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  •  CEDAR GROVE— Every day, American soldiers and their families hear of another military suicide.

    In fact, 22 veterans a day kills themselves.

    In an effort to lower those numbers and help military families, Active Heroes president Troy Yocum recently led the ribbon cutting (with a Gerber knife) on the first of many buildings to come at the Active Heroes Retreat Center off Cedar Grove Road.

  •  LOUISVILLE - According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award.

  •  Dozens of middle and high school students were recognized during the 29th annual Bullitt County Scottish Rite program at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

    Students are nominated by teachers for honors based on their academic efforts. Educators and school principals are usually in the audience showing their support.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The fifth class of inductees to the Bullitt Central High School Hall of Fame was recently honored with a reception at the school.

    The inductees included:

    *Ethel Armstrong -- started in school food services when Bullitt Central opened in 1970 and served her entire 27-year career in the BCHS cafeteria. She served her final six years as manager and the food services went from running in the red to producing a producing a surplus.

  •   SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Stomping and clapping rang through the halls of Bullitt County Detention Center, but not for reasons one might expect from a corrections institution.

    The jail served as the studio for country singer/songwriter Dallas Moore’s upcoming live album, “Six Strings and Steel Bars: Dallas Moore Live From Bullitt County Jail.”

  •  Were you one of the 15 million people who tuned in to watch Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors on NBC? 

    Would you like to see the actual coat that inspired the movie?

    The hand written lyrics?

    Would you like to spend some time visiting with Dolly?

    Maybe you would just like to see the beautiful mountains that gave birth to Parton, where she grew up and that inspire so many of her songs. 

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - A local help organization took a chance in establishing a new community chest.

    Helping Out People Everywhere (HOPE) in Bullitt County, in association with the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce, hosted a ribbon cutting to commemorate the grand opening of HOPE Chest, a new donation storage location.

    HOPE co-founder Faith Portman said HOPE Chest was a place where items could be stored until distribution, with room for larger items such as house furniture.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — Things got a little cheesy in Bullitt East High’s culinary arts class recently.

    To celebrate National Grilled Cheese Week, Katy Kendrick hosted a grilled cheese cook-off.

    The cook-off let groups of students work together to build the perfect grilled cheese that was later judged by Charger staff.

    The sandwich had to include a bread, a cheese, a spread and presentation mattered.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - In 1919, following The Great War, the U.S. Congress chartered the American Legion with the intent to focus services on veterans and service members, as well as communities.

    By 1929, Bullitt County had its own American Legion established, which was Post 157 based in Shepherdsville.

    The tradition of offering assistance to veterans and their families, current military members and the surrounding community continues today, all centered around the Post headquarters located on Old Preston Highway and Cedar Grove Road.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Since the organization was chartered over 41 years ago, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5710 has been an active member of the community.

    Through the years, the Post and its Ladies Auxiliary have been known to provide many services to eligible veterans and their families over the years.

    A bump in the road was experienced earlier this year but new commander Jimmy Anderson sees a bright future of the organization.

  •   LEBANON JUNCTION -- Each Memorial Day, over 100 flags show up on the graves of veterans in the Lebanon Junction City Cemetery.

    Those flags are placed in love by members of the Veterans of Foreign War.

    “I really don’t think people know what we do, but they’re going to miss us when we’re gone,” commander Jimmy Reynolds said.

    The VFW Post 8293 serves not only Lebanon Junction, but surrounding areas such as Boston and Belmont.

  •  Casey Sherrard’s literary piece Through the Window was awarded First Place in the NightWriter’s Writing Contest sponsored by the Bullitt County Arts Council.

    By winning the high school bracket as well as the overall bracket, she received a Certificate of Recognition, a cash award and her work will be published in the council’s compendium of winners.

    Casey has been invited to a book-signing banquet where she will read her piece to the audience and sign the first editions. 

  • BROOKS - Marvin Stewart was a well-respected leader at Brooks Elementary and within the surrounding community.

    Stewart served 12 years as Brooks principal during his long tenure within the Bullitt County Public Schools system.

    His commitment to educational excellence will continue at the new Brooks Elementary location, with the school library officially dedicated in his honor.

    Former and current Brooks staff members, administrators, and friends of the Stewart Family gathered for a special dedication ceremony at the library to commemorate the event.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Students from Eastside Middle School gave a local organization something to cheer about.

    Members of the Eastside Cheerleading squad organized a schoolwide donation drive for HOPE (Helping Out People Everywhere) in Bullitt County, an organization dedicated to assisting homeless community members.

    The cheerleaders delivered over 1,500 items to HOPE officials at their new resource center at St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

  •  A great group of volunteers from the Sabert Corporation in Hillview came out to the Active Heroes military family retreat center on Friday, April 22.

    Even though the conditions were less than superb, several volunteers showed up to work. The group came to volunteer on Earth Day, so they focused on a project that involved helping the environment.

  •  Bullitt Central High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) had two teams earn First Place in the Kentucky FBLA tournament.

    Senior Thomas Curtsinger was awarded First Place in the category of Personal Finance.

    The team of seniors Katie Montgomery, Isaac Mitchell and Alex Price earned First Place in Sports and Entertainment Management.

    Junior Noah Fleitz and senior Sydney Shepherd took Fourth Place for Webpage Design. Noah also secured a Fifth Place trophy for Networking Concepts.

  •   FRANKFORT – Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) Secretary Charles Snavely today announced student energy projects from six Kentucky school districts have received top honors from the Kentucky National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project, and three student energy teams have earned national NEED awards.

  •  Jerry Roberts of North Bullitt High School was honored for his artwork.

    Each year, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie holds an art contest in conjunction with the national competition.

    Winners are selected from each county in Guthrie’s Second Congressional District. 

    There are three overall winners.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- There is a manufacturing crisis in Kentucky.

    While area manufacturing was an $11 billion business in the area, there was a problem.

    Finding skilled and willing workers was difficult and it was putting local manufacturers in dire straits.

    The Bullitt County Public School System, with its mandate to prepare its students for life -- whether it is through college or through a career -- was doing just that.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON— Crossroads Elementary set sail for the seas in “Pirates! The Musical.”

    Directed by new music teacher Kristopher Hunt, the show followed a ship of singing pirates on their journey to deal with a stowaway. The King of the High C’s, with the help of characters like Bluebeard, Greenbeard, Yellowbeard and the No Beards chorus, taught the stowaway what it takes to be a pirate before sending her to be with the prisoners below deck.