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  • 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.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - For a beauty pageant veteran like seven-year-old Chloe Billings, bright lights and cameras seemed like a logical next step in her quest for childhood pageant fame.

    The Mount Washington Elementary School student is familiar with makeup sessions, dress fittings and on-stage appearances.

  •     NICHOLS - During the past year the Nichols Elementary School building underwent substantial physical improvements.

        A special ceremony hosted by the school became a personal upgrade for the entire Nichols community.

        More than 500 visitors attended the Nichols School’s 50th anniversary celebration, sharing memories, yearbook photos and smiles.

        Nichols students participated in the event by roaming the school hallways with cameras and clipboards to interview guests.

  • HILLVIEW - Overdale Elementary students will soon benefit from a newly established outdoor classroom.

    The school was the 2009 recipient of the $5,000 Science Teaching Excellence grant provided by Amgen, a biotechnology company.

    Fifth grade instructor Brian DiEnno acquired the grant. He said the school would wait until the new Overdale facility was completed before implementing grant funding toward the classroom.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - Pleasant Grove Elementary students are raising school funds while acting environmentally responsible.

    Students earned over $400 by recycling empty Capri Sun drink pouches and returning them to TerraCycle, an eco-friendly company that produces over 50 recyclable products.

    Pleasant Grove PTO president Christy Crosley came up with the idea, seeing the TerraCycle information on the back of a Capri Sun box. The school would receive two cents for each returned pouch.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - What did you do on Spring Break?

        For 13-year-old Kaitlyn Yates, the answer to that question was extraordinary: She saved her younger siblings from a burglar and assisted in his apprehension.

        Because of her successful efforts, Kaitlyn was honored by Bullitt County EMS officials and the County Judge’s office.

        The event occurred on the morning of April 9, the Friday of Spring Break, when Mark Dages, 48, of Mount Washington allegedly broke into Kaitlyn’s home.