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  •  BOWLING GREEN -- Thirty-two students from Western Kentucky University and the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky will present their research at the 2015 Posters-at-the-Capitol event Feb. 19 in Frankfort.

    Richard Arnold, a senior from Cleaton, and Caitlyn Clark, a senior from Roundhill, will present Building Envelope Integrity Assessments. Faculty mentor: Robert Choate

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - One thing for certain, no other team had more to cheer about.

    The Bullitt Central Cheerleading Team placed seventh overall out of 600 teams in the Large Co-Ed Division of the 2015 National High School Cheerleading Championships.

    Bullitt Central’s visits to Orlando, Fla., for the annual competition have become commonplace; however, this year’s trip was completely different, involving a bus accident in Atlanta, Ga., en route to the Sunshine State.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Work continues on restoring the Bowman Valley Schoolhouse.

    The last African-American schoolhouse in the county was recently moved to its new home next to the Bullitt County Board of Education.

    According to project volunteer Gwinn Hahn, several activities are currently underway.

    With the assistance of students from Bellarmine University, an oral history is being collected from former students of the school.

  •  It was time Monday to say the final goodbyes to Les Bandy, deputy director of Bullitt County Emergency Management Agency. He died on Thursday evening in a single vehicle accident off Highway 44 West.

    Thousands of emergency responders from Bullitt County and throughout the state of Kentucky came to express gratitude for Bandy’s 35-plus years of service to the community.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt Advanced Math and Science Academy (BAMS) continues to achieve excellence in preparing some of the area's finest students for their college and career paths.

    BAMS recently hosted a science fair for its students, with projects specifically dedicated to research at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

    The program is designed as an accelerated educational course for students, who complete their high school equivalency in two years, followed by a college associate's degree over the next two years.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Students at Old Mill Elementary received more than just treats at Halloween this year --they got a new toothbrush and toothpaste.

    As part of the Smile Kentucky program, students from grade third to sixth were offered free dental screenings and education on tooth health from students from the Bullitt County Area Technology Center. Kentucky Smiles rotates visits in surrounding counties and visits Bullitt about every three years, said Elizabeth McGuire, Health education coordinator the Bullitt County Health Department.

  •  Remember high school seniors that the Kentucky Farm Bureau Scholarship applications are due to be turned into the state office by February 28, 2015.  They must be postmarked by that date or they will not be considered. 

    The Bullitt County Farm Bureau Scholarship applications are due to be returned to the Board Scholarship Committee at Bullitt County Farm Bureau, P O Box 156, Shepherdsville, KY  40165 by March 15, 2015.

  •  PIONEER VILLAGE - Maryville Elementary students experienced a field trip of astronomical proportions.

    And no one had to leave the school building to participate.

    Students attended educational programs inside the Owsley Brown II Portable Planetarium presented by the Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium at the University of Louisville.

    The Portable Planetarium, shaped like the top of a large mushroom, can fit inside most school gymnasiums. Once inflated, students head inside to get a look at the projected skies above.

  • ZONETON - The girls at Zoneton Middle School celebrated who they are at a girls' only assembly to commemorate International Girls' Day.

    The special day designation was created by the Confidence Coalition, established by the Kappa Delta sorority in 2009 to encourage young women to stand up against peer pressure and stereotypes.

    Zoneton social studies teacher Nicole Henry and instructional coach Ondrea Smallwood hosted the event. The two instruct a Girl Power class at the school.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Shepherdsville Police Department members are sworn to protect and serve, and at Christmas they try their best to serve.

    The Shepherdsville Santa program hosted by SPD brought Christmas in the form of holiday gift packages for families in need throughout the city.

    Chief Doug Puckett said the program was able to provide for 125 families this year, a total of 280 citizens.

    Each family received a care box with food, hams, jackets, games, toys and stuffed animals.

  • Cedar Grove Elementary School music teacher Rebecca Dennis has earned certification in Music/Early and Middle Childhood from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the highest possible ranking in the field of education.

    “It was very challenging but also very rewarding,” she said. “I learned more during the NB process than I did during any college course. Analyzing your own teaching through video was very enlightening. You can reflect on your lessons, but many things go unnoticed while you are teaching.”

  •  The Bullitt County Woman’s Club, the longest-running civic organization in the county, recently installed its officers for the 2015 year.

    The officers include: Pam Harville, president; Sherry Parker, first vice president; Betty Porter, second vice president, Donna Stout, treasurer; and Donna Burke, parliamentarian.

    The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at various locations.

    Major benefactors of the group’s efforts will continue to be CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the Center for Women and Families.

  •  Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc.begins operating the “Crisis” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on January 12, 2015. 

  •  Family Day Ministries hosted a special toy giveaway for youngsters in the community following its service on Dec. 21.

    The church ministry is located in Shepherdsville and has given out toys to youngsters for the past several years.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Troop/Pack 8481 continues to share the holiday spirit.

    The Scouts hosted their fourth annual Toy and Clothing Giveaway at the First Baptist Church gymnasium.

    Each year the Scouts collect used items for families in the community. It turn, they itemize the donations and allow needy families to collect items for their families as Christmas gifts.

    This year the Scouts aided a total of 77 families, including 222 children and 153 adults, totals that greatly increased from their 2013 event.

  •  It’s all about learning about giving.

    Lindy Meyer’s fifth-grade class is getting pretty good at helping the community.

    Earlier this school year, the students gathered canned goods and won a pizza party.

    Next, the Lebanon Junction Elementary students decided that after a discussion with Bruce Rucker of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office, it would be a good idea to collect stuffed animals.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The first annual Warm Bullitt County was a success in helping those less fortunate at Christmas.

    Organizer Caleanna Morley said 60 blankets were collected, along with gloves, hats and scarves.

    Donations were distributed to homeless families in the Bullitt County area, along with victims of house fires. Some of the items were also donated to Kosair Children’s Hospital and the Family Day Ministries Church in Shepherdsville.

  •  LEXINGTON - Head cheerleading coach Nate Fulghum said it was drive and focus that helped Bullitt East’s all small varsity and small coed team achieve victory.

    The teams recently competed at the state competition in Lexington and were named KHSAA State Champions in their divisions.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON - Bullitt East High School foreign exchange students wanted to do something for the community, says Polly Suttiponpisarn from Thailand, “because the community has done so much for us.