en VALENTINE RECORD <img src="" alt="2015 Red Cross Valentine Gala" title="2015 Red Cross Valentine Gala" align="left" hspace="6" width="93" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;There was an overflowing crowd at the annual Valentine Gala, which benefits the Bullitt and Spencer County service centers of the American Red Cross.</p> <p> With the Wulfe Brothers again providing music, the dance flows was filled throughout the night. There was over 500 who attended the annual fund-raiser.</p> <p> See the multimedia section of <a href=""></a> for more photos and video by Thomas Barr.</p> Mahoney could be next police chief in Hillview <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="44" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;HILLVIEW -- For the past couple of years, Sgt. William Mahoney has been an active voice in working on getting improvements made to the radio communications for first responders.</p> <p> More specifically, Hillview police officers often have trouble communicating with Central Dispatch if they are inside certain type of buildings.</p> <p> During those discussions, Mahoney has served as a representative of the Hillview Police Department.</p> <p> Now, he will be representing the officers as their interim chief of police.</p> County agrees to add $300,000 for sheriff’s budget <p> &nbsp;SHEPHERDSVILLE -- No one will know what might have occurred if there had really been a &ldquo;standoff&rdquo; between the Bullitt County Sheriff and Bullitt Fiscal Court.</p> <p> But both sides will admit that the negotiations over funding were intense to say the least.</p> <p> Under the 2015 budget approved by fiscal court, sheriff David Greenwell&rsquo;s office will receive additional funding to the tune of $297,350 this year.</p> <p> It is a far cry from what Greenwell said is needed; however, it is also better than he has received in the past.</p> Discovery students hear from U of L president, local grad <img src="" alt="President James Ramsey and North Bullitt grad Brooke Adams talks with students at the Discovery School at Hebron" title="President James Ramsey and North Bullitt grad Brooke Adams talks with students at the Discovery School at Hebron" align="left" hspace="6" width="146" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;HEBRON ESTATES -- It was difficult to decide who might have been smiling the most.</p> <p> It could have been University of Louisville president James Ramsey and his staff.</p> <p> Or it could have been members of the Bullitt County Public School System.</p> <p> Ramsey made a recent visit to several of the programs now underway in Bullitt County.</p> French-Henry knows value of veterans <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Though the war may be over, for some the battle has just begun. After serving our country, many military service members have a hard time transitioning back to civilian life. Especially if they were in combat.</p> <p> Heather French Henry, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, shared how she was personally affected by this battle with members of the Mount Washington AARP recently.</p> <p> The 2000 Miss America&rsquo;s father served in the Marines during Vietnam where he became disabled.</p> HOT OFF THE PRESS <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="132" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;You don&#39;t have to go far for a story when it&#39;s in your own building.</p> <p> Firefighters from Shepherdsville, Zoneton, Nichols and Southeast Bullitt fought a blaze Wednesday afternoon at the home of The Pioneer News and Standard Publishing.</p> <p> The fire was restricted to the warehouse area of the plant. No one was hurt.</p> <p> Due to the smoldering rolls of newsprint, fire officials were on the scene over 24 hours.</p> <p> The cause of the fire is under investigation.</p> <p> There should be no delays in the production of the newspaper.</p> Shepherd's Shelter faces financial hurdles <p> &nbsp;MOUNT WASHINGTON - There are two plans of attack in the battle against homelessness.</p> <p> The short-term approach involves finding immediate food, clothing and shelter for those in need.</p> <p> The long-term involves a process in which the person gets back on their feet in an attempt to re-establish a normal, self-sustaining life.</p> <p> The Shepherd&#39;s Shelter, Inc., is a non-profit, faith-based organization first created in 2001 by local citizens, offering &quot;a continuum of care&quot; throughout the entire homeless process.</p> Shepherdsville upgrades with Louisville Geek for IT assistance, website <p> &nbsp;SHEPHERDSVILLE - A geek from Louisville will protect the city of Shepherdsville.</p> <p> The Shepherdsville City Council unanimously approved a contract extension with Louisville Geek for information technology protection.</p> <p> Louisville Geek has already been working with the city. Shepherdsville Police Lt. Col. Dan Patchin has served as the city&#39;s liaison with the company.</p> <p> At a previous council meeting, Patchin said estimated costs for city to work with Louisville Geek was estimated at $71,000.</p>