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  • Indictments for drugs still on rise

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - With the Bullitt County Drug Task Force far exceeding the pace set last year in arrests, the number of indictments in circuit court continues to increase.

    Twenty-nine individuals were recently indicted on drug-related charges. An indictment does not mean guilt or innocence but only that at least nine of the 12 jurors felt there was enough evidence to continue with a criminal trial.

    Those indicted include:

    *Larry Luttrell and Grace M. Metcalf - indicted for complicity to manufacture methamphetamine.

  • Budget carryover exceeds $1M

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - A final tweaking of the county's 2009-10 budget will be under consideration on Monday afternoon.

    If approved, Bullitt Fiscal Court will have its work finished. If not, they must approve a final budget prior to the end of June.

    While budget committee chairman Joe Laswell couldn't promise deputy judge Billy Roy Shepherd that the changes made after Thursday's committee meeting would be the last, he hoped the full court would accept the recommendations presented.

  • District sells $64 million in bonds for 2 schools, renovations

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - When you are $167 million in debt, what’s another $64 million among friends?

    While that may sound bad, it’s not as bad as the national debt.

    And, in reality, not bad for the Bullitt County Public School System.

    With projects revenues over the next 20 years, the district would have no problem paying its current bond commitments or the new ones to be sold in July.

  • Final buzzer could be near for basketball goals on city streets

    HUNTERS HOLLOW - The shot clock will soon run out on basketball goals in the city of Hunters Hollow.

    The city council discussed what actions they would take pertaining to portable basketball goals left along city streets.

    The city has an ordinance that does not allow unattended goals next to right-of-ways. The ordinance was created for both traffic and safety issues.

    Notification of the ordinance was previously distributed throughout the city, with the problem decreasing.

  • Two juveniles charged in vandalism incidents

    MOUNT WASHINGTON ee"Police are investigating a disturbing string of vandalism incidents targeting the Autumn Glen subdivision between Armstrong and Bleemel Lanes.

    Mount Washington police received a call about the incidents shortly after 5 a.m. Tuesday. The vandalism included graffiti on several homes, a vehicle and some street signs.

    Officer Tim Morris responded to the scene and found that one targeted residence housed an African American family upon which the graffiti appeared to be racially derogatory.

  • Ing's fight with cancer ends

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Two years ago a five-year-old boy dreamed of becoming a superhero and was thrilled to appear in the newspaper.

    To his family, friends and the Bullitt County community, the young man fulfilled his dream.

    Nathan Ing, a 7-year-old Shepherdsville resident, died Tuesday, June 16, 2009, due to complications from severe cancerous brain tumors.

  • Man charged with sexual abuse in Mt. Washington

    MOUNT WASHINGTON " A Mount Washington man was arrested Thursday on child sexual abuse charges that allegedly occurred two years ago.

    Mount Washington Police Det. Buddy Stump arrested 32-year-old Michael A. Fortner of Emma Court with a warrant claiming Fortner had inappropriate sexual contact with a female minor under 12 years old.

    Stump said the child was seven at the time of the alleged incident. He said the victim told her mother about the incident recently, prompting the mother to contact police.

  • One killed, four hurt in pair of accidents

    SHEPHERDSVILLE – Bullitt County emergency units remained busy Monday evening as two separate accidents led to a fatality and severe multiple injuries.

    Five vehicles were involved in the first accident, which occurred on Highway 44 East at Watergate Road shortly after 5 p.m. Three drivers were extricated from their vehicles and transported by two Stat Care helicopters to University of Louisville hospital.

  • Woman injured, twins die in two-car wreck

    UPDATE 6/16/2009: Jennifer Smothers'  family told The Pioneer News today that she is still in critical condition.

    As of Tuesday, Smothers' uncle, Bryan Patton of Mount Washington, said his niece was dealing with very serious injuries. Smothers has been on a ventilator since the accident and is still unconscious.

    Smothers has been at University since June 10 when she was involved in a car accident on Highway 44 East.

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  • Mount Washington officials interested in getting swimming pool open again

    MOUNT WASHINGTON — City officials want Mount Washington’s county-operated swimming pool open for the summer, and they are investigating ways to make that happen.

    At last Monday’s city council meeting, councilman Barry Armstrong said he would like to know exactly how much it would cost to make the city’s pool operational.