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Today's News

  • Assessment scores look good; NCLB standards still rising

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - The scores are getting better but the bar is growing taller.

        Bullitt County Public School officials are happy with some trends they are seeing in recent MAP assessments and the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills.

        But Greg Schultz, assistant superintendent for student learning, warned school board leaders that the number of schools failing to meet the federal No Child Left Behind standards could grow.

  • Ready or not... public schools will open doors Wednesday

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - With two new school facilities ready to open their doors, a number of schools still undergoing major renovations and temperatures hovering around the 100 mark, it’s time for students to return to classes.

        The Bullitt County Public School System will open the new year on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

        A quick look at some of the changes planned at each of the facilities:

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  • LJ Library opens to rave reviews from all in the community

        LEBANON JUNCTION - It was a bright sunny Sunday afternoon.

        One might have wondered if it was Doris VanVactor smiling down as the brand new Lebanon Junction Library opened its doors to the public.

        The long-time advocate of reading, especially at the Lebanon Junction Library, would have been proud as she looked down upon the newest facility.

  • Paul should tell us who he is

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul stopped in Shepherdsville for the Voices of Independent rally on Thursday.

    It seemed everyone came out of the woodwork for the TEA Party gathering.

    I had the privilege to speak with several of Bullitt County’s fine citizens, Democrats and Republicans alike, and I was fascinated to hear where each of them stood politically.

    The only person I encountered who didn’t seem to know where he stood politically was Mr. Paul.

  • Thompson set to face newest challenge as task force boss

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - Looking for a new challenge, Danny Thompson couldn’t think of a better one to tackle than to become the new director of the Bullitt County Drug Task Force.

        With a small staff, Thompson will lead a team fighting one of the biggest battles in Bullitt County - drugs.

        “Ninety percent of all crimes are related to drugs in some way,” said Thompson. “If you’re going to fight crime, you have to fight drugs.”

  • Superintendent ready to another busy year of curriculum changes

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - The building frenzy experienced by the district over the past decade as started to slow.

        But the momentum experienced in the classroom over the past few years continues to grow upon a solid foundation.

        Entering his fourth year as leader of the Bullitt County Public School System, superintendent Keith Davis is eager to see the 12,000 students return to class on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

  • County secures grant funds for bus shelters

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County will receive funds to construct bus shelters for its local transportation program operated by Louisville Wheels.

        However, the federal money will go through TARC.

        Bullitt County was funded $36,490 and Jeffery Holman of TARC said his agency has nothing to gain from the award.

        The Regional Mobility Council wrote the grant and TARC provides administration for the loan. The county will decide where to construct the bus shelters.

  • Timing on vote to alter board boundaries odd

    While we are sure the intent was never to change boundaries on the five school board seats at the last minute, the latest decision makes things appear a bit messy.

    An addition to the last month’s school board agenda, a committee recommendation to redraw the five districts was approved with little discussion.

    For the most part, school board elections don’t draw a lot of interest, unfortunately.

    And maybe this one would have fallen into the same category as the seats currently held by Tim Wiseheart and Dolores Ashby are up for bids.

  • Heater use leads to garage fire

    HILLVIEW - No injuries and no charges were filed following a garage fire at a Hillview residence caused by an electric heater.

    Zoneton and Okolona Fire units responded to the initial call at the 100 block of Keebler Drive Thursday afternoon.

    ZFD Battalion Chief Garry Key found the resident, a white male, inside the garage with a garden hose. Key said the resident was attempting to put the fire out himself while smoke exited through aluminum siding above the garage door.

  • County 'energized' with $300,000 federal grant

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County facilities will be a bit more energy efficient thanks to a grant of nearly $300,000 from the federal government.

        Bryan Kirby, a grantwriter working for the county, presented Bullitt Fiscal Court members with the good news that the grant had been approved by the Department of Energy.

        The major benefactor of the grant will be the occupants of the Nina Mooney Courthouse Annex.