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  • Lebanon Jct. Library: Old facility closes; one close to opening

        LEBANON JUNCTION - The Lebanon Junction Library on Main Street has been closed as workers move to a new facility.

        Bullitt county's southern branch officially shut its doors June 26.

        On Monday employees and movers packed books and materials for relocation to the new city library facility on Preston Highway.

        LJ branch manager Mary Yocum and clerk Pam Rowe were among the movers. Yocum has worked at the LJ branch for 13 years.

  • Council rejects bid to rezone property

        MOUNT WASHINGTON - Eric Hayden, who owns an auto-body shop and towing business in town, had hoped to take the old Central garage on the corner of Highway 44 and Bardstown Road and turn it into collision business.

        To do that, the property zoning would have to be changed from B-2 Central Business to B-1 Highway Business.

        However, the Mount Washington City Council opted to agree with the county planning commission’s recommendation to deny the request.

  • School system hopes to save money with refinancing

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - In a time when state funding for education is getting tighter, the Bullitt County Public School Board could have a way to save about $40,000.

        As it has done on several occasions, the school system appears ready to save about $470,000 on a 2001 bond issue.

        If the system is able to refinance the bond issue in July, it should save about $40,000 per year.

  • Mother pleads guilty to criminal abuse charges in the death of her son

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - A mother has entered a guilty plea for her role in injuries suffered by her two infant children.

        Courtney Caro, 18, entered a guilty plea in Bullitt Circuit Court on Wednesday.

        Caro entered guilty pleas on two counts of criminal abuse and would receive consecutive prison penalties of 2 1/2 years or five years total.

        Prosecutor Michael Mann said he would object to any request for probation.

  • Woman charged in stabbing death

        PIONEER VILLAGE - A Bullitt County woman is in custody facing murder charges in the death of her husband.

        Shelley Denise Abell, 48, was arrested early Thursday morning by Pioneer Village Police at her residence, 12324 Somerset Drive.

        Willis Rodney Abell, 55, was pronounced dead at the residence at 12:20 a.m. as a result of a knife wound to his chest, according to PVPD Sgt. John Cottrell.

  • Charge dismissed on man accused of bilking elderly

        HILLVIEW - A man indicted for taking money from an elderly woman and for having forged instruments could soon be released from jail.

        A plea agreement has been reached for James House.

        House, 53, was indicted originally in May 2009 for knowingly exploiting an adult.

        The indictment alleged that between Jan. 29, 2009, and Feb. 20, 2009, House took out a credit card in the name of an 86-year-old woman and charged over $300.

  • Powell files for Hillview mayor's seat

        HILLVIEW - There will be a contested race for mayor after all in the city of Hillview.

        Former councilman and mayor Leemon Powell has filed to run as an independent candidate and will face incumbent Democrat Jim Eadens in the fall general election.

        “I just don’t see any business coming to Hillview,” said Powell, who served four years as mayor and six years as a councilmember. “Hillview needs more jobs.”

  • Man charged with stolen construction equipment

        BROOKS - A man has been charged with allegedly having stolen property with altered identification markings.

        Todd Edward Allen, 35, of Louisville, has been charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and two counts of obstructing the identification of property.

        Det. Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department said a call was received on Saturday morning about a possible stolen skid loader in a facility off Highway 1020 in Brooks.

  • Man indicted on forgery, theft charges

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - An investigation by the Shepherdsville Police Department has resulted in the indictment of John M. Kerger, w/m 33, of Shepherdsville, on multiple counts of Forgery 2nd, multiple counts of Theft by Deception over $500.00 and under $500.00, fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, and Theft of Identity.

  • Ground broken on new MW sewer plant

        MOUNT WASHINGTON - After years of preparation for a new waste water treatment plant in Mount Washington, local officials and representatives from contracting firm W. Rogers Company recently gathered for a ground breaking ceremony to turn some dirt on the site where W. Rogers will construct a new treatment plant within the next year and a half.

        “We’re excited to be in Mount Washington and working on a project of this magnitude,” said W. Rogers president Warren Rogers. “We expect a really good project.”