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  • St. Clair death sentence at Supreme Court

    ELIZABETHTOWN - In a 180-degree turn from prosecutors’ long-standing opinions, special attorneys with the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office chose last week to postpone a Hardin County re-trial of convicted killer Michael St. Clair until a Supreme Court ruling on his appeal of a Bullitt County death penalty is made.

    A Bullitt County jury found St. Clair guilty of the 1991 murder of Bardstown resident Frank Brady in 1998 and sentenced him to death, but that penalty was overturned by Kentucky’s Supreme Court in 2004.

  • County to work to decrease foreclosures

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - With the tough economic times, it is easy to see the number of homes that have gone into foreclosure.

    Bullitt County officials have formed a task force to help oversee a program to provide information to property owners in an effort to avoid foreclosure.

    Bill Heinz of HPI Inc. said many people are facing foreclosure and simply don’t know where to turn for answers.

    In his recent discussion with Bullitt Fiscal Court, Heinz said his non-profit company is a place where people can be sent for help.

  • Board agrees to allow permit to continue for top-soil operation

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - A county agency has approved the continuation of a top-soil removal company even though several neighbors opposed the application.

    The Bullitt County Board of Adjustment approved a conditional-use permit for Bob Jones.

    A previous owner started removing top soil on property along Long Lick Creek off Beech Grove Road in 2001 with a conditional-use permit.

    Applicant Bobby Jones said he only removed 40-50 loads of top soil each year from the property.

  • City again talks about insurance

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Don Cundiff has been talking for years about the government’s philosophy of providing full medical coverage for Shepherdsville employees.

    Each time the discussion is mentioned, it is normally around the time the Shepherdsville City Council is passing its new budget for the fiscal court.

    On the night when the council would unanimously approve the 2009-10 budget, Cundiff once again brought up the discussion.

  • Highway 245 rezoning bid delayed ‘til July 7 meeting

    CLERMONT - A rezoning request along Highway 245 will not be decided until July 7.

    Bullitt Fiscal Court members opted to table a vote on Tuesday and will hold another public hearing on Tuesday, July 7.

    The applicant, Leonard and Christopher Mattingly, are seeking rezoning of 3.7 acres from Conservation and R-1 Residential to B-1 Highway Business.

    The father and son want to expand a vehicle storage lot on the property; however, several entities concerned about the future of the Highway 245 corridor have opposed the request.

  • Salt River Plant Road again at point of talks by city council

    SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A narrow road connecting Beech Grove Road and Highway 61 South may have received more discussion than any other street in Bullitt County over the past several years.

    And, when residents learned that the road would soon be reopened to thru-traffic, they quickly came to talk with members of the Shepherdsville City Council.

    Due to dangerous conditions and heavy traffic, the road was closed over two years ago. At the prior meeting in June, councilmembers voted 4-2 to reopen the road.

  • 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.