Local News

  • Audit outlines room for improvement

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - An audit of the financial records for Bullitt County government revealed a dozen deficiencies.

    The audit, released on Thursday by Crit Luallen, auditor of public accounts for Kentucky, disclosed areas where Bullitt County records failed to meet the standards expected of the governmental agency.

    The deficiencies of county government recordkeeping included concerns with the paperwork of the detention center.

    Of the recommendations, all those involved in the process said that cures are not impossible.

  • Former Mount Washington employee guilty of theft

    MOUNT WASHINGTON - An employee who had city equipment in a storage building on his property could face seven years in prison.

    A Bullitt Circuit jury recently found Daniel Lee Campanell, 31, guilty of receiving stolen property over $300 and of being a persistent felony offender.

    The evidence was that Campanell took the city equipment and was going to sell the scrap metal for money.

    During the two-day trial, the jury gave the defendant one year on the criminal charge but enhanced that to seven years for his previous felony convictions.

  • Water hike will help LJ's good budget

    LEBANON JUNCTION - While the numbers may not look like it, the city of Lebanon Junction is surviving the rough economic times quite well.

    And, things should look better in the future.

    Auditor Cheryl Beauchamp presented her annual audit for the Lebanon Junction City Council and said things were all in proper order.

    While the surplus at the end of the fiscal year in June was less than a year ago, Beauchamp said that was due to transfers into the water and sewer department and a loss of a state grant.

  • Few offer help to MAPP out health improvements

    SHEPHERDSVILLE ee" Although the crowd seemed small, Bullitt County Health Department’s Education Coordinator Cynthia Brown believes good initiatives must start somewhere.

    Twelve people showed up to the county’s first Mobilizing Action Through Planning and Partnerships meeting earlier this month.

    MAPP is a national initiative created to help cities and counties take ownership of community health by creating a community wide plan for health improvement.

  • Finding practice time often like jumping through hoops for teams

    SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The good news is that nearly 1,000 youngsters are playing basketball this winter in the Bullitt County Parks and Recreation League.

    There are also a number of adults teams playing ball this winter.

    The bad news is trying to find gym space for practice sessions has become more difficult.

    With the number of school gyms unavailable due to renovation and with the number of schools holding activities in the available space, parks director Kendall Grant said finding practice time has gotten more difficult than in the past.

  • MW approves hazardous duty retirement for new officers

    MOUNT WASHINGTON — After months of debate, discussion and disagreements, the Mount Washington City Council approved an ordinance Monday evening that, if approved by the state, will make hazardous duty retirement benefits available to all of its officers.

    According to state regulations, as of Sept. 1, 2008, any state agency wishing to designate a new-hire’s position as hazardous duty must petition through the state to have that position approved.

  • Economic group shows support for Sunday sales

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Proponents to the Sunday sale of alcohol in places that serve food in Shepherdsville may have gotten a boost.

    The Bullitt County Economic Development Authority board voted recently to send a letter of endorsement to the proposal.

    The Shepherdsville City Council is expected to hold a second reading and vote on the proposal at its Monday, Jan. 11, meeting.

  • Input sought on calendar for 2010-11 school year

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - What would you like the 2010-11 school calendar to look like?

    Would you like a full fall break? Or should there be less than two full weeks for Christmas vacation? Should the Friday for St. James Art Fair be a holiday? Or should the district look at a totally alternative calendar?

    Before a committee makes its recommendation to the Bullitt County Public School Board, your input is again being sought.

    Last year, over 3,000 people went on-line to give their opinions on the current calendar.

  • French selected new drug task force director

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County Sheriff's Det. Sgt. Blaine French thought he was retiring from law enforcement several years ago, but you can still find him sniffing out leads and trying to solve cases.

  • MW council to get shot at vote on rezoning

    MOUNT WASHINGTON ee" The Mount Washington City Council will vote tonight on a controversial rezoning request involving land slated to become a new subdivision on Bleemel Lane

    Paragon Homes has requested to rezone a 19-acre tract on Bleemel Lane from agricultural to R-3 residential.

    Many surrounding homeowners believe the development would cause significant drainage and traffic problems.

    The council had its first reading of the ordinance Dec. 14 that could overturn the Bullitt County Planning Commission’s unfavorable recommendation to rezone the property.