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  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - As he posed for a picture with his former players, Joe B. Hall turned to the crowd.

        To win with these guys, “maybe I was a better coach than I thought I was,” Hall said referring to his slightly older, slightly grayer and slightly heavier ball players.

        But the joke was one of love...a love that filled the Shepherdsville City Hall on Friday as the former University of Kentucky basketball coach was honored.

  •     BROOKS - Author Judy Blume is famous among many elementary school students throughout the country.

        For one hour Brooks Elementary students had an opportunity to meet her.

        Brooks hosted an online webcam interview with Blume from her home in Key West, Florida.

        Teacher Bill Stangel was able to set up the interview on thanks to a chance email he sent to the author.

  • HEBRON ESTATES - The words were, at times, a bit difficult to understand.

    But the message delivered by Brandon Silveria was crystal clear.

    “You have to take responsibility for the choices you make,” said Brandon Silveria.

    A star athlete who had a rowing scholarship to Boston College awaiting him made a decision close to his California home that would change his life, and the lives of others, forever.

    Instead of rowing, playing football or surfing, Brandon is taking his message to high school students across the country.

  •     CLERMONT - Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest welcomes returning Grandmaster M. O. Serikali, Ph.D., for another 10 week course of Tai Chi Chuan beginning May 27.

        This practice is an ancient Chinese art that strengthens both body and spirit with physical movement and mental concentration, and is one of the many opportunities at Bernheim that expands Bernheim’s mission of connecting people with nature.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE – While Bullitt County awaits finalization of current road improvements, Fiscal Court members caught a glimpse of long-term future projects.

        Brian Aldridge, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC) planning manager, presented plans created in conjunction with Kentucky Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) research.

        Suggestions from two public input meetings and three steering committee meetings were factored into the plans, Aldridge said.

  • The largest crowd to attend the National Day of Prayer observance gathered Thursday at Shepherdsville City Park.

    A variety of local ministers talked to a crowd of over 350 people and led prayers for various groups.

    Ashley Bowman read her children’s prayer. Pastor Jim Bob Outland of Bullitt Lick Baptist blessed the Bible. Jeanette Allen got the day started with her ram’s horn.

    The National Day of Prayer takes place each year on May 6.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Matthew Hatfield found a positive from the recent flooding along the Salt River.

        A 68-pound positive.

        Hatfield caught a large catfish while fishing at the Shepherdsville City Park Monday evening. The fish was officially weighed at Fischer’s Sporting Goods.

        “I never would’ve dreamed something that big would come out of the Salt River,” Hatfield said.

  •     HILLVIEW - Corbin Huff loved Tae Kwon Do.  He started taking lessons as a child.  In 1993 he began teaching Tae Kwon Do to blind students at the University of Louisville and in May of 1993 Master Corbin and his students at U of L were featured in the magazine, Karate Profile.

  •     HILLVIEW - Mary Raidt’s homeroom was transfigured into the House of Wax.

        The Overdale Elementary teacher had her students become historical and popular figurines in a class project called “The Wax Museum.”

        Each student selected a character to portray in the museum.

        “It was the students’ choice,” said Raidt. “Either historical figures or current celebrities. I just let them choose someone they were interested in.”

  •      Five Bullitt county programs that provide services for children and youths have been selected by the Bullitt County Advisory Board to receive funding from the Metro United Way.

        These one-time grants, totaling $41,905, have been made available from funds raised by the 2008-09 Metro United Way Campaign in Bullitt County.   

  •     WASHINGTON - The American Red Cross has opened more than two dozen shelters in response to a powerful weather system that generated tornadoes and caused severe flooding across the South.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Kentucky Baptist Convention has been improving communities all over the state for nearly 17 years with a program that’s shown participants the value and reward of hard work and helping others.

        Kentucky Changers assembles people from four states and sends them to areas across the commonwealth to make exterior repairs to the homes of low-income families.

  •     It was the kind of beautiful day a hero deserved. Family and friends gathered at Cedar Grove Cemetery to commemorate the anniversary of the day SSG Gary Lee Woods, Jr., was killed in Iraq.

        The Bullitt County native was serving with the Delta Company of the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, deployed to Mosul as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom on Apr. 10, 2009.

  • Betty Marshall, the family resource coordinator for Overdale and Maryville Elementary schools, was recently honored for winning the Harry J. Cowherd Award.

    The award is given to the top FRC facilities in Kentucky. Michael Denny, state director of family resource centers, and Tammy Gay, regional program manager, were among the dignitaries who attended a special celebration at Overdale Elementary.

    Others at the special ceremony included Bullitt County Judge Melanie Roberts and Terry Price, director of elementary education for Bullitt County.

  •     Voters across Kentucky have begun casting ballots for this year’s election.  While not all Kentuckians can head to the polls before Election Day, Kentucky law does provide opportunities for some voters to cast absentee ballots before the May 18, 2010 election.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Millions of Americans are expected to have their televisions tuned to NBC on Sunday night as women from across the country compete for the title of Miss USA 2010 live from the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

        Among the contestants who will be vying for the coveted pageant title will be 20-year-old Kindra Clark of Mount Washington.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - In the 1950s there was a Rock and Roll movie, “Blackboard Jungle,” featuring Bill Haley and the Comets. In the 1970s it was The Ramones’ singing, “Rock and Roll High School.”

        Bullitt Central extends the tradition of Rock music and high school education; Music instructor Amy Cuenca developed a History of Rock and Roll course for Bullitt Central students.

        The idea was based originally on necessity when Bullitt Central courses were switched from 90 to 72 minutes.

  •     CEDAR GROVE - Schools throughout Bullitt County appreciate the many volunteers offering continued services, especially during National Volunteer Week.

        Volunteering time to assist with a child’s education is often difficult when parents work during school hours.

        A program at Cedar Grove Elementary found a solution, one that has greatly increased parent volunteer hours: Volunteer coordinator Kym Jones hosts volunteer nights at the school.

  •     HILLVIEW - A foundation of pride has created unique opportunities for a local Scout troop and two families.

        Wes Carroll and Kyle Weber achieved Eagle ranks during their Court of Honor March 21 at Indian Springs Country Club in Louisville.

        The Scouts belong to Troop 376, founded in 1999 by Kyle’s father, Robert. Earning his Eagle rank in 1976, Robert led Troop 376 until his death in 2005.

        The two new Eagle Scouts are the 10th and 11th to earn the title from Troop 376.

  •     FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) Division of Women’s Health, in partnership with the Frankfort Regional Medical Center, Franklin County Health Department and the Kentucky Commission on Women, is hosting a “Walk Across Kentucky” on May 13 as part Women’s Health Week, a national observance spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.