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  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Have you listened to the pageant emcee who makes an announcement when the final two contestants are standing on stage.

    Part of that discussion talks about the first runner-up being responsible for taking the title in case the winner is not able to fulfill her duties.

    That happened for Kayla Reynolds.

    This weekend could become Bullitt County’s chance to dominate Kentucky’s pageant spotlight.

    Reynolds will represent the area as Miss Bullitt County Fair 2009 in the 2010 Miss Kentucky County Fair Pageant at the Galt House.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County Drug Task Force coordinator Kenny Hardin was selected as the Bullitt County Partners in Prevention Partner of the Year.

    Hardin received a plaque during the December PIP meeting. He called the award “certainly unexpected.”

    Jaime Goldsmith, Bullitt County Public Schools Safe and Drug Free Schools coordinator, nominated Hardin for the award.

  •     CLERMONT - Bernheim Middle School students learned that movies with high-tech tricks and vampire-related themes can’t hold a candle to a well-told story.

        The students were visited by Roberta Simpson Brown, the “Queen of the Cold-Blooded Tales.”

        Brown is a retired teacher and published author as well as a professional storyteller. She learned her craft growing up in Russell Springs. She has performed throughout the country at various festivals and workshops.

  • Alyssa Phelps won the honor of throwing a pie at the face of Mrs. Hutchison recently.

    Her innocent look contrasts to the look of the Shepherdsville Elementary teacher who just took the pie to the face.

    It was all in good fun as the school collected over 1,800 jars of peanut butter to be sent off for the Haitian relief efforts.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - This ValentineDay is going to be a historic event for many couples in Mount Washington.

    Mount Washington’s Lloyd House Museum is currently under construction and in need of some serious repairs before it can be made available for public enjoyment.

    In an effort to get things up and running for the community, the Mount Washington Historical Society in collaboration with the Kettle Creek Restaurant are hosting a fund raising luncheon.

    It will be held at Kettle Creek on Sunday, Feb. 14, from 11am to 2pm.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The 12th annual Valentine Gala, a fund-raiser for the Bullitt-Spencer County service center of the American Red Cross, will return on Saturday, Feb. 13.

        The annual event will again be held at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville.

        The theme for the night is An Evening Celebrating Our Armed Forces. The Wulfe Pack will provide music from 9 p.m. until midnight.

  • Valentine’s Dinner with Your Sweetheart: An Evening Among the Stars

    Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14

    7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    Visitor Center

        Members, $120.00 per couple; Non-members, $150.00 per couple

    Reservation and payment deadline, Monday, February 8: (502) 955-8512

        Plan now for a romantic dinner with your special someone and enjoy a magical evening in Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest’s enchanting Visitor Center.

  •     LOUISVILLE - The McConnell Training and Technology Center (MTTC) will host a Wired65 Entrepreneurial Networking Seminar next month. The seminar will take place at 1:00 pm on February 11 at MTTC’s Industry Road location. All 50 seats are available first-come first-serve at no cost. Those interested must register for the event at .

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE – During the recession how many Bullitt Countians remain one hardship away from homelessness?

    The Shepherd’s Shelter provides services to assist with such hardships, though the needs continue to grow for both the organization and its clients.

    Formed in 2001, Shepherd’s Shelter supplies homeless and those near homelessness with food, shelter and supportive services while helping to plan and maintain renewed self-sufficiency. Shepherd’s Shelter is a faith-based non-profit organization.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON ee" Kindra Clark says she’s just a small-town girl who enjoys being in local pageants because they are fun opportunities to build self confidence.

    But the Miss Kentucky USA judges recently saw a special magic in 19-year-old Clark and named her Miss Kentucky 2010 Nov. 29 at the Norton Center for the Arts in Danville.

    “It was a remarkable feeling. Words cannot describe how excited and nervous I was,” she said.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - A common homelessness stereotype includes adult males panhandling on the street.

    Groups like Shepherd’s Shelter constantly attempt to increase awareness about many different types of victims, including families, single parents, the disabled, the elderly and veterans.

    Families and single parents mean there are also homeless children in the community.

    Linda Nason, social worker with Bullitt County Public Schools, acts as a liaison for Shepherd’s Shelter. She said children were the most difficult homeless victims to identify.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Before the first marker board has been hung, Kim Sego is already making big plans for when Crossroads Elementary opens its doors next school year.

    Sego was recently named principal of the county’s newest school. She has served as Pleasant Grove Elementary’s Assistant Principal for five years and has worked at the school since it opened in 1997.

    Crossroads Elementary is located behind Mount Washington Elementary School in the heart of the city.

  • LEBANON JUNCTION - Edna Jones is a survivor.

    Since 1966, the resident of Church Street in Lebanon Junction has been battling one form of cancer or another.

    Currently, the 67-year-old Jones has been diagnosed with five different forms of cancer.

    As she has turned her living room into her main place of existence, Jones is serving as a home to her children and grandchildren.

    As this Christmas approached, it would be another tough one for Jones.

    But it was brightened up just days before the big event.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Most students can’t say that Batman has made a special guest appearance in their classroom to teach a creative writing lesson.

    But Mount Washington Middle School sixth graders Lee Hays and Brandon Prater can.

    Actually it was MWMS teacher Jeremy Belcher dressed up as Gotham City’s hero Tuesday in efforts to engage two of his most unique students in a creative writing process during which he, Hays and Prater wrote a rough draft about a super hero.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Children within the Bullitt County court system will have a better holiday season thanks to First Federal Savings Bank.

    First Federal hosted angel trees at their three Bullitt County locations this season.

    Donated items were intended for the families of 45 children being assisted by the Bullitt County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program.

    CASA volunteers represent children in court, representing each child’s best interests.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Local florist Amanda Stephens Heck loves to use her talents to bring joy to others, especially during the holidays.

    That is why she happily agreed to participate in the 33rd annual Old Louisville Holiday House Tour’s exterior design competition. She said it was a fun project and good exposure for her Mount Washington floral business, Amanda’s Creations.

    “I knew the talent that was involved and I didn’t think I had a chance,” Heck said.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The students and staff at Shepherdsville Elementary are collecting peanut butter for the Haitian earthquake relief efforts.

        Shepherdsville Family Resource Center coordinator Traci Gould said high protein and non-perishable food items were suggested by Waves of Mercy, a Kentucky-based ministry that assists Haitian orphanages. The ministry said peanut butter was an ideal choice.

        Classrooms will challenge one another in a friendly competition for the most jars collected.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON " The Bullitt East Marching Band made history during an uncertain time this year.

    The band was the smallest on record with 37 participants and had to adjust to being led by a new director, Jonah Sawyers.

    Maybe it was that the students felt like underdogs, or perhaps it was the enthusiasm of a new, young director, but the BEHS Marching Chargers made it to the state semi-final competition Nov. 7 for the first time in Bullitt East’s history.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - Old Mill Elementary School third grader Alyson Mason has been named royalty, but instead of a tiara and dress you will more likely find her in boots and blue jeans.

    Mason was recently named the 2009-2010 Kentucky Junior Rodeo Association Princess - a goal that the Mount Washington cowgirl has had for more than a year.

    As part of the being named princess, Mason had to compete in a contest, be interviewed and her involvement in various KJRA events was also considered.

  • CLERMONT - Bernheim believes that increasing the amount of time children spend out of doors, year round, will help them learn more effectively, increase social skills, benefit from physical activity and generally have more fun!

    Bernheim has created a year-round program especially designed to get your child outside.  The ECO Kids (Every Child Outside) initiative is an important component of Bernheim’s mission of Connecting People with Nature, with enlightening and entertaining kid-friendly activities every month.