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  • Planners drop impact fees for storm water

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Richard Miles and other developers should be feeling pretty good - even in the tough economy.

    After pleading their case about new impact fees proposed by the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission for the federal storm water program, their concerns were heard.

    Originally planning to charge roughly $1,000 an acre for impact fees to handle future storm retention basins issues, the planning commission turned a complete about face just a week later.

  • Rescue at Jim Beam

    CLERMONT - Firefighters rescued a construction worker near the Jim Beam Distillery Wednesday afternoon.

    Southeast Bullitt Fire Chief Julius Hatfield said firefighters dug the worker out from underneath a collapsed wall near a creek on the Jim Beam property.

    The location of the incident was in a valley off of Highway 245. The area is near the site of a future Jim Beam visitors center.

    A dozen Southeast Bullitt firefighters responded along with Bullitt County EMS units.

  • Sohm to run for county judge's seat

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Having served as mayor of Shepherdsville for eight years, Joe Sohm felt the city made much progress.

    Much of the progress came due to being in the right place at the right time. But, Sohm said, some of the progress came through leadership and teamwork.

    Sohm, 46, hopes to take his skills and lead Bullitt County as its next judge/executive.

    Sohm has become the second Democrat to announce his intentions to run for the position in 2010. David Strange has also announced his candidacy.

  • Grant may help repair work on sewer plant

    BROOKS - Weeks ago, the Big Valley sewage treatment plant was inoperable.

    In a few months, Jerry Kennedy hopes the Bullitt County Sanitation District will receive a $100,000 grant to not only get the beleaguered system back in operation but some day lead to lower bills for residential customers.

    Kennedy, manager of the Bullitt County Sanitation District, spent an hour on Tuesday afternoon trying to alleviate some of the fears and to tell residents about what he believes could happen in the future.

  • School district investigates bus incident

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Board of Education is investigating why a railroad crossing arm struck a bus Monday afternoon.

    Superintendent Keith Davis confirmed a parent's call to The Pioneer News saying that her daughter's bus, No. 51, was sitting on a railroad crossing at Highway 44 in Shepherdsville.

    Davis said the district is investigating the cause of the mishap or malfunction before determining what course of action should be taken.

    He said a substitute driver would be on duty Tuesday.

  • Hunters Hollow residents upset with installation of speed humps in city

    HUNTERS HOLLOW – The Hunters Hollow city commission has discussed speeding issues for many years.

    After years of warnings to no avail, the council investigated the possibility of adding speed humps along city streets. The humps were installed last year.

    The humps have finally hit a bump, with Mayor Linda Parker receiving a petition from city residents demanding the humps be removed.

  • Parents fight against proposed school redistricting plan

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Parents made emotional pleas Tuesday evening to the Bullitt County Public School Board.

    They didn't want to see their children forced to attend a new school beginning next fall due to a massive redistricting plan proposed.

    The board listened as parents presented reasons why the boundaries should not be changed, made threats of pulling kids out of the public school system and offered suggestions on how to equalize the population in the schools.

    Some questioned whether the board had already made up its mind.

  • Young professionals encouraged to get involved

    SHEPHERDSVILLE – The Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce is looking to harness some new energy and it is going to come from the area’s young business professionals.

    The Chamber’s newest organization is the Bullitt County Young Professionals — a group that will focus on 21 to 40 year olds working within the county.

  • REMINDER: BCPS early dismissal

    Bullitt County Public Schools will dismiss early on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

    All schools will dismiss two hours earlier than regularly scheduled.

    Call your school  for more information, or contact the Central Office at 869-8000.

  • Superintendent eager to get challenging year started Tuesday

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - As the clock ticks quickly, superintendent Keith Davis is really hoping it was already Wednesday.

    Over the weekend and on Monday, workers with the Bullitt County Public School System and with various contractors are busy... very busy.

    With two new schools to open and several others undergoing major renovations, Davis said it would be down to the wire but classes will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

    “We’ll be open for classes,” said Davis. “We’ll be ready and the schools will be safe for our students and staff.”