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Today's News

  • Local swimmers in Region Four meet

      LOUISVILLE – Friday’s Region Four Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Louisville’s Ralph Wright Natatorium was a chance for Bullitt County’s small, but competitive program to show off at the end of the season.

    All three Bullitt County high schools practice and condition under one coach, Curtis Fuchs, but in meets the teams break down and compete under the banner of their own school.

  • Coy first to throw hat into sheriff’s race

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- With 54 years of public service in his blood, Larry Coy isn’t ready to retire to the recliner and remote.

    Coy has filed paperwork to begin his latest mission — to become the next Bullitt County sheriff.

    “It’s time we need to make a change,” said Coy. “You get that public service in your blood and it’s hard to get out.”

    Over his career, Coy started by serving 18 years in the U.S. Air Force. That led to a career with the Jefferson County Police, where he retired.

  • Rezoning, variance would allow some growth at facility

     CLERMONT -- Seven rezoning requests totalling around 104 acres may not seem like a lot when you are talking about the massive Jim Beam Distillery in Bullitt County.

    However, the seven rezoning requests ranging in size from .3 acres to 69.1 acres are very, very important to the future of the world leader in the production of bourbon.

    Throw on top of the rezoning requests, which must be approved by Bullitt Fiscal Court, that Jim Beam also secured a variance during the February meeting of county planners.

  • Sanitation District gets OK, moves to hike rates

     SHEPHERDSVILLE – On Tuesday, Bullitt Fiscal Court members voted to allow the Bullitt County Sanitation District to set its own rates — with some limits.

    Two days later, the board did just that.

    Customers of the BCSD will soon see a 12 percent increase to their bills. On average, the increase would be less than $3 a month.

    District manager Jerry Kennedy said he was worried when he entered the fiscal courtroom on Tuesday and the seats were nearly full.

  • Rittman tackles task of organizing obit treasures

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - An obituary can be as important to a person’s history as any other document.

    The Bullitt County History Museum believes that, collecting as many obituaries as possible for their records.

    Now, thanks to volunteer Brenda Rittman, that information is available on the museum’s computer database.

    For over three years Rittman has single-handedly gone through more than 13,000 obituaries for the database, dating back to the 1940s. 

  • YOUR suggestion box is now open

     Here’s a new edition that will run occasionally in The Pioneer News.

    The Suggestion Box will be open to the public to give ideas. But we don’t want suggestions that my neighbor has a junk car next door. The suggestions are to be what are some ideas to help the entire community.

    We will pass those suggestions on to the proper agencies and try to do a little tracking on whether anything is done. Once again, these are to help benefit the community, in general.

    Send your suggestions to: editor@pioneernews.net

  • Cities need to watch out in Frankfort

      Watch out local officials. Discussions in Frankfort seem to be in favor of taking over city government in Louisville.

    The talk is to limit the numbers of terms a candidate can serve as mayor. That would be two.

    Also, the talk is that if there is a vacancy for mayor, the governor would have the ability to fill that position.

    The governor has always had the power to replace county officials. Now, it is getting a little deeper into the cities.

  • Old Business

     SHEPHERDSVILLE – Today is another edition of an occasional column that I’ve called OLD BUSINESS.

    Why?

    Because we seem to forget as elected officials things what we’ve talked about. In other words, I’ll keep certain topics on the list until something is done.

    In the inaugural list, what about:

    *The Bullitt County Sanitation District is made up of three board members appointed by fiscal court.

  • NB principal responds to bus incident

     The following is a message distributed by North Bullitt High School principal Chris VerDow in reference to an altercation on a BCPS bus Tuesday afternoon:

    Dear Parents and Partners,

  • Fox Chase rezones property for commercial purposes

    FOX CHASE - The City of Fox Chase is open for business.

    The city commission approved an ordinance at their January business meeting to rezone 5.06 acres of land owned by James Robards.

    The property, located adjacent to Hebron Presbyterian Church, would be rezoned from R-1 Residential to B-1 Business.

    The council approved the ordinance with certain business restrictions that were discussed at the December business meeting, including no allowance of a methadone clinic, halfway house, adult-themed businesses or drug rehabilitation centers.