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  • Tapp won't seek return to state senate

    FRANKFORT - When voters go to the polls next year, there is guaranteed to be a new candidate on the ballot for state senate in the 20th District.

    Gary Tapp, a member of the Kentucky Senate since 2003, has announced he will not seek re-election in 2010.

    Tapp served in the Kentucky House for four years before his two terms in the State Senate representing District 20, comprising Shelby, Bullitt, and Spencer Counties.

  • Meth crimes results in major prison sentences

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Messing with methamphetamine doesn’t pay in Bullitt County.

    In cases last week in Bullitt Circuit Court, defendants learned the hard way that dealing or manufacturing in methamphetamine will result in serving multiple years in prison.

    Jonathan W. Knauer was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

    Attorney Jahmal Wooldridge requested probation for his client since it was his first felony offense.

    However, Circuit Judge Rodney Burress agreed with assistant commonwealth attorney Nick Raley.

  • Deal struck for Shepherdsville sewer work

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - A liquor situation that has much more far-reaching impact than Sunday alcohol sales in Shepherdsville was settled Monday evening after more than a year of talks and negotiations.

    The Shepherdsville City Council unanimously accepted a plan to expand sewer service south of its corporate limits to pick up hundreds of potential acres of development.

    It also allows for sanitary sewer service to be extended to Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont and to expand its existing treatment plant that is already near capacity.

  • Talk of snow still in season at fiscal court

    SHEPHERDSVILLE -- As temperatures finally reached the 80s, county officials were still thinking snow.

    Well, snowguards, that is.

    After seeing most of the guards atop the judicial center fall to the ground during the past winter, county officials began talking in January about solving the situation.

    The previous year, snow falling off the courthouse struck several vehicles in the parking lot.

    But as winter turns into spring and summer is quickly arriving, a solution to the problem is no closer to reality.

  • Students get top marks in pre-CATS exam

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - If the third round of Think Link assessment for local students holds true when the CATS exams are done in May, local school officials feel there will be a lot of celebrating this fall.

    However, with the changes in the education reform act, there may not be a public display of those student accomplishments.

    So, Bullitt County school officials are making sure there is some mechanism in place to publicize the CATS strides.

    “If the numbers hold, wow,” said Greg Schultz, assistant superintendent for student learning.

  • Questions over who owns home doesn't slow cleanup efforts

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - It took years of work to get it torn down but only a few minutes to actually do the work.

    In its effort to get rid of structures that pose health hazards, the city of Shepherdsville tore down its first home at the corner of Hester Street and Carpenter Street on Friday morning.

    While the city has gotten rid of an eyesore, the battle over who actually owes the property may have to be settled in court.

  • New Lebanon Junction library will be built off Highway 61 despite concerns

    LEBANON JUNCTION - A new library in Lebanon Junction may be an exciting step for the city - but the facility’s future location has caused a bit of community controversy.

    Since 2006 the Bullitt County Public Library Board has pursued constructing a new branch to replace the city’s current cramped and dim location.

  • Pioneer Village looks to recoup expense

    PIONEER VILLAGE -- Expecting to get most of its expenses incurred in the ice storm back from the federal and state governments, Pioneer Village officials may have an opportunity to receive even more items as a result of the disaster.

    City clerk Recka Daniels said Pioneer Village should get back about $4,500 of the $5,223 spent on various storm-related expenses.

    The money will come from the federal and state government coffers.

    Daniels expected the funds to be received in June.

    With any federal disaster, mitigation grant money is made available.

  • Mount Washington looks for way to maintain vacated residences

    MOUNT WASHINGTON ee" Tall grass, boarded up windows and a deteriorating facade are just some of the tell-tale signs that a property might be caught in foreclosure ee" a rising problem throughout Bullitt County.

    City councilman Dale Walter wants to stop Mount Washington’s properties from becoming victim to unsightly and unsafe conditions often associated with properties in foreclosure, so he is sponsoring a new property maintenance code ordinance to help ensure land and homes are maintained, no matter whom the property owner is.

  • Charge dismissed over theft of football funding

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - A felony charge against the former chairman of a youth football and cheerleading organization has been dismissed.

    However, there is a good probability that the matter has not died.

    Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress agreed to a motion by commonwealth attorney Michael Mann to dismiss the Class D felony of theft by unlawful taking over $300 against Shelly Strong.

    Over the objection of her attorney Angie Etherton, Burress agreed to the dismissal without prejudice, which means the charges could be brought back to the grand jury.