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Education

  • Franklin retires to tackle new challenges after 33 years

     MOUNT WASHINGTON - After 33 years a legacy has come to an end. And during that time, the educator has seen many, many changes.

    As of July 1, Bonita Franklin, who is the founding principal of Eastside Middle School,will be retired.

    “It’s a very difficult job, but I have been blessed to love it,” she said. “I am going to retire and continue in another career with kids. My heart’s in Bullitt County.”

  • Vowels using grant money to study how exercise affects elderly

     MOUNT WASHINGTON - It’s no secret with new medicine and technology people are living longer today. And one Mount Washington resident has made it her goal to make sure we are taken care of as we age.

    Mckinze Vowels, a junior at Western Kentucky University, was recently awarded the Lifetime Experience Grant.

    The 19-year-old is majoring in psychology and minoring in gerontology.

    She utilized the grant money to continue research with her professor Jason Crandall on how an aging body responds to exercise.

  • Woman faces indictment over theft of school funds

     HEBRON ESTATES - A former school bookkeeper had been indicted for taking money.

    The Bullitt County Grand Jury recently indicted Mary Christie Holt.

    Holt has been charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000.

    According to the indictment, Holt took over $10,000 between Aug. 1, 2012, and April 30, 2013.

    This is a Class C felony punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

  • BAMS: hard work, satisfaction experienced by first class

    SHEPHERDSVILLE -- They make up a unique group of students.

  • Perfect attendance nothing new to brother, sister tandem

    HEBRON ESTATES - Thirteen years of perfection. Twice!

    Siblings Derek and Tabatha Schweinhart have matched each other's efforts of completing a perfect school attendance record from Kindergarten through high school.

    Tabatha completed her tenure this year at North Bullitt High School. Derek graduated in 2012. They are the children of Naomi and Terry Schweinhart.

  • Pulliam selected for prestigious honor of being 2014 National Merit Scholar

     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Bullitt East High School Senior Alison Pulliam has earned one of the most prestigious awards in the United States.

    She is a 2014 National Merit Scholar.

    “It is exciting and a little sad at the same time,” she said. “I am honored to be selected but I know it means my high school years are drawing to a close.”

  • Students get to visit Bible sites in world

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The first graduating class from the Heart of Worship Christian Academy participated in a most unique hands-on lesson plan: A visit to actual Bible locations.

    Academy instructors Brian James and Dana Bischoff James hosted five students on a tour of historical Mediterranean areas where Bible stories were said to have taken place.

    The students included Ally Renee, Olivia Bailey, Trever Yates, Noah Edwards and Kayla Beeler.

  • Students to be part of Chamber Leadership class

     An annual initiative of the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce is welcoming the participation of three high school students.

    Leadership Bullitt County’s Class of 2014 includes Kasey Renfrow of Bullitt Central, Cole Green of Bullitt East and Madelyn “Maddie” Miles of North Bullitt.

    Each youth participated in orientation earlier this month. They will now meet every Thursday through October. Upon program completion, they will graduate along with outstanding business leaders to carry out new goals to improve the community.

  • BC's Skelton selected to be part of entrepreneurs school at Georgetown

        An innovative and entrepreneurial experience for teens…

    Bullitt Central High School freshman Karie Skelton is one of 60 Kentucky youth chosen to participate three weeks this summer in the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs at Georgetown College.

    “I was a little surprised with the email notification of my selection,” said the 14 year-old daughter of Dawn and Andrew Skelton.

    Karie was inspired to apply by math teacher Brenda Thornsberry who felt she would be a good candidate.

  • Pleasant Grove secures Lowe’s grant

     The huge courtyard at the center of Pleasant Grove Elementary School will look a lot different in the future.

    Thanks to a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant, the space will be renovated into an outdoor classroom.

    “It was a total surprise,” Principal Melissa Whicker said upon grant notification. “I just assumed when I opened the email it was going to tell me our project was not selected and to try again…like the other two times we applied. I’m so excited for our students.”