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Today's News

  • Case against teacher dismissed

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Charges were dismissed against a former Bullitt Central High teacher who was accused of having sexual intercourse with a student.

    While pleased with the dismissal, defense attorneys Karen Faulkner and Julie Kaelin were disappointed that their client could not move forward with Tuesday’s trial to prove her innocence.

    Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress dismissed with prejudice the six-count rape indictment against Crystal Chappell.

  • LJ action must be slow on dealing with nuisances

      LEBANON JUNCTION -- The cleanup has begun. 

    After passing a new nuisance ordinance, Lebanon Junction has their first complaint.

    Jimmy and Liz Lee brought pictures of their neighbor’s house that they said is a “dump” and needs to be cleaned up.

    “It really looks bad,” Jimmy said.

    He said the grass has not been cut in a long time, among other things.

    “You put in a new ordinance to take care of that right?” he asked.

    The council told them that they had.

  • Culvert will be repaired; Old Preston to be reopened

     HEBRON ESTATES - Joanna Doyle knew that business at her Country Cabins Treasures gift and antique shop took a blow when the new Preston Highway was opened last fall.

    But, when old Preston Highway was closed just north of her shop on Hebron Lane due to a collapsed culvert, things got much worse.

    The merchants along Old Preston Highway in northern Bullitt County were already feeling the pinch of losing thousands of passing motorists each day.

    Now, with the road closed in the curve just south of Bob West Auto, things got much worse.

  • Man indicted for sex-related allegations

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - A local man has been indicted for a series of sex-related charges.

    James Alan Campbell, 39, of Shepherdsville has been indicted by the Bullitt County Grand Jury.

    He is charged with rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and incest.

    On March 24, 2015, Campbell allegedly had sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 18.

    That intercourse was forced by the defendant.

    The most serious of the allegations is a Class B felony, which is punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

  • Blue Lick U-11 All-Stars find trouble in opener

     VALLEY STATION - Drawing Prairie Village in the first round is not a pleasant thing when it comes to post-season baseball action.

    And then you have to play them on its home field.

    On Tuesday, the Blue Lick 11-year-old All-Stars ran into a big hitting machine in the opener of the Cal Ripken district tournament.

    Nate Jones did it on the mound and at the plate for Prairie Village.

    Jones threw three shutout innings and stroked a long two-run home run to power a 10-0 five inning victory.

  • MW U-8 All-Stars finish 2-1 during state tourney

     FERN CREEK – A week after finishing third at the district level, the Mount Washington U-8 All-Star team was back in action last week at the West Kentucky Cal Ripken State Tournament at Fern Creek Park.

    Once again, coach Josh McGoff’s team had to battle both some strong opponents as well as Mother Nature. Both pool play and bracket play in the 26-team event had schedule changes because of all the rain in the area last week.

  • More All-Star action planned for this week

     SHEPHERDSVILLE – A lot of summer All-Star baseball has already been played and is included on this page and there is a lot more still to be played including a number of tournaments this week.

    As of Tuesday, this is what we know about.

    U-18 All-Stars at Okolona

  • Quick action shows that you can make a difference

     You can still make a difference.

    When state highway officials mentioned that they would possibly not fix Old Preston Highway in northern Bullitt County, people came alive.

    Business owners, residents and motorists began to light up the phone lines to state Rep. Linda Belcher and magistrate Joe Laswell.

    They, in turn, called state transportation officials about their possible inclination to keep the road closed due to the broken culvert.

    A little pressure from this newspaper may have added to the fuel.

  • Thanks for so many great experiences in the county

     The time has come for farewell. 

    Friday will be my last day working at The Pioneer News.

    This transition will be bittersweet for me.

    I will be moving back to northern Kentucky to be closer to my family, but I am also sad to leave a lot of great people I have met here.

    I will miss Bill Harned’s jokes and Vivian Adams’ taco salads at the AARP meetings. 

    Jenny Estepp’s warm nature and smile. John Snider’s humor. 

    Barry Armstrong’s professionalism. 

  • Dukes of Hazzard wrong focus of very stupid act

     Fear not, Dukes of Hazzard fans: I have found a way to keep your beloved show on television.

    In recent weeks the TV Land television network has decided not to air episodes of the show. Some major businesses have refused to sell Dukes merchandise.

    The reasoning was based on an issue that arose following a recent tragedy, where a lone lunatic went into a church and murdered nine people.

    The lunatic’s reasoning was based upon racial bias and hatred that collected in his own mind, then was carried out through his physical actions.