Local News

  • 155 years: Jury recommendation may be largest ever in sexual abuse case

    SHEPHERDSVILLE – It didn’t take a Bullitt County Grand Jury long Wednesday to hand down a guilty verdict for convicted sex offender Perry Bennington.

    And it took even less time for the 12 jurors to sentence Bennington to 155 years in prison – the maximum sentence – for 14 separate sexual abuse-related charges.

    It was a decision about which Bennington showed no emotion.

    Bennington, 59, was found guilty in Bullitt Circuit Court on charges of first and third degree sodomy, first and third degree rape, first degree sexual abuse and incest.

  • Grant would help prepare for next 'one'

    SHEPHERDSVILLE – What natural disaster has Bullitt County not suffered in the past 20 years?

    How about a break of the Taylorsville dam?

    That could be the next exercise conducted by the Bullitt County Emergency Management Agency.

    Director Mike Phillips is looking toward the federal government to provide some assistance in making that mock disaster happen.

  • Hatfield believes civil service ordinance needs change

    SHEPHERDSVILLE – City officials are moving closer to deciding whether a much-discussed civil service ordinance needs to be altered.

    Councilman Larry Hatfield has made it known that he is not pleased with the current provisions.

    Currently, the mayor does not have the right to terminate or demote any employee, including supervisors, without being subject to a hearing before the civil service board.

    Hatfield said he had talked with all but one supervisor and they seemed to be OK with his proposal.

  • Saying Goodbye

    MOSUL, IRAQ – Fighting in Iraq claimed a third man with ties to Lebanon Junction Friday with the death of 24-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Gary Lee Woods, Jr.

    Woods, a Bullitt Central High School graduate and former ROTC cadet who completed basic training at Fort Knox five years ago, was inside one of two Humvees hit by the blast from a truck loaded with explosives, his father, Gary Woods Sr., said.


    The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a red flag warning for Bullitt County through 6 p.m. Monday.

    The combination of windy conditions along with low humidity and high temperatures could result in dangerous fire situations.

    At 3:40 p.m. Nichols Fire units responded to the Fort Knox area near Mt. Eden to assist with a field fire. Southeast Bullitt Fire units were called on standby.

    A large amount of Kentucky has been placed under the red flag warning.

    Check www.pioneernews.net for further updates.

  • Shepherdsville police arrest man allegedly involved in auto thefts

    SHEPHERDSVILLE – An individual connected with a recent rash of vehicle break-ins has been arrested by city police.

    Shepherdsville resident Joseph A. Hauber, 18, was arrested April 1 and charged with four felony counts of theft by unlawful taking from automobiles.

    He was released from the Bullitt County Detention Center April 2 on a $5,000 surety bond.

    Shepherdsville Police Capt. Kenneth Bernardi said Hauber is believed to have stolen between $17,000 and $18,000 in goods from vehicles parked in various areas of Shepherdsville.

  • More officers may be on streets thanks to stimulus

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - While there aren’t a lot of definite answers on how Bullitt County might be affected by the federal stimulus dollars sent from Washington, it appears there will be a law enforcement program revived to put more officers on the streets.

    The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program is to receive $1 billion to provide another 5,500 officers across the country.

    Several Bullitt County agencies are currently working to apply for those funds.

  • Hillview honors Burton; city, Fox Chase, host cleanup days

    HIILVIEW - While work continues to clean up limbs left by the storm, Hillview residents have an opportunity to get rid of their junk on Saturday.

    The annual cleanup day will be held on Saturday, April 4.

    From 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., extra dumpsters will be in place at the works department garage at the end of Prairie Drive.

    Works foreman Jim Bohannon said that no hazardous materials would be accepted, as well as household garbage.

    The county cleanup weekends will not be held in the spring. The project could be held later this summer or fall.


    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Highway District 5 reports the following roadwork scheduled in Bullitt County for the week of April 12:



    Bullitt County:

    Interstate 65:  Shoulder closures and delays possible between mile points 109 and 116 for installation of median cable barriers.



    Jefferson County:

  • Highway 44 traffic issues

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Traffic along Highway 44 in Shepherdsville could be difficult due to maintenance issues.

    The Shepherdsville Police received notification through CSX that the crossing at Highway 44 East next to Publishers Printing would be closed at various times during the remainder of the week for repairs.

    Road crews working along Highway 44 West near Buckman Street have limited the traffic to just one lane.

    If Highway 44 East is closed, traffic may detour through Adam Shepherd Parkway, Second Street or Cedar Grove Road.