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Today's Features

  •  PIONEER VILLAGE - Maryville Elementary students experienced a field trip of astronomical proportions.

    And no one had to leave the school building to participate.

    Students attended educational programs inside the Owsley Brown II Portable Planetarium presented by the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium at the University of Louisville.

    The Portable Planetarium, shaped like the top of a large mushroom, can fit inside most school gymnasiums. Once inflated, students head inside to get a look at the projected skies above.

  • ZONETON - The girls at Zoneton Middle School celebrated who they are at a girls' only assembly to commemorate International Girls' Day.

    The special day designation was created by the Confidence Coalition, established by the Kappa Delta sorority in 2009 to encourage young women to stand up against peer pressure and stereotypes.

    Zoneton social studies teacher Nicole Henry and instructional coach Ondrea Smallwood hosted the event. The two instruct a Girl Power class at the school.

  •   SHEPHERDSVILLE - Since the day Jessica Dishon disappeared on Sept. 10, 1999, the worlds of two families changed forever.

    One would spend the next 15-plus years wondering who would brutally assault and then murder the Bullitt Central High School student.

    Another would feel the stares of those believing that David “Bucky” Brooks was the person responsible.

    On Thursday, the parents of Jessica Dishon would sit in a Nelson County Courthouse as Stanley Dishon would enter an Alford plea for his role in the death of his niece.

  •  The American Red Cross in Bullitt and Spencer counties will host their annual Valentine Gala on Saturday, Feb. 14.

    The 17th annual event at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre will include music by Wulfe Pack.

    Tickets are $55 per person or $110 per couple. A table of eight is available for $440.

    Cocktails begin at 7 p.m. with dinner at 8 p.m. featuring music by Hans Sander.

    The dance runs from 9 p.m. until midnight. The Wulfe Pack will perform.

    Tickets may be purchased by calling 955-6259.

  •   SHEPHERDSVILLE - Vina Leslie gave her all to make the world a better place for wounded veterans.

    She gave until she couldn’t give anymore. And then from there she gave again.

    The Shepherdsville resident passed away in August 2013. In her will, she left a bulk of her estate to the Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) program, a total of $111,989.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Shepherdsville Police Department members are sworn to protect and serve, and at Christmas they try their best to serve.

    The Shepherdsville Santa program hosted by SPD brought Christmas in the form of holiday gift packages for families in need throughout the city.

    Chief Doug Puckett said the program was able to provide for 125 families this year, a total of 280 citizens.

    Each family received a care box with food, hams, jackets, games, toys and stuffed animals.

  • Cedar Grove Elementary School music teacher Rebecca Dennis has earned certification in Music/Early and Middle Childhood from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the highest possible ranking in the field of education.

    “It was very challenging but also very rewarding,” she said. “I learned more during the NB process than I did during any college course. Analyzing your own teaching through video was very enlightening. You can reflect on your lessons, but many things go unnoticed while you are teaching.”

  •  The Bullitt County Woman’s Club, the longest-running civic organization in the county, recently installed its officers for the 2015 year.

    The officers include: Pam Harville, president; Sherry Parker, first vice president; Betty Porter, second vice president, Donna Stout, treasurer; and Donna Burke, parliamentarian.

    The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at various locations.

    Major benefactors of the group’s efforts will continue to be CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the Center for Women and Families.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The fifth annual Home Product Expo, presented by Window World and partnering with The Courier Journal, The Hawk and Q103.1, will take place this weekend Jan. 17-18 at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville.

  •  HILLVIEW - Logan Johnson’s Yellow Brick Road turned out to be Interstate 71.

    That’s the route he traveled from his Hillview home to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where he received a new heart.

    Logan is a 10-year-old fifth-grade student attending Little Flock Christian Academy. On Sunday, Oct. 19, he also became a 10-year-old heart transplant recipient.

    On top of receiving a second opportunity, Logan was well enough to return home just in time for the Christmas holiday season.