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  • Man guilty of theft from program

    LEBANON JUNCTION - A man who allegedly took money and equipment valued at over $10,000 from a youth football organization has entered a guilty plea in Bullitt Circuit Court.

    But Brian Edward Wibbels will avoid serving any additional time in prison.

    Wibbels, 34, entered an Alford plea on Tuesday to a single count of theft by unlawful taking over $300. The remaining charges were dismissed.

    According to the indictment, in 2006, Wibbels took items and money valued at over $300 from the Lebanon Junction Jaguars football program, of which he was an officer.

  • Lebanon Junction residents to see little change to property tax bills

    LEBANON JUNCTION — City residents won’t see much of a change on their real and personal property tax bills this year.

    In the midst of water and wastewater treatment increases, council members agreed they didn’t want to put an additional burden on taxpayers.

    “I think with the water rates going up and with the other money coming in, we should keep them the same,” councilman Dion Collins said.

    The council passed the rates at its September meeting.

  • Pioneer Village raises rate to offset assessment

    PIONEER VILLAGE - Cities throughout the county are facing a common problem - decreasing real estate values, especially when homestead exemptions are taken out for older residents.

    In the city of Pioneer Village, the adjusted assessments on real estate dropped over $1.4 million for the current year.

    Pioneer Village city officials opted to take the compensating rate on real property as a way to generate about the same revenue as a year ago.

  • Masonic Lodge hosts MW fall festival Saturday

    MOUNT WASHINGTON — The Salt River Masonic Lodge is ushering in the fall season stylishly this Saturday by sponsoring the third-annual Mount Washington Fall Festival.

    This year’s festival is themed “A Fun Day at Crossroads” and will reflect upon the city’s history.

    Lodge member Bryan Gifford said that Mount Washington was once referred to as Crossroads because of its location between Taylorsville, Louisville, Bardstown and Shepherdsville.

  • LJ to propose some water, sewer increases

    LEBANON JUNCTION — After years of little or no rate increases, Lebanon Junction water and sewer customers will most likely be seeing a change in their bills soon.

    For several months council members have discussed the need to increase rates so the city’s municipal water and wastewater companies are self sufficient. In the past, the city has relied upon transfers from the its occupational tax fund for operating expenses — a practice that city attorney Mark Edison said is frowned upon by bond issuers.

  • 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.