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  • 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.

  • Missing Hillview girl located

    HILLVIEW - A 17-year-old girl from northern Bullitt County reported missing since April 29 was located Thursday morning.

    According to Det. Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department, Tori Lynne Bowen had not contacted anyone since leaving the Hillview home in April.

    McGaha said the girl had not run away or left home before and she has contacted none of her friends at school.

    Also, she didn't call her mother on Mother's Day and McGaha said the two were very close.

  • Relay for Life set for Friday night at NBHS

    HEBRON ESTATES - Bullitt County takes prides every May in being one of Kentucky’s largest supporters of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

    Each year teams and individuals make their way to North Bullitt High School’s track area setting up campsites and walking continuously throughout the night in honor of cancer victims and survivors.

  • Hallman found guilty of murder

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - A jury found Steven Hallman guilty of murder in the Oct. 13, 2007, death of his wife.

    Kimberly, 22, died of a single gunshot wound at their home off Beech Grove Road that evening.

    The jury deliberated over three hours before finding the 30-year-old Hallman guilty of the murder.

    Beginning Thursday morning the jury will decide the penalty for Hallman. He could receive a sentence of 20 years to life in prison.

    Check Monday's edition of The Pioneer News for a full story and www.pioneernews.net for further updates.