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  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE — Fourth of July celebrations aren’t just fireworks and hot dogs.

    For one Midway couple, this Independence Day was about celebrating the completion of a bucket list item the size of Kentucky.

    Ambrose and Karen Wilson ran in their 120th 5K in their 120th Kentucky county.

    Inspired by Lexington-based friend Liam McNealon, Ambrose, 66, and Karen, 59, teamed with their runner friends to complete the same task.

    “After he did it, we all just thought we should do it, too,” Debbie Biddle, 58, said.

  •  To prepare middle school students for learning in the technology age for both college and their future, BCPS students in grades 6-8 are receiving Chromebooks for the 2017-2018 school year.

    Chromebooks are simply laptops that connect wirelessly to the Internet and used mainly web based applications including Google Classroom.

    District Technology Coordinator Jim Jackson described the value of adding more grades.

  •  FRANKFORT — Kentucky high school students and 2017 graduates should check their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) accounts for accuracy.

    KEES allows students to earn money for college by getting good grades in high school and for qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT. 

    Students eligible for free or reduced lunches may also earn awards for good scores on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge Advanced International exams. 

  •  HILLVIEW - The Hillview Recreation Department’s latest project is a big splash.

    Many interested kids and their families turned out for the ribbon cutting at the city’s new splash park located next to the Recreation Center.

    The park contains a dunk bucket, a giant mushroom and animals that squirt water, along with a shower head. Patrons push a large tube to start the waterworks.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — In an ever-changing world, preserving history is becoming more and more important.

    For one group of local high schoolers, their effort in saving a piece of Mount Washington history earned them statewide recognition by the Kentucky Heritage Commission.

    Named for the first executive director of the commission, the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Grassroots Award honors those who take on the challenge of preserving local historic resources using their personal time and resources.

  •  The Tampa Bay Area was our choice for a family vacation this summer. Lots of factors weighed in to that decision. 

    The first being that Allegiant Airlines just started flying from Louisville to Florida, and they offer some amazing bargains. Four of us flew round trip for $700. Allegiant may be an economy airline but their customer service is first class!

  •  HILLVIEW - The Alternative Adult Day Center in Hillview hosted a Red, White and Bluegrass party to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day holiday.

    Patrons wore the proper colors for the celebration and danced to live bluegrass music provided by members of the Hillview Thursday night bluegrass shows.

    Special guests included State Rep. Russell Webber and Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts, along with Hillview Mayor Jim Eadens, council member Kim Whitlock and representatives of the city’s police department.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — Just in time for summer visitors, the Little Free Library is now open at the Bernheim Forest.

    The idea took root in Beth Fox’s Mount Washington Elementary fourth grade classroom at the beginning of the school year.

    According to student Berlyn Jones, Fox brought the idea up to her class after hearing about another class donating items to a local hospital.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The outside learning environment in the center of Roby Elementary School has a new name.

    The Mattie L. Owens Courtyard was dedicated in May with members of the Owens family in attendance.

    Mattie was a Bullitt County native, born March 12, 1906 to Henry and Susie Simmons Owens, Sr.

    Bowman’s Valley School Committee member Gwinn Hahn said the courtyard now bearing her name is a fitting tribute.

  •  The fifth annual Bullitt Central High School Hall of Fame ceremony featured the induction of 11 individuals.

    Gwyn Akers, MD is a 1981 graduate and serves as Medical Director of Youth Villages in Carrollton, GA.

    Jeni Brewer Carr is a 1991 graduate and the owner of JC3 Entertainment, Inc. She is a recognized member of the Country Music Association, has released two national albums, two national charting singles (Top 50 Country and Top 25 Inspirational) and is a BMI songwriter.

  •  The North Bullitt JROTC attended the Cadet Leadership Challenge at Wendell Ford Training Center in Greenville.

    North Bullitt had 20 cadets attend the incredible training event.

    The cadets conducted a water survival course, a leader reaction course, rafting, rappelling, constructed a one-rope bridge, competed in intramural sports and each cadet took a physical fitness assessment.

    They also worked alongside seven other JROTC programs.

  •  CAMPBELLSVILLE – Kentucky’s 2017 Elementary Teacher of the Year, Kellie Jones of Taylor County’s Intermediate School, urged the teachers to whom she spoke at Campbellsville University to “keep your passion for teaching” and “Students today need passionate and energetic influence in their learning and in their lives.”

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The show must go on…but it must have seven dedicated people.

    That’s how many members will be necessary to continue the Bullitt County Arts Council, or the organization will fold at the end of the year.

    The council officially voted to disband by 2018, with the stipulation added that BCAC will continue with enough people in place to properly manage the group.

    “We’re at a concerning level,” announced BCAC president Donna Burke.

  •  For the past 13 years, a North Bullitt senior is awarded the Megan Reader Scholarship.

    It is in memory of Megan, who passed away at the age of 19 in a 2004 auto accident.

    Hannah Robinson was awarded this year’s $1,000 scholarship. She will attend Bellarmine University and major in nursing.

    Sam Reader, Megan’s brother, and Brittany Wimsatt presented the check to Hannah.

    Over $21,500 has been presented through the scholarship fund since its inception.

  •  Local fire departments collected over $160,000 for the 64th annual WHAS Crusade for Children.

    Zoneton led the way with over $78,000 and Shepherdsville was next with over $25,000.

    Mount Washington had $24,000 and Southeast Bullitt had over $20,000.

    Nichols had another $11,323. No total was listed for Lebanon Junction on the official Crusade website.

    Over $5.5 million was raised and every dollar helps the children.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON— Going to middle school means experiencing new adventures and new pressures.

    One group of fifth grade friends from Mount Washington Elementary decided to encourage their classmates to defeat those pressures by utilizing their school-wide talent show.

    Kyla Combs, 10; Kami Ford, 11; Ashley Love, 11; and Raegan Soeder, 10, performed a dance to the Colbie Caillat song “Try”, which reminds girls that they ‘don’t have to try so hard’ nor do they have to ‘change a single thing’ to like themselves.

  •  CLERMONT – The summer has finally arrived and Bernheim’s June calendar is full of exciting events and activities, including the Visitor Center Grand Re-opening on Saturday, June 3, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

    Celebrate the Visitor Center’s recent renovations with great food, music and children’s activities. 

    As Kentucky’s first LEED® platinum certified building, the event will honor the past decade of the Visitor Center’s nature-inspired build that has helped teach thousands of visitors about sustainable design.

  •  The teaching profession is one where educators make a difference in the lives of students.

    For over a dozen teachers, the 2016-2017 school year was their swan song as they transition into retirement.

    Each retiree in attendance at the annual ceremony sponsored by the Bullitt County Retired Teachers Association and Bullitt County Public Schools was recognized for their contributions to education.

  •   SHEPHERDSVILLE -- “I would be dead.”

    Richard Jesse is sure that if his life continued on the path it was taking, he would have been dead by now.

    The Jefferson County native had been in and out of jail since the age of 17. Alcohol and drugs had consumed his life.

    It wasn’t as if Jesse hadn’t tried to seek help. He’d been to various treatment facilities.

    “I knew I needed help,” said Jesse.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The final curtain may soon fall on the Bullitt County Arts Council.

    Donna Burke, president of the council and a member of the Shepherdsville City Council, said that there is consideration to disband the organization.

    The dwindling number of people interested in keeping the group going is a major factor, said Burke.

    A meeting will be held on Thursday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Dance with Steve and Donna, located on Highway 44 West in Shepherdsville.