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  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Committee has plans to keep hours, fund programs

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - When magistrates gather together on June 16, they expect to have a new look budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year.

    The budget committee, led by chairman Joe Laswell and fellow magistrate Eddie Bleemel, met for the last scheduled time on Tuesday with recommendations they expect to restore some unfunded items and still have more money in reserve than originally budgeted.

    Laswell said the list of recommendations would be presented to County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts and her office would have a revised budget to vote upon.

  • Hillview looking forward to prescription assistance

    HILLVIEW - Although it might take a little while to get the program started, Hillview officials are excited about a way to help those who might be having trouble affording medical prescriptions.

    Mayor Jim Eadens expressed his excitement about the city’s Prescription Assistance Program.

    Two city clerks were sent to Elizabethtown for what Eadens called “very detailed, intense training.”

    The program assists city residents in acquiring prescription medication at lower prices.

  • Hillview looks at criteria for police probationary period

    HILLVIEW - Academy training is different from working the streets as a police officer.

    In the City of Hillview, future officers could now receive both during their probation time.

    City attorney Mark Edison introduced an ordinance establishing a separate probationary period for untrained individuals employed as police officers during the city’s May business meeting.

  • Strange set to run for county judge

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - For the past 30 years, David Strange has been active in a number of organizations and activities.

    That intensified after he retired following 30 years of service at General Electric.

    He thinks of himself as a person who can not only dream but also work with others to get things accomplished.

    His most important mission may be to serve as the next Bullitt County Judge/Executive.

  • City, EDA pleased with ruling on fire suit

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - For some taxpayers, it could mean a second payment.

    For some potential businesses moving to the community, it could mean a major expense each year.

    But, for now, the requirement of some property owners who are in the corporate limits of Shepherdsville to also pay a fire district tax is over.

    Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress ruled on Tuesday afternoon that the city of Shepherdsville did have a regular fire department and against a 1999 lawsuit filed by Southeast Bullitt and Nichols fire taxing districts.


    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Highway District 5 reports the following roadwork scheduled in Bullitt County for the week of June 15:

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