•  SHEPHERDSVILLE - A gathering of local fire officials took place at the Bullitt County Courthouse in honor of National Fire Safety Week.

    Representatives from five area fire departments met with Bullitt County judge executive Melanie Roberts as she presented a proclamation recognizing the week of Oct. 4-10 as Fire Prevention Week in Bullitt County.

    The representatives included Nichols FD chief W.D. Coy, Lebanon Junction FD Sgt. Steve Geoghegan, Southeast Bullitt FD Maj. Wayne Bowles, Shepherdsville FD Maj. Ted Calvert and Zoneton FD Maj. Kevin Moulton.

  •  FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $2,692,136 for 14 agricultural diversification and rural development programs across the Commonwealth during its October board meeting.

    Technical Assistance for Agribusinesses.

    The County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) offers 10 investment areas that give Kentucky agricultural producers the ability to increase net farm income, add value to their products and diversify their operation.

  •  FRANKFORT - Lt.  Gov. Crit Luallen and Personnel Cabinet Secretary Dinah Bevington praised the work and dedication of Kentucky’s public employees recently at a ceremony in the Capitol. The event celebrated Public Service Recognition Week, which was Oct. 4-10.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Shepherdsville resident Elizabeth Stone was in a tough spot.

    Her trailer home stairs needed replacing. One piece had broken off and fell through. The staircase itself wasn’t very sturdy. And, with several children in her home, she knew it was no longer safe.

    Then she heard about the Repair Affair at her church, Mercy Hill. The annual event gathers local churches dedicated to working together to give help in the community where help is needed.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- In a world where moms tend to get the praise for raising their children, dads around the country are stepping up their volunteer game.

    Watch Dads of Great Students, or Watch D.O.G.S., is a program designed to provide a positive male role model for students. The presence of the male role models in the schools demonstrate to the students that education is important. The program is also meant to provide an extra set of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

  •  Ms. Easton’s independent study, creative writing, broadcasting, and advanced creative writing classes were very blessed to share the day with local children’s author and teacher, Mrs. Tytianna Smith, on Monday, Sept. 21.

    Smith’s visit was, in her own words, “a transformative teaching and learning experience!”

  • FRANKFORT -- Fall has arrived, and with it the 2015 edition of the ColorFall program promoting travel to peak foliage viewing areas and exciting autumn events around Kentucky. ColorFall is designed to aid the public’s enjoyment and media’s coverage of autumn in the Bluegrass State.

    Coordinated by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks, ColorFall is available at this website: www.kentuckytourism.com/seasons.

  •  U.S. Sen. Rand Paul made a stop to meet with constituents at Becknell Hall in Pioneer Village.

    Around 100 people visited during his one-hour stop on Friday.

    He listened to a variety of questions and comments from the constituents.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Shouldn’t there be a place where the kids can hang out after school, get a good meal, play games, maybe get some homework assistance, all in a safe environment and free of charge?

    Shepherdsville Elementary thinks so. That’s why it plans to open its after-school Kids Cafe for ages  4 to 18.

    The program is made possible through a grant partnership with Dare to Care Food Bank, the Metro United Way and the Shepherdsville Elementary Family Resource Center.

    The plan is to have the cafe started by mid-October.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE -- When Willie Foster interviewed for the position of principal at Bullitt East High School four years ago, he may have said a few things that offended some folks.

    For example, he used the term “sleeping giant” to characterize Bullitt East in terms of its academic possibilities.

    Well, the “giant” is now awake.

    Bullitt East earned the title of being a School of Distinction in the latest round of results from the state Department of Education accountability assessment.

  •   SHEPHERDSVILLE - Local residents can do their part to help others in two different but equally important ways.

    North Bullitt Christian Church is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive and a Be The Match Bone Marrow Donor Drive on Sunday, October 4, from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

    No appointment is necessary for the bone marrow drive. Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 44. The donor will complete a brief medical history and conduct a cheek swab, which will be processed and added to the donor registry.

  •  LEBANON JUNCTION  - They fly high in the sky and spread their wings, and for younger girls they sometimes serve as guardians angels.

    They are female pilots, members of the Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, Inc., an international women’s pilot organization.

    The local members will soon host flights as part of the Family Weekend at the Bardstown Airport. Meanwhile, the local members hope to promote flying as a hobby or profession for area girls.

  •  Eastside Middle School has been selected as one of the Honorable Mentions regarding teaching conditions, school safety, and student achievement according to results of the 2015 Kentucky TELL Survey.

    “I feel truly blessed to be a part of the Eastside community,” principal Troy Wood said. “This honor is a genuine reflection of the students, parents, teachers and staff at Eastside. Our success is a collaborative effort, and we couldn’t be successful otherwise.”

  •  LOUISVILLE -- Students and teachers looking for a creative classroom project this fall will find the perfect blend fun and educational materials in the annual Conservation Writing and Art Contests, sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts. 

    This contest encourages Kentucky’s finest young writers and artists to create and submit short essays and artistic entries that promote best practices for wildlife conservation efforts across the state.

  •  FRANKFORT -- Seventeen students from Bullitt County have been named Sen. Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). To earn this honor, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and at least a 28 composite on the ACT.

    These students have also earned $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards. If they keep their grades up in college, they will have $10,000 to use toward a four-year degree.

  •  Six individuals were remembered during a recent rally to stop drug overdoses.

    Those highlighted were recent victims to the illness that fuels drug overdoses, especially heroin.

    The Walking for Wellness Stop Heroin Bullitt County organization sponsored the event. It hosts walks and other activities throughout the community to raise awareness.

  •   BARDSTOWN -- In a world of dying farms and dying families, one Bardstown couple hopes to bring the closeness back with their first full-length feature film “The Old Winter.”

    “The Old Winter” is a historically based drama that sheds a light on the disappearance of small farms by following Asa Bodine as he returns to his inherited Kentucky farmland 40 years after he left during the Depression.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Thanks to a local organization’s efforts in promoting heathy lifestyle choices, Bullitt Countians can continue to strive for better health.

    For five years the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) has funded a rural diabetes coalition in Bullitt, Henry and Shelby Counties with a $2.5 million grant provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

    Grant funding provided educational tools, civic events and moral support to county residents hoping to handle, or even avoid, diabetes.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- The city of Mount Washington is about to get a whole lot healthier and the White House has taken notice!

    Councilmember Alice Harris has been invited to the White House in September after applying for the “Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties” (LMCTC) program.

    The LMCTC initiative grew out of the Let’s Move! program launched by First Lady Michelle Obama in an effort to help encourage healthy and active lifestyles for children across America so that those children can grow up healthier and pursue their dreams.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Crossroads Elementary is working to prepare girls with added confidence and a positive self-image before they head to middle school with the Girls on the Run program.

    The program focuses on encouraging girls in grades 3-5 to find their inner strength by providing them with the tools they need to become strong, confident, healthy young women who make good choices, according to counselor Lauren Manion.

    This is the second year Crossroads has hosted it.