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Today's News

  • Take time with health care reform

    In my travels across Kentucky this August, I met with many doctors, nurses, seniors, hospital workers, small-business owners, and countless others concerned about their health care and what kinds of reforms government can make.

    Everybody had an opinion.

    No one claimed the current system is perfect.

    But I didn’t meet anybody who thought a government takeover of health care was the answer.

    No, what Kentuckians told me loud and clear was that those of us in Washington should take the time necessary to get health care reform right.

  • Kentucky starts hotline for swine flu questions

    FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) encourages Kentuckians to call a new toll-free hotline with their questions related to 2009 H1N1 influenza (swine flu) and seasonal flu for the latest news and information about flu. The toll-free hotline number is 1-877-843-7727, and it will operate from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

  • Planner good use of county tax dollars

    For years, we have advocated more planning than zoning. However, when reality sets in, the opposite is true.

    Maybe heeding some of our advice or maybe thinking outside of the normal governmental box, Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts wants to hire a planner.

    Great idea. Wish we had thought of it 20 years ago.

    The problem is -- and always has been -- money. To hire someone with a degree will take more than the $39,000 set aside in the annual budget.

    Maybe the economy would make filling the position more possible. We don’t know.

  • Flu illness hits pockets of schools; H1N1 shots coming

    MOUNT WASHINGTON — The new H1N1 virus — also known as influenza A — is widespread in Bullitt County and its effects are starting to be seen in some local schools.

    Old Mill Elementary School experienced an unusually high number of absences last week and continued to see that trend into this week.

    Principal Les McIntosh said Friday that last Tuesday the school had more than 100 absences that were attributed mostly to the flu and strep throat.

  • Attorneys can work together to help Center for Women

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Members of the legal community see first-hand every day some of the struggles that occur in life.

    Whether they are prosecutors, defense attorneys or members of judicial system, they understand better than most some of the issues which plague society.

    Recently, the Bullitt County Bar Association decided that it wanted to get more involved in the community.

    Its first project was helping to provide some manual labor to fix up a new facility for the Center for Women and Families in Shepherdsville.

  • Ceremony remembers 9-11 heroes

    SHEPHERDSVILLE ee" Representatives from various Bullitt County emergency crews joined local officials and citizens in a special 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the Bullitt County Courthouse.

    The event included a special video presentation reminder of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

    Representatives of Zoneton Fire Department rang a bell to honor emergency units that lost their lives as a result of the 9/11 tragedy. Many local firefighters from Bullitt County departments were in attendance.

  • Convenient store suspect quickly apprehended

    SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Law enforcement officials quickly apprehended a juvenile accused of robbing a convenience store Saturday morning by gunpoint.

    Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said that a 17-year-old Mount Washington boy was taken into custody Sunday evening for the break-in at about 6:15 a.m. on Saturday at the Red, White and Blue convenience store on Preston Highway and Bells Mill Road.

    Tinnell said the teenager went into the store shortly after opening and displayed a gun to the clerk. He took $277 and fled when another customer pulled into the parking lot.

  • East and LaRue battle for home play-off spot

    MOUNT WASHINGTON - A home play-off game will be on the line on Friday when the Bullitt East Chargers return home to take on LaRue County in a key Class 4-A showdown.

    The post-season scenario is simple. The winner of this game will finish second (behind Marion County) in the district and will host a game in the first round of the play-offs on Friday, Nov. 6. The loser will finish third in the district and will have to go on the road for all of the play-offs.

    This will also be Homecoming Week at Bullitt East.

  • Juvenile arrested for robbery

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Law enforcement officials quickly apprehended a juvenile accused of robbing a convenience store Saturday morning by gunpoint.

    Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell said that a 17-year-old Mount Washington boy was taken into custody Sunday evening for the break-in at about 6:15 a.m. on Saturday at the Red, White and Blue convenience store on Preston Highway and Bells Mill Road.

    Tinnell said the teenager went into the store shortly after opening and displayed a gun to the clerk. He took $277 and fled when another customer pulled into the parking lot.

  • School board passes redistricting plan

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Over 1,400 students will be affected next fall when the Bullitt County Public School System redistricts to alleviate overcrowding and to provide youngsters for its newest elementary school in Mount Washington.

    On Tuesday night, the Bullitt County Public School Board unanimously approved a revised redistricting plan that would affect every school but Nichols Elementary.