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Today's Features

  •  CLERMONT—Christmas is the season for giving and, this year, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest has chosen to give back to the community that gives them so much.

    The first annual Festival of Trees kicked off on Saturday, inviting visitors to the park’s Visitor Center to see decorated trees with a purpose.

    Each of the nine dedicated trees represented a local charity, visitor service manager Debbie Midgett explained.

  •     A century ago, on December 20, 1917, the local train out of Louisville was making its way toward communities like Shepherdsville, Bardstown, and Springfield. The evening sun dropped below the horizon as it approached Shepherdsville.

       The previous weeks had seen a terrible snowstorm, followed by freezing temperatures which had only thawed a bit in the last two days. Many folks eagerly took the train to Louisville that morning to take care of last-minute business and Christmas shopping.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE — It wasn’t something Mike Mann was looking to do.

    His original plan was to finish out his term as commonwealth attorney next December and not run for another term.

    However, as the talk on pension reforms continued in Frankfort and as he already had enough time to retire, Mann’s decision to retire last month made more sense.

    Having started as a volunteer in the commonwealth attorney’s office in 1987 and being elected to that position in 1992, Mann decided it was time to leave.

  •  VFW Post 5710 and its Auxiliary hosted a special meal in honor of all veterans in the community.

    All veterans were invited to the post for a free lunch on Veterans Day.

    A large crowd came out to accept the offer of food and fellowship.

    VFW Post 5710 is located on Highway 44 West in Shepherdsville.

  •   This weekend will be busy with holiday cheer throughout Bullitt County.

    Here's a list of some of the major festivities scheduled for the first weekend of December to help kick off the Christmas season:

    Live Nativity - Dec. 1-3

    The annual Walk Through Bethlehem will be held at Hillview Community Christian Church on Dec. 1-3.

    For the 19th year, the church will present a live Nativity scene, and seven stops in Bethlehem will feature live characters, including the animals.

  •  The annual Thanksgiving Community Service was held at the First Baptist Church of Shepherdsville.

    The benefactor of the love offering was the Fellowship of Concern, which provides temporary assistance to those in need.

  • CLERMONT— How do you describe homesickness?

    Is it possible to be homesick for a place you know little about?

    Why are Kentuckians so infatuated with their home state?

    These questions are what prompted Lexington native Jesse Donaldson to write 120 passages attempting to answer the age-old question: can we ever really go back home?

    Inspired by the 120 counties of Kentucky, “On Homesickness” features 120 passages dedicated to the various history, events, or make-up of each county.

  • HEBRON ESTATES-- For 14 years, a local shop has brought country charm to the edge of northern Bullitt County.

    Located in the Hebron Building on West Hebron Lane, Country Cabin Treasures began as a small space for Joann and Bill Doyle to sell country-themed items.

    Three years prior to opening, Joann ran a similar shop with her niece in Lincoln County. Once the hour and a half drive started to wear on her, the couple looked into a spot closer to home.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE—Joni Blake’s friends thought she was pulling some elaborate April Fools Day joke when she told them she’d purchased a pet cemetery.

    Six months later, Blake is continuing to prove the purchase wasn’t a joke.

    “My whole thing was it as broken and I knew I had the ability to fix it and so I took the opportunity,” she said.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON—When Luke Roby was four years old, his dad signed amputation papers for his son’s foot. Now, 11 years later, Roby continues to defy the odds as he finished his second year playing football for Bullitt East.

    In May 2006, Roby was playing in the backyard at his grandparent’s house with his older siblings. His grandfather had recently been in a car accident and was still in the hospital. Roby’s dad, Skee, had brought the kids along while he mowed the yard.