•  BEREA -- On Saturday, Nov. 28, Jason Kelty, of Shepherdsville, will demonstrate stone carving from 10:30 to 3:30 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

    Kelty has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bellarmine University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture with a focus of stone carving, from the University of Kentucky. 

  •  In preparation for the upcoming construction of the school, Mount Washington Elementary volunteers helped ensure the school grounds were to par.

    The stone dedicating the benches to the bus drivers was moved into storage to prevent anything from breaking it.

    The Mccafferty and Ousley families also helped move mulch to the playground to fill in low spots to help make the area safer for the kids.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON – A few local companies have given one Mount Washington family a big reason to be thankful this season.

    Travis Holbert, a fourth grader at Crossroads Elementary, has cerebral palsy.

    “Everything in the head just works great,” his mom, Melissa Hembree, said. “It’s them limbs that don’t want to do what he wants them to.”

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - What might seem like a sad farewell became a very happy celebration at The Peoples Bank of Bullitt County.

    Employees gathered to host a party at the main branch offices to honor the careers of 10 long-time employees who will retire from the company in December.

    Earlier this year the community received official word that First Harrison Bank, based in Corydon, Ind., would take over The Peoples Bank branches.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Student participation led to a revolutionary educational event for the public.

    The Jefferson Community and Technical College hosted its second annual Revolutionary War Day.

    The event included an authentic 18th Century meal prepared by the school faculty, along with presentations by lecturers dressed in period costume discussing clothing, battle maneuvers, slavery and other timely topics.

  •  CLERMONT -- Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest announced that 136 additional acres of conservation land are now part of the more than 14,000-acre privately managed forest. 

    Partnerships with Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF), the Imperiled Bat Conservation Fund of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Kentucky Natural Lands Trust, and private landowners were critical to the acquisition.

  •  The Bullitt County CASA program recently gave a big shout out to eBay Enterprise as the company made a donation of $3,400 to the local organization. 

    These funds will go directly to help abused and neglected children of Bullitt County.

    Patricia Wells of eBay, located on Omega Parkway, presented the check to the CASA staff.

  •   SHEPHERDSVILLE - A group of dedicated Bullitt Countians wants everyone to know that when times are tough, there’s always hope.

    Helping Out People Everywhere (HOPE) in Bullitt County is a non-profit organization striving to meet the needs of homeless individuals and families in the area.

    “We’ve recently applied for a 501-c-3 tax-exempt grant,” said state Rep. Linda Belcher, who serves as a HOPE board member working with services.

  •  HILLVIEW - Bullitt County Public Schools have made great efforts in recent years to educate students and honor military veterans, especially on Veterans Day.

    Overdale Elementary is among the first of the schools to present an annual Veterans Day program, inviting all veterans and families to attend the celebration.

    Students presented the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance as well as other military-related songs. Some students read thank you letters to the veterans.

  •  The Bullitt County Assessment Team is working on the Community Strengths and Weaknesses Assessment Survey for Bullitt County. If you live, work, or play here in Bullitt County, your input is requested.

    Please take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey! We are hoping to complete 1000 or more surveys for Bullitt County.

    We have this survey online and in paper copy as well. For information, as well as suggestions for places to host paper copies, call 955-5355.

  •  LEXINGTON – A family tradition in Kentucky, the Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc., returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Nov. 20-Dec. 31. More than 125,000 individuals in more than 30,000 vehicles attend Southern Lights annually from Kentucky and beyond, making Southern Lights a premier holiday event in the region and nation.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- With the search for engineers to fill jobs at an all-time high, a local high school club is doing what they can to expose the area to the world of robots. 

    Bullitt East students Kyle Echsner, Andy Lutz, Rucker Gardiner and Judd Huff are part of the 46-member award-winning robotics team, led by Echsner’s dad David.

  •  Author Gary P. West has included a local business in his latest book, Road Trip Eats: 101 Ya Gotta Eat Here Places Across Kentucky.

    Shack in the Back BBQ, which has a restaurant in Fairdale, is one of the destination placed listed in West’s new book, published by Acclaim Press.

    West will be at the restaurant on Mount Holly Road in Fairdale on Friday, Nov. 20, from 6-9 p.m. He will be there to sign copies of the book.

    All are invited.

    The restaurant is owned by Barbara and Mike Sivells.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- On October 17 at First Baptist Church in Shepherdsville, members were beaming with smiling, joyful faces at the 3rd Annual Health Fair.

    A great big “THANK YOU” to FBC 48 volunteers and 15 other volunteers providing information and health testing.

    Everyone worked tirelessly for such a successful day.

    There were 142 food boxes distributed, 68 participants cleaned out the clothes closet and 180 lunches were served to our guests and volunteers.

  •  Employees at Peoples Bank Mount Washington weren’t mixed up on their attire by accident recently.

    The employees at the main office and at the branch took part in a fund-raiser for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

    The mismatched day may have caught customers off guard but it provided a great, fun way to raise money in the battle to fight cancer.

    Gail Williams was the winner and she was presented a gift card by Teresa Flynn, an employee who is also a cancer survivor.

  •  LOUISVILLE - The folk-rock band Bridge 19 releases its new album, Riding on a Wire, and celebrates with a Louisville release party on Nov. 7.

    A finalist for a 2015 Louisville Music Award for Folk Artist of the Year (winner announced on Nov. 5), Bridge 19 is Audrey Cecil (guitars, vocals), Amanda Lucas (guitars, vocals, percussion), who are founding members and songwriters. 

  •  LOUISVILLE -- It was a celebration. But it was also the beginning of the next phase in the life of the Bowman Valley School.

    The first phase into its restoration has been accomplished -- it has been saved.

    But the next quest will involve securing a lot of funding to make it the historical and educational piece many envision.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Old Mill Elementary has had an unofficial name change in support of their new educational strategy.

    Old Mill Academy, as principal Les McIntosh called it, recently introduced their “Creating Koalified Leaders” method to parents and community members.

    The program stems from the Franklin Covey program called “The Leader in Me”.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON -- The land developed as a business industrial park is about to become the Field of Dreams.

    A new multi-million dollar sports complex is in its final planning stages.

    According to Mount Washington Mayor Barry Armstrong, the idea of the project had been tossed around for six or seven years.

    “We were overloading our current park and we were very limited on what we could offer,” he said.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - The primary organization that opens its doors to assist homeless Bullitt Countians will shut its doors permanently by year’s end.

    The Shepherds Shelter, Inc, was first established as a faith-based organization in 2002. Since that time it has become a state-funded program offering temporary housing, self-sufficiency programs and overall help to struggling community members.