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  • Wimsatt wants to be voice for people in House

     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Alex Wimsatt loves the world of politics.

    And, he enjoys studying the government system.

    The former journalist and current assistant director of tourism for the county will make his first political run.

    Wimsatt will challenge Republican Russell Webber in the race for the redesigned 26th House of Representatives district.

    “I feel like I can be a voice in Frankfort,” said Wimsatt, who graduated from Western Kentucky University with degrees in journalism and political science.

  • Riggle to use fire department experience as new constable

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - For eight years of service on the Zoneton Fire Department, Joshua Riggle has seen how emergency services work.

    He’s been able to interact with law enforcement and medical personnel, as well as firefighters.

    Wanting to do even more to help people, Riggle has entered the race to become constable of the First District.

    Riggle will be one of the Democratic contenders in the May primary with the winner advancing to the general election in the fall.

    “I like to help people,” said Riggle, 31.

  • Lemons honored for her work to perserve history at Nichols

     Thanks to Wilma Lemons, the history of Nichols can be accessed via technology.

    She invested countless hours scanning documents and images to a digital format and converting files from 100 old 3½ inch floppy disks and old-format CD’s to modern format.

    Computer users can visit Ridgway Memorial Library or the Bullitt County History Museum in Shepherdsville to download her exhaustive efforts.

    During a ceremony at Nichols Elementary School last month, Lemons was awarded a special honor.

  • Music proves to be salvation for Austin Whitely

     SHEPHERDSVILLE--Even though he only started playing guitar at 14, Austin Whitely has always been an artist at heart. And it was gift that helped him battle through some of the darkest years of his life seven years ago.

    In 2007, Whitely’s brother, Dylan, died which led to his “downward spiral.” He dropped out of school, spent time in jail and overdosed on drugs 15 times.

  • Lauren Smith takes passion for education to Kenyan children

    MOUNT WASHINGTON--Some may say molding young minds is the key to a civilization's future. Bullitt East graduate Lauren Smith is hoping to expand on that idea with her organization Pink Elephant.

  • McAllister takes shot again at constable’s position

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Having served on the Shepherdsville and Nichols fire departments for about eight years, Eddie McAllister has seen the events which occur at the scene of a fire or an accident.

    He has had the opportunity to work with law enforcement officials.

    And, he believes he can help the community.

    McAllister has filed to run for the office of constable in the First District. He will run in the Democratic primary in May.

  • Branham ready to help community as new magistrate

     MOUNT WASHINGTON - For the past few years, David Branham has talked to his wife about his desire to do something more to help the community.

    The family band donates its time to play at a lot of community functions but he wanted to do more.

    Having an interest in government and how it works, Branham has thrown his hat into the ring.

    His goal is to be the next magistrate of the Second District. He will be among three hopeful vying for the Republican nomination in the spring primary.

  • Knox seeks re-election as county jailer

      MOUNT WASHINGTON - It’s not a job for everyone but Martha Weaver Knox enjoys it.

    Since 1988, Knox has been part of the staff at the Bullitt County Detention Center. 

    For the past three-plus years, the Bullitt County native has served as jailer.

    That means that the operation of the jail, the condition of its inmates and the welfare of her staff is on her mind 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    “I enjoy the job,” said Knox, 53. “I enjoy helping people.”

  • Tinnell seeks return to county sheriff’s office

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - With 32 years in law enforcement, Donnie Tinnell enjoys the profession.

    And, he is attempting to return to the office of Bullitt County sheriff.

    This time, the battle between Tinnell and David Greenwell will be in the Republican primary in May.

    Saying that the philosophies of the national party had gone in a different path, Tinnell will now run under the Republican Party flag in a rematch of 2010, when Greenwell won the general election.

  • School helps to make Wishes come true

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Every person has their own form of a wish they’d like to fulfill.

    Makenzie Robinson, an 8-year-old Shepherdsville resident, will fulfill a wish to visit Disney Island with her family.

    Her parents, Fredie and Tiffiny, are fulfilling their own wish - having Makenzie, happy and healthy in their lives.

    And Makenzie’s school, Shepherdsville Elementary, is celebrating their special classmate by raising funds to make someone else’s wish come true.