Local News

  • Stimulus placed on road projects

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Countians will see a lot of roadwork being done over the next several years, especially on main highways.

    Much of the work will be pushed forward thanks to over $12 millions from federal stimulus funds.

    In the state’s revised six-year road construction plan, major work is planned to move forward on roads such as Highway 44, Highway 61 and Interstate 65.

  • Officials critique actions in ice storm

    PIONEER VILLAGE - For Mike Phillips, the light can truly be seen at the end of another emergency tunnel.

    For the director of Bullitt County Emergency Management Agency, Phillips believes all local organizations worked very well together during the recent ice storm.

    But he also understands there are things that could be done better.

    Local agencies recently gathered for a critique of the ice storm.

    “This is the event we’ve been talking about since 1994 when we were left on our own for several days,” said Phillips.

  • Fox Chase opts to keep tax rates same due to economy

    FOX CHASE -- Realizing the tough economic times, members of the Fox Chase City Council elected to keep the property tax rates the same for this year.

    Allowed to increase its real property tax rate as high as 13.99 cents per $100 of assessed value, the council voted to keep the rate at 13.90 cents, which is the same as the previous year.

    Even with the same rate, the city could generate an additional $3,000 for the year.

  • Thefts keep MW police very busy

    MOUNT WASHINGTON — A rash of burglaries has kept the Mount Washington police busy recently.

    The most recent was on March 25, when a residence at 191 Abels Way #10 was burglarized. Det. Buddy Stump said approximately $1,500 of property was stolen, including a large, flat-screen television.

    Stump said the perpetrators entered by kicking in the door.

    Warrants have been issued for the three suspects, Leonard Waddell, 21, Nathaniel Scarborough, 22 and Christopher Ohlmann, 22. All three suspects are Louisville residents, Stump said.

  • Fatality in I-65 crossover accident

    LEBANON JUNCTION - A Louisville man was killed in a crossover accident on Interstate 65 Wednesday morning.

    Kentucky State Police reported that Paul Waddle was parked in the right shoulder of southbound I-65 near mile 106 when his Toyota was struck.

    A Waste Management dumptruck driven by Steven Barnes of Lebanon Junction was traveling northbound. Police said the dumptruck crossed the median for unknown reasons.

    Waddle was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bullitt County Coroner's office.

  • 155 years: Jury recommendation may be largest ever in sexual abuse case

    SHEPHERDSVILLE – It didn’t take a Bullitt County Grand Jury long Wednesday to hand down a guilty verdict for convicted sex offender Perry Bennington.

    And it took even less time for the 12 jurors to sentence Bennington to 155 years in prison – the maximum sentence – for 14 separate sexual abuse-related charges.

    It was a decision about which Bennington showed no emotion.

    Bennington, 59, was found guilty in Bullitt Circuit Court on charges of first and third degree sodomy, first and third degree rape, first degree sexual abuse and incest.

  • Grant would help prepare for next 'one'

    SHEPHERDSVILLE – What natural disaster has Bullitt County not suffered in the past 20 years?

    How about a break of the Taylorsville dam?

    That could be the next exercise conducted by the Bullitt County Emergency Management Agency.

    Director Mike Phillips is looking toward the federal government to provide some assistance in making that mock disaster happen.

  • Hatfield believes civil service ordinance needs change

    SHEPHERDSVILLE – City officials are moving closer to deciding whether a much-discussed civil service ordinance needs to be altered.

    Councilman Larry Hatfield has made it known that he is not pleased with the current provisions.

    Currently, the mayor does not have the right to terminate or demote any employee, including supervisors, without being subject to a hearing before the civil service board.

    Hatfield said he had talked with all but one supervisor and they seemed to be OK with his proposal.

  • Saying Goodbye

    MOSUL, IRAQ – Fighting in Iraq claimed a third man with ties to Lebanon Junction Friday with the death of 24-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Gary Lee Woods, Jr.

    Woods, a Bullitt Central High School graduate and former ROTC cadet who completed basic training at Fort Knox five years ago, was inside one of two Humvees hit by the blast from a truck loaded with explosives, his father, Gary Woods Sr., said.


    The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a red flag warning for Bullitt County through 6 p.m. Monday.

    The combination of windy conditions along with low humidity and high temperatures could result in dangerous fire situations.

    At 3:40 p.m. Nichols Fire units responded to the Fort Knox area near Mt. Eden to assist with a field fire. Southeast Bullitt Fire units were called on standby.

    A large amount of Kentucky has been placed under the red flag warning.

    Check www.pioneernews.net for further updates.