• Business loses appeal; will remain closed

     MOUNT WASHINGTON — A longtime business in Mount Washington had its license revoked due to improper zoning.

    Located at 1475 N. Bardstown Road, Virginia McAllister has operated a performance automotive and off-road shop on her property for 60 years. She and her husband started the business and their grandson, Chris Lyle, began working in it at age 15.

    Now 42, Lyle took over the Alpha Omega business almost 10 years ago. The business license was in his name.

  • City seeks answers to vandalism problems

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- As much as the city officials would like to make improvements at the First Street Park, there is always a drawback.

    Vandalism at the park continues and city officials are looking for a solution.

    Public works supervisor Tom LaFollette recently told council members that $400 in repairs had to be made to park equipment due to vandalism.

    “It happens all the time,” said LaFollette.

  • Fox Chase looking for new place to store items

    FOX CHASE - Where does a small city keep its most important items?

    The city of Fox Chase has always implemented a storage unit, located at the Wee Stor-It Self Storage location on N. Preston Highway.

    Mayor Owen Taylor said the unit was always free to the city for use. However, new owners have decided otherwise.

    According to Taylor, the new owner would begin charging the city $115 per month for the unit’s use, effective as of Oct. 1.

  • County, MW at odds on larger facility permits

    MOUNT WASHINGTON  -- Currently, Bullitt County has the ability to inspect larger non-residential buildings no matter the location.

    But, the city of Mount Washington would love to have the opportunities to perform that service for its incoming businesses.

    For the city to assume the classification of having expanded jurisdiction, the state Department of Housing must give its blessing.

    And, in order for that to happen, Bullitt Fiscal Court must give up its current powers for the incorporated area only.

  • City audit getting closer to final report begins

     SHEPHERDSVILLE  -- A more extensive look at the city of Shepherdsville finances for the 2015-16 fiscal year might be coming to a close.

    At least that is the hope of current members of the Shepherdsville City Council.

    The previous council commissioned the accounting firm of Jones Nale and Mattingly to conduct a “forensic audit” due to concerns about some of the spending practices.

    The council approved a fee of up to $10,000 for the audit.

  • Library buys land for new main facility

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — With a new branch recently opened in Mount Washington and another branch set for construction in Nichols, the Bullitt County Public Library Board of Trustees are looking toward the future for its main facility.

    Poor location and lack of space are two reasons that has led to the purchase of five acres of land on Conestoga Parkway for a new Shepherdsville location of the Bullitt County Public Libraries.

  • Sanitation district now seeing gains thanks to growth, rate increases

      HILLVIEW -- With the state mandating a plan for the future, the Bullitt County Sanitation District is moving forward.

    The sanitation district has purchased two tracts of property from Countryside Enterprises. The total of three acres is located next to the existing sewer treatment plant on John Harper Highway.

    The plan is to replace the existing treatment plant with a larger regional facility to help reduce current problems with the system. Existing plants are an average of 50 years old.

  • Hebron Estates tax rate will increase slightly on new bills

    HEBRON ESTATES - Residents in Hebron Estates will see a slight tax increase similar to other surrounding cities.

    The Hebron Estates City Commission unanimously approved a property tax increase to 9.34 cents per $100 of property, equalling a total of $93.40 per $100,000 of property.

    The increase was raised from last year’s rate of 9.31 cents per $100, meaning an extra 30 cents per $100,000.

  • BBB Tip: Charitable Giving After a Tragedy

     After a terrible and very public tragedy such as a mass shooting, people want to help in any way possible, and that often means contributing to fundraisers to help the survivors and the families of the victims. Sadly, scammers often take advantage of these moments of vulnerability to deceive donors. In addition, there are often campaigns set up by well-meaning individuals who may or may not be directly connected to the tragedy.

  • Limit on spending dropped; budget to be amended

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Just a couple of months into the new fiscal year, Shepherdsville city officials have made it clear — they are concerned about the budget.

    Councilman Mike Hubbard introduced an ordinance that would require any purchase over $5,000 to have the approval of the town board members.

    That ordinance, which would later be dropped, was a surprise to mayor Curtis Hockenbury.

    Under the plan, nothing would be purchased if it exceeded $5,000 without the city council’s approval.

    That immediately drew concerns.