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  •  A beautiful morning helped to greet students attending their first day of the Bullitt County Public Schools 2017-18 school year.

    For more 2017 BCPS back to school photos click here.

  •   SHEPHERDSVILLE - Summer is here and the weather is heating up, but a local agency hopes to help take out the worry for some homeowners needing a little more summertime assistance.

    The Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency is offering its Weatherization program, designed to assist qualified families and seniors in paying utility bills and preparing their homes to be more energy-efficient.

    The program is offered annually with assistance from the Department of Energy and funded in part through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

  •  FRANKFORT – If you live in Western Kentucky, or are headed that way later this month to view the total solar eclipse, make sure you pack more than a lunch and some lawn chairs.

    Eye safety will be critically important.

  •  Last night during the news at six, I saw a commercial spotlighting French Lick Resort as a great destination for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Without a doubt I concur (after our family visit) to French Lick, Indiana for the 4th of July weekend. The West Baden and the French Lick are both stunning examples of architecture that offer golfing, casino gaming, carriage rides, strolls through manicured gardens, spas, horseback riding and live music. However the cities of French Lick and West Baden are much more than just a getaway for couples. 

  •   A working partnership exists between Bullitt County Public Schools and Bullitt County Public Library to ensure all 13,200 students have a library card prior to the 2017–2018 school year.

    Called the Take 5 initiative, the collaboration is designed to make sure that even if a parent or guardian cannot take their student to the library and sign them up for a card, the student will still have access to the materials they need to make their school year a success.

  •  FRANKFORT -- College students should take advantage of their meal plan.

    Many colleges require students to have a meal plan, especially if they live on campus. 

    Meal plans vary among colleges, but most will give students a certain number of dining hall meals per week. 

    Students may also be able to add flex dollars to use at the campus food court or other locations. 

  •  The Zoneton Middle School eighth-grade band took first place in the Kings Island Music in the Parks competition earlier this summer.

    The band competed in the competed in the middle school concert division and received a superior rating.

    They also took home the trophy for best overall for middle scool concert bands.

    The band is under the direction of Eve Witt.

  •  Several Bullitt County Public School administrators from each grade level have been selected to participate in the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Institute for School Principals.

    Matthew Treadway of Freedom Elementary School, Annemarie Landry of Nichols Elementary School, Katie Stephens of Bernheim Middle School and Chris Mason of Bullitt East High School are four of only 48 Kentucky principals picked to attend an executive-level training session in July at The BB&T Leadership Institute in High Point, North Carolina.

  •  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.”