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  • Memorial Day travelers advised to slow down, buckle up

    FRANKFORT - A travel weekend widely considered the beginning of summer starts, and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Highway Safety reminds motorists to Drive Smart.

    According to AAA, an estimated 32.4 million people will be hitting the roads this Memorial Day weekend - a half million more than in 2008.

  • BREAKING NEWS: No injuries in school bus accident

    PIONEER VILLAGE - A Bullitt County school bus was involved in an accident Thursday morning. No injuries were reported.

    According to Maryville Elementary principal Sam Cowan, Bus 131 had a minor accident with a car. One of the bus' wheels brushed against the car on Kingsley Avenue.

    Bus 131 arrived at Maryville 10 minutes late. Bus riders were allowed to eat breakfast before heading to their classrooms.

    Cowan said anyone with questions or concerns could call him at Maryville, 955-6553.

  • State prepares for swine flu

    FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is asking health care providers and public health officials to be on the alert for potential cases of swine flu in Kentucky.

    “We are closely monitoring developments involving swine flu cases in the United States, Mexico and abroad,” said Public Health Commissioner William Hacker, M.D. “We continue to provide information to health care providers and other stakeholders about this evolving situation, and are preparing for a wider response should that become necessary.”

  • Hillview looks to expand city boundaries

    HILLVIEW -- When presented the opportunity, Hillview officials are always eager to add territory to its current boundary.

    The city is now in pursuit of a 12-acre tract off Brooks Road, just west of the Interstate 65 interchange.

    Mayor Jim Eadens said there had been some discussions previously about annexing the property but nothing had been done.

    The property runs along Williams Lane and near the Jefferson Gun Club.

    City attorney Mark Edison said there were no homes on the property and no one would be able to vote on the annexation issue.

  • Wanted rape suspect in custody

    HILLVIEW - United States Marshals have arrested a Bullitt County man wanted for a rape charge.

    Justin Mullins, a Zoneton Road resident, was taken into custody around1:20 p.m. according to Bullitt County Sheriff's Det. Scotty McGaha.

    The sheriff's department issued a warrant for Mullins, who was charged with first-degree rape for an alleged April 13 encounter with a 13-year-old girl.

    McGaha said the alleged event happened in the Kings Lake area off Highway 44 West.

    The pair had met through a cousin and then spoke through the internet, according to McGaha.

  • Shepherdsville pleased with demolition work

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - With one structure already demolished since the passage of a new code enforcement ordinance, city officials are ready to tackle other properties.

    Jim McAuliffe, the city’s code enforcement officer, said there had been much praise received after the demolition of a home at the corner of Hester Street and Carpenter Street.

    He said the next spot would be a trailer off Highway 44 West.

    McAuliffe said the owner is willing to have the city destroy the trailer and he would pay the cost.

    Other cleanup projects are being investigated.

  • Sparks fire destroys home; no injuries

    BROOKS - A house previously damaged by fire was completely destroyed by another fire Tuesday afternoon.

    Zoneton Fire Maj. Randy Vincent said the house, located at the 300 block of Sparks Lane, was the same location that burned shortly after the February ice storm.

    According to Vincent, the house remained vacant following the initial fire, with severe damage to the front area. He said the house no longer had electricity.

  • Committee begins work on county budget

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - The daunting task of preparing a budget that will be balanced and eliminate the need for county employees to take a 20 percent cuts in pay in some departments has begun.

    A committee of magistrates Joe Laswell and Eddie Bleemel began asking questions and trying to find out answers on Tuesday. The next committee meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 11, in the fiscal courtroom.

  • Hillview hopes state program prescription will lower prices

    HILLVIEW -- One of the biggest problems in the United States is the rising cost of health care.

    Hillview mayor Jim Eadens hopes his city could be a leader in the county in alerting the public to know there are ways to receive free and reduced medical prescriptions.

    Through the Kentucky Prescription Assistance Program, communities in the state have an opportunity to provide a service for their residents.

  • County facing $2 million shortfall

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Needing to make up a $2.7 million deficit in the upcoming 2009-10 county budget, three dozen employees may see their work and their salaries cut by 20 percent.

    Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts presented her proposed budget to magistrates on Thursday. The proposed budget must be presented by May 1.

    But magistrates say the final document, which must be approved by June 30, will have several changes, including a way to eliminate the need for some non-emergency county agencies to go to 32-hour work weeks.