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  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE—Joni Blake’s friends thought she was pulling some elaborate April Fools Day joke when she told them she’d purchased a pet cemetery.

    Six months later, Blake is continuing to prove the purchase wasn’t a joke.

    “My whole thing was it as broken and I knew I had the ability to fix it and so I took the opportunity,” she said.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — When rough times come knocking, it’s nice to know there is someone looking to help… even if that someone is a complete stranger.

    Carinmarie Johnson was born and raised in California. She raised her daughter there and was raising her grandson there until her best friend suggested she move closer to her in Kentucky.

  •  There was plenty of fun activities over the past week as Halloween was celebrated all over the county. Zoneton Fire Department hosts its annual event. This youngster enjoyed the festivities at Little Flock Baptist Church. A little fun and games at the Wall Street Park in Lebanon Junction. And this young man was seeking candy at Mount Washington Firehouse.

     

    For more pictures from throughout the county, click here

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON—A bomb of scents and fizz has hit Mount Washington.

    Located near St. Francis Xavier Church at 10239 Highway 44 East, Serenity Grace Bath Bombs and Soaps carries over 50 scents in the form of laundry sniffs, room sprays, salt scrubs, handmade soaps and, of course, bath bombs.

    “We started in the kitchen, probably back in March, just out of curiosity,” co-owner Pam Brown said. “We both love bath bombs and got tired of paying the expensive price for them.”

  •  Members of Radial distribution center in Cedar Grove brought dozens of backpacks filled with school supplies for the local CASA children.

    Radial supports many community agencies, including CASA, which provides help for children who are in the court system not because of their own doings but because of the actions of others.

    The school supplies will provide assistance to many youngsters under the guidance of CASA.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON - At age 2, Luke Montgomery is already bi-lingual.

    His parents and older brother are as well, so they can communicate with him.

    Luke was born with congenital deafness - sensorineural deafness syndrome - that left him considered deaf, albeit with very limited hearing abilities.

    Luke’s parents, Brooke and Jeff Montgomery, decided early on that the family, including sons Nate, 9, and Seth, 6, would learn their new language along with Luke.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - A Christmas miracle is shaping up for Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston.

    Family Day Ministries, based in Shepherdsville, has been collecting items that will be distributed in time for the Christmas holiday.

    Pastor Mike Miller has connected with Trinity Lutheran Church, located near Downtown Houston, about 934 miles from FDM. Miller always contacts local ministry during a donation delivery, making certain the donations will make to those in the most need.

  •  Crossroads and Freedom Elementary Schools have been awarded Dollar General Store Literacy grants.

    The total amount awarded was $2,500. Crossroads received $1,000 with Freedom getting $1,500.

    Both principals said the funds will greatly benefit services to students.

  •  The noise-limit levels were raised at the Mount Washington Public Library for the long-waited ribbon cutting of the new building.

    Accompanied by food, freebies and wax hands, residents and local politicians joined the celebration of the grand opening.

    Board President Sherry Parker, who was involved in the building process from the beginning, cut the ribbon.

    The new building features tall windows, numerous study spots, several private rooms and, as always, plenty of books, audio books, movies and more to borrow.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON— Senior living situations don’t have to mean being omitted from the latest fads.

    Residents at Elmcroft Senior Living in Mount Washington were recently joined by volunteers with the Mount Washington Rocks! group to paint their own stones to hide.

    Fifteen painters decorated rocks with flowers, American flags and other colorful designs.

    Mount Washington Rocks! founder Vicki Huffman ensured the hashtag #MWR was written on the bottom of each stone before sealing the art.

  •  The Bullitt East Marching Band was named Grand Champion at the 14th Annual Eagle Classic at Eastern High School on September 16th.

    The band competed against 13 other bands in preliminary competition, including 5 other bands in their class, and placed first overall as well as receiving Best Color Guard and Best Percussion in Class AAAAA.

    Advancing to the finals competition, the Marching Chargers competed against nine other bands and placed first overall receiving the Grand Champion award, winning Best Overall Visual and Best Color Guard.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- New Lions District Governor David Moose was a visiting guest speaker at the Mount Washington Lions Club on Sept. 18.

    He was accompanied by his wife (and past Lions District Governor, herself) Judy Moose.

    Moose pointed out that there are now 1.4 million Lions Club members in 200 countries. 

    He pointed out that “Lionism” is global, but its heart is local. Lions Club International makes change around the world and right here in Bullitt County.

  •   Autumn is just days away! Fall in Kentucky is one of my favorite times of the year because we get to see God’s magnificent canvas take color. The leaves are sure to be pretty with all of the rain and cool weather we’ve gotten. I am looking forward to one awesome “firework show” by nature. Autumn is the perfect time to load the family up and road trip. October provides ample opportunities including fall break to road trip. To help you start making plans NOW, I offer a few of my favorite places around the Bluegrass.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - There are approximately 500 cases in the Bullitt County court system involving children abuse, neglect, and custody issues.

    For those children, life can be a strain, and very confusing as they sometimes move from home to home, trying to live a normal life while the courts determine their futures.

    The Bullitt County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) both help determine the children’s fate. And when they can, they do a little more.

  •  In Kentucky, it’s difficult to picture the threat of a hurricane. Yes, there are tornados and ice storms, but how do you react when 130 miles per hour winds are headed your way and your wife is 39 weeks pregnant? How about when you and your dog just became Floridians a year ago and your children and grandchildren keep calling to make sure you’re prepared?

    For 74-year-old Joyce Antons, the worried phone calls from family up north sealed the deal.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the residents of the affected areas in Texas and Louisiana could use a Christmas-sized miracle.

    Come December, some of them will receive it, courtesy of the good people of Bullitt County, Kentucky.

    Family Day Ministries, located in Shepherdsville, will send their God’s Miracle Crew south for a mission known as Bullitt County Christmas in Houston, Texas.

  •  CEDAR GROVE - The Bullitt Masonic Lodge 155 F&AM Gavel Club in Shepherdsville made a donation to help out students at Cedar Grove Elementary School.

    Members collected $600 for the school’s Family Resource Center for the purchase of necessary items.

    Representatives made the donation to FRC coordinator Tammy Perdew, who will use the funding for school supplies, clothing, and other necessities benefitting students and helping them meet their daily needs.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- During his four years of service with the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office, Billy Allen advocated for a K-9 unit.

    When he went to the Shepherdsville Police Department, Allen again had an interest in starting a K-9 unit.

    So, when two positions were posted to work as a K-9 officer, Allen jumped at the opportunity.

    Now, Allen and Chad Woods have new partners, Diego and Cherry.

    So far, the experience has been a great one, said Allen.

  •  Cedar Grove Elementary hosted a Back to School Bash and a Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff to celebrate the new school year

    Students were able to enjoy the school’s playground equipment, along with bounce houses and obstacle courses.

    P.E. teacher Jimmy Westwood was a good sport by sitting in a dunking booth throughout the event.

    Families visited with representatives from the Shepherdville Police and Southeast Bullitt Fire Department, as well as the Bullitt Central Future Farmers of America program, who brought rabbits and baby chicks for petting.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON—Without a cloud in the sky, 14 Bullitt East students watched the Great North American Eclipse in totality two weeks ago with the help of some encouraging educators and homemade telescopes.

    Bullitt East engineering teacher Darrell Vincent had planned on seeing the eclipse in the path of totality, no matter what the school day had planned. When he realized the trip would be a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for some of his students, he started to plan a trip that, as some described, would be the highlight of their high school career.