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  • KSP Increases Enforcement Efforts To Save Lives During Holiday Travel

    December in the Bluegrass is filled with joyous occasions, family tradition and festive events celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve.  Many of these holiday gatherings will include the consumption of alcohol, lending way to the potential for impaired drivers on Kentucky roadways.

    Every year law enforcement officials make a plea to those who drink to stay off the roads.  While drunk driving is a horrible crime any day of the year, statistics show that the holiday season has the greatest incidence for crashes involving alcohol.

  • Majority who voted favor Sunday sales

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - If the voters were truly representative of the pulse of the community, people in Shepherdsville are ready for Sunday liquor sales in places that serve food.

    On Thursday and Friday, 323 people went to Shepherdsville City Hall to cast a ballot. When the votes were counted, 241 said they favored Sunday alcohol sales in places which sell at least 70 percent in food and 82 were opposed.

    The vote does not bind the current council members.

  • Man arrested for making threat against life of family court judge

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - A man who had issues in Bullitt Family Court was arrested on Tuesday morning after making threats against the judge.

    Douglas Matthewj Patterson, 32,of Bardstown, is now lodged in the Bullitt County Detention Center.

    Patterson has been charged with retaliation against a participant in a legal proceeding.

    According to Det. Mike Cook of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department, a tip had been received last week that Patterson had made threats against Bullitt Circuit Family Court Judge Elise Spainhour.

  • Man pleads guilty to false registration

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - A man has entered a guilty plea on a charge relating to an incident that occurred 37 years ago in Jefferson County.

    Stephen Ray Thomason entered a guilty plea on Thursday in Bullitt Circuit Court to the charge of wrongfully registering. The case was set to go to a jury trial before the matter was resolved.

    A special prosecutor from the state Attorney General Jack Conway’s office agreed to a one-year sentence but that would be served for five years on pre-trial diversion.

    Final sentencing is set for Jan. 25 in Bullitt Circuit Court.

  • Holiday prime time for burglaries

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - You’ve lived in your home for 40 years and never had any problems.

    Then, out of the blue, it happens.

    Someone breaks into your home and steals your valuable jewelry, your money and even your prescription drugs. More than that, the perpetrator has stolen your sense of security.

    From his 30 years of experience in the law enforcement field, Bullitt County sheriff Donnie Tinnell knows the above scenario is true. His department faces similar stories each week.

  • Committee to study future leadership of tourism, centre

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Two heads will be better than one - at least for the time being.

    The Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission members have appointed a committee to look at the future structure of its leadership.

    Troy Beam and Vicki Downing will continue to split the tourism and conference facility duties until the committee makes its recommendation.

    With the resignation of Elaine Wilson to take a state tourism position, the commissioners opted to not make a decision in October on a permanent replacement.

  • Bolin found not guilty of allegations

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Marvin L. Bolin Jr. said from the first time the allegations were made that he did nothing.

    He denied the allegations of sexual abuse dating back to 2000.

    He was indicted in April 2008 on two counts of sexual abuse, Class D felonies punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

    During his trial last week, Circuit Judge Rodney Burress dismissed one of the counts on a directive verdict for lack of evidence after the prosecution concluded its case.

    And the jury took less than an hour to find Bolin not guilty of the remaining count.

  • Track Santa with The Pioneer News

    Anyone can track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve via NORAD Santa.

    Each year the site shows live video updates of Santa's progress as he flies throughout the world bringing Christmas cheer.

    The site includes "hot updates" from the North Pole about Santa's progress in preparation of the big flight.

    A North Pole kids' countdown map includes fun games and activities.

  • Panel quickly shoots down fee hike

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Fees for zoning services have not increased since 1994.

    However, members of the Bullitt County Joint Planning Commission expressed no support for any fee increases at this time.

    Assistant administrator Roanne Hammond had sent out a letter to commission members about the possibility of looking at fee increases.

    “It costs more to operate,” said Hammond, adding that other departments in county government had increased fees. “It’s time we followed suit.”

  • Election fields slow to fill up

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - With the holiday season approaching, a few more candidates have thrown their names into the political hat for 2010.

    The filing deadline for primary races will be on Jan. 26.

    Three incumbents have filed to return to the state House of Representatives.

    Linda Belcher, a Democrat representing the largest portion of Bullitt County, has filed for the 49th District seat.

    Republicans David Floyd, 50th District, and Dwight Butler, 18th District, have also filed for re-election.

    No other candidates have filed for those seats.