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  • School redistrict plan may be altered

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - School board members will have a slightly altered redistricting plan when they meet on Tuesday evening.

    And although Pat Smith-Darnell, director of pupil personnel, is sure the revised proposal won’t please everyone, she knows that a lot of time and consideration has been taken.

    She said her office, as well as board members, received much feedback over the past couple of months over the initial plan that would affect almost every school in the district to some degree.

  • Four arrested in west Bullitt raid

    NICHOLS - Four people were arrested in the 39th methamphetamine lab raid of the year.

    According to Kenny Hardin, director of the Bullitt County Drug Task Force, a tip was taken about a possible meth lab on Ash Hollow Road off Knob Creek Road.

    When members of the task force and the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department arrived on Aug. 27, they found an active lab in operation.

    Robert Atkinson, 39, of Shepherdsville, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, along with Johnathan Ernspiker, 26, of Lebanon Junction.

  • BULLITT COUNTY ROADWORK: Week of Sep. 13

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Highway District 5 reports the following roadwork scheduled in Bullitt County for the week of September 13:

    Bullitt County:

  • Shepherdsville still looking at ways to deal with yard sales

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Don’t expect the Shepherdsville police department to start a new unit on Yard Sale Patrol.

    But city officials are still looking at enacting some ordinance to stop those who conduct yard sales seven days a week.

    City attorney Bill Wilson presented a revised ordinance that Shepherdsville had used in the past.

    Councilman Don Cundiff, who mentioned his concerns a couple of months ago, said he felt the policy allowing no more than two vehicles to be parked on the street at a time a bit restrictive.

  • School tax rate to rise on next bill

    SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Bullitt County taxpayers will be contributing a few extra dollars to the coffers of the public school system when bills are sent out this fall.

    The Bullitt County Public School Board unanimously approved the increase allowed to generate 4 percent more revenue than the previous year.

    The real property tax, which includes a “double nickel” for construction projects only, will go from 52.3 cents per $100 of assessed property to 52.9 cents.

    In other words, a $100,000 home would see a $6 annual increase from $523 to $529.

  • Time running out for water subsidy

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Since merging with the Kentucky Turnpike Water District in September 2000, Louisville Water Co. has had an aggressive goal.

    The goal was to provide service to all areas of Bullitt County, excluding those being served by the cities of Mount Washington and Lebanon Junction.

    With two years left on the plan, the list of unserved roads is quickly vanishing.

    But to serve those roads, there must be a desire of residents to hook up to service and the financial subsidies offered to lower the cost will also go away in two years.

  • 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.