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  •        SHEPHERDSVILLE - This year’s Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce Dinner was a resounding success with over 200 in attendance.

            Local movers and shakers had the opportunity to network and show their support for the chamber as they gathered in Salt River Hall for the annual dinner held at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

            During the event, two exceptional individuals were recognized for their contributions to the chamber and the county.

  •     BROOKS - School volunteers created a new rain garden at Brooks Elementary.

        A depression area between the school building and parking lot was transformed with the addition of native wildflowers, plants and trees.

        Bernheim Forest helped out with a number of donated native plants and seedlings.

        More plants were donated courtesy of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort. Action Landscaping of Louisville also donated numerous flower beds.

  •     ZONETON - Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control show that Kentucky may need to shed a few pounds.

        In 2009 Kentucky had the fourth highest obesity rate in America with 31.5 percent of Kentuckians overweight, according to the CDC. Only Mississippi, Louisiana  and Tennessee had higher obesity rates.

  •     HILLVIEW - Since she was three months old Danielle Dafler has competed in hundreds of pageants and she has won nearly every title imaginable.

        That is, every title except Miss Kentucky USA.

        The 22-year-old Hillview native is hoping to change that this weekend when she will compete with women from across the commonwealth for the chance to realize her lifelong dream of taking home the coveted Miss Kentucky crown.

  •     LOUISVILLE - The Metro United Way’s Bullitt County Advisory Board has announced a funding opportunity for local 501 c-3 health and human service organizations providing services within Bullitt County. 

        Recognizing the importance of meeting the needs of today while reducing the needs of tomorrow, the Bullitt County Advisory Board selected two priorities and will consider proposals that focus on one or both of the following areas:

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service has extended an invitation to its newest agent.

        Samantha Jeffries takes over as the county’s new cooperative extension agent for 4-H youth development.

        Jeffries brings three years of experience to the position, the previous two as an extension agent in Franklin County.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - After retiring from 25 years of service with the state in February, Michael Freeman, 53, finally had the opportunity to pursue his lifelong dream of hiking the Appalachian Trail.

    Few have completed the 2,179 mile trek from Georgia to Maine, however, Danny McGeorge, said that wasn’t about to deter his stepson from accomplishing his lofty goal.

    “He talked about it since he was a scout,” McGeorge said.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Third grade Shepherdsville students offered a little warmth to patients at Kosair Children’s Hospital.

        Students created quilt tops and tile blankets for donation to Kosair as part of the program’s Cuddle Care Quilt Program, supplying comfort quilts to hospital patients.

        Student teacher Paula Kimball, working with Shepherdsville instructor Stephanie Warner, organized the donation as part of the overall SES third grade social studies unit on communities.

  •     CEDAR GROVE - A Bullitt Countian may have the recipe for a $5,000 pie.

        Robin Mann, a homemaker from Cedar Grove, won a blue ribbon during the Kentucky State Fair for her Harvest Pie. Mann created the recipe including Pillsbury baking products as part of the Pillsbury Pie Baking Championship.

        Mann’s Harvest Pie is one of 21 state fair winners to earn a spot in Pillsbury’s national contest, with a $5,000 prize to the winner.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - It might be the first time in Bullitt County Public Schools’ history where a live mascot has been permanently displayed on campus.

        Shepherdsville Elementary, home of the Stingrays, now hosts two live teacup stingrays.

        Principal David Pate purchased the new school pets through Feeders Supply.

    The stingrays will swim in their own private aquarium located in the school’s front office. Pate said the aquarium was donated via craigslist.

  • PIONEER VILLAGE - A Maryville Elementary student was praised by local police officers for his honesty.

    Mark Wright received a congratulatory visit at school from Hillview Police Chief Glenn Caple after returning a police camera.

    Wright discovered the camera near a wooded area by the school. He was practicing golf at the time with an after-school Boys Club program offered by PE instructor Dennis Minnis.

    “I hit a golf ball and I went to get it and it was next to a camera,” Wright said.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - As Stefanie Walls of Zappos Fulfillment Centers will tell you, a comfortable, stylish, new pair of shoes is essential for looking and feeling your best.

        Unfortunately, during these tough economic times, it’s difficult for many families to put food on the table and pay the mortgage, much less spend $50 on a pair of shoes.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Congratulations are in order for Bullitt County’s Alexandria Mills.

       Representing the United States in the Miss World pageant, Mills was crowned the 60th Miss World in Sanya, China on Saturday after competing with 115 women from every corner of the globe.

        As 2010 Miss World, Mills will travel the world as an ambassador of the Miss World organization, spreading the pageant’s message of “beauty with a purpose.”

  • FRANKFORT - With just a few days before the Nov. 2, 2010, election, Secretary of State Trey Grayson released, today, an election “Dos and Don’ts” list for Kentucky voters.

    The list is designed to help voters understand Kentucky’s election process and to inform them of helpful hints before they go to the polls on election day.

  •     Carving pumpkins can be a fall family tradition, but as Halloween approaches, hand surgeons from Kleinert Kutz and Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center are warning parents and children to use caution and the appropriate tools when carving pumpkins to avoid potentially serious hand injuries.

     

  •     Despite falling on a Sunday, trick-or-treating in Bullitt County will take place the evening of October 31.

        In recent years some Bullitt cities made decisions to change trick-or-treat night to Saturday to avoid the traditional church day.

        Due to past confusion with the changing of the event, the county and all local cities have determined to allow trick-or-treating on its regular calender day in 2010.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Mariann Berkedal may be from Norway, but the former Bullitt East exchange student called Mount Washington her second home and if you asked she would tell you just how much it has meant to her.

        Besides giving her a second family and lifelong friends, Berkedal said her stint in Mount Washington helped her become more confident and independent.

  •     LEBANON JUNCTION - Main Street was the scene of celebration and remembrance on Saturday afternoon as dozens gathered to dedicate the new home of the Lebanon Junction Police Department.

         In honor of those who have served the city, two particular Lebanon Junction families were recognized for their contributions to LJPD.

  • Source:  Deana Reed, extension specialist for 4-H youth development

     

        Free candy, superheroes, princesses, ghouls and goblins, what’s not to like about Halloween?  Children look forward to it from planning that special outfit to vying to get the most candy.

        Creating a costume can be the most fun.  But safety and comfort should be the first two considerations.

  •     FRANKFORT – Before you know it ghosts and goblins will be running in the streets to trick-or-treat and Kentucky State Police want to make sure your kids stay safe this Halloween.

     

        Lt. David Jude, Spokesperson for KSP, says the agency wants the children to have a fun but safe trick or treating experience.