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Business

  • 250 jobs to be lost as Gilt Groupe closes facility

     HILLVIEW - Around 250 employees will lose their jobs as a major online retailer is shutting down its distribution facility in northern Bullitt County.

    The Kentucky Career Center in Frankfort received official notice on Monday that Gilt Groupe was closing its facility in Hillvew no later than Sept. 28.

  • Mahoney not shy about pushing for projects in Third District

     ZONETON -- Geneva Mahoney is not a person who sits by without offering an opinion.

    Whether it is fighting to have natural gas expanded into her community or whether it is making sure Bullitt Countians aren’t being saddled with a multi-million dollar bill for extending water service, Mahoney will let you know how she feels.

    Being a community advocate for years, Mahoney is now seeking a title — and an elected office.

    Mahoney, 71, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the Third District magistrate’s seat in the May primary.

  • Details of bid spec, wide range of quotes questioned

     SHEPHERDSVILLE  -- Over the course of the past year, heating and air conditioning units on top of the Bullitt County Detention Center were being replaced.

    The latest round of bids was for the final nine units. Four would be replaced before June 30 and another five to be replaced after the new fiscal year starts on July 1.

    Bids received by Bullitt Fiscal Court ranged from $62,825 to $112,150.

  • Hillview to increase pay for police as recruitment, retention tool

     HILLVIEW -- Sometimes you get more than you ask for.

    Hillview Police chief Bill Mahoney came before the town board asking for pay increases for his officers.

    The concern was both retention and recruitment issues as Hillview battles other departments who are offering more money.

    The chief’s plan would give all officers a $1.25 per hour pay increase.

    But the Hillview City Council opted to approve a pay increase of $1.50 per hour, effective with the next pay period.

    The council voted 5-1, with Randall Hill in opposition.

  • BBB: Online romance scams coaxing millions out of unsuspecting victims

     A study released by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) reveals an estimated 1 million Americans have been victimized in romance fraud scams with losses nearing $1 billion over the last three years. BBB warns those who use dating websites to be wary of scammers who prey on unsuspecting victims.

  • Ross takes over as mayor for Hunters Hollow

      HUNTERS HOLLOW - A changing of the guard is underway in the city of Hunters Hollow… so long as no one has fought a duel with deadly weapons.

    City commissioner Tammy Ross was selected as the city’s new mayor, filling the vacancy of Linda Parker, who resigned on Jan. 1 after 30 years of service.

    Ross, a Hillview native, moved back to Bullitt County in recent years. She began serving as commissioner about one year ago.

  • Funds continue to be raised to relocate the Barnes House

    MOUNT WASHINGTON— It’s the house of a hundred names: the Barnes House; the Tan House; the Ms. Lena Hall House; the Yellow House.

    No matter what it’s called today, in a couple months, it could be called gone.

    One group of Mount Washington residents is working to ensure that isn’t the case.

    After hearing that the historic Main Street building was sold to make way for a CVS Pharmacy, various residents turned to the city to see what could be done to save the National Historic registered house.

  • Belcher takes center stage

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The media was there.

    Nearly two dozen candidates were there.

    And several individuals were there wanting to hear the views of the two candidates running for the 49th District House of Representatives seat in the Feb. 20 special election.

    Democratic nominee Linda Belcher was present but Republican candidate Rebecca Johnson was not.

    The political forum, sponsored by the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce and The Pioneer News, had been rescheduled to allow Johnson to attend.

  • MW last to take all of insurance premium tax

     MOUNT WASHINGTON—  The last city in Bullitt County is attempting to claim its full tax from the county.

    An ordinance was read for the first time to amend the percentage the city keeps of the license fees imposed on insurance companies doing business within city limits.

    The tax was originally implemented in the early 2000s by the county to help pay for the construction of the detention center and the renovation of the county courthouse.

  • Budget has $2 million for loop study

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The reality of a new four-lane road connecting Interstate 65 to Interstate 71 could still be years away.

    However, if the state highway department’s plan for future projects remain in the final biennial budget, the light at the end of the tunnel has gotten a lot brighter.

    In the state’s proposed six-year road plan, the loop running across four counties would have a $2 million funding package for a study.