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  • ENDLESS LOVE: Porters still in love after 75 years

     MOUNT WASHINGTON—Once upon a time, a girl sat next to a boy in the gym of the old Mount Washington High School. Today, that same girl and boy are celebrating 75 years of marriage.

    To get away from a fellow chasing her around the gym during the 1938 basketball season, 14-year-old farm girl Dorothy Swearingen sat in an empty seat next to 17-year-old farm boy Melvin Porter.

    “I just went up and sat down,” she said. “I knew who his family was but I didn’t know a thing about him.”

  • Little rain nothing when compared to winning your battle against cancer

     MOUNT WASHINGTON — After battling cancer, a little rain wasn’t going to dampen the spirits of the breast and ovarian cancer survivors walking in the 2017 Oaks Day Survivor’s Parade.

    Mount Washington resident Gail Williams was nominated to walk by her friend, co-worker and fellow breast cancer survivor Teresa Flynn.

    “I just felt very honored, first to be nominated then to be able to participate,” Williams said.

  • Sanders fights for children in battle to gain support payments

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Among the many duties performed by the Bullitt County Attorney’s Office, one of the most important is representing the best interests of innocent victims.

    Efforts to increase the collection of delinquent child support payments has become a speciality to one employee, Nicole Sanders. The single mother of four serves as a child support intake worker, investigating cases in search of proper financial collection.

  • Monnie Goetz enjoys her time on track at Churchill Downs

     MOUNT WASHINGTON—Monnie Goetz has always known she belonged on a racetrack.

    And every Kentucky Derby for the past 31 years, that’s exactly where she’s been.

    The self-employed Mount Washington resident is the “pony person” on the track, hired by trainers to escort horses to the gate.

    “As soon as they leave the paddock at the Kentucky Derby, they come into our hands,” she said. “We make sure they get to the gate and hand them off to the assistant starter.”

  • AARP salutes Clark for years of service

     Roger W Clark Sr. passed away Friday April 14, 2017.

    Roger Clark Sr. was an active member of Mount Washington AARP since 2003 and served as its President for six years

    Roger began the AARP solicitations at local markets for Community Ministries Food Bank in 2003. The proceeds to the food bank from AARP increased each year

    Roger revitalized the AARP veteran’s VA hospital Christmas package in 2004 providing clothing and gifts to needy veterans and their families.

  • Zehnder brings her engineering experience to class

     HEBRON ESTATES - There are moments when students complain about mathematics, saying they will never use algebra or trigonometry in their future lives.

    A North Bullitt High School teacher, who is also a retired engineer, knows better. She brings her career experience to the classroom, making math more practical for her students.

    That teacher is Cindy Zehnder, selected as the Bullitt County Public Schools 2017 High School Teacher of the Year.

  • Grant-Jones puts heart into work at Eastside Middle

     MOUNT WASHINGTON— All teachers may teach but it’s the special ones who put their heart into their work that stand out.

    And it’s tough to find someone with more focus on the heart than Jodi Grant-Jones, Eastside Middle’s physical education teacher and the Bullitt County Middle School Teacher of the Year.

  • Small-town girl big-time teacher at Nichols Elem.

     NICHOLS - A small-town girl who attended small-town schools knows instinctively how to be a small-town teacher.

    In her fourth year at Nichols Elementary, Brittany Joiner combines updated teaching methods with a sensitivity that allows special relationships with her fourth and fifth grade students.

    Her efforts were recently recognized throughout the district as Joiner was selected the 2017 Bullitt County Elementary Teacher of the Year.

  • Brooks Elementary mourns loss of teacher

     BROOKS - The Brooks Elementary community is mourning the passing of one of its long-time teachers.

    Gina Rodgers Eisenback, who retired as the school’s reading interventionist, passed away Thursday. She was 50.

    Brooks principal Melissa Boyle said Eisenback was one of the staff members who moved from the old Brooks school building to the new location on Brooks Hill Road.

    Boyle said the staff was gathered together after school Thursday for the announcement, along with a prayer for Eisenback and her family.

  • Ernspiker deployed for overseas duty

     Army Spc. Logan G. Ernspiker has deployed overseas in support of Atlantic Resolve. 

    Atlantic Resolve is a demonstration of continued U.S. commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America’s dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.