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  •   MOUNT WASHINGTON—The rain didn’t stop a crowd of art enthusiasts from visiting Citizens Union Bank in Mount Washington for the annual Bullitt County Arts Council Visual Artists All Members Show.

    This year marked five years that CUB bank has hosted the show, which Bullitt County Visual Arts Council co-chair La Verne Arkenburg said is unusual for any art program to have.

    “We’re very happy and we certainly don’t want to turn it loose,” she said.

  •  FORT KNOX—What should have been a day celebrating her son’s 32nd birthday was instead a day spent by Becky Johnson dedicated to helping Gold Star Mothers continue their lives after losing a loved one to war.

    Staff sergeant Gary “Lee” Woods, Jr. was 24 years old when his Humvee was hit by a truck loaded with explosives in Iraq in 2008.

  •  FRANKFORT -- Bullitt County Circuit Court Clerk Paulita Keith participated in the 2016 Circuit Court Clerks Spring Conference on April 19-20 in Frankfort. The Administrative Office of the Courts and the Kentucky Association of Circuit Court Clerks provided the education program for the state’s circuit court clerks. The Kentucky Association of Counties hosted the event at its headquarters. 

  •  HILLVIEW - Options Unlimited is now back to offering full unlimited options for its clients.

    The organization that provides day programs and job opportunity assistance for people with disabilities has a new transport van, replacing a van that was stolen from the property in April.

    The wheelchair-accessible van, used to assist clients to and from various jobs and programs, was taken on a Saturday afternoon from the Options location on Castlerock Drive.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Family Day Ministries has become Bullitt County’s best way to aid and assist those in need throughout the country.
        In recent years the church has hosted donation deliveries to victims of natural disasters, collecting from local residents and transporting the items via the church delivery truck.
        FDM’s latest collection will benefit tornado victims located in Mayfield, a small town south of Paducah in western Kentucky.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON—What could have easily been a time of sadness and grief for one Mount Washington family was turned into a time of gratefulness thanks to the local community.
        Mike Underwood was diagnosed with appendix cancer on Jan. 7, 2015.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Anyone who met Roger “Buddy” Keith knew that he was a great man, said Keith’s boss Brian Eschman. 

    In honor of that great man, Eschman and Keith’s loved ones gave out the first annual memorial scholarship to two Bullitt Central seniors, Cody Lane Akridge and Syhanne Huff.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON— While following your heart is great, using your brain can get you far, too.

    That was the message country rocker JD Shelburne gave to Mount Washington Middle students during a recent visit.

  •  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.