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  •  Members of Full Gospel Christian Center led the annual cross walk through downtown Shepherdsville on Good Friday.

    The group stopped for prayer at the Bullitt County Courthouse before continuing the march through town.

  •  The North Bullitt Lions Club donated $300 to Sharon Hand, director of the Hillview Emergency Response Team (HERT).

    Representing HERT were Sharon Hand, Cindy Burns, Pam Burden, Gary Jackson and Carl Payne (a Lions Club member and  HERT volunteer).

    “The money is needed, timely and much appreciated,” said Hand.

    This will go to tools and equipment needed. This is yet another example of the North Bullitt Lions Club giving back to the community.

    North Bullitt Lions formed in 1972 and has served the community for 55 years.

  •  Several hundred individuals of all ages and from all parts of the county converged on the Greater Bullitt County Youth Football field that Brenton Scott Seeders loved to play on.

    In honor of Brenton’s eighth birthday, family and friends let off balloons in his honor.

    The Mount Washington Colt competitor died suddenly on Feb. 15, 2017, at the age of seven. He was a second grader at Freedom Elementary.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON—Kicking off their focus of the “service” virtue, Eastside Middle issued a challenge for students to raise $2,000 to donate to St. Baldricks, a non-profit organization which funds childhood cancer research. Assistant principal Kyle Buege agreed to shave his head for St. Baldrick’s if the students met the goal during the two-day challenge. The students replied by raising $3,500.

  •  LEBANON JUNCTION - There are no friars at St. Benedict Catholic Church, but there are plenty of fish fryers in the old school cafeteria.

    The church began its annual fish fry Fridays, held during the Lenten season leading up to Easter Sunday.

    Fish sandwiches, baked fish, shrimp and oysters are all available, along with side items ranging from onion rings and hushpuppies to green beans and slaw. Homemade desserts are also available.

  •  Roby Elementary School was drawn as the first week winner in the 2017 TELL Kentucky Survey.

    The school received $500 when Commissioner of Education Dr. Stephen Pruitt randomly drew the name from a hat.

    According to the Kentucky Department of Education, every school that reaches a 50 percent response rate is entered into a drawing for a $500 cash award for the school’s use.

  •  Local Family Court Judge Elise Givhan Spainhour learned more about how drug addiction is affecting Kentucky families at the Judicial Symposium on Addiction & Child Welfare in Louisville Jan. 26-27.

    The intensive two-day conference was for the state’s Family Court judges and District Court judges in counties that don’t have Family Court. Some Circuit Court judges also attended.

  •  Kentuckians planning for higher education will find “The College Circuit,” a booklet published by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA), to be a useful resource.

    It can be used by students ranging in age from middle school to adults. Parents and counselors can also use it to help their students plan and pay for college. The booklet includes information about careers, college preparation, state and federal financial aid, tips for parents, online resources and a template for setting up a personal college plan.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - They’ve brought happy endings, new visions and community support to the Shepherdsville community for more than seven decades.

    However, without any new vision, and lacking that same community support, the Shepherdsville Lions Club will begin proceedings to close its doors by June 30. Members unanimously voted on the decision during the club’s March meeting.

    In recent months the Lions made a frantic push to remain open, inviting new members to join and even take over the administrative positions of long-time members.

  •  Spring break is just around the corner. While it has been only three month since the Smoky Mountain wildfires – Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are ready to welcome you back to their community. 

    Gatlinburg is as “Smoky Mountain Strong” and poised to host you as they have ever been. 

  •  Bernheim Middle School students Emma Maddox (eighth grade) and Virginia Boyle, Marissa Johns and Leah Johnson (seventh grade) earned honors at the Kentucky Jr. Beta Club convention last month in Lexington.

    Emma’s self-portrait garnered First Place in painting while Virginia, Marisa and Leah placed second in the Book Battle. They were among 38 Bernheim students with 7,000 other youth at the convention.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON—When Mount Washington resident Elmer Newkirk told his wife he’d brought home another woman last fall, she wasn’t expecting that woman to be in a box.

    To be fair, Newkirk wasn’t expecting the box to be someone’s ashes when he first saw it either.

    “I was leaving my storage unit and saw a pile of discarded things in the lot,” he said. “That caught my eye because I thought it was a jewelry box.”

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE — Although it may be true that the building doesn’t make the church, there is nothing that says the building can’t inspire the church.

    Jim Hatfield is a 70-year-old, lifelong member of the Davidson Memorial United Methodist Church. He was baptized there, married there, held his wife’s funeral there and, when the time comes, will have his own funeral there.

    So it comes as no surprise that the building, or rather the stained glass windows that line the walls of the building, holds a special meaning to him.

  •  CLERMONT – Signs of spring are everywhere this month at Bernheim, and with it comes a program for everyone. 

    From ECO Kids Discovery Days to Bernheim at Night events to Smart Gardens & Landscapes workshops, visitors can celebrate the first signs of spring in a variety of ways.

    Events and programming for all ages throughout the month of March are listed below. 

     

    ECO Kids Discovery Days 

  •  Daylight Savings Time will officially begin on Sunday, March 12, at 2 a.m.

    At that time, clocks will officially move ahead one hour to 3 a.m.

    Don't forget to set all of your clocks forward one hour this weekend. Also, Daylight Savings is also a good time to check batteries in smoke alarms.

    The Red Cross encourages the smoke alarm battery check practice, as well as practicing home evacuation plans, safety procedures, and preparing emergency kits during all Daylight Savings changes.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Lions are wounded, but they aren’t dead yet.

    The Shepherdsville Lions Club has made a recent push for new membership to maintain one of the county’s longest-standing service organizations that has assisted the community for 72 years.

    In recent years membership has fallen off and current members are aging and feeling burnt out. However, they are still willing to help others who are willing to take over the operations.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - While U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie was in town to visit the Bullitt County Area Technology Center, he took time to also visit fifth grade students at nearby Roby Elementary.

    With students deep into Civics studies at this time of year, Guthrie primarily discussed the history and functions of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.

    Following a question/answer session, students received a free booklet featuring the United States Constitution.

  •  Sparky is a young, male, medium-sized Black Labrador Retriever.

    He’s a shy boy but is very loyal once he gets to know you.

    Sparky has been updated for rabies and worms and is ready for his new forever home.

    To adopt Sparky or another animal, call the Bullitt County Animal Shelter, 543-8686, email mark.williams@wcbc.com, or search www.petfinder.com.

  •   Federal student aid programs can help pay college costs.

    The federal government sponsors numerous financial aid programs that can help students and their parents pay college expenses. 

    This brief summary from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) describes the more common federal grant and loan programs. 

    Grants generally do not have to be repaid, but loans do.

    Federal Pell Grant: Pell Grants provide up to $5,815 per year for undergraduates with financial need. The amount may change this year.

  •  LEXINGTON - A Bullitt County native resident and military veteran has partnered with another woman to assist other female veterans throughout the state by providing services and a place to call home.

    Sherry Whitehouse is co-founder of Lady Veterans Connect, dedicated to providing hope, homes and healing. Whitehouse joined fellow co-founder Phyllis Abbott after both learned they were attempting to provide similar services through separate agencies within Kentucky.