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  • 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.

  • Raising funds for scouts

    The 2014 Friends of Scouting dinner to generate funds for the Lincoln Heritage Council of the Boy Scouts of America was held recently at Paroquet Springs Conference Center.

    The featured speaker was Hall of Fame basketball coach Denny Crum. The retired University of Louisville coach told dozens of stories about his mentor, the late John Wooden.

    Jim Beam was the corporate sponsor of the event. Jerry Summers of Jim Beam was honored with a special Boy Scout award for his years of service to the organization.

  • Local trainer gets first shot at Derby roses

      SHEPHERDSVILLE - Along the backstretch at Churchill Downs in Louisville, everyone knows him as Bronco Billy. At home in Shepherdsville, they call him Dad.

    Veteran horse trainer Billy Gowan will bring his family to the Twin Spires on Saturday to watch his three-year-old colt, Ride On Curlin, compete in the 140th Kentucky Derby.

    Ride On Curlin qualified as a Derby participant after solid showings in major stakes races, most recently a second-place finish at the Arkansas Derby.

  • Brooks writer has story published in latest Chicken Soup book

     BROOKS - A local author knows how to make others feel better with a serving of miraculous chicken soup.

    Jean Thompson Kinsey’s most recent published work is a short story included in the book, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen,” a collection of short stories based on various miraculous occurrences.

    Kinsey’s story, and miracle, “But Now I See,” is a autobiographical story. It centers around her husband, Glen, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer at one point but survived it.

  • Shepherdsville writer pens novel dealing with vampires

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - A quality Catholic education contributed to a new novel about vampires.

    Local author David Patrick, a former student at St. Aloysius Catholic School in Shepherdsville, is releasing his first novel, “Nero Demare and the Legend of the Vampires.”

    It wasn’t the Catholic Church that developed interest in a vampire novel, but Patrick’s development of writing skills at St. Aloysius eventually led him to completing his first full work.

  • City now has three resource officers in schools

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Safety is pivotal to any school, and the Shepherdsville CIty Council knows that.

    The council approved two new school resource officer positions for the city’s police department, allowing for three total to assist at public schools within city limits.

    Curtis Hockenberry and Ray Page Jr. were selected to join Sgt. Ken Bernardi in the special positions.

  • Bullitt Central teacher runs to raise awareness about diabetes

    Bullitt Central High School English III/AP English III and Drama Teacher Kevin Gose plans to run across the Commonwealth of Kentucky this summer to raise money and awareness for diabetes and healthy living.

    His inspiration is a literal father figure.

    “I see how diabetes has slowly broken my dad down,” he said. “Diabetes doesn’t have a cure, and it takes away time that I will have with him. It is not a cold. You don’t recover. You just try to slow it down, manage it.”

  • Daugherty part of national Congress for future leaders in medical field

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - One of Bullitt County's potential future medical leaders experienced an opportunity to pursue her career path in the nation's capitol.

    Morgan Daugherty, a Bullitt Central junior involved in the Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) program, attended the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C.

    Daugherty said she received an invitation in the mail after someone anonymously recommended her for the event.