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  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - With every peddle of his Fuji touring bicycle Andy French, 20, comes closer to realizing his childhood dream of cycling from sea to shining sea across the United States.

        The college senior’s 3,600-mile journey began about a month and a half ago in California, when he took off on his bike with four bags containing little more than a few articles of clothing, some Ramen noodles and oatmeal, a small tent, a sleeping bag and a few toiletries.

  •     HEBRON ESTATES - With on-going construction issues, the students, teachers and parents of Hebron Middle may feel that only a miracle could get the school building ready for classes in August.

        They have received that “miracle” in the form of a new principal: Steve Miracle has been selected for the position.

        Miracle was selected by the school council to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of John Barbagallo.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Boy Scout Troop 868 recently returned from a 16-day trip to Missouri and Arkansas that included 10 days of camping at Camp Sawmill on the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation.  Bartle is one of the largest Boy Scout reservations in the United States and annually hosts more than 7,000 scout campers.

  •     Every year, Nichols Elementary School students create some very imaginative musical instruments...by hand.

        Take the top part of an oatmeal canister. Make nine holes in it. Pull fishing line through each hole and cut it.

        Attach the line to small metal pieces at the top while the end that hangs is adorned with nuts, bolts and weights. Draw musical images on the top and tie one final piece of fishing line to the center.

        This is Rachael Wilkinson’s wind chime.

  • The time is getting near for the opening of the new school year.

    Youngsters entering kindergarten got an opportunity to participate in an annual kickoff event at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

    They were greeted by cheerleaders as they entered and left the event.

    There were representatives from each of the schools, as well as the various departments in the public school system.

    Questions were answered and plenty of goodies were handed out.

    The first day for students is Wednesday, Aug. 11.

  •     HILLVIEW - Amanda Lucas grew up participating in the two things she enjoyed most: softball and music.

        Both led her to a long and successful friendship with Audrey Cecil. The two now perform live music together and plan to record an album later this year.

        Neither anticipated the biggest news of their lives this summer: The singer/songwriters were selected to perform at the Lilith Fair concert in Indianapolis.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - As a member of Campbellsville University’s Board of Advancement, local alumna Gwinn Hahn feels it’s her duty to help improve her alma mater.

        With that in mind, Hahn and fellow board member Sarah Curry put their heads together to come up with something that would benefit CU students and the university alike.

        The result was the Derby Rose Gala, a black tie event that has become one of CU’s largest annual fundraisers in just two years.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Those attending events at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre will continue to see changes to the facility.

    The latest improvement has been the painting of the ceiling and ventilation systems on the ceiling of the Salt River room.

    Members of the Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission got a tour of the latest improvements during its June meeting.

  • Introduction to Growing Mushrooms at Home

    Saturday, July 24, 10:00 a.m. - noon

    Education Center

    Fee: Members $20.00, non-members $25.00; registration required

        Learn the basics of home mushroom cultivation from mycology enthusiast Eric Osborne.  The course will introduce you to log inoculations with a variety of gourmet mushrooms.  Come and be a part of the mycelia revolution.

  •     LOUISVILLE - Between 10,000 and 15,000 street rods, classics and muscle cars will be on hand at the Kentucky Exposition Center within the next week as the National Street Rod Association® presents its 41st Annual Street Rod Nationals® Plus.

        The dates for the city’s largest  vintage car show will be August 5-8.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - When Brandon Congleton first met Olivia Delaney, it was love at first sight.

    “I fell for her the moment I laid eyes on her,” Congleton said. “We had absolutely everything in common.”

    Their relationship began as a friendship when they met through a social networking site last autumn, but as the weeks rolled by, their feelings for one another blossomed into something much deeper.

  • LEBANON JUNCTION - After years of neglect the wheelchair ramp attached to Pat Steiner’s home on Railroad Avenue was in desperate need of repair, but neither Steiner, nor her son Michael were able to fix it, so they reached out for a hand.

    As the old saying goes, ask and you shall receive.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Central cheerleaders are accustomed to rooting for their home team.

    But, the squad recently put out the word about a special project.

    The squad organized a pajama collection drive for the Pajama Program of Kentucky, a non-profit group that hosts similar drives with churches, businesses and other charitable organizations.

    Bullitt County resident Lori Pile represents the Pajama Program in Bullitt and Jefferson County. She said the state chapter was one of 72 throughout the country.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - If anyone can help support children with cancer, James Thomas can.

    The Shepherdsville resident collects aluminum can tops for recycling, donating the proceeds toward summer camps.

    This week Thomas was scheduled to visit Wave 3’s Dawne Gee in Louisville to contribute 54 gallons of can tops toward funding special summer camps for children battling cancer.

    “I really like her, she’ll go all out of her way to help people,” Thomas said of Gee.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - If it weren’t for the Miss Bullitt County Fair pageant, Kindra Clark said she would not have been crowned Miss Kentucky USA, and if it weren’t for the Miss Kentucky pageant, she would not have had the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss USA in Las Vegas.

    “Competing in the Miss USA pageant was the greatest experience of my life,” Clark said. “I feel like I owe that to the Miss Bullitt County Fair pageant.”

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Program for Bullitt County has recently completed a new volunteer training session with eight new volunteers.

        Bullitt County CASA follows the guidelines and standards of the National CASA Association in training volunteers with the assistance of many community professionals. 

        Family Court Judge Elise Spainhour appoints CASA to cases involving children on the dependency, abuse and neglect docket.

  •     CLERMONT - Just call it the Kindra Clark phenomena.

        Clark, the reigning Miss Bullitt County Fair, started her whirlwind year winning at the local level before going on to win Miss Kentucky USA honors and competing in Las Vegas in the Miss USA pageant.

        Lots of girls saw that path and thought they would try to catch that magic in a bottle themselves. That brought a record 17 girls out to compete on Monday night in the 2010 version of the Miss Bullitt County Fair pageant.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Elementary and middle school students from across Bullitt County recently participated in the second annual Camp Corral at the Sycamore Pond Horse Center in Mount Washington.

        During the week-long camp, the 20 students who participanted had the opportunity to partake in educational outdoor activities like roping sawhorse bulls, fishing, crafts, working with horses, and hanging out with their friend, Jack the donkey.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Nearly 300 volunteers from three states recently converged in Bullitt County to make a difference and help those in need.

        Through the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Kentucky Changers program, these youth and adult leaders spent nearly a week in the community making exterior repairs to the homes of those less fortunate and building relationships with them.

        Volunteers were broken up into small groups and sent to homes around the community.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - Each year Western Kentucky University’s Kentucky High School Media Institute recognizes students from across the commonwealth for their extraordinary skills in journalism through the Kentucky Mark of Excellence competition.

    This year’s competition was fierce with nearly 200 entries vying for the top of the heap.

    Among them was Bullitt County’s own Ethan Morris and Sidney Blanford.

    Morris won third place for best editorial cartoonist, while Blanford was awarded an honorable mention for best editorial writer.