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  • Schools able to weather first storm

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - With no major changes expected from the recent special session, Bullitt County officials believe they will be OK financially for the next fiscal year.

    But they aren’t as confident about the years after that.

    While the district is utilizing a different pot of money for the many construction projects underway, superintendent Keith Davis and finance director Denise Smith felt confident in the proposed 2009-10 budget.

  • Fatality in I-65 weekend accident

    LEBANON JUNCTION - An Indiana man was killed in an accident on Interstate 65 late Friday evening.

    Kentucky State Police reported that the accident occurred just before midnight Friday about three miles north of Lebanon Junction.

    Charles E. Chesher, 52, of Jeffersonville, Ind., was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Mistrial ruled in Hardin County on St. Clair; new trial in August

    ELIZABETHTOWN ee" Prosecutor Todd Lewis was telling of Michael St. Clair and Dennis Reese’s cross-country crime spree when one detail too much was revealed, causing a mistrial in the second trial for the 1991 abduction of Frank Brady.

    Early in his opening statement, Lewis told of St. Clair and Reese’s September 1991 Oklahoma jail break, where they overpowered a guard and stole a deputy’s pickup.

    Lewis said Reese and St. Clair then stole another truck from a farm in a part of Oklahoma where rural residents carry guns in holsters around their waists.

  • Budget passed unanimously by fiscal court

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - With the recommendations of the budget committee in place, Bullitt Fiscal Court approved its $16.7 million spending plan for the 2009-10 year.

    And the vote was a unanimous 5-0 count, something that has not occurred over the past couple of years.

    Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts was pleased that the current fiscal year would end with a carryover of $1 million and that the cuts she proposed in her draft budget could be restored.

  • Bullitt Lick to keep name; change other things for year

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - There is already a new attitude at Bullitt Lick Middle School.

    But, after much discussion, there won’t be a new name attached to the 32-year-old school.

    The Bullitt Lick school-based council reached a consensus to not change the name of the facility after concerns over nicknames and perceptions seemed to be on the rise.

    Instead, the discussion moved toward finding ways to prove to the community and to others that things are changing for the positive at Bullitt Lick Middle.

  • Bomb threat shuts down government

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Employees and visitors to several Bullitt County governmental buildings were forced to go outside and enjoy the cool, summer breeze for a few minutes on Monday.

    A bomb threat called in forced the evacuations.

    Bullitt County Chief Deputy Larry Coy said Bullitt County Dispatch received a phone call around 12:30 p.m.

    Coy said the caller didn’t specify which complex building, and had a silly laugh at the end of the message.

  • Hallman will serve 25 years in wife's death

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - While Steven Hallman was sentenced to 25 years in prison, Christine Nugent Skaggs said her family has been given a life sentence.

    After listening to emotional testimony from four family members and after listening to the Hallman speak publicly for the first time, Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress affirmed the jury’s decision.

    Hallman was found guilty of the Oct. 13, 2007, murder of Kimberly Nugent Hallman and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

  • Three arrested on separate thefts

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - With cooperation of area law enforcement agencies, local police have charged three individuals with a series of unrelated crimes.

    Medica Pharmacy

    Since Dec. 8, 2008, the local pharmacy on Highway 44 East has suffered four break-ins.

    Not including the physical damage to the store, over $35,000 in narcotics had been stolen from the local Medica Pharmacy.

  • Sewer plant expense big drain on Hillview budget

    HILLVIEW - It wasn’t too many years ago that the city of Hillview was in some financial constraints.

    But, thanks to growth and frugal spending, mayor Jim Eadens is proud of the city’s condition.

    The Hillview City Council approved its 2009-10 fiscal budget on Monday.

    The city’s general fund budget would grow by roughly $500,000 to $3.04 million in the next fiscal year.

    In terms of carryover funds from the current year, the city expects to bring forward over $347,000, a slight increase from 2008-09.

  • BULLITT COUNTY ROADWORK: Week of June 29

    The Department of Highways District 5 Office advises motorists to be aware of impending construction on KY 61 between John Harper Highway and Cardinal Avenue (mile points 19.4 and 20.1) in Bullitt County.

    Work will begin the week of June 29 to widen this roadway from 2 lanes to 4 lanes.

    One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction during construction. Motorists can expect some delays and temporary traffic stoppages.

    Traffic will not be stopped weekdays from 6:30 - 8:30 a.m. and 3 - 5:30 p.m.