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  • Vowels using grant money to study how exercise affects elderly

     MOUNT WASHINGTON - It’s no secret with new medicine and technology people are living longer today. And one Mount Washington resident has made it her goal to make sure we are taken care of as we age.

    Mckinze Vowels, a junior at Western Kentucky University, was recently awarded the Lifetime Experience Grant.

    The 19-year-old is majoring in psychology and minoring in gerontology.

    She utilized the grant money to continue research with her professor Jason Crandall on how an aging body responds to exercise.

  • Injury can’t stop Whitener from securing crown at county fair

         CLERMONT – Playing through an injury is not normally something associated with beauty pageants.

    However, 15-year-old Joanna Whitener did just that on Monday night in being named Miss Bullitt County Fair on the first night of the annual summer event.

  • Perfect attendance nothing new to brother, sister tandem

    HEBRON ESTATES - Thirteen years of perfection. Twice!

    Siblings Derek and Tabatha Schweinhart have matched each other's efforts of completing a perfect school attendance record from Kindergarten through high school.

    Tabatha completed her tenure this year at North Bullitt High School. Derek graduated in 2012. They are the children of Naomi and Terry Schweinhart.

  • Pulliam selected for prestigious honor of being 2014 National Merit Scholar

     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Bullitt East High School Senior Alison Pulliam has earned one of the most prestigious awards in the United States.

    She is a 2014 National Merit Scholar.

    “It is exciting and a little sad at the same time,” she said. “I am honored to be selected but I know it means my high school years are drawing to a close.”

  • BC's Skelton selected to be part of entrepreneurs school at Georgetown

        An innovative and entrepreneurial experience for teens…

    Bullitt Central High School freshman Karie Skelton is one of 60 Kentucky youth chosen to participate three weeks this summer in the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs at Georgetown College.

    “I was a little surprised with the email notification of my selection,” said the 14 year-old daughter of Dawn and Andrew Skelton.

    Karie was inspired to apply by math teacher Brenda Thornsberry who felt she would be a good candidate.

  • Clifton Ratliff enjoys celebrating his 90 years of life

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - He’s had many reasons to celebrate over the years, which is one of the best reasons to celebrate now.

    Bullitt County native Clifton Ratliff will be honored with a community birthday party to commemorate the 90th year of his birth.

    Ratliff’s family is hosting the party at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre on Saturday, June 7. Everyone is invited to stop by and greet the family patriarch.

  • Louisville teen earns Eagle Scout badge by helping local veteran site

     It was a rainy morning but that didn't damper the cleanup efforts of one Louisville Boy Scout.

    Fifteen-year old Sebastian Mortenson organized efforts for about 20 people to help him clean up grounds in Shepherdsville that will be the future home to the Active Heroes retreat center.

    An advocate for veterans, military and their families, the organization obtained a grant last July from Home Depot for $250,000.

    Once complete, the facility will include camp grounds as well as batting cages, a garden and classrooms.

  • Porter remembered for his drive to succeed, dedication to higher education in Kentucky

     MOUNT WASHINGTON - From humble beginnings, J. Chester Porter built himself into a very successful businessman and attorney.

    On Monday, Porter died at the age of 73.

    The native of Greenfield, Ind., came to Bullitt County in 1966 after securing his law degree from the University of Louisville.

    Over the course of the next 48 years, Porter would grow from being a successful attorney into a political leader and then an entrepreneur with interests such as banking and horse racing.

  • Chiara Russman selected to participate in summer seminar at U.S. Naval Academy

     A local student will have the opportunity to participate in a unique summer opportunity.

    Chiara Russman, a resident of Mount Washington, has been seleced to join 2,250 young men and women from across the nation and abroad to attend the Naval Academy Summer Seminar.

    She is a student at Christian Academy in Louisville.

    The fast-paced leadership experience is for rising high school seniors.

    This helps educate, motivate and prepare selected students who are considering application for admission to the Naval Academy.

  • Barnett's first book details struggles with drug ring

     Marijuana. It’s no secret it’s become a hot-button issue especially is state legislature in the past couple years. And one former Bullitt County resident is reaping some of the benefit.

    On May 10 from 10 to 3 p.m. author Phyllis Ann Barnett will be at Main Street Market for a signing of her book, “Between the Rows.”

    Released in March, the story follows a family’s struggle in central Kentucky after involvement with a drug ring.

    This is Barnett’s first book.