• Carl is true hero as he turns 100

    HILLVIEW - At the Alternative Adult Day Center, Carl Hartstern is a hero even without his Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

    The regular attendee at the center celebrated his 100th birthday with a special party hosted in his honor.

    Hartstern was presented with his own cake, complete with 100 candles. State Rep. Linda Belcher honored him with a Kentucky Colonel proclamation by Gov. Steve Beshear, while Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts officially declared Sept. 19 as Carl Hartstern Day.

  • Garland looks to continue momentum as new principal at Hebron Middle

     HEBRON ESTATES - Deep into a multi-year process of implementing “The Leader in Me” program, Hebron Middle School lost its leader.

    However, the new leader was already a leader in the building.

    Former assistant principal Kelland Garland was recently selected as Hebron’s newest principal. He replaces Steve Miracle, who took over as Trimble County superintendent.

  • Whicker back to work with lessons learned from attack

     MOUNT WASHINGTON -- When Pleasant Grove Elementary principal Melissa Whicker felt tightness in her chest as she walked across the parking lot in May, she assumed she had pulled a muscle coughing during a recent sinus infection.

    When she had the doctor’s check for her on Friday, they gave her the all clear.

    It wasn’t until she was watching TV with her husband and son Saturday night that she realized what was going on.

  • Grandparent of the Year Essay

     Cole Jeffries, a fifth-grade student at Old Mill Elementary was honored for his essay by the Bullitt County Retired Teachers Association.

    Cole was joined on stage at a recent BCRTA meeting by his grandmother as he read his winning essay.

    The Grandparents of the Year Essay Contest is co-sponsored by the KRTA and the AARP.

    BCRTA president Carolyn Dennison presented Cole with his certificate.

  • Beckner continues winning ways at Kentucky State Fair contests

     CLERMONT - Despite years of success and numerous awards, even John Beckner can branch out.

    Beckner is known for his efforts in creating wooden toy models. Each year one of his creations appears in competition at the Kentucky State Fair.

    The 2015 edition of the state fair included a Beckner model with a Best of Show ribbon attached. It was Beckner’s third consecutive award.

    The icing on the cake this year was Beckner’s first appearance in the Bullitt County Fair competition, where he also earned top honors.

  • Beasley, Patton still in running for honor of being state’s top teacher

     FRANKFORT - Two of Bullitt County’s finest educators are among 24 teachers that will be recognized at the State Capitol for their excellence.

    Bullitt Lick Middle School music instructor Meredith Patton and Brooks Elementary 2nd/3rd grade instructor Gina Beasley were selected as recipients of the 2015 Ashland Teacher Achievement Award, presented by Ashland, Inc., and Valvoline.

    Patton and Beasley were previously selected as 2015-16 Bullitt County Middle and Elementary Teacher of the Year, respectively.

  • CASA honors Tom Kelly for work in the community

     The CASA Board of Directors and staff were recently honored to present Board member, Tom Kelly with an “Outstanding Community Service’ award.  

    Tom has spent the past 57 years in the printing industry with three different companies and the last 33 years have been with Publishers Printing, right here in Shepherdsville.  He has represented Publishers and Bullitt County at the state, regional and local levels in a wide variety of educational, career and workplace readiness issues.  

  • Strang goes from ‘captive’ audience to creative one

      MOUNT WASHINGTON -- If you ask an elementary student what their teacher did before they became an educator, most would laugh and tell you their teacher has always been a teacher.

    Chances are, they would never guess that their teacher used to work for the department of corrections.

    For Old Mill Elementary’s Jamie Strang, that might be a good thing.

  • Reba Mills has seen a lot of changes in lives of homemakers

     BROOKS -- The days of June Cleaver may have been replaced with Real Housewives, but that doesn’t mean everyone has forgotten what it takes to run a good home.

    Reba Mills, 86, definitely hasn’t forgotten and works to ensure the community stays educated through the Bullitt County Extension Homemaker Association (BCEHA).

    Mary Evelyn Farmer hosted her first meeting in Brooks in 1947, which would become the BCEHA.

    Farmer was the one who first told Mills, a housewife with two sons, about the Homemakers in the ‘50s.

  • Teaching was in the blood for Bullitt Lick’s Kayla Alcorn

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Bullitt Lick Middle’s eighth-grade science teacher Kayla Alcorn has teaching in her blood.

    “I am the daughter of a teacher,” Alcorn said. “I’ve been around education my whole life so I think that makes me a little more comfortable with it being my first year.”

    Alcorn attended the University of Kentucky with a pre-dental mindset before deciding a teaching career was better suited for her.