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  • UPDATE - 07/22: The Zoo Kings finished first in the voting for the eventful.com contest to open for KISS in Cincinnati. The top five artists in the voting moved forward in the contest. KISS band members then selected one of the top five to open their Cincinnati show. Unfortunately, The Zoo Kings were not selected. The Zoo Kings bassist Dave Moody thanked all the fans who voted and made the band the number one vote collector. He said the band was very appreciative of all the support.

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  • SHEPHERDSVILLE ee" It was a love affair that started back in 1991.

    And the matchmaker was Bullitt Central High School.

    Sparked by a grant to create a free-standing adult education and jobs program, Jim Boswell left Fairdale High School and the rest has been a track record of success.

    But like any good story, there must be an end.

    For Boswell, the end is his retirement. For the Bullitt County Adult and Community Education program, it is a transformation into different agencies.

  •     Emily Gentry, La Vella Hall, Brittany Haynes and Cody Hutchins, all seniors at Bullitt East High School, are the 2010 recipients of a $2,000 Bullitt County Farm Bureau Scholarship. These grants are four of the 72 college scholarships worth a total of $107,300 that the Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation awarded this year to deserving students from across the Commonwealth.

  •     A New Hope, a new pregnancy resource center in Bullitt County, hosted a special block party recently.

        The event featured live music and entertainment, vendor booths and many fun activities.

        “We’re halfway there,” said Angela Davis of the steering committee.

        A New Hope would be the first pregnancy resource center in Bullitt County.

  •     The Bullitt County YMCA will host a summer full of exciting camps.

        The summer day camp program is held from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. for ages 5-12.

        Camps will be held at Freedom, Mount Washington, Pleasant Grove and Shepherdsville Elementary schools.

        Each week, there will be a special theme. Field trips are also planned for the summer.

        The summer camp fees are $100 per week for family members of the YMCA and $115 for program members.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - Zac Stiles was only a student attending Mount Washington Middle when terrorists struck the World Trade Center in 2001, but the tragedy had a major impact on him.

    Seeing the events of Sept. 11 unfold on television, Stiles gained a profound sense of patriotism and with that a desire to serve his country in the United States armed forces.

    “I felt there was a call there for me,” Stiles said.

  •     BELLS MILL - A&I Heating and Air Conditioning owner Kay Isabel is known for her elaborate holiday displays in front of the shop on Bells Mill Road.

        Her latest involves hand-made life-sized soldiers holding American flags in honor of the Independence Day holiday.

        Isabel created the soldiers herself, four in total. Each soldier represents a different military branch.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - A local school group has earned a national award for its energy conservation and education.

        The Bullitt Lick Middle School NEED Team (Natural Energy Education Development) received the 2010 Junior Level School of the Year award from The NEED Project, an organization promoting an energy conscious and educated society.

  • The Lebanon Junction Fire Department and the Old Fashion Day Committee hosted events recently downtown to raise money for the Crusade for Children.

    The highlight of the event was a custom car show contest at the town square.

    LJFD volunteers served up food and drinks for the participants with proceeds donated to the Crusade.

    Car show judge Kimberly Shumaker received a donation from Lebanon Junction resident Bob Hartlage of 1,500 pennies.

  • Members of the YMCA Board, the Parks Board and county government took part in the official grand reopening of the Bullitt Central pool.

    The pools at Bullitt Central, Maryville Elementary and Mount Washington Middle are open 7 days a week from Noon until 6 p.m. under the management of the YMCA.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - The people of Schmid Funeral Home realize how difficult it can be to lose a loved one. With that in mind they’ve created an opportunity for widows and widowers to share each other’s company and support.

    Sixteen people recently gathered at Kettle Creek restaurant for the kickoff of Friends Helping Friends.

    One of them was state Rep. Linda Belcher.

  • Bus drivers from school districts throughout the state recently gathered in Bullitt County to participate in statewide bus rodeo driving competition.

    The drivers enjoyed a night of driving the go-carts at Kart Kountry on a Thursday and then competed on Friday behind the bus garage next to Roby Elementary School.

       

    Some of the contests included driving along the cones and seeing how close the bus could come to the stop line.

  •     PIONEER VILLAGE - She made it for 13 days and nights in a Brazilian jungle, but an hour with preschoolers is a different challenge altogether.

        The Maryville Head Start classroom received a special visit from Sandy “Momma K” Burgin, a Louisville bus driver who recently appeared on the CBS reality television show, “Survivor: Tocantins.”

  •     In June 2006, Jeremiah Hencke graduated from Bullitt Central High School and while in the JROTC Corps of Cadets earned a four-year U.S. Army ROTC scholarship to attend the University of Richmond.

        As a cadet leader in the ROTC program at Richmond, Jeremiah earned the prestigious General George C. Marshall Leadership Award and graduated from the U.S. Airborne School.

  •     Maryville Elementary recently held its Summer Send Off reading night on May 26.

        It was for all students in grades K-5. All students and their families were invited to attend a reading event which gave students and their families time to read together and participate in fun, educational learning centers based on literature.    

        Every child received a free book donated by Kohl’s.

  •     ZONETON - Hard work and determination follow the graduates, who come by personal choice to the GED program hoping to acquire a degree on their own terms.

        The 2010 class included a scenario unique to the program: A married couple walked the aisle together.

        Darlene and Richard Huff joined 32 other graduates on stage during the ceremonies at the Bullitt Central auditorium.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Public School’s TeenAge Parenting Program officially thanked JOM Pharmaceuticals and Steve Plenge on Friday, May 21, for their volunteer hours and contributions to revamping the Wee Care Child Development Center’s play yard.

        An indoor “picnic” was held at Riverview High School to celebrate the completion of the project.

        After many months of planning, the play yard reconstruction began in September, 2009.

  •     HILLVIEW - Before shutting the doors on 40 years of history, past and present educators, students and parents took one last evening to let their minds think back.

        While a new school building looms, there was plenty of memories to share during a recent gathering.

        The new state-of-the-art elementary on Brooks Hill Rd. is scheduled to open for the 2010-11 school year. The current location on East Blue Lick Road will close at the end of the current school year.

  •     HEBRON ESTATES - Every year they continue to gather together.

        Many faces are familiar, some are new, but all come together for the same purpose.

        They are all cancer survivors. They all continue to celebrate their lives.

        The 2010 Bullitt County Relay for Life was another success, thanks in part to good weather, community efforts and survivors celebrating their lives.

        Here are a few of the many survivor stories...

    Dot Connelly

  •     LEBANON JUNCTION - It was late summer, 1864 near the end of the Civil War.

        The Union army had pushed the Confederacy to Georgia and General William Sherman was set on capturing Atlanta. With cavalry and artillery, Sherman assaulted the city, but to no avail.

        Failing to secure Atlanta, he set his sights on the Macon and Western Railroad, which Confederate troops in northern Georgia had heavily depended upon for supplies.