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  • Ready or not... public schools will open doors Wednesday

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - With two new school facilities ready to open their doors, a number of schools still undergoing major renovations and temperatures hovering around the 100 mark, it’s time for students to return to classes.

        The Bullitt County Public School System will open the new year on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

        A quick look at some of the changes planned at each of the facilities:

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  • Thompson set to face newest challenge as task force boss

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - Looking for a new challenge, Danny Thompson couldn’t think of a better one to tackle than to become the new director of the Bullitt County Drug Task Force.

        With a small staff, Thompson will lead a team fighting one of the biggest battles in Bullitt County - drugs.

        “Ninety percent of all crimes are related to drugs in some way,” said Thompson. “If you’re going to fight crime, you have to fight drugs.”

  • Superintendent ready to another busy year of curriculum changes

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - The building frenzy experienced by the district over the past decade as started to slow.

        But the momentum experienced in the classroom over the past few years continues to grow upon a solid foundation.

        Entering his fourth year as leader of the Bullitt County Public School System, superintendent Keith Davis is eager to see the 12,000 students return to class on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

  • County secures grant funds for bus shelters

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County will receive funds to construct bus shelters for its local transportation program operated by Louisville Wheels.

        However, the federal money will go through TARC.

        Bullitt County was funded $36,490 and Jeffery Holman of TARC said his agency has nothing to gain from the award.

        The Regional Mobility Council wrote the grant and TARC provides administration for the loan. The county will decide where to construct the bus shelters.

  • Heater use leads to garage fire

    HILLVIEW - No injuries and no charges were filed following a garage fire at a Hillview residence caused by an electric heater.

    Zoneton and Okolona Fire units responded to the initial call at the 100 block of Keebler Drive Thursday afternoon.

    ZFD Battalion Chief Garry Key found the resident, a white male, inside the garage with a garden hose. Key said the resident was attempting to put the fire out himself while smoke exited through aluminum siding above the garage door.

  • County 'energized' with $300,000 federal grant

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County facilities will be a bit more energy efficient thanks to a grant of nearly $300,000 from the federal government.

        Bryan Kirby, a grantwriter working for the county, presented Bullitt Fiscal Court members with the good news that the grant had been approved by the Department of Energy.

        The major benefactor of the grant will be the occupants of the Nina Mooney Courthouse Annex.

  • Woman pleads guilty of sexual contact with teenager

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - A woman entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of having an unlawful transaction with a minor.

        Jessica Darcy Smith, 28, of Louisville, entered a guilty plea Thursday in Bullitt Circuit Court.

        Originally charged with rape and sodomy, prosecutors agreed to amend the rape charge to unlawful transaction with a minor. The sodomy charge was dismissed.

        Smith was indicted last February after an investigation was conducted by the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Men indicted on separate sex-related allegations

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - Two men have been indicted on sex-related charges that could land them in prison for 20 years to life.

        The Bullitt County Grand Jury recently indicted John Preston Moorhatch, 56.

        According to the indictment, Moorhatch, 56, of Shepherdsville, was charged with sodomy and sexual abuse.

        The most serious crime is a Class A felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison.

  • County officials warn that dog, cat problems will only get worse in time

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - The problem was clear but the solution is becoming more troubling for county officials.

        Deputy county judge Billy Roy Shepherd said a call was made to the office. It was a trend that is becoming more popular - stray dogs and cats.

        However, when Shepherd and county judge Melanie Roberts joined animal control officials, the problem at this particular mobile home was worse than expected.

  • LJ looks to run sidewalks from school to library

        LEBANON JUNCTION - There may be a way for walkers to navigate the route along Highway 61 from the Lebanon Junction Elementary to the new library.

        The Lebanon Junction City Council  voted unanimously to authorize Jason Sams of Louisville engineering firm Suburban Design Group to put together a cost estimate on the proposed project.

        “We’ve got to start somewhere,” said councilman Larry Dangerfield. “We need this sidewalk.”