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  •  CLERMONT -- Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest announced that 136 additional acres of conservation land are now part of the more than 14,000-acre privately managed forest. 

    Partnerships with Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF), the Imperiled Bat Conservation Fund of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Kentucky Natural Lands Trust, and private landowners were critical to the acquisition.

  •  The Bullitt County CASA program recently gave a big shout out to eBay Enterprise as the company made a donation of $3,400 to the local organization. 

    These funds will go directly to help abused and neglected children of Bullitt County.

    Patricia Wells of eBay, located on Omega Parkway, presented the check to the CASA staff.

  •   SHEPHERDSVILLE - A group of dedicated Bullitt Countians wants everyone to know that when times are tough, there’s always hope.

    Helping Out People Everywhere (HOPE) in Bullitt County is a non-profit organization striving to meet the needs of homeless individuals and families in the area.

    “We’ve recently applied for a 501-c-3 tax-exempt grant,” said state Rep. Linda Belcher, who serves as a HOPE board member working with services.

  •  HILLVIEW - Bullitt County Public Schools have made great efforts in recent years to educate students and honor military veterans, especially on Veterans Day.

    Overdale Elementary is among the first of the schools to present an annual Veterans Day program, inviting all veterans and families to attend the celebration.

    Students presented the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance as well as other military-related songs. Some students read thank you letters to the veterans.

  •  The Bullitt County Assessment Team is working on the Community Strengths and Weaknesses Assessment Survey for Bullitt County. If you live, work, or play here in Bullitt County, your input is requested.

    Please take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey! We are hoping to complete 1000 or more surveys for Bullitt County.

    We have this survey online and in paper copy as well. For information, as well as suggestions for places to host paper copies, call 955-5355.

  •  LEXINGTON – A family tradition in Kentucky, the Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc., returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Nov. 20-Dec. 31. More than 125,000 individuals in more than 30,000 vehicles attend Southern Lights annually from Kentucky and beyond, making Southern Lights a premier holiday event in the region and nation.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- With the search for engineers to fill jobs at an all-time high, a local high school club is doing what they can to expose the area to the world of robots. 

    Bullitt East students Kyle Echsner, Andy Lutz, Rucker Gardiner and Judd Huff are part of the 46-member award-winning robotics team, led by Echsner’s dad David.

  •  Author Gary P. West has included a local business in his latest book, Road Trip Eats: 101 Ya Gotta Eat Here Places Across Kentucky.

    Shack in the Back BBQ, which has a restaurant in Fairdale, is one of the destination placed listed in West’s new book, published by Acclaim Press.

    West will be at the restaurant on Mount Holly Road in Fairdale on Friday, Nov. 20, from 6-9 p.m. He will be there to sign copies of the book.

    All are invited.

    The restaurant is owned by Barbara and Mike Sivells.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- On October 17 at First Baptist Church in Shepherdsville, members were beaming with smiling, joyful faces at the 3rd Annual Health Fair.

    A great big “THANK YOU” to FBC 48 volunteers and 15 other volunteers providing information and health testing.

    Everyone worked tirelessly for such a successful day.

    There were 142 food boxes distributed, 68 participants cleaned out the clothes closet and 180 lunches were served to our guests and volunteers.

  •  Employees at Peoples Bank Mount Washington weren’t mixed up on their attire by accident recently.

    The employees at the main office and at the branch took part in a fund-raiser for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

    The mismatched day may have caught customers off guard but it provided a great, fun way to raise money in the battle to fight cancer.

    Gail Williams was the winner and she was presented a gift card by Teresa Flynn, an employee who is also a cancer survivor.

  •  LOUISVILLE - The folk-rock band Bridge 19 releases its new album, Riding on a Wire, and celebrates with a Louisville release party on Nov. 7.

    A finalist for a 2015 Louisville Music Award for Folk Artist of the Year (winner announced on Nov. 5), Bridge 19 is Audrey Cecil (guitars, vocals), Amanda Lucas (guitars, vocals, percussion), who are founding members and songwriters. 

  •  LOUISVILLE -- It was a celebration. But it was also the beginning of the next phase in the life of the Bowman Valley School.

    The first phase into its restoration has been accomplished -- it has been saved.

    But the next quest will involve securing a lot of funding to make it the historical and educational piece many envision.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Old Mill Elementary has had an unofficial name change in support of their new educational strategy.

    Old Mill Academy, as principal Les McIntosh called it, recently introduced their “Creating Koalified Leaders” method to parents and community members.

    The program stems from the Franklin Covey program called “The Leader in Me”.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON -- The land developed as a business industrial park is about to become the Field of Dreams.

    A new multi-million dollar sports complex is in its final planning stages.

    According to Mount Washington Mayor Barry Armstrong, the idea of the project had been tossed around for six or seven years.

    “We were overloading our current park and we were very limited on what we could offer,” he said.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - The primary organization that opens its doors to assist homeless Bullitt Countians will shut its doors permanently by year’s end.

    The Shepherds Shelter, Inc, was first established as a faith-based organization in 2002. Since that time it has become a state-funded program offering temporary housing, self-sufficiency programs and overall help to struggling community members.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - A gathering of local fire officials took place at the Bullitt County Courthouse in honor of National Fire Safety Week.

    Representatives from five area fire departments met with Bullitt County judge executive Melanie Roberts as she presented a proclamation recognizing the week of Oct. 4-10 as Fire Prevention Week in Bullitt County.

    The representatives included Nichols FD chief W.D. Coy, Lebanon Junction FD Sgt. Steve Geoghegan, Southeast Bullitt FD Maj. Wayne Bowles, Shepherdsville FD Maj. Ted Calvert and Zoneton FD Maj. Kevin Moulton.

  •  FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $2,692,136 for 14 agricultural diversification and rural development programs across the Commonwealth during its October board meeting.

    Technical Assistance for Agribusinesses.

    The County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) offers 10 investment areas that give Kentucky agricultural producers the ability to increase net farm income, add value to their products and diversify their operation.

  •  FRANKFORT - Lt.  Gov. Crit Luallen and Personnel Cabinet Secretary Dinah Bevington praised the work and dedication of Kentucky’s public employees recently at a ceremony in the Capitol. The event celebrated Public Service Recognition Week, which was Oct. 4-10.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Shepherdsville resident Elizabeth Stone was in a tough spot.

    Her trailer home stairs needed replacing. One piece had broken off and fell through. The staircase itself wasn’t very sturdy. And, with several children in her home, she knew it was no longer safe.

    Then she heard about the Repair Affair at her church, Mercy Hill. The annual event gathers local churches dedicated to working together to give help in the community where help is needed.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- In a world where moms tend to get the praise for raising their children, dads around the country are stepping up their volunteer game.

    Watch Dads of Great Students, or Watch D.O.G.S., is a program designed to provide a positive male role model for students. The presence of the male role models in the schools demonstrate to the students that education is important. The program is also meant to provide an extra set of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.