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  • 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.

  • Martin wows the crowd to win KSF karaoke contest

     PIONEER VILLAGE - The new voice of Bullitt County comes in the form of a 12-year-old girl, according to Kentucky State Fair judges.

    Emma Denise Martin was selected as the winner of the "So You Think You Can Sing" karaoke competition, hosted annually in the Mike Linnig's tent at the fair. She earned top honors in the 12 and under age division.

    The seventh grader at St. Athanasius Catholic School in Louisville earned $50 and two tickets to Kings Island Amusement Park, along with a ribbon and a trophy half her size.

  • Vachon sees many changes in education

     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Beth Vachon has been around education for a long time. 

    Thirty-two years to be exact. And in that time, she’s seen many trends in teaching and learned some lessons of her own, but one thing has always stayed the same: her love for children.

    “Laugh, laugh, laugh, laugh, you got to laugh,” she said. “You’re around kids they’re funny, enjoy it. It’s one of the perks (of the job).”

  • Beckner continues winning tradition

     CLERMONT - The woods near Bernheim Forest aren't always in the form of trees.

    Local resident John Beckner uses his imagination, along with his hand and a savvy for engineering and construction, to turn wood into creative wooden models.

    Beckner's latest piece is among his all-time favorites, and it earned a Best of Show in the wooden models competition at the 2013 Kentucky State Fair.

    The model, based on a Lattice Boom Crane, earned Beckner his fifth Best of Show ribbon since he began competing in 1999.

  • Cox has the knack of cooking winning entries

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - One could say that Shepherdsville resident Fran Cox has a baker’s intuition.

  • Company allows Duckett to give back to military

     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Cheryl (Pinkston) Duckett’s hands are often stained.

  • Thompson throws hat into ring for co. judge’s position

     PIONEER VILLAGE — For Tony Thompson, the message is clear. He believes Bullitt County deserves better.