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Today's News

  • ROADWORK: Week of Dec. 10

     The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 reports the following roadwork scheduled for the week of Dec. 10:

    Bullitt County:

    Routine maintenance

    Jefferson County:

    Interstate 64:  Lane closures and delays possible at the Hurstbourne Parkway entrance and exit ramps (mile point 15.0) due to interchange improvements.  These lane closures are possible weeknights from 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. the following morning.  Shoulder closures are possible during the daytime.

  • VINDICATION: Mount Washington officials can crow about the newest S&P bond rating

          MOUNT WASHINGTON - When Moody’s Investors Service downgraded nearly $7 million in Mount Washington general obligation bonds over the summer city officials sought a second opinion from Standard and Poor's Ratings Services.

         Five months after Moody's downgraded the municipal bonds from Aa3 to A1 city officials were thrilled when Standard and Poor's recently gave the bonds an A+ rating.    

  • Collection of garbage bills to be ramped up

          SHEPHERDSVILLE - Property owners in Shepherdsville may have a new waste hauler this spring.

         But, then again, they may not.

         With the original franchise agreement to expire last October, Eco-Tech is working on an agreement with city officials to continue providing residential and commercial garbage collection through the end of March 2013.

  • Fox Chase looking over what firm to hire for snow removal

     FOX CHASE - One week after the November general election, the Fox Chase City council plowed through to the business of snow removal.

    Mayor William Broughton said he had contacted three potential clients for city snow removal, two of which offered bid information.

    One driver, Justin Ross, offered one truck at a cost of $25 per hour.

    Another driver, Craig Stump, owned three trucks, two of which could be available to the city. Cost was $90 per hour per truck.

  • My first Christmas

     Kaysen, the eight-month-old son of Kim and Larry Brown, visited with Santa for the first time.

    Kaysen was the first in line to visit with Santa, who made a stop on Thursday at Shepherdsville Elementary School as part of a special evening of games, crafts and food.

    See more photos later this week from the Cookies With Santa event on-line at www.pioneernews.net.

  • Libraries allow residents to 'pet' new electronic devices

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Public Library System is hosting a new kind of petting zoo.

    The E-Reader Petting Zoo doesn't involve animals; it is an opportunity for a hands-on technology experience involving newer products.

    The library system adopted the idea as a way to allow the public an experience of deciding which "E-Reader" technologies they might prefer to use for reading and other electronic purposes.

  • Rebates exceed refinance windfall

          SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Fiscal Court members recently learned of an opportunity to refinance a bond issue undertaken to build the detention center.

         The expectation was that the county would save about $40,000 a year over the life of the bond, which would mature in 2028.

         While agreeing that refinancing of the bond issue will be a prudent move, Grant Satterly and Sue Blakeman of the Kentucky Association of Counties weren't sure that now would be the proper time.

  • Be Fire Smart this Holiday Season

     FRANKFORT – Holiday cooking, Christmas trees, candles and holiday decorations significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires, said Kentucky State Fire Marshal Bill Swope, director of the state Division of Fire Prevention.

    "The holiday season can remain festive and fun by taking preventative steps and following simple rules of thumb to prevent home fires,” said Swope. “My advice is to stay in your kitchen while cooking, consider using flameless candles and follow the rules for placing and lighting your Christmas tree.”

  • Smoking Ban OK'd: Appellate Court said health board has authority

          FRANKFORT - During the state Court of Appeals hearing in August, the question raised by the three-member panel was whether the Bullitt County Board of Health had the right to impose smoking restrictions in public places.

         On Friday morning, by a 2-1 decision, the Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision. The appellant court says that the Board of Health does have those powers.

         The matter has been remanded back to Bullitt Circuit Court for reconsideration.

  • Teachers required to teach certain standards

     What is it we are teaching?