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  •     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.

  •     LEBANON JUNCTION - Local youngsters were shooting for unique opportunities to experience fun, safety, and sportsmanship.

        The Bullitt County Rod and Gun Club created a shooting club for area youth interested in sharpening their rifle skills through expert advice and a controlled location.

        The club also hosts a youth shooting competition for the Third District Federation of the League of Kentucky Sportsmen, Inc., which includes Bullitt, Breckinridge, Jefferson, Meade, Oldham, Shelby and Spencer Counties.

  • To bring awareness to child abuse prevention month, the Bullitt County CASA program had a festival in Shepherdsville City Park.

    Dignitaries had the opportunity to take a pie in the face, including Bullitt County Public Schools superintendent Keith Davis.

    The event was designed as a celebration for children, with a ballon bounce, games and free items.

    Hot dogs and free nachos were available, along with a free concert by Edgewood. Cheer-Bling performed various cheerleading and dance numbers.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - It was a day of celebration at Mount Washington Middle School as state and community leaders joined students, faculty, and staff for an assembly to commemorate the school being named one of seven 2010 Kentucky Schools to Watch.

        Hundreds gathered in the school’s gymnasium on Monday to recognize the momentous accomplishment, and several special guests were on hand to extend their congratulations, including Commissioner of Education Terry Holiday of the Kentucky Department of Education.

  •     A lot of work has to be done to Mount Washington’s Lloyd House Museum if it’s going to be restored to its 1880s appearance, and that takes money.

        With that in mind, the Mount Washington Historical Society has sought help from the community to pay for the restoration of the city’s only museum.

        To help them along, Jonathan Rideout and Laura Proffitt of the McFarland Troutman Funeral Home donated $500 dollars - the largest donation the historical society has received.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Not knowing where to turn for the assembly of several new toys for the Wee Care Child Development Center, the TeenAge Parenting Program recently called on JOM Pharmaceuticals.

        Several boxes of toys were dropped off at the Shepherdsville location and JOM employees used their breaks and lunch time to assemble the riding toys and water table.

        Anne Baker, an employee of JOM, coordinated with TAPP director Barb Plenge to put the toys together.

  • CLERMONT - Bernheim Research Forest and Arboretum celebrates National Children’s Book Week (May 10-14) with an expansion of titles and the inclusion of some rare books in the Visitor Center Nature Shop.

    Books target children up to nine years old and this expansion makes Bernheim’s Nature Shop one of the region’slargest sellers of children’sstorybooks, nature study and environmental stewardship titles.

  •     CLERMONT - From fancy collars to baskets full of supplies, the Bullitt County Animal Shelter received a much-appreciated donation recently.

        Members of the Bullitt County YMCA, as well as its Tween Extreme Kids Club, collected items that were donated to the shelter.

        Dori McCalvin, a long-time supporter of the animal shelter and child care administrative assistant at the YMCA, said boxes were set out at the fitness facility in Shepherdsville for a month.

  •     The 59th annual Shepherdsville National Day of Prayer Event begins at noon on May 6, 2010, with the blowing of a Ram’s horn.

        On the first Thursday in May, this prayer event takes place at the Pavilion in the Shepherdsville West 1st Street Park by Salt River. 

        This 50-minute event accommodates those attending during their lunch hour. 

        Again this year, a child’s prayer will be prayed along with the area pastors.

  •     The Bullitt Central FFA Chapter showcased their skills during the floral design and mechanics competition on March 25.  Both teams competing took first place within the Northern Ky Region of the FFA. 

        During the floral design contest students created four breathtaking centerpieces, four corsages’, four boutonnières, and four imaginative freestyles.  All freestyle arrangements were sold at Creations by Barbara, a local floral shop.

  • NICHOLS - Nichols students were invited to the greatest show at the school.

    A circus party was featured as this year’s Relay for Life school fundraiser.

    Students paid $3 admission fees, along with $1 pony rides and 50 cents for face paintings, tattoos and novelty crafts.

    Circus-thumbed photographs in special frames were available for a $2 purchase.

    Pizza, cotton candy, popcorn, candy and drinks were available with all proceeds going to the Relay.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE – They look like anyone else, they could be anyone else, but their lives took turns that led them along a different path.

    Three Bullitt Countians survived homelessness, maintaining better lives with help from the Shepherd’s Shelter Samaritan Program.

    The Shepherd’s Shelter, Inc., is a faith-based non-profit housing initiative with a mission to prevent and end homelessness in Bullitt County. The organization offers food and shelter along with supportive services and stabilization planning toward regaining self-sufficiency.

  • Wicked Plants - Saturday, April 17, 8:30 a.m. ee" noon, Visitor Center

    Fee: Members $7, non-members $10; registration required

    Poisonous plants and wicked weeds are worth knowing! Join a Bernheim naturalist for an investigative ramble on the wild side of some less than lovable plants.

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    ECO KIDS: Third Saturday Adventures in Nature for Kids and Families ee" Spring Wildflowers - Saturday, April 17, 1:00 ee" 4:00 p.m., Visitor Center

    FREE

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Though some parental knowledge and skill takes over, it never hurts to receive further assistance from experts - an extra set of hands.

    The Bullitt County Health Department features such assistance, free of charge, through the Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) program.

    HANDS partners first-time parents with skilled mentors who offer a wide range of parental advice and assistance.

    The program begins as early as three months into the pregnancy, continuing until the child graduates at age two.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - A successful fundraiser will help Bullitt County’s young farmers harvest educational opportunities.

        Numerous activities such as fundraisers have earned the Bullitt County Young Farmers two consecutive state awards.

        The Young Farmers, a division of Bullitt County Farm Bureau, recently earned a second consecutive Gold Star Award for Excellence.

  • Various Easter week observances were held in Bullitt County.

    First Baptist Church of Shepherdsville again hosted its daily service and lunch during Holy Week. The St. Aloysius choir sang during one of the services.

    The Walk of the Cross through downtown Shepherdsville was held on Good Friday. The walk started at the Full Gospel Christian Center near the detention center and ended at the Melton’ food Mart on Highway 44. One of the stops included a prayer in front of the Bullitt County Courthouse.

  • Snows in late January caused the annual Catholic Schools Week celebration at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Academy to the postponed.

    However, the eighth-grade students would not escape the volleyball skills of the staff.

    Once again this year, the staff taught the students a lesson in volleyball skills with a hard-fought victory.

    This is an annual event which concludes a week of activities to highlight educational opportunities at Catholic schools.