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  •  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.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- At some time during his year of service in Vietnam, Lance Cpl. Raymond Spalding lost his dog tags.

    After serving six years in the U.S. Marine Corp, the qualified sharpshooter would return home to Louisville.

    Without his dog tags.

    Life would go on for Spalding as he would marry his longtime sweetheart, Teresa. He would work at Ford Motor Company for over 30 years and would be a member of the United Auto Workers 862.

  •  Karen Wallace, Regent and Patricia Conway, Treasurer of the Salt River Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, attended the 125th Continental Congress in Washington, D.C., on June 14-19, 2016.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County History Museum made history by making history.

    The museum, located in the older format portion of the Bullitt County Courthouse, hosted a grand reopening of one of its display rooms following damage to the room over a year ago.

    The rooms on the south side received heavy water damages, leading to substantial work to reopen each room.

  •     BROOKS - Summer camps at Brooks Elementary were all about the students.
         A number of camps were hosted at the school thanks to grant funding issued through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC).
        Program coordinator Angie Gray said funding allowed the school to offer various healthy and educational camps at lower or no cost to students and families.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE—While sewing and baking might have been engrained at an early age for some, the younger generation relies on programs like the Super Star Chef and Sewing Camps, held by the Cedar Grove, Lebanon Junction, Mount Washington and Roby Elementary Family Resource Centers, to learn.
        “They don’t know this stuff,” Lebanon Junction teacher Rita Taulbee said. “If it isn’t attached to a monitor or an iPad, they don’t know it.”

  •  LOUISVILLE -- More than 20,000 celebrities, authors, artists and fans of anime, horror, pop culture, sci-fi, steampunk, comic books, gaming, film, television and literature will come to the Kentucky Exposition Center July 29-31 for Fandomfest Comic & Toy Show, the largest comic con in the region.

  •  LOUISVILLE -- Two Bullitt County Allstate insurance agents are teaming up with the Center for Women and Families to help children served by the agency get ready to go back to school. 

    Agents Chris Lee of Mount Washington and Chris Roberson of Shepherdsville are collecting school supplies until July 29 and delivering them to the Center on Aug. 3.

  •  Some Bullitt County students took an artistic approach to summer vacation.

    A three-day Art Camp was hosted at Shepherdsville Elementary, hosted by the Shepherdsville/Nichols Family Resource Centers and Bernheim/Bullitt Lick Youth Services Centers.

    Students participated in hands-on art activities involving “Zentangle” patterns that feature geometric shapes, creating freestyle images and decorating piggy banks with various patterns.

  •   HILLVIEW -- Police officers continuously put their lives on the line to protect their community.

    During the memorial service of the five slain Dallas police officers, President Obama detailed the difficulties of such a selfless career.

    “Like most Americans each day, you get up…and you head to work,” Obama said. “But your work, and the work of police officers across the country, is like no other.”

  •  FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) has honored state Rep. Linda Belcher with its prestigious “100 Proof Award” for her leadership in passing landmark tourism legislation that will elevate and transform the KDA’s Kentucky Bourbon Trail® adventures.

  • Ayusa, a non-profit organization that promotes global learning and leadership through cultural exchange and leadership programs for high school students from around the world, is looking for American families throughout Kentucky  interested in sharing their America with international high school students for the  2016-2017 school year. Applications for interested  host families are currently being accepted.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - It was a perfect summer camp for kids, all wrapped up with a bow.
        Archery Camp was hosted at Shepherdsville Elementary, featuring instruction by Shepherdsville archery coach Keith Mulkins.
        Students of both elementary and middle school ages participated, all at various stages of archery expertise.
        Bullitt Central students volunteered to assist with the camp, sponsored by the Shepherdsville/Nichols Family Resource Centers and Bernheim/Bullitt Lick Youth Services Centers.

  •     HEBRON ESTATES - Hebron Middle’s Discovery School, living up to the program’s name, took a very long field trip on Spring Break.
        Fifteen Discovery School students, with nine adult chaperones, participated in an educational trek to Costa Rica.
        Principal Kelland Garland said all Discovery School students were eligible to participate in the trip, which was based exclusively on science and biodiversity education.

  •  HILLVIEW -- Kentucky has the seventh worst health status in the nation, according to United Health Foundation. While diabetes and disabilities have risen throughout the state, physical exercise and adequate fruit and vegetable consumption have declined.

    The Kentucky Coalition for Healthy Communities (KCHC) is hoping to change those staggering statistics, Bullitt County Community Organizer Megan Ray said.

  •  The Bullitt Alternative Center has achieved Program of Distinction status in Kentucky for the second consecutive year.

    School districts nominated their programs for recognition based on criteria developed by KDE and the Innovative Pathways for Success Cadre. A four-member panel screened the applications and the finalists received site visits from a four-member team.