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  • Civil service hearing back on case after 9-month wait

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Nine months after the last deliberations were held, Michael Schroader is still out of a job as operator of the Shepherdsville sewage treatment plant.

  • Watkins ends recount; Knox elected jailer

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The 2010 general election in Bullitt County can finally be put in the books as being official.

  • Spainhours earn recognition for work with CASA

        LOUISVILLE - One member of the family knew that they would be the recipient of an award from a statewide organization. The other didn’t.

        But, the state Court Appointed Special Advocates honored a husband and wife team that has been instrumental in protecting children in the commonwealth.

        Elise Givhan Spainhour was selected by the organization as the Judge of the Year for CASA.

  • Hearing begins to set out recount process

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - The process to figure out the procedure to conduct a recount of the ballots cast in the jailer's race on Nov. 2 started on Wednesday.

        But it will take another hearing on Friday morning to determine the exact steps to be taken to conduct the recount and to determine the cost of conducting such a recount.

  • LJ looks for way to pay for flood wall repair work

        LEBANON JUNCTION - For some time now the city’s floodwall between Railroad Avenue and Highway 434 has sat damaged and while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was supposed to begin repairing the floodwall’s separating tiles late last month, the project has hit a snag.

        During the November regular meeting of City Council, Mayor Butch Sweat said the corps put the project on hold after bids came in higher than the $300,000 estimate the corps had originally anticipated for repairing the roughly mile-long section of the floodwall.

  • Recount could start Tuesday

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - With many of the details worked out, the actual process of recounting each of the paper ballots in the county jailer’s race could start as soon as Tuesday morning.

        After two days of hearings, attorneys worked with Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress to determine the process of the recount, which was requested by Paul Watkins, who lost by 55 votes to Martha Weaver Knox.

        Before any recount could begin, Watkins must post a surety bond for $13,000, which is the estimated cost of the process.

  • Belcher survives; Hornback, Paul win big

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - One Democrat survived in state races.

        Linda Belcher narrowly defeated Russell Webber to return for a second term as state representative of the 49th District.

        Belcher had 7,878 votes while her Republican candidate had 7,777.

        In the state Senate race, Paul Hornback defeated Democrat David Eaton 13,858 to 9,146 in Bullitt County. He also carried Shelby and Spencer counties.

  • Grad's return highlights NBHS veterans' salute

        HEBRON ESTATES - It was a special Veterans Day observance at North Bullitt High School.

        One of its own had come back to be recognized.

        Lt. Col. Stacy M. Bathrick walked the graduation aisle as a member of the Class of 1989. Two months later, she would be taking the oath to join the U.S. Army.   

        Over the course of the last 17 years, Bathrick has had the opportunity to enjoy “an absolutely incredible” experience.

  • School district pushes to collect old cell phones to prevent abuse

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County Public Schools is striving to lead all other Kentucky districts in collecting used cell phones to help prevent child abuse.

        Since 2007, the district has collected 537 used cell phones.

        “In Bullitt County alone, 1,321 children were reported to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services as being the victim of abuse or neglect in 2009,” according to 21st Century Community Learning Center Coordinator Annette Ragg.

  • Threaten judge...go to prison

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - A man charged with threatening to kill a circuit judge in Bullitt County could serve three years in prison.

        A Bullitt County jury found Douglas Matthew Patterson guilty of retaliating against a participant in a legal process.

        The four-man, eight-woman jury panel deliberated for about two hours before finding Patterson guilty of the Nov. 10, 2009, threat against Bullitt Circuit Judge Elise Givhan Spainhour.

        A three-year sentence was imposed.