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Today's News

  • Local groups work to rebuild ‘crushed’ hopes of family

     HILLVIEW - While other moms were buying holiday gifts for their children, Shinika McQuarter had to break the news to her kids that Santa would not come this year.

  • Appeals Court says health board can regulate smoking policies

    Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em took on a whole new meaning in the past year in Bullitt County.

    After a Bullitt Circuit Judge ruled that the Bullitt County Board of Health had overstepped its powers in imposing a smoking ban in public places, the state Court of Appeals reversed that decision.

    The Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the health department had the powers to impose the regulations. County and city officials argued that those should be decisions made by elected officials by ways of an ordinance.

  • Redistricting map looked so good until court involved

                In January, it looked Bullitt County would get some favorable news as legislators went to Frankfort to vote on new Senate and House boundaries.

                In the original redistricting plan, Bullitt County would have a new Senate district, including all of Nelson County.

  • Controversial cases get approval, suits

                A rezoning case in the Bardstown Junction community sparked conflict between residents, church members and proponents of economic development.

                A request was made to rezone property at the intersection of Highway 245 and Highway 61. The land surrounded Bardstown Junction Baptist Church.

  • 2012...A look back at some of the top stories, issues: Economic development continues at steady pace

                Despite a sluggish economy, Bullitt County continued to see success over the past year.

                In January, Gov. Steve Beshear was in Shepherdsville to cut the ribbon on Magna Seat. The Ford supplier was set to hire about 300 people but that original announcement was quickly exceeded.

  • 2012...A look back at some of the top stories, issues: Stillhouse at Beam unveiled

                October was the unveiling of the state-of-the-art new visitor experience at Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont.

                The multi-million facility is the focal point of visitors at the family distillery.

                The opening of the American Stillhouse was also the beginning of tours of the distillery in operation.

  • Cities still look for ways to generate funds

                City governments were in the hunt for additional revenue in 2012.

                In Hillview, the city opted to take 2.5 percent of the 5 percent insurance tax imposed for the past decade by county government.

                Later in the year, the city was hit by an $11 million judgment in a long-standing lawsuit filed by Truck America Training.

  • Education gets praise for going to the DOGS in 2012

                In education, the talks ranged from decreasing state revenue to putting jobs of custodians in jeopardy.

                In February, school board members only briefly considered a plan to hire a private company to provide custodial services in the school. Vocal opposition quickly ended any talks of privatization.

  • Library in Hillview among new facilities built in Bullitt Co.

                Over the past year, some facilities were built and others were renamed.           

                Bullitt County opened its newest library in April as the Hillview branch library was unveiled.

                The facility is located behind the Dorothea Stottman Library off Hillview Boulevard.

  • Strategetic plan, land-use plan now in works

        While zoning normally takes the headlines, some planning issues were important in 2012.
        First, a committee co-chaired by state Rep. Linda Belcher and Chamber of Commerce president Lou Ann Moore began to work on a strategic plan.

        Various committees were formed and a plan was developed. Work continues to fulfill the goals of the plan.
        Second, a consultant was hired to finally complete a revision of the county’s land-use plan.