https://www.pioneernews.net/todaysnews/rss.xml en Happy 60th Birthday Zoneton Fire Department https://www.pioneernews.net/content/happy-60th-birthday-zoneton-fire-department <img src="https://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/old_and_newimg_1315.jpg" alt="Visitors got to see both the oldest and the newest of fire engines in the Zoneton Fire Department fleet" title="Visitors got to see both the oldest and the newest of fire engines in the Zoneton Fire Department fleet" align="left" hspace="6" width="131" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;Zoneton Fire Department recently held an open house in honor of its 60th anniversary.</p> <p> The ceremonious moving of the old truck out of the bay and pushing the newest truck into the firehouse was just part of the ceremonies.</p> <p> Fire chief Rob Orkies gave a history of the department and led a recognition of many of those who were instrumental in getting the department started 60 years ago.</p> Shepherdsville looks at ways to beautify https://www.pioneernews.net/content/shepherdsville-looks-ways-beautify <p> &nbsp;SHEPHERDSVILLE &mdash; Making the Shepherdsville Government Center more attractive and more stable for years to come were both part of recent discussions.</p> <p> Council member Lisa Carter wondered if any bids had been taken for the painting of the exterior of the city hall. Also, there were issues over the foundation of the building.</p> <p> Before anything being spent on the landscaping, Carter said the budget contained $230,000 for work to be done on the building. The city no longer leases the facility and it now owns the building.</p> Justin Beaver gets some assistance in having national celebrities help build him new pond https://www.pioneernews.net/content/justin-beaver-gets-some-assistance-having-national-celebrities-help-build-him-new-pond <img src="https://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/kkkkkkimg_4951.jpg" alt="Greg “The Pond Guy” Wittstock and his crew helped to build a new pond for Justin Beaver at the Second Chances Wildlife Center in Mount Washington " title="Greg “The Pond Guy” Wittstock and his crew helped to build a new pond for Justin Beaver at the Second Chances Wildlife Center in Mount Washington " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;MOUNT WASHINGTON &mdash; The city is home to an unusual celebrity and he just found his new crib.</p> <p> Justin Beaver, or JB for short, was abandoned as a baby and put under the care of Second Chances Wildlife Center.</p> <p> Founder Brigette Brouillard has kept JB at her house for the past year and a half, bottle-feeding him until he was older.</p> <p> &ldquo;He&rsquo;s never been with other beavers,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;They are family-oriented. There are a lot of survival skills he lost by not growing up with them.&rdquo;</p> Sheriff looks for more space to store evidence https://www.pioneernews.net/content/sheriff-looks-more-space-store-evidence <p> &nbsp;SHEPHERDSVILLE &mdash; A key part of the law enforcement field is investigating crimes.</p> <p> And a part of that investigative work is to collect and to preserve evidence.</p> <p> But what happens when the secured space needed to hold evidence is completely full?</p> <p> Sheriff Donnie Tinnell is hoping that magistrates will allow him to use a couple offices located on the second floor of the Bullitt County Courthouse.</p> <p> The sheriff made that request recently.</p> McGruder selected state’s top CASA volunteer of year https://www.pioneernews.net/content/mcgruder-selected-state%E2%80%99s-top-casa-volunteer-year <img src="https://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/hhhmagruder.jpg" alt="Cheryl McGruder (center) is honored as the state’s top CASA volunteer" title="Cheryl McGruder (center) is honored as the state’s top CASA volunteer" align="left" hspace="6" width="96" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;SHEPHERDSVILLE - There were two primary reasons that led to Cheryl Carter McGruder becoming a volunteer with Bullitt County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).</p> <p> A retired employee from Kosair Children&rsquo;s Hospital NICU, McGruder said she &ldquo;saw all the bad stuff&rdquo; pertaining to child abuse injuries.</p> <p> The other reason was her mother, Anne Carter, who volunteered for a CASA program in Indiana.</p> Porter attends judicial college on Casey’s Law https://www.pioneernews.net/content/porter-attends-judicial-college-casey%E2%80%99s-law <p> &nbsp;FRANKFORT-- Bullitt District Judge Jennifer Porter participated in sessions on Casey&rsquo;s Law, guardianship cases, cultural competency and more Sept. 16-19 at the 2018 District Judges College in Lexington.&nbsp;</p> <p> The Education Committee of the Kentucky District Judges Association and the Office of Judicial Branch Education at the Administrative Office of the Courts developed the college.</p> POLITICAL FORUM No. 2 -- An EGG-CITING EXPERIENCE https://www.pioneernews.net/content/political-forum-no-2-egg-citing-experience <img src="https://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/senate.jpg" alt="Moderator Joe Bohannon presented questions to Dan Seum, Andrew Bailey and Susie Board, all running for State Senate" title="Moderator Joe Bohannon presented questions to Dan Seum, Andrew Bailey and Susie Board, all running for State Senate" align="left" hspace="6" width="142" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;SHEPHERDSVILLE &mdash; It was an &ldquo;egg citing&rdquo; forum for candidates running for various offices in the fall general election.</p> <p> However, the race which sparked the most excitement was the state Senate contest. Incumbent Republican Dan Seum is being challenged by Independent candidate Susie Board and write-in Democrat Andrew Bailey.</p> <p> The forum, hosted by the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce and The Pioneer News, had a standing-room only crowd Tuesday at the Shepherdsville Government Center.</p> County audit not pretty report https://www.pioneernews.net/content/county-audit-not-pretty-report <p> &nbsp;SHEPHERDSVILLE &mdash; During the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, Bullitt Fiscal Court had seven issues which concerned the state auditor&rsquo;s office.</p> <p> In the recently released report, state auditor Mike Harmon listed seven areas where he felt Bullitt County government was in violation of normal accounting procedures.</p> <p> While it is not uncommon for a governmental entity to have items of non-compliance, the seven listed for Bullitt County is the most in recent memory.</p> <p> Those areas where comments were given by Harmon&rsquo;s office include:</p>