Local News

  • Recount could start Tuesday

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - With many of the details worked out, the actual process of recounting each of the paper ballots in the county jailer’s race could start as soon as Tuesday morning.

        After two days of hearings, attorneys worked with Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress to determine the process of the recount, which was requested by Paul Watkins, who lost by 55 votes to Martha Weaver Knox.

        Before any recount could begin, Watkins must post a surety bond for $13,000, which is the estimated cost of the process.

  • Belcher survives; Hornback, Paul win big

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - One Democrat survived in state races.

        Linda Belcher narrowly defeated Russell Webber to return for a second term as state representative of the 49th District.

        Belcher had 7,878 votes while her Republican candidate had 7,777.

        In the state Senate race, Paul Hornback defeated Democrat David Eaton 13,858 to 9,146 in Bullitt County. He also carried Shelby and Spencer counties.

  • Grad's return highlights NBHS veterans' salute

        HEBRON ESTATES - It was a special Veterans Day observance at North Bullitt High School.

        One of its own had come back to be recognized.

        Lt. Col. Stacy M. Bathrick walked the graduation aisle as a member of the Class of 1989. Two months later, she would be taking the oath to join the U.S. Army.   

        Over the course of the last 17 years, Bathrick has had the opportunity to enjoy “an absolutely incredible” experience.

  • School district pushes to collect old cell phones to prevent abuse

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County Public Schools is striving to lead all other Kentucky districts in collecting used cell phones to help prevent child abuse.

        Since 2007, the district has collected 537 used cell phones.

        “In Bullitt County alone, 1,321 children were reported to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services as being the victim of abuse or neglect in 2009,” according to 21st Century Community Learning Center Coordinator Annette Ragg.

  • Threaten judge...go to prison

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - A man charged with threatening to kill a circuit judge in Bullitt County could serve three years in prison.

        A Bullitt County jury found Douglas Matthew Patterson guilty of retaliating against a participant in a legal process.

        The four-man, eight-woman jury panel deliberated for about two hours before finding Patterson guilty of the Nov. 10, 2009, threat against Bullitt Circuit Judge Elise Givhan Spainhour.

        A three-year sentence was imposed.

  • MW, state settle issue over sewer treatment

        MOUNT WASHINGTON - As Mount Washington’s population has steadily grown over the past decade, so has the amount of wastewater processed through the city’s treatment plant and that has caused some problems.

        For some time the treatment plant has been operating at maximum capacity and as a result, the effluent or treated wastewater discharged by the plant has on occasion contained higher levels of ammonia than allowed by Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet standards.

  • NB cadets use skills to perform heroic actions

        HEBRON ESTATES - For years the North Bullitt Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program has focused on positive qualities such as leadership, logical thinking and good citizenship.

        Two members have epitomized such qualities through heroic actions, earning special merit among their peers and throughout the community.

        Kody Bishop and Josh Hodge received a Cadet Commendation Medal in front of their JROTC classroom and were honored with certificates during a Bullitt County Public Schools board meeting.

  • Shepherdsville switches into 12-hour shifts

        SHEPHERDSVILLE – Years ago, the city of Hillview went to 12-hour shifts for its police officers.

        At the time, no other department in the county had gone to such a scheduling rotation. However, it was something Glenn Caple, the current Hillview police chief, had read and heard about from places all over the country.

        The practice has begun to spread over the past few years throughout the county.

  • CHANGE IS HERE: Republicans have good day at polls

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - Standing outside Republican Party headquarters, chairman Jose Cubero summed up the evening.

        "It's a good day to be a Republican."   

        And so it was in Bullitt County as only one Democrat survived, preventing a clean sweep for the first time in the history of local elections.

        With over 23,700 voters casting ballots, it was a night where many felt the discontent with national politics trickle down to the local level.

  • FIRED...Old Mill teacher had series of incidents

        MOUNT WASHINGTON - A teacher at Old Mill Elementary was fired Oct. 18 but a recent incident was just the latest in a series of personnel issues for the instructor.

        Dale Beasley, a fifth-grade language arts teacher at Old Mill, was terminated following an incident on Oct. 14 in which he pulled a female student to the front of the room to get a pencil.

        However, under information received by The Pioneer News on an open records request, this is just the latest in a number of incidents.