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  • 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.

  • Eastside Middle School Principal Bonita Franklin delivered the State of the School Address to teachers and students Oct. 21 and ended the occasion with a special balloon releasing ceremony.

  • Bullitt Central students received a hands-on history and cultural lesson from Dance Diaspora.

    Based at Oberlin College in Ohio, the Dance Diaspora ensemble presents Western African cultural traditions through music and dance.

    Dance Diaspora incorporates diverse musical and dance themes ranging from American styles of Blues, Jazz and Hip Hop to African, Brazilian and Caribbean.

    Traditional Western African songs and instruments are implemented into the presentations, which meet the Kentucky Core Content curriculum requirements.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Public Library and Bullitt County History Museum teamed up to establish a historical marker commemorating the site of the 1917 Shepherdsville train derailment.

    The marker was recently placed at the southeast corner of Ridgway Memorial Library near Second Street.

    The derailment took place at the site of the existing tracks by the Second Street overpass. Injured and deceased passengers were transported to the nearby courthouse and the Trunnell Hotel, currently the offices of attorney Anne McAfee.

  • HILLVIEW - Harry J. Cowherd, MD, was a champion for the development of Family Resource Centers in schools during the development of the Kentucky Education Reform Act.

    In his honor, the annual Cowherd Award for Center Excellence is presented to the state’s top Family Resource Center, Youth Service Center and combination of both.

    Two of the three 2009 recipients were from Bullitt County, including Betty Marshall, Hand In Hand FRC coordinator for Maryville and Overdale Elementary. Her program was selected the best of 420 FRCs throughout the state.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service hosted a Home and Farm Safety Field Day.

    Students from Mount Washington, Old Mill and Roby Elementary, along with area home-schooled students, received helpful information from local experts.

    Safety topics included ATV, bathroom, bicycle, electricity, sun, tractor and water safety.

    An ambulance display was featured courtesy of Bullitt County EMS. Educational fire trailers were hosted by Mount Washington, Shepherdsville and Zoneton Fire units.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Sometimes it seems like it rains for days, and then just when the clouds break, another storm comes along.

    Bullitt East students, staff and faculty know that scenario all too well. The student body has experienced its share of proverbial storms since the beginning of school.

    From two students sustaining life-threatening injuries to a student’s death by suicide, the school’s ability to band together and overcome tragedy has been tested in the past two months.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE ee" The annual Cowherd Award for Center Excellence is presented to the state’s top Youth Service Center, Family Resource Center and combination of both.

    Though there are no combination centers in the county, two Bullitt centers claimed the state’s YSC and FRC awards, including Maryville/Overdale Elementary Hand In Hand FRC coordinator Betty Marshall.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - On December 20, 1917, the deadliest train accident in Kentucky history took place in Shepherdsville.

    In 2007 a memorial service was held at the Bullitt County Courthouse, located near the wreck site, to commemorate the 90th anniversary. The Bullitt County History Museum featured a booklet about the 1917 event during the ceremony.