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  • Tax rate vote will wait until committee does study

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Before a resolution to set the real estate tax rate was approved Tuesday, Bullitt Fiscal Court members decided to put the brakes on any action.

    With a current tax rate of 9.3 cents per $100 of assessed real estate, the calculations would allow a compensating rate of 9.5 cents.

    Magistrate David Walker was ready to move forward with setting the amount at the compensating rate after the county lost $120,000 in the past year.

    The loss of potential funds was due to a 4-1 vote to not take the compensating rate.

  • H1N1 Swine Flu confirmed case at BCHS

    SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The Bullitt County School District's first reported case of the H1N1 virus -- commonly known as Swine Flu -- has been confirmed in a Bullitt Central staff member, according to a district press release.

    According to a district press release, Health Coordinator for Bullitt County Public Schools Lesa Bodine confirmed the case today. The district has distributed an informational letter via students and e-mail informing parents about the situation.

  • Energy savings continue to rise for local schools

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - The transformation is not cheap.

    However, dividends are already being felt as the Bullitt County Public School District moves forward in its efforts to become more energy efficient.

    Trane has been hired by the district to install energy efficiency measures in all the schools, including new controls, lighting and other mechanical items.

    School board members learned at the past meeting that in the first six months of implementation in a select number of schools, the district had saved about $86,000 in utility costs.

  • County sues bank for stolen money

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Claiming negligence and breach of contract, Bullitt Fiscal Court and county treasurer Kenann Bradley have filed a civil lawsuit against First Federal Savings Bank.

    The lawsuit results from the loss over $310,000 suffered by the county after a cyber-crime occurred in late June.

    The lawsuit, which also listed First Federal employee Gloria Caldwell as one of the defendants, was filed Wednesday in Bullitt Circuit Court.

  • District to MAP out new way to assess progress

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - While no scores were revealed, Lorraine McLaughlin felt pretty good about her performance on a sample test Tuesday evening.

    The member of the Bullitt County Public School Board took a sample of the new Measures of Academic Progress assessment program, which will make its local debut this year.

    Taking a reading exam for those in the 10th grade, McLaughlin laughed that the exam re-introduced her to some old friends, such as Shakespeare and Beowulf.

  • Fifth person charged in counterfeit check scheme

    HILLVIEW - Five individuals have been arrested and the police are searching for another man of interest.

    The individuals are charged for their roles in allegedly writing and passing counterfeit employment checks under the name of Do It All Floor and Wall Covering.

    According to Det. Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department, the agency got a call on Monday from Bullitt County Supermarket on Highway 245 about nine counterfeit checks returned for over $2,000.

    The suspects tried to cash more when they were detained.

  • Hot time in the city

    It was a  hot time in downtown Shepherdsville as the classic cars returned for the second annual Hot River Nights/Blastin’ Down Buckman Street.

    This year’s event went from the park to Buckman Street and classic cars and trucks were lined up and down the main drag.

    Car owners occasionally cruised through the large crowd that gathered.

    Over 150 cars were registered for the event.

    See page A-12 of The Pioneer News for more photos, as well as the photo galleries at www.pioneernews.net.

  • MW may raise payroll tax to fund sewers

    MOUNT WASHINGTON ee" Three Mount Washington city councilmen have devised a proposal that could prevent the city’s water and sewer rates from increasing another 17.5 percent in 2010 ee" but it would require a 1 percent hike in the city’s occupational tax and reallocating additional funds from water and sewer tap-on fees.

    Councilmen Dale Walter, Larry Porter and Dennis Griffin all agree there is an alternative way to fund construction of the city’s new $15 million sewage treatment plant other than raising rates again in 2010.

  • Two killed in wreck on I-65

    CLERMONT - Two Casey County men were killed in an early morning accident on Interstate 65.

    According to Deputy Sheriff Carl Trent, a Chevy Trailblazer driven by Jackie R. Luttrell, 29, of Windsor, Ky., was going southbound.

    Just south of the Highway 245 overpass, Luttrell’s vehicle struck the back of a flat-bed tractor trailer carrying construction equipment.

    Luttrell was pronounced dead at the scene by deputy coroner Morris Proffitt.

    Also pronounced dead at the scene was Elijah Akau, 27, of Liberty, Ky. He was in the rear seat behind the driver.

  • Streets dominate Fox Chase discussions

    FOX CHASE - The streets of Fox Chase dominated discussions during the city’s July council meeting.

    Mayor Alice White announced that curb work was ready to begin along Fox Chase Drive during the month of July.

    She said the work’s original starting point was delayed due to inclement weather.

    In June the council accepted a bid from Dirt Design of Shepherdsville to raise the roadway shoulder and add an erosion control mat.