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  • Chowning receives national recognition

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - It may have been Ruth Chowning’s alter ego, “Ruthie Toothie” the clown, that helped secure her the Distinguished Service Award recently at the National Extension Association for Family & Consumer Sciences Conference.

    As part of the Carol White grant awarded to Brooks Elementary in 2011, she was asked to come in to teach classes about nutrition during family fun nights, but she also did a physical activity promotion.

    And that’s where “Ruthie” came into play.

  • Utterback excited about new role as FRC coordinator

     HILLVIEW - Two Bullitt County elementary schools are once again receiving substantial family resources thanks to the hiring of a new coordinator.

    Tiffani Utterback was selected as the new Family Resource Center coordinator for Maryville and Overdale Elementary.

    A Mount Washington resident, Utterback is a self-proclaimed "military brat" with family originally from the Louisville area.

  • Brown spins some spooky tales for Bernheim students

     CLERMONT - It was neither a dark nor stormy night, but the spooky tales being spun inside the Bernheim Middle library had students on the edge of their seats.

    The library hosted Roberta Simpson Brown, a regional storyteller known as “Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales.”

    Bernheim librarian Paula Clemons said this was Simpson Brown’s fourth visit to the school.

    “She is always invited to entertain students while also promoting storytelling as an art form,” Clemons said.

  • SAFE SCHOOLS: Hardin takes on new role in county

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - In the ongoing fight against drug and alcohol abuse among youth, Bullitt County Public Schools have found a local general to lead the way.

    Sarah Hardin was selected as the district’s new Safe and Drug-Free Schools coordinator. She replaces Jaime Goldsmith, who left for an administrative position in Jefferson County.

    Hardin steps in from her most recent position as assistant principal at Bullitt Central High School. She has served in the district as teacher, coach and administrator for 16 years.

  • Russell believes your body’s scars are what define your life

     MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Sherry Russell doesn’t live her life being defined by her breasts but rather by her scars.

    “Your scars kind of make you who you are,” said the Mount Washington resident.

    In January, Russell will be in remission from breast cancer for five years.

    She had been regularly going to get mammograms done every year, but she missed one in 2007. It wasn’t until after a co-worker at Papa Johns was diagnosed with breast cancer that it sparked her memory to go.

  • Early detection at mobile unit leads to treatment for Noe

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - It was a routine check at the mobile wellness unit about 14 years ago that alerted Shepherdsville resident Georgia Noe.

    She had a mammogram done and later received the call that they found something.

    Shortly after, she went to the James Graham Brown Cancer center to have some more extensive tests done. 

    She was lucky they caught it early.

    Noe said she was surprised because her family does not have a history of cancer.

  • IRON MAN MIKE: Rice runs past hurt, struggles to post personal best time

     CLERMONT -- Recently,  Michael Rice completed his fifth Ironman competition in Louisville. 

    But this time he had more on the line besides just worrying about beating his personal record, even though he did.

    This was the first Ironman competition he was able to complete since his accident in August 2011.

    Three weeks before the 2011 IronMan competition, Rice was doing his last long training ride on his bike on the IronManh course in La Grange when he was hit by a truck.

  • Shofner pens her latest book

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Linda Lear Shofner hopes that years shared with Bullitt County families will help draw interest to her new book.

    "Shared Years" is the title of Shofner's newly-published book by AuthorHouse in Northern Kentucky. It is her first published book, and it only took her 40 years to complete it.

    The reason for the length of process was primarily due to Shofner's educational career, 30 years primarily at Cedar Grove Elementary, minus two weeks at Overdale Elementary.

  • Unser tuned into students to win honor

     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Hard work pays off. 

    This is the lesson Crossroads Elementary Teacher, Toni Unser, recently learned. 

    She recently won the Teacher of the Month contest from Gen X Radio.

    “It probably made my year,” she said. “It’s so great to be recognized and to know that you’re making a difference.”

    This is Unser’s second year at Crossroads, but she has been teaching for 18 years.

    She currently teaches the fifth grade.

  • Meredith honored for his long-time service to Mt. Washington Lions Club

     Service has always been an important part of Gary Meredith’s life. He spent years being involved with youth league sports.

    “God granted me a good life,  so I’ve just been trying to pay it back little by little,” he said.

    But he was still surprised when he won the Lion of the Year Award and the Melvin Jones Fellowship in the same year.

    “It’s a great feeling of accomplishment,” said the current secretary of the Mount Washington Lions Club.