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  • Flooding Creates Health, Safety Concerns

     FRANKFORT - The Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), reminds Kentuckians to follow safety guidelines in the wake of severe flooding and water run-off throughout the state.

  • WATER... WATER... EVERYWHERE

     It’s not quite 1997, but it’s easy to see where fear of another flood has reached the city of Lebanon Junction.

    This time, though, the city is prepared.

    “We can’t make it not rain, but we can be ready for it,” mayor Larry Dangerfield said.

    Though some in poor health evacuated early as a precaution, Dangerfield wasn’t too fearful Friday afternoon of what the weekend had in store. He and public works director Chaz Sullivan check the floodwall often and are working to prepare what they have jurisdiction over.

  • Mike Cook has passion to be next sheriff

      MOUNT WASHINGTON — His ultimate goal was to be the sheriff of Bullitt County.

    Mike Cook didn’t exactly know the timetable but he knew that was his dream job.

    In May, Cook will be one of eight Republicans seeking the nomination for sheriff in the May primary.

    “I have a passion to address the needs of the people of this county,” said Cook, who is currently chief deputy under sheriff Donnie Tinnell. “I want to do whatever is possible to make sure people are safe in their homes and businesses.”

  • Huff wants to bring business skills to Frankfort

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Tom Huff is not looking to become a career politician.

    Instead, he wants a two-year term and see what he can do as state representative of the 49th District.

    Huff has filed to run for the Republican nomination to the state House seat. The primary winner will face Democratic nominee Linda Belcher in the fall.

    A businessman for over 37 years in the community, Huff said he thought about running for the office for some time.

  • Hudson wants to open communications as magistrate

      MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Curt Hudson had completed 12 years on the Milltown, Ind., town council.

    He got married to a Mount Washington girl and decided to settle down in Bullitt County.

    He wasn’t looking to get involved in government.

    But, the itch returned and Hudson started to look around his community.

    “I like community service,” said Hudson.

    After attending a meeting of the Bullitt County Republican Party and talking with its chairman, Hudson said he seriously started to look at running for local office.

  • Water loss possible in Bogard area

      MOUNT WASHINGTON — Mount Washington residents around Bogard Lane, Armstrong Lane and Bleemel Lane might be experiencing water loss due to a main break on Bogard.

    According to Public Works Administrative Assistant Angela Durbin, the city workers are currently working as quickly as they can to repair the break. The workers are also trying to isolate it to prevent a boil water advisory but, at this time, it’s too soon to know.

  • Forum Thursday on legalizing pot

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — Is the state of Kentucky ready to legalize marijuana?

    While medical marijuana is gaining support in the state, the total legalization of marijuana is still facing an uphill battle.

    Several governmental agencies are looking at adopting resolutions to support medical marijuana usage in the commonwealth. That support would be a way to show legislators of the two bills dealing with medical usage.

    On Thursday, Feb. 22, Shepherdsville Government Center will be the site of a forum dealing with the legalization of marijuana.

  • Comic books present education on how to deal with violence

      In 2011 Archie Comics began a contract with Publishers Printing, with many of the company’s comic books being printed by the local company.

    Archie Comics co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit visited the area in 2012, speaking at Shepherdsville Elementary and introducing the Rise Above! comic book, which dealt with bullying issues.

    The former school teacher shared her passion for education through the company by founding her Rise Above Social Issues Foundation, dedicated to educating students on social issues through comic books.

  • Belcher wins special election

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — After a paper jam and voting location confusion, Democrat Linda Belcher has been elected representative of the 49th district.

    Belcher won the special election against Republican Rebecca Johnson with a vote of 3,386 to 1,561.

    She will finish the late Dan Johnson’s term and will be up for re-election this November.

    Look for the full story in Monday’s edition of The Pioneer News.

  • Whittaker provides trained experience to sheriff’s post

    SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Over the course of his 21 years in law enforcement, Bryan Whittaker has seen plenty of bad things happen.

    But, when he was called to respond to his last fatal drug overdose, something happened.

    “I realized we need to step up,” said Whittaker.

    As a member of the Shepherdsville Police Department, officers are CPR and First Aid certified and use the NARCAN drug to help reverse the overdose.

    “It really affected me,” said Whittaker. “I just felt I needed to do more.”