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  •  CLERMONT — Retired Mount Washington postman Tom Greenwell is using his days in retirement to the fullest. On Sept. 22, the first day of autumn, Greenwell set up a “Dome of Eighths” statue at Bernheim Forest to help show the autumnal equinox. The statue is one of Greenwell’s creations.

    At every half hour, he used sidewalk chalk to mark where the middle circle in the statue reflected onto the concrete padding underneath.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — A new foreign language is being taught in elementary schools: the language of computer programming. 

    Coding is the language designers use to instruct a computer program what to do. Through coding, a video game character knows when to jump or when to turn the corner. Coding is also used in website design. A link changes colors when clicked or a drop down menu drops when the mouse hovers over it because of the code written behind it.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Scientific studies show that cougars around the world are solitary creatures by nature.
        That’s not the case in Bullitt County, however, where the cougars have little buddies to keep them company.
        Bullitt Central High School’s football team, in collaboration with the Shepherdsville Elementary Family Resource Center, began the Cougar Buddies program with Shepherdsville students.

  •  HILLVIEW - To increase the recent Red Cross blood drive collection, Jim Eadens sweetened the pot.

    The Hillview mayor donated supplies for free ice cream sundaes to all donors who attended a recent drive hosted at the Hillview Government Center.

    Eadens said the center has hosted many drives in the past. He was looking for an incentive to persuade more donors to the event.

    In the past Eadens and members of the Hillview City Council have made other generous donations, including a Thanksgiving-style meal.

  •  PIONEER VILLAGE - A pair of local brothers have decided to let others in need know they have their back.

    Brandon Elder and Shawn Mix have organized Backpacks Giving Back, an attempt to raise funds for the purchase of backpacks full of much-needed necessities for homeless individuals.

    “My brother and I talked about wanting to make a difference,” said Elder. “We’re just so blessed with material things.”

  •  Lawrenceburg is the place to be this weekend when the community hosts its annual Burgoo Festival, highlighted by the annual Burgoo Cook-Off and inaugural Burgoo Eating Contest.

    The festival runs Friday through Sunday and features a variety of live music, vendors and of course, burgoo, a tasty stew that includes a variety of meats and vegetables.

    The cook-off allows anyone willing to make a $2 donation to judge a healthy sample of each team’s burgoo, along with their booth displays.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- One of the oldest buildings in Shepherdsville will go on the auction block this Saturday.

    The building at the corner of Joe B. Hall Avenue and South Buckman Street, best known as the Bullitt County Bank, will go on the auction block at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

    The building most recently served as PBI Bank. With the opening of a new facility on Adam Shepherd Parkway, the downtown location was closed in August 2014. The drive-thru remained open.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON—Eastside Middle is on a mission to teach students that you don’t have to look far to help the world. Sometimes, you just have to go to your closet.

    For the past month, the school has been collecting shoes of all shapes, sizes and stages of life in order to provide water to those without.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - They are from the greatest generation, they’ve taken care of the rest of us for many years, and now they need some assistance.
        A local group was established in hopes of helping to meet the needs of elderly Bullitt County residents.
        The Bullitt County Providers Coalition now meets each month to discuss elderly issues and situations, along with brainstorming ideas to provide necessary assistance.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE—Shoes aren’t just for wearing anymore.

    Sneaker Expos are popping up all over the country, including Bullitt County.

    Mount Washington resident and FlipnKicks creator Allan Blair hosted the “Kentucky Fried Kicks” expo at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre over the summer, welcoming over 1,000 “sneakerheads” to buy, sell, trade and show off their favorite shoes.

  •  After well over five years of planning and dreaming, the Bowman Valley Schoolhouse was relocated next to the Bullitt County Board of Education office.

    Recently, a marker was unveiled outside the schoolhouse.

    This project has been funded by various individuals and companies both inside and outsidet the county.

  •  The Outstanding Farm Bureau Youth Contest on Saturday, Sept. 17.

    Contestants must be 15 years old but not have reached 19 years of age by Jan. 1, 2017.

    They must be a member of Bullitt County Farm Bureau and must submit a contest application, along with a certified copy of school grades for the past two years.

    The two areas of competition are a personal interview (behind closed doors) and a two-minute prepared speech related to agriculture or Farm Bureau (this is in front of the audience).

  •  Before the beginning of the school year, Zoneton Middle staff spent an afternoon to build community relations in the form of a scavenger hunt.

    Stops included Pioneer Village City Hall and Hillview City Hall.

  •  Tom Chamberlain, owner of Lights Out Bar and Grill, offered the Bullitt County Foundation for Educational Excellence a percentage of the proceeds from his music festival in exchange for workers.

    The foundation gives grants to classroom teachers to purchase items that they cannot afford.

    Accepting the check are board members Lisa Lewis, LouAnn Moore and Linda Belcher (Dolores Ashby could not attend).

  •  If you are having trouble repaying your Federal Stafford Loans, you may be able to take advantage of a deferment, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

    A deferment lets you postpone paying your loans if you meet certain criteria. You can get a deferment if you are:

    *Still in college at least half time.

    *In a rehabilitation training program.

    *Unemployed.

    *Having economic hardship.

    * In the military.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Each year, the Bullitt County Scottish Rite organization looks to honor individuals.

    The individuals honored are those who happen to be citizens who make the community a better place.

    The organization also honors one of its own.

    Recently, three individuals were honored.

    Starting his Masonic career in southern Indiana, Herman Schlageter crossed the river and settled in Kentucky.

    Eight years ago, he married the former Joan French.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON— Injured squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, opossums and bats have a new home in Mount Washington.
        Started in 2009, Second Chances Wildlife Center is a 501c3 clinic whose mission is to conserve wildlife through rehabilitation and education.
        “More and more, as animals are losing their habitats, they’re forced to come in closer and closer to humans,” founder Brigette Williams said, adding that 90 percent of what the organization gets in is due to human encroachment.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON— When Sally McConnell’s seven-year-old granddaughter, Morgan, first saw flames coming from her grandma’s horse barn in early June, her first thoughts went to her pony, Mr. Freckles.

    “My granddaughter went in when she saw it sparking instead of coming to get me and tried to get her pony out,” the Rolling Hills Farm owner said. “He made it about to the first post.”

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- It had truly been a labor of love or the members of the Daughters of American Revolution Salt River chapter in Bullitt County.
        The research and the resources to make a lasting recogniton to Henry Crist was not done overnight.
        But, recently, a large crowd gathered at the Bullitt County Courthouse on a hot Saturday afternoon.
        They came to learn a little about the man who had a big presence in Bullitt County.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt Lick Middle School teaching staff went to jail.

    They also went to the neighborhoods and homes of their students.

    And they heard from members of a drug awareness coalition.

    All of the events were part of the BLMS teacher orientation day.

    Principal Lee Barger said the day was designed to help the staff get a glimpse into some of the issues their students could be dealing with while they are struggling toward success in the classroom.