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  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - The first two years of classes at the Bullitt County campus of Jefferson Community and Technical College have been successful.

    Enrollment at the classes have grown by 73 percent over the that time and is 30 percent more than school officials anticipated.

    There were seven high school students who participated this past year in a dual credit program.

    But Dr. Dan Ash and Donna Miller are not satisfied. They believe the college has much more potential.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - As a Physical Education instructor, Amanda Yarbrough understands team concept and a ‘we-can’ attitude.

    In Yarbrough’s classes at Bullitt Lick Middle School, that sometimes also refers to a ‘Wii-can’ approach.

    Yarbrough implemented the Nintendo Wii gaming system in PE classes. Over the next year she enhanced her teaching program for use by all students, including those with special needs.

  • HEBRON ESTATES - Sometimes a new job just feels like a perfect fit.

    Marcella Minogue feels that way about her new role as Freedom Elementary principal.

    The former Freedom instructor took over this week as the school’s first female principal.

    “Having taught here I saw the wonderful part of Freedom,” she said. “I knew what it had to offer.”

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - When he sees a military person in uniform at a restaurant, there's a good chance he will pay for their meal.

    Although he never served in the military, he believes the men and women who serve this country should be honored and remembered.

    His latest way to honor the veterans was to purchase a monument and plaque.

    During a special ceremony Thursday, the monument was dedicated in Shepherdsville City Park.

    The city employee doesn't want his identity to be known, although his friends know who "he" is.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Sheriffs are adding a little more horse sense to the department.

    Sheriff Donnie Tinnell appointed special deputy Rick Miller to head a new equine investigation unit established to focus on potential cases of horse neglect or abuse.

    “We get calls and we wanted someone qualified to check them,” said Tinnell. “(Miller) knows a lot about horses and he’s been around here a long time.”

  • Kentucky wineries pocketed 72 medals, including four gold medals, at the Kentucky State Fair wine competition Aug. 15 in Louisville.

  • CLERMONT -- If you were a student, what would you do with a teacher standing on your front porch?

    Bernheim Middle School teachers were knocking on doors, only to let students know there was nothing to fear.

    Taking an idea from a successful program in Mason County, Bernheim implemented a home visitation program prior to the first day of classes.

    Administrators, teachers and counselors traveled in pairs to the homes of every registered Bernheim student.

  • CLERMONT - Students from Bernheim Middle School spent a week over the summer displaying their skills during the National Junior Beta Club Convention in Orlando, Fla.

    This was the fourth year that students from Bernheim Middle represented the school and the county.

    Alex Skidmore, currently an eighth-grader at Bernheim, entered her crocheted baby blanket, which won third place at the state competition.

    Crystal Lemons, who is now a freshman at Bullitt Central High, won third place in the nationals with her wreath. During the state competition, Lemons placed second.

  • The 2009 Matthew Curtis Allen Memorial Scholarship recipients were awarded their scholarships on Saturday, July 25th, at the annual MC 14 Basketball Tournament. This year’s recipients were:

    Grant Lee Polson - of Mount Washington. Grant is the son of Garry and Kathy Polson. Grant ranked first in his class of 236 at Bullitt East High School. He was a Varsity Basketball player, a Governor’s Scholar and participated in The National Honors Society, as well as volunteering as a coach, referee and tutor.

  • CLERMONT – The 6th Annual Bluegrass 101 Bluegrass Festival experienced its nicest weather to date to accompany the hot music onstage.

    The host band (Bluegrass 101) performed three sets over the two-day event.

    Other musical acts included Bullitt County’s Tommy Brown and County Line Grass, along with Bluegrass legend Paul Williams and the Victory Trio.

    Bluegrass 101 also hosts the annual Bardstown Bluegrass Festival. For more information visit the band’s Web site, www.bluegrass101.com.

  • A new free Christian arts and music festival made its debut over the weekend.

    The first annual Shepherdsfest at Cedar Grove Baptist Church featured live bands, arts and crafts booths, kids games, a classic car show and lots of great food including homemade ice cream. The great weather was a bonus.

    The new event was planned in hopes of creating an annual community gathering focusing on Christian and family-friendly fun that will continue to grow in the future.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Fourteen local students were recognized for their commitment to a drug-free lifestyle through the Bullitt County Public Schools’ VIP Youth Poster Campaign, sponsored by the Bullitt County Partners in Prevention (PIP) program.

    The event is organized by the BCPS Safe and Drug-Free Schools program. Students become the focus of posters sharing their stance against implementing harmful substances into their lives.

  • HILLVIEW -- The Alternative Adult Day Health Care Center is just what its name suggests: an alternative health care center assisting adults.

    The center provides a daytime assisted living program for special needs clients and families that would otherwise need to seek long-term or 24-hour care.

    Thanks to a new Veterans Affairs initiative, local veterans could attend the facility free of charge.

    Alternative Adult Day Health Care Center was approved as part of the Veterans Benefits program through the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • A crowd gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for the new branch library in Lebanon Junction.

    Library director Randy Matlow and county judge Melanie Roberts were among the guest speakers.

    When completed in early 2010, the library will be the second largest in the county’s system.

    The new library will be located on Highway 61 near Lebanon Junction Elementary and the building will be fashioned after a train station in honor of the city’s rich railroad history.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Michael Rice’s newest title was hard to achieve but is impossible to take away: He is now a triathlete.

    Rice recently completed his first full triathlon competition in the Ford Ironman Louisville contest.

    A full triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bicycle ride and a full 26.2-mile marathon run.

    Rice completed the three events in a time of 13 hours and 37 minutes, an average time in a competition where just finishing is considered a success.

  • WASHINGTON, DC - CDR ODASN Gary Morris was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the United States Navy after completing a tour with the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) staff.

    Morris is a Mount Washington native and a Bullitt East graduate. He accepted a direct commission to the United States Navy after graduating from Murray State University in 1991.

    Morris previously worked aboard the USS George Washington, a nuclear-powered Navy super carrier, in the ship’s repair facility.

  • HEBRON ESTATES - Students at North Bullitt High School received a unique civics lesson Wednesday while sitting on a fancy bus.

    The C-Span bus made a stop at North Bullitt and Jennifer Curran had an opportunity to make students a little more familiar with what the cable network provides.

    Calling C-Span “not better...it’s just different,” Curran quizzed the students on what they knew about the cable network and what made it different from the commercial stations.

  • HEBRON ESTATES - When Cheryl Huddleston’s students at Freedom Elementary returned to class in August, they engaged in the normal conversations.

    They talked about how “excited” some of them were to get back to school, while others talked about what they did over the summer.

    But they also talked about the rains that flooded the city of Louisville the week before. And several mentioned the Metro Louisville animal shelter which was flooded and animals had to be relocated for a period of time.

    From there, it just kind of “snowballed.”

  • FORT KNOX - SSG Michael Montgomery, Ret., knows what a soldier faces both during and after combat.

    With 17 years military experience, including three years active duty, Montgomery learned the battle doesn’t end for a soldier upon returning home.

    The dangers of mental fatigue and post-traumatic stress are common and, in some ways, more difficult to treat than physical wounds. Montgomery and his wife, Tamika, lived through the struggle of post-traumatic stress and its effect on their relationship.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE " Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is a chilling story that most people claim to be familiar with, but the Bullitt County Theatre Company would like everyone to revisit the chilling classic this October.

    The company will perform a special adaptation of “Frankenstein” Oct. 1-4 and 8-11 that Producing Artistic Director and Playwright in Residence Bill Breuer described as “a retelling of Mary Shelley’s work with numerous important scientific and philosophical themes having relevance today.”