Local News

  • 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.

  • Ellis to be next mayor in city of Shepherdsville

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - One major city in the county will be under new leadership in January but two others will remain with the same mayor in charge.

        In Shepherdsville, Scott Ellis found his rematch against incumbent Sherman Tinnell to be a more favorable outcome.

        The Republican, who is currently concluding his first term on the city council, defeated Tinnell 1,496-1,409.

  • Quick moving storm lands tornado in Mt. Washington

        MOUNT WASHINGTON - The strong line of storms which swept through Bullitt County around noon on Tuesday caused little damage.

        However, the National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday morning that an F-0 tornado struck off Bogard Lane near Mount Washington.

        Marke Richardson, weather expert for the Bullitt County Emergency Management Agency, said he received a call on Wednesday morning from a resident who reported that a cinder block workshop was destroyed.



        The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Highway District 5 reports the following area roadwork scheduled for the week of November 15:



  • Info about city sewer line may be enough to answer questions

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - Coming into Monday night’s meeting, councilman Scott Ellis had heard enough rumors and he was going to ask state auditors to look at the sewer projects currently underway in Shepherdsville.

        However, after hearing some information for the first time, Ellis has at least temporarily backed off of his request for a state audit.