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  • SHEPHERDSVILLE -- For one night adolescents experienced the struggles and plight of the homeless.

    Cardboard Light is an event designed to allow an opportunity for young people to remain homeless throughout an entire evening. The event was hosted at the Shepherdsville Government Center.

    Members of Victory Baptist, Vine Hill and Bardstown Baptist Church youth groups participated. Victory Baptist youth pastor Stephen Crenshaw said 38 youth members ranging from 6th through 12th grade attended the event.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE -- It had been nearly a year since Larry Belcher passed away but his memory was strong as the Bullitt County Education Association honored him as its distinguished citizen.

    With past winners Dr. Mohana Arla and Jesse Flynn in the audience, Linda Belcher accepted the honor for her husband.

    “Larry was fun,” said Belcher, also a retired educator who is now serving as state representative for the 49th District.

    She recalled various stories about how her husband liked to play pranks on people he liked.

  • SHEPERDSVILLE) ee" T.J. Bradley was one of more than 70 Bullitt County young adults who gained valuable work experience and job skills in SummerWorks 2009.

    “Working in IT (information technology) this summer has given me great insight in the field,” said Bradley, 18, a Jefferson Community and Technical College student. “Now I know that I’ll enjoy working in IT as my career. The job also allowed me to save money for college.”

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - The new Roby Elementary school building was built upon a strong foundation.

    During its 50-plus years of history the school continues to improve upon efforts made by former principals and teachers.

    The importance of that foundation was recognized during an official open house ceremony to showcase the new school facility.

    Roby’s first librarian, Louise Terry, received the highest honor during the ceremony, with Roby’s new media center named the Louise Terry Library.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - A Bullitt County native figures to be a hometown favorite in an upcoming fitness competition.

    Stephanie Billings will take the stage for the first time as a professional figure competitor during the 2009 KentuckyMuscle Bodybuilding, Figure, and Bikini Championship Finals in Louisville, presented by the International Federation of Body Building and Fitness (IBFF) and the National Physique Committee (NPC).

  • HILLVIEW ee" Since she was very young, Shepherdsville native Jana Payne couldn’t imagine herself being anything else but a professional hair stylist.

    “It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, since I was a little girl, I’ve been trying to braid Barbie Doll’s hair,” she said.

    It was a childhood dream that has turned in to a very successful reality for Payne, who recently won several regional and national awards through her employer, Fantastic Sams.

  • The CASA Program for Bullitt County (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the Board of Directors thanks Tom Givhan and John Spainhour for hosting the CASA Corporate Reception.

    This was an effort for CASA to gain support from local community businesses.

    CASA is a non profit organization that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to advocate the best interest of abused and neglected children in the Family Court system.

  • CLERMONT - Bernheim Middle School seventh graders received the ultimate lesson.

    An event called “Ghost Out” was presented by seventh grade instructor Erin Mabe with assistance from instructional coach Karrie Stewart.

    The event was tied to a book read in school, “Tears of a Tiger,” which includes a story involving a drunk driving accident and making good life choices.

    “The event is tied in with the novel,” said Stewart. “The novel causes kids to think of these situations and we wanted to personalize this for them.”

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE -- It’s become a fact of life in Bullitt County just as it has in other parts of the country: methamphetamine manufacturing, use and abuse.

    While meth remains a hot topic among those working toward a better society, another subtle topic has entered the awareness radar.

    Prescription drug abuse is a nuisance in society for many more various reasons than meth or other drugs. As a result, Bullitt County Partners in Prevention is hosting a prescription drug abuse awareness workshop.

  • Former University of Kentucky and Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player Winston Bennett came to Eastside Middle School last week as part of the school’s kick-off to Red Ribbon Week.

    Bennett talked to students about how living a drug-free life enabled him to follow his dreams as a basketball player and professional. He also emphasized the importance of respect and forming positive relationships.

    Red Ribbon Week promotes a drug and alcohol-free America and especially focuses on prevention and education for school-aged children.

  • NICHOLS - The annual Smile Kentucky! program returned to Bullitt County this month.

    This year the program, sponsored by the Louisville Water Company, visited 34 schools throughout the Louisville area.

    Free dental screenings were provided to students in grades 3-5 at Freedom, Maryville, Roby and Nichols Elementary.

    Local dentists and dental assistants volunteer services to examine the students. Any students found with severe problems will visit the University of Louisville School of Dentistry Feb. 5 for further treatment.

  • Thanks to the Bullitt County Agriculture Advancement Council, the new computer lab in Bullitt Central’s Agriculture Department created big news earlier this year.

    Bullitt Central’s alumni will be surprised to see the new changes that have come to Room 76.

    On November 20, alumni, parents, farmers, and students will have the opportunity to see these changes firsthand.

    Ag Connections, an innovative crop management software company from Murray, KY, will be on hand to discuss how their software is used throughout the world and for a product demonstration.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Hollis Cope may have been exactly the blessing Danny Perkins needed Aug. 30.

    Calvary Christian’s Sunday evening services were going as usual on Aug. 30 when Perkins — who was in the congregation — collapsed and wasn’t breathing. It was a shock to everyone around because Perkins seemed fine minutes before.

    “He walked in (the sanctuary) under his own power, sat down and I guess he seemed OK,” Cope said.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Some of the material Kenny Hardin normally talks about when discussing the war on methamphetamine was not appropriate on this particular day.

    Speaking to the monthly lunch gathering of the Bullitt County Woman’s Council, the director of the Bullitt County Drug Task Force left some of his material at the office. It wasn’t appropriate for those enjoying lunch.

    Hardin said the county is well on its way to another record year in terms of busting meth labs.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - A working relationship between two Bullitt Central agriculture teachers recently blossomed into marriage.

    Michael Peake, a nine-year Bullitt Central instructor, and Tiphanie Merriam, at the school for five years, threw rice at the Louisville Zoo on Sept. 12.

    Merriam, a Hodgenville native, attended the University of Kentucky. Peake, from Louisville, went to Murray State University.

    At one point the two would-be Agriculture teachers simultaneously worked on a farm for a summer without meeting.

  • LEBANON JUNCTION ee" In a time when more families than ever have been forced to rely upon charitable organizations for food, clothing and even shelter, Lebanon Junction residents struggling to buy their groceries got some good news last Monday night.

    The county’s southern-most city has been selected by the Dare to Care Food Bank as the first location outside of Jefferson County to host a monthly mobile food pantry.

  • The annual Brooks Run stream cleanup was recently held.

    The five cities of Hillview, Hunters Hollow, Fox Chase, Pioneer Village and Hebron Estates combine to work with volunteers and civic groups to clean up the northern Bullitt County community, especially along Brooks Run.

    This is part of the federal Clean Water Act provisions.

    Among the groups helping to clean up was Scout Troops 20 and 49, who were seen cleaning up along the stretch between Preston Highway and Hillview Square.

  • LEBANON JUNCTION - William Clay Greenwell wasn’t a man who sought out publicity.

    In fact, several said he would probably be very humbled by the dedication service.

    A special ceremony was recently held to name the Lebanon Junction Firehouse in his honor. It is a place he spent 55 years of his life.

    With his wife, Peggy, and family on-hand, local friends and dignitaries, including U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, paid their respects to the man who passed away during the winter.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - A nationally known ventriloquist will bring new life to his puppet characters at New Life Worship Center.

    Ryan Bomgardner will perform his live show, Ryan and Friends, at the church during his recently started tour.

    Bomgardner referred to the show as a fun family event for everyone to enjoy.

    “Anything we do is completely clean,” he said. “It’s never more than PG-rated. We want everybody to walk away thinking they liked the show.”

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - The Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana invites the entire community to participate in an e-Waste collection event on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. until Noon at Mount Washington Elementary School.

    The Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is dedicated to the environment and the planet. Through the Girl Scout program, girls learn to recycle, reuse and recreate waste.

    Recently, Girl Scouts joined forces with two Kentucky companies - CRI and GES - to address the issue of recycling electronic waste or e-waste.