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  • Those in the Bullitt County area understand the importance Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest plays in education. But anyone who reads the Congressional Record in Washington, D.C., will forever understand its importance.

    With its Visitors Center being recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Lifecycle Building Challenge Award, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie read the accomplishments into the Congressional Record on Oct. 15, 2009.

  • CLERMONT -- Kimberly Newton genuinely loves the two things she does for a living: art and teaching.

    The Bernheim Middle art instructor was recognized for efforts in both, named as the 2009-10 Kentucky Art Education Association (KAEA) Middle School Teacher of the Year during a presentation at the University of Kentucky Art Museum.

    “It’s a big honor,” said Newton. “It’s a very sought-after award.”

    The KAEA is a professional organization of more than 250 art teachers. Members vote annually on nominations received for the award.

  • As Winter approaches, Multi-Purpose CAA will begin the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Nov. 2 through Dec. 11, in an effort to assist low-income residents with high utility bills.

    LIHEAP is a statewide initiative sponsored by Community Action Kentucky. in partnership with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).

    Last year over 621 residents of Bullitt County received financial assistance and emergency services from the LIHEAP Subsidy component.

  • The Bullitt County Health Department reminds the public that the best way to prevent the flu is to get a vaccination shot annually.

    Flu shots are now given at the Health Department on Lees Valley Drive in Shepherdsville.

    Flu shots will be given on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

    If you have Medicare HMO, please contact your primary care provider to get the flu vaccine.

    If you have supplemental insurance along with Medicare, please bring both cards.

  • LEBANON JUNCTION - When high school sweethearts Scott and Misty Cunningham married on June 17, 1995, and vowed to support one another for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, they were very serious about the love they pledged for one another.

    But neither of them knew exactly how those vows would be tested 14 years later.

    Just a little over one year ago on Oct. 23, 2008, Misty began experiencing severe stomach pain and she sought emergency medical attention at Jewish Hospital South’s emergency room.

  • The Bullitt Central girls' basketball program held a donkey basketball fundraiser with the help of students and staff at Bullitt Central, as well as Roby, Nichols, Cedar Grove and Shepherdsville Elementary.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - A large turnout showed representatives from The Center for Women and Families that the Bullitt County community cares.

    A great deal of local effort and involvement helped lead to the opening of a new Bullitt County CWF location.

    Local officials and community members gathered for the ribbon cutting and grand opening at the facility, located near the campus of St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

  • 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.