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  •  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.

  •  Tony Mouser was serving on a grand jury in Florida.

    The case involved a 34-year-old man doing improper things to a 10-year-old girl.

    Thanks to the work of a CASA volunteer, the man was ultimately proven guilty.

    That respect for the work of people like CASA workers to keep children safe led him to make a major personal contribution.

    Mouser recently presented the Bullitt County CASA program with a check for $25,000.

  •  Students from the Bullitt Central JROTC and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5710 in Shepherdsville gathered on Friday at Highland Memory Gardens in Mount Washington to put out flags for Memorial Day holiday. Hundreds of flags were placed at the cemetery, which hosted its annual observance on Sunday.

  • HEBRON ESTATES - The Relay for Life has had to adapt in recent years with a number of changes to the annual community event.

    This included a move from the new North Bullitt High School track, which could not be implemented. A makeshift track did the trick in the back of the North Bullitt parking lot, with some folks actually enjoying the condensed version.

    Like the event itself, cancer survivors and their caregivers are always adapting lives to various insinuating circumstances. Despite life’s changes, they continue to adapt and survive.

  •  CEDAR GROVE - Kindergarten used to be the educational level that prepared students for their future learning experiences. Then pre-school was established to prepare students for Kindergarten.

    A pilot program allowed students that were unable to attend pre-school an opportunity to prepare for their future education, along with their parents and guardians.

    The Little Academy helps children familiarize with school expectations while also assisting adults in preparing for their experience.

  •  With Memorial Day being the un-official start of summer, it is time to start thinking about having some summer fun. Not everyone has a vacation budget or the luxury of taking time off from work and home to get away. But that is no excuse not to let the light shine through on your summer. The Louisville area offers ample opportunities to soak in music, food and fun.

  •  Graduation can turn quickly from a night of joy to an evening of tragedy.

    Each spring, the North Bullitt senior class gets to witness Shattered Dreams.

    This is conducted so students can realize the dangers which can happen during the season of prom and graduation. 

    The mock fatal accident included first responders and students got to see the emotions from those involved, as well as family of the victim.

    The event is presented through the North Bullitt Youth Services Center.