Today's News

  • KidsFest will be biggest event ever on Saturday

    SHEPHERDSVILLE — From free goodies to magic shows, KidsFest 2009 promises to be bigger and better than ever this year with more than 70 booths and displays planned for the annual event.

    KidsFest is on Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

    Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kristie Walls said there will be more outdoor events planned this year.

  • MW communities invited to talk about proposed sewer plans

    MOUNT WASHINGTON — Community members will have a chance Wednesday evening to voice their opinions of a proposed water and sewer rate hike, as well as learn about plans for the city’s sewage treatment plant expansion project.

    The city is hosting a public hearing at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex Building on Branham Way. Residents can learn about the city’s updated 201 sewer facilities plan and hear a presentation that will review key components of sewer plant expansion project.

  • Bills would make elections more accountable

    FRANKFORT – Last week, as the 2009 Session resumed, we passed or moved along bills aimed at holding your government and electoral processes visible and publically accountable, from campaigns to officeholders to lobbyists.

    Senate Bill 62, which we passed this week, calls for more frequent reporting of campaign contributions and also directs that these reports be filed electronically in races for state office.

  • Day proved to be a true learning experience

    Madison Brady is a fourth grade student at St Joseph Elementary in Bardstown.

    We first met when I was in Betty Carol Riley’s classroom last fall talking about America’s system of government – a Representative Democracy.

    Madison listened closely, especially when I said that any of them could come up and be a Page in the Capitol during a legislative session.

  • Stimulus great plan but must be realistic

    Wouldn’t it be great if Bullitt County’s $49 million wish list could all get funded?

    Well, yes it would.

    However, we all know that won’t happen.

    The package submitted by the county judge and the various cities has a lot of worthwhile projects, some of which have already been in the funding cycle previously.

    The governmental bodies who have their projects ready to go will be the main benefactors of whatever Congress decides to do on the economic stimulus plan.

  • Schedules for 2009-10 football set

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - While there has already been a lot of discussion over Bullitt Central football’s move from Class 6-A to Class 5-A starting in the fall of 2009, less has been said about all three local teams making major changes to their schedules.

    That was made possible since almost all football decisions come on two- or four-year rotations. That allows schedules to be worked out in two-year blocks on a home-and-home basis.

    So, 2009 starts a new two-year rotation. That is what allowed Bullitt Central’s move down one class.

  • LJ employees might have new way to save money

    LEBANON JUNCTION - City employees may have another retirement savings option in Lebanon Junction.

    The Lebanon Junction City Council unanimously agreed to allow employees to voluntarily participate in the state deferred compensation program.

    According to an agency representative, the retirement program is voluntary. Full- or part-time employees may contribute to the program.

    This provides a pre-tax way to save for the future. There is no cost to the city with the exception of the time it takes to set up the program and to issue the checks to the state.

  • Members oppose new liquor store near church

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Members of Mount Zion Baptist Church had a liquor store near their congregation for a number of years.

    With that business closed for the widening of Buckman Street, members don’t want another to move into the area.

    However, it might be little city officials can do.

    The Rev. Billy Jenkins, pastor at Mount Zion, voiced his opposition to a proposed liquor store on the corner of West Blue Lick Road and Buckman Street.

  • Explanations for higher electric rates in winter

    SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Before the big ice storm, many electrical customers were concerned with their bills in December.

    Randy Burba, spokesman for Salt River Electric, said the co-op received many phone calls when bills were up significantly over their November statements.

    The increase had nothing to do with any billing hike, said Burba.

    Salt River has not had a rate increase approved by the state Public Service Commission since 1993.

    However, several factors led to customers seeing a sharp hike.