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  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Could it get any better than a hot meal, fun enrichment activities and extra time with friends? And it’s all free to any Bullitt County residents between the ages of 4-18.

    Shepherdsville Elementary began hosting a Kids Cafe program in November, in conjunction with Dare to Care and a Metro United Way grant provided to the school’s Family Resource Center.

    Kids Cafe is available every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, on school days, from 4-5:30 p.m.

  •  The Mount Washington Middle School Girls’ Group recently got together to help show some veterans some love.

    In honor of Valentine’s Day, the girls collected cubed tissue boxes to decorate with colored pictures and encouraging notes for veterans spending the holiday in the VA hospital.

    Bullitt East freshman Brooke Hatfield first volunteered the idea after her older brothers did the project in their church.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Roby Elementary Classroom Intervention instructor Angela Olson was thirsting for a random act of kindness.

    Wanting to make an impact to honor someone’s memory, along with offering a public service project for Roby students, Olson learned of the water donation to Flint, Michigan, being made by Family Day Ministries.

  •  LOUISVILLE – As the region’s unusually mild temperatures decline into those more typical of the season, some area residents may have trouble keeping their homes comfortable. For many, it’s during these times that we could all use the support of those around us.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — Adjusting to life after leaving the military can be difficult.

    Add in an injury and a family to take care of and it can be close to impossible.

    Army veteran Steven Fader knows the struggle all too well.

    Surgery gone wrong in 2003 left Fader with a knee injury that also causes neck and back pains. He also discovered he suffers from neurocardiogenic syncope, a disorder that causing frequent fainting, stress and effects posture.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - An extra set of hands always comes in handy for families with infants.

    Those extra hands are available in Bullitt County thanks to the a health department program designed for just such assistance.

    The Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) program was established by the Bullitt County Health Department in 2001 to assist new first-time parents with necessary resources.

  •  LOUISVILLE – Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and the Muhammad Ali Center, partners in downtown Louisville’s Museum Row on Main, have teamed up to offer $5 admission at both attractions for Kentucky and Indiana residents throughout the month of February.

    The promotion encourages locals to enjoy these wonderful attractions that are close to home. Thanks to $5 February, Kentucky and Indiana residents can escape a cold winter day and experience world-class, indoor entertainment without having to travel very far or spend a lot of money.

  •  HILLVIEW - Jane Jones worked her entire life.

    She even worked more than one job at a time.

    But, due to a change in her employer’s benefit package, Jones suddenly found herself without insurance.

    Due to her high blood pressure and diabetes, securing her own insurance policy was either impossible or the premiums were too high to afford.

    She fell and tore her rotator cuff. But for over 13 months, the best Jones could do would be to have her arm in a sling.

    That was before Surgery on Sunday.

  •  AARP presented their required annual “State of the Chapter” meeting a little differently this year.

    Between folk-song classics and spontaneous dance numbers, the officers summed up their past year:

    In January, the group moved their monthly meetings from to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church after outgrowing the Ralph Lutes Senior Center, their previous home of over 20 years.

    During tax season, the members donated lunches to the Tax Aide Volunteers, something they plan to do again this season.

  •  Bullitt County got hit be a dose of snow on Wednesday and a little bigger slash on Friday.

    Schools were closed the final three days of the week and the closing date is now May 31. 

    No major issues, other than trying to negotiate the deeper snows of 3-8 inches on Friday were reported.

    For more pictures from the snowy weekend, visit our multimedia section.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - It’s not exactly the miracle of turning water into wine, but Family Day Ministries hopes it helps and makes an impact.

    The church located in Shepherdsville is collecting cases of bottled water for distribution in Flint, Mich., where a drinking water crisis is impacting life for 100,000 residents.

    FDM co-founders Mike and Melissa Miller decided to organize a donation trip, allowing Bullitt County residents an opportunity to assist Flint residents first-hand with clean drinking water donations.

  •  HILLVIEW - Smiles at five local elementary schools will be brighter this holiday season thanks to the Smile Kentucky! Program.

    Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from Crossroads, Freedom, Maryville, Nichols and Roby Elementary received free dental screenings courtesy of the program.

    The Bullitt County students in need of further dental assistance received a free trip to one of two locations. Crossroads, Freedom and Maryville students visit Generations Family Dentistry in Hillview, hosted by owner Dr. Darren Greenwell.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -“If you give some of your own food to those who are hungry and to satisfy those who are humble, then your light will rise in the dark.”

    The above Bible verse from the Book of Isaiah holds true for the volunteers at the Two Fish Ministries and the Full Gospel Christian Center, where over 40,000 free meals have been provided to the community over the past eight years.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - If anyone could deliver the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh at Christmastime, it could be a bank.

    First Harrison Bank made a different kind of Christmas gift in horn of the season, donating 500 pounds of frozen turkeys to the Helping Out People Everywhere (HOPE) in Bullitt County organization.

    Founded earlier in the year, HOPE was organized to assist area residents and homeless citizens in dire straits. The group offers food and meals, clothing and various life supplies. 

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Lick Middle School sixth graders have a reason to smile thanks to a little help from their friends in the Making Smiles Happen Oral Health Surveillance Initiative.

    Making Smiles Happen, co-sponsored by Delta Dental, Kentucky Youth Advocates and the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, is a statewide project hoping to collect vital dental data to better understand and improve health.

  •  An opportunity for parents/guardians to engage with the Bullitt County community begins Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. with the first Bullitt Central High School Town Hall meeting in the auditorium.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Hillview resident Gwinn Taylor was at rock bottom.

    “I had lost my kids to CPS,” she said. “I pled guilty to neglect charges, which I had earned. I was an IV heroin user. I was on the street selling my body. I needed help.”

    After arriving at the county clerk’s office “high as a kite,” she was put in front of Circuit Judge Elise Spainhour.

    Spainhour introduced Taylor to the Families Moving Beyond Abuse (FMBA) program.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- For the past 18 years, kids have dreamed about going to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They grew up wondering how butterbeer tastes, what it’d be like to travel through fireplaces and whether they’d be in Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin houses. 

    For the past three years, Bullitt East High has brought the magic of the Houses program to the school.

  • Throughout January 2016, administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members of the Bullitt County public school district are publicly thanking the system’s elected board of education members during Kentucky’s observation of School Board Recognition Month.

  •  The Fox Chase City Council decided to help the city of Hillview play Santa Claus this holiday season.

    The council approved a request by mayor Owen Taylor to present a $200 check to the Hillview Recreation Department toward its annual Operation Santa program.

    Terry Bohannon, recreation director and Operation Santa coordinator, was in attendance at the Fox Chase December meeting to receive the check.

    “Pound for pound, (Bohannon) does more to help people than anyone in Bullitt County,” Taylor said.