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  • Puckett hangs up badge after 42 years of service

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Douglas Puckett has never regretted going to work a day in his professional life.

    Starting on June 4, 1974, as a new police officer with the Louisville Police Department, to his final day on Jan. 31, 2017, as chief of police for Shepherdsville, Puckett has loved his job.

    But, when looking at his retirement pay recently, Puckett said he knew it was time to leave.

    “I always said I’d know when the time has come,” Puckett said of retirement. “The time has come.”

  • Guest selected as new director of Bullitt YMCA

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — The new year began with a new leader, though this one was a bit more local than D.C.

    Justin Guest is the new director of the Bullitt County YMCA. He replaces June Daugherty who retired in December after serving as the only Bullitt County YMCA director ever for 30 years.

    Although he may be new to Bullitt County, Guest is no stranger to working for the YMCA. In 2000, he began teaching swim lessons at the northeast YMCA in Louisville. During summers, he refereed and worked the camps.

  • Family, friends show their loves as Daugherty retires from YMCA

      SHEPHERDSVILLE -- It was over 30 years ago when a small group of individuals had a dream of starting a YMCA branch in Bullitt County.

    Once all the parts came together, the branch was formed.

    Rose Haley remembers the next step was to find someone to lead an agency with no facilities, a small office and a budget of $25,000.

    They would find June Crenshaw, who was working in Lexington after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University.

    “We took a chance on her,” said Haley. “And she took a chance on us.”

  • Hillview’s Mahoney selected as PIP partner of the year

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - He has been an officer for a number of years and, in his second stint with the Hillview Police Department, he is serving as chief.

    But, recently, the Bullitt County Partners in Prevention named Hillview Police chief William Mahoney as its 2016 Partner or the Year at its annual member’s appreciation luncheon.

    The award was presented by PIP chairperson Sarah Smith, who also serves as the Bullitt County Public Schools Safe and Drug-Free Schools coordinator.

  • Mountain City Cruisers help make Christmas for children

     MOUNT WASHINGTON—The Mountain City Cruisers spent 2016 raising money through their car cruises to adopt 22 Angel Tree children.

    Along with the cruises that line Main Street during the spring and fall festivals, the club hosts several others throughout the year in the Valu Market parking lot.

    “Everything in the two shows and the cruises we do throughout the year, everything goes back to the community,” member Ernie Jones said.

  • Bullitt Lick’s Bryce Miles donates 50 pairs of shoes

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - A local teenager went an extra mile in his shoes to make a generous donation.

    Bryce Miles, who established 502 Sneak Geeks, a shoe swap organization, donated 50 pairs of new and gently-used shoes to the Shepherdsville Elementary Family Resource Center and Bullitt Lick Middle Youth Services Center.

    KYKickFest, based in Lexington, recently hosted a shoe swap sneaker convention at Parquet Springs Conference Centre, with 502 Sneak Geeks as its headline sponsor.

  • Adamson collects over 200 nutcracker figures for display

     SHEPHERDSVILLE—Seventy-five year old Dorothy Adamson has a knack for collecting things. From porcelain dolls to Beanie Babies, once she sets her mind on it, she doesn’t hold back.

    Ten years ago, the Shepherdsville resident set her mind on a seasonal favorite: nutcrackers.

    Beginning the first week of November, Adamson spends several days each year unwrapping and placing over 200 nutcrackers throughout her home to ensure they’re displayed before her birthday.

    “When you start counting them, you get lost,” she said.

  • Ellis gets off to good, but late, start at Old Mill

      MOUNT WASHINGTON — Just because school started in August for most of the county doesn’t mean it started for everybody.

    It didn’t start for Old Mill Elementary’s newest first grade teacher, Rachel Ellis, until the last few days of September.

  • Greene survives first-day jitters to settle into job

     HEBRON ESTATES — First-day jitters are to be expected, especially when someone starts a new school.

    Even more so when that someone is a first year teacher with 120 pairs of eyes watching her every move.

    North Bullitt art teacher Kayla Greene felt the jitters and then some on her first day.

    “Everyone here has been super great, super helpful and very nice, but they aren’t necessarily my comfort zone,” she said.

    After a 14-hour day, Greene drove home and cried when she saw her husband.

  • Geometric path leads Headley to teaching career

        SHEPHERDSVILLE—On her first day as an eighth grade geometry student, Chassidy Headley’s teacher did something that would stick with her students the rest of their lives: she connected geometry to the real world.
        Years later, a now grown Headley hopes to connect to her seventh grade students the same way.
        “I think, if we can make those connections, they might actually like it and might be more engaged,” the Bullitt Lick Middle teacher said.