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Today's News

  • Varied interpretation of city parking ordinance draws ire

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - When does a warning ticket turn into an actual citation?

    And when does parking on a narrow subdivision street turn into a dangerous situation?

    Both were questions posed to the Shepherdsville City Council.

    Rusty Watson, a longtime pastor in the community, voiced his concerns over the rash of warning tickets written for those who park on the street in Meadowlark Subdivision off Beech Grove Road.

    Watson said he really needed some clarification on how the city police interpret the current regulations on parking on the streets.

  • Grants will allow expansion of water

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Since the merger of a local water district and a major utility, Bullitt Countians have benefited from over $7.7 million in grants for extension projects.

    The latest is a $1 million grant from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority that would allow 12 projects to serve nearly 120 new customers.

    Lynn Spencer, Bullitt County project manager for the Louisville Water Co., said the KIA grant for the extension work estimated to cost $2.3 million has been approved.

    Bullitt Fiscal Court approved county judge Melanie Roberts to sign any needed documents.

  • Confirmed case of Pertussis at Brooks Elementary

    BROOKS -- It didn't take long for illness to strike the Bullitt County Schools.

    Bullitt County Schools Health Service Coordinator Lesa Bodine said that one case of Pertussis -- better known as Whooping Cough -- was confirmed in a Brooks Elementary student Wednesday.

    Bodine said the school would be notified Thursday and that a letter from the Bullitt County Health Department would be distributed to parents.

    Bodine said one case has been confirmed but that many cases were suspected before school started. She expected that more would be identified now.

  • Pioneer Village makes double sure zoning change for commercial property proper

    PIONEER VILLAGE - A business rezoning in Pioneer Village was approved in spite of legal confusion and an unfavorable recommendation by Bullitt County Joint Planning and Zoning.

    But it took two votes — just to make sure.

    The city council voted to approve a rezoning of 1.02 acres owned by Robert Gibson from R-1 Residential to B-2 Business during its July meeting.

    With some question over the number of votes needed to override the planning commission’s recommendation, mayor Gary Hatcher said it was best to come back a few weeks later and vote once again.

  • Zoning bid on Highway 44 West faces hurdle

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - For the second time in the past 10 years, owners have attempted to rezone a home and yard to commercial property.

    Sitting along Highway 44 West in Shepherdsville in the midst of other businesses, one might think that Jeffrey and Louie Sherrard would have no problem receiving the B-2 Central Business zoning.

    However, figuring out a way to access the property has stalled plans once again.

  • Bennington receives 70 years in case

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - The likelihood that Perry E. Bennington would see freedom appears slim as he was sentenced to 70 years in prison.

    Bennington received the maximum sentence allowed by Kentucky law on Friday morning in Bullitt Circuit Court.

    Bennington, who is already serving a 10-year sentence for sexual abuse, was found guilty by a jury of 14 charges ranging from rape to incest to sodomy with a recommended sentence of 155 years.

    However, Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress said that under state law, the maximum penalty would be 70 years.

  • Investigation continues on fire at MW Dollar General

    MOUNT WASHINGTON – Someone could be facing 20-25 first-degree arson charges for a fire that broke out at one of the city's Dollar General Stores Wednesday.

    The fire happened at the store's 1123 Bardstown Road location shortly after 10 a.m., District Manager Dave Ehret said. The store is located in a shopping center that houses five to six other businesses.

    "We can't say what the cause is. Police are investigating," Ehret said.

  • MY VIEWS: No one immune to untimely events

    Maybe it is the fact that my son is just weeks away from getting his driver’s license.

    Or maybe it is from writing too many stories detailing death coming much too early for too many youths in our community.

    The old belief that the young is indestructible is nothing but a myth.

    Just ask the families of Preston Cissell, Jason Smith and R.D. Reynolds.

    The community lost each of these young men in the recent couple of months. They were lost in different ways but they were all lost much too early in their lives.

  • Ethington to make bid for jailer's office

    MOUNT WASHINGTON - With local jails across the state searching for ways to pay the bills while incarcerating a growing number of inmates, Larry Ethington believes he might be the person needed to help Bullitt County’s situation.

    Ethington, a 31-year law enforcement veteran, has thrown his name into the ring to be the next Bullitt County jailer.

    “I have some new ideas that will help the county,” said Ethington, who has been with the Bullitt County sheriff’s department the past eight years.

  • A groundbreaking experience . . .

    LEBANON JUNCTION -- A crowd gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for the new branch library in Lebanon Junction. Library director Randy Matlow and county judge Melanie Roberts were among the guest speakers.

    When completed in early 2010, the library will be the second largest in the county’s system. The new library will be located on Highway 61 near Lebanon Junction Elementary and the building will be fashioned after a train station in honor of the city’s rich railroad history.