http://www.pioneernews.net/todaysnews/rss.xml en Christmas Miracle http://www.pioneernews.net/content/christmas-miracle-0 <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/lift.jpeg" alt="Andrea Miracle opens a present with a big surprise in it." title="Andrea Miracle opens a present with a big surprise in it." align="left" hspace="6" width="80" height="85" /><p> MOUNT WASHINGTON--It was no short of a Christmas miracle.</p> <p> On Friday afternoon, Crossroads Elementary fourth grader Andrea Miracle received the best present of all-- her brother, Jake.</p> <p> This was going to be the first year Jacob Miracle, 19, was not going to be able to be home for Christmas with his family. He recently joined the Army and has been stationed in Italy.</p> <p> It has been almost nine months since he last visited home.</p> Chief now on paid leave of absence http://www.pioneernews.net/content/chief-now-paid-leave-absence <p> CLERMONT -- Admitting that the negative publicity which has occurred the past month has distracted from the important work to be done by the firefighters, Julius Hatfield submitted a request for a leave of absence as chief of the Southeast Bullitt Fire Department.</p> RALPH BLEEMEL: Longtime public official dies http://www.pioneernews.net/content/ralph-bleemel-longtime-public-official-dies <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/bleemel_pic.jpeg" alt="Ralph Bleemel" title="Ralph Bleemel" align="left" hspace="6" width="60" height="85" /><p> MOUNT WASHINGTON -- A familiar name in county government circles for many years has passed away.</p> ROADSHOW for the week beginning December 22, 2014 http://www.pioneernews.net/content/roadshow-week-beginning-december-22-2014 <p> &nbsp;<strong>ROADSHOW for the week beginning December 22, 2014</strong></p> <p> Inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances may occur, so the information below is strictly of an advisory</p> <p> nature and is subject to change with no notice.</p> <p> Pothole patching, sweeping, drain &amp; ditch cleaning, pavement marking, and maintenance crews may</p> <p> work on major interstates in the Louisville Metro area only during non-peak daytime hours and at night.</p> <p> Motorists should watch for roadside maintenance and pavement marking crews on interstates and</p> Traffic switch on Interstate 65 as of Dec. 15 http://www.pioneernews.net/content/traffic-switch-interstate-65-dec-15 <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/image002_8.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 5 Office advises motorists of a change in the traffic pattern on Interstate 65 in Bullitt County.</p> <p> Pavement repairs in the southbound lanes have been completed between mile points 118 and 123. Contract crews have begun moving barrier wall today in preparation for work on the northbound lanes in this section of I-65.</p> Hatfield to take paid leave as fire chief http://www.pioneernews.net/content/hatfield-take-paid-leave-fire-chief <p> &nbsp;CLERMONT - Admitting that the negative publicity which has occurred the past month has distracted from the important work to be done by the firefighters, Julius Hatfield submitted a request for a leave of absence as chief of the Southeast Bullitt Fire Department.</p> Fire board begins work under new leadership; comments are heard http://www.pioneernews.net/content/fire-board-begins-work-under-new-leadership-comments-are-heard <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_7285ok.jpg" alt="Attorney Jeff Freeman and board member Dan Thibodeaux" title="Attorney Jeff Freeman and board member Dan Thibodeaux" align="left" hspace="6" width="137" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;CLERMONT - In its first meeting without Julius Hatfield leading the meeting, the Southeast Bullitt Fire Board of Trustees listened to several comments in regards to recent events.</p> <p> But the mood was fairly calm as board members began to figure out what happens next.</p> <p> Hatfield, under fire for comments made to a television reporter and on a deputy sheriff&rsquo;s body camera, resigned last week from his position with the fire board. He remains fire chief.</p> Former U of L executive pleads guilty to fraud, embezzlement http://www.pioneernews.net/content/former-u-l-executive-pleads-guilty-fraud-embezzlement <p> &nbsp;LOUISVILLE -&nbsp;A former University of Louisville accountant, promoted to Executive Director of the Department of Family &amp; Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine (DFGM) pleaded guilty today, in U.S. District Court, to a seven-count federal indictment including charges of theft and bribery in programs that receive federal funds, money laundering, mail fraud, and filing false federal income tax returns, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.</p>