Today's News

  • FLOOD WATCH; Rolling Fork under warning, roads closed

      The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Bullitt County through 7 a.m. Sunday.

    The Rolling Fork River will remain under a flood warning until further notice, affecting Lebanon Junction and southern areas of the county.

    Heavy rains throughout the region this week will lead to the continuation of high water affecting low-lying areas. Rain is expected to continue through Saturday night, potentially adding 2-4 inches of rain to what has already fallen earlier in the week.

  • New BCPS superintendent selected

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Public School Board has made its decision on the district’s new superintendent.

    The board unanimously selected William Jesse Bacon, principal of Simons Middle School in Flemingsburg.

    Bacon was one of four finalists for the position, joined by Matthew Shane Baker, director of district-wide programs for Greenup County Schools, Oldham County assistant principal Willie Foster, and longtime BCPS employee Becky Sexton, currently assistant superintendent of support services.

  • 250 jobs to be lost as Gilt Groupe closes facility

     HILLVIEW - Around 250 employees will lose their jobs as a major online retailer is shutting down its distribution facility in northern Bullitt County.

    The Kentucky Career Center in Frankfort received official notice on Monday that Gilt Groupe was closing its facility in Hillvew no later than Sept. 28.

  • Local social worker helps with crisis at Marshall Co.

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - There have been eight school shootings in the United States in 2018, and it is still February.

    One of the tragic events occurred in Kentucky, at Marshall County High School. The shootings coould happen anywhere, including in Bullitt County. Last week Bullitt Central was placed on soft lock down after a threatening letter was discovered by a school resource officer.

  • 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.

  • Bids taken to repair leaks at Maryville pool

     PIONEER VILLAGE — With summer around the corner, it is time to get the two remaining county pools operational.

    Assistant parks director Ed Etherton came before fiscal court last fall about a leak at the Maryville pool.

    He was told to bring the issue back up and that was Etherton mission recently.

    American Leak Detection did tests on the lines last fall and determined there was one leak in the deep end of the pool to be fixed.

  • Siler finds similarities between teaching, working in the military

     HEBRON ESTATES - 1SG Gene Siler knows that working in a school building is not much different than working in the military.

    “There are many parallels of teaching a student and training a soldier,” he said.

    The retired Army veteran has done both, and his instructional skills led to his selection as the 2018 Bullitt County High School Teacher of the Year.

    Siler has worked with the North Bullitt JROTC program for three years. He is the first Bullitt County JROTC teacher to receive the award.

  • 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.

  • Bullitt East’s Woods selected as National Merit Scholarship finalist

     MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Bullitt East High School senior Sean Woods is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.

    The 18 year-old son of Rick and Krista Woods of Mt. Washington is now one step away from earning a National Merit Scholarship.

    “I was very pleased to hear the news, as becoming a finalist solidifies my scholarship position,” he said.

    Principal Chris Mason posted a picture on the Bullitt East website with Sean and his official notification.

  • Kasey the Fire Dog visits schools

     MOUNT WASHINGTON — So easy a dog can do it.

    That’s the premise behind the Kasey Fire Protection Program.

    Retired firefighter and paramedic of 31 years Jeff Owens started the Kasey Program over 25 years ago with his trusty black lab, Kasey, to teach elementary aged students how to react in case they’re ever in a fiery situation.

    An Indiana native, Owens recently visited Mount Washington, Roby and Maryville Elementary with Kasey and his rescuer-in-training, Kali.