construction of the city’s existing sewer system.

    Edison told the council that the past several years the city failed to comply with its bond issue by failing prove it could fund repayment.

  • Swine Flu strikes Bullitt County

    MOUNT WASHINGTON - There’s hardly anywhere you can go without hearing about it. The H1N1 influenza ee" commonly referenced as the Swine Flu ee" has arrived in Bullitt County according to school officials and the county health department.

    But that’s no surprise to doctors and health educators in the area. The Center for Disease Control has predicted since the spring that more cases, hospitalizations and deaths associated with the H1N1 virus would be reported in the United States throughout the summer, fall and winter months.

  • Redistricting a hot issue at school board meeting

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - It was a night of listening for members of the Bullitt County Public School Board on Tuesday.

    And they had plenty of comments to listen to as residents offered their opinions on why the proposed redistricting plan of well of 1,000 students should be altered.

    Final approval of the redistricting plan, originally scheduled for September, may not occur for several months as board members have over two hours of comments and an on-line survey to consider.

  • MW councilman wants to look at rezoning entire stretch of Hwy. 44

    MOUNT WASHINGTON " If one Mount Washington city councilman gets his wishes, the majority of residential properties along Highway 44 within the corporate limits will soon be zoned B-1 Highway Commercial.

    Councilman Dennis Griffin is interested in rezoning all of the residential property to commercial within the Highway 44 corridor from city limit to city limit within 350 feet of the highway.