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  • HEBRON ESTATES – For 25 years, the Relay for Life has raised funding toward cancer research.

    At the Bullitt County Relay, each year brings new hope for the many participating survivors and their caregivers.

    Many of the survivors are now regulars, attending each year to celebrate life and to share their ongoing hope with others.

    Brenda Smothers

    Mount Washington resident Brenda Smothers went for her regular mammogram in 2005 when she received news every person dreads: the procedure revealed a lump in her breast.

  • HILLVIEW - If Overdale Elementary is an example of a functioning body, Carolyn McClintock is the heart.

    The Overdale secretary has been with the school since its inception, a member of its first graduating class.

    “I was here the first year in sixth grade,” said McClintock. “Then the next year they built onto the school. They added seventh grade and then eighth grade, so we were the first ones.”

  • A special Troop Walk was held on May 30 to honor those who have served in the military, those who are still serving and those who have lost their lives.

    A group of about 50 people walked from the VFW Post 5710 all the way to the Bullitt County Courthouse.

    Once there, a crowd of about 100 listened to various speeches, songs and prayers.

    Included in the guest speakers were First Sgt. John Voccio of Fort Knox and Retired Chief Petty Officer Bob Devore of the U.S. Navy.

  • LOUISVILLE - It was a record setting year once again for the annual WHAS Crusade for Children.

    And it was a record setting year for Bullitt County fire departments who collected over $216,800 - all of which will stay be returned to local agencies.

    Overall, the Crusade collected over $5.2 million for special needs children in Kentuckiana.

    The leading department was Zoneton, which raised $101,252. This was the first time the department surpassed $100,000.

    Zoneton was also honored for reaching $1 million in collections for the Crusade for Children.

  • HILLVIEW - A slideshow photo presentation was displayed on a large white piece of paper taped to a wall in front of a broken screen.

    The sound system involved a microphone balanced on a cracked stage floor, propped next to speakers from a laptop computer.

    Regardless, the Overdale Elementary community in attendance saw an aging school facility as purely golden. Past and present students and parents, former and current faculty and administrators all gathered to celebrate Overdale’s 50th anniversary.

  • CLERMONT -- Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest aims high at being a regional pioneer in the field of horticultural science.

    One might say they’ve aimed just above the ceiling.

    Bernheim revealed the Living Roof Project, an ongoing research project testing various plant and soil samples for use on rooftops of area buildings. The project is being funded through the Brown Foreman Corporation.

  • Throughout the past school year, SFC Daniel Kimball came to Bullitt Lick Middle School to bring a message on the dangers of illegal substances, such as drugs and alcohol. PE/Health instructor Amanda Yarbrough brought in Kimball and his U.S. Army program as part of the curriculum.

  • HEBRON ESTATES - Many of Bullitt county’s public elementary schools are having to face some tough music next year.

    Several schools are deciding not to offer beginning band as state accountability testing standards change and growing elementary schools are faced with tough scheduling decisions.

    Bullitt County’s elementary schools have traditionally offered beginning band at the fifth grade level. Band was one exploratory course that students could participate in to expand their knowledge of the arts and humanities.

  • CLERMONT ee" For eight decades Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest has been connecting people with nature.

    That continues to be the goal as those who love the forest and support its mission prepare to celebrate its 80th anniversary this Saturday.

    Bernheim’s 80th Anniversary Bash is a once-in-a-lifetime event as the forest reflects upon its rich history and looks to a bright future that is being led by Executive Director Dr. Mark Wourms.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Divine Savior Lutheran Church pastor John Lehenbauer said there are three types of people: starters, finishers and continuers.

    Lehenbauer is a starter, leading him in accepting a new position to help establish Christ Lutheran Church in Perry, Georgia.

    The Divine Savior congregation is saying goodbye to its pastor of 13 years. It's a farewell with an impact not only on the church but the entire Bullitt County community.

  • CLERMONT - The Prisoners of War, Missing in Action (POW/MIA) flag is a symbol of remembrance for American soldiers whose whereabouts remain unknown.

    The Commonwealth of Kentucky, in an attempt to help raise awareness and preserve the memory of troops lost in foreign combat, will now fly the POW/MIA flag at all 24 highway rest areas and welcome centers.

    Members of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Kentucky veterans gathered at each location for official flag raising ceremonies.

  • The Bullitt County Courthouse was the scene of a Memorial Day observance on Monday. The American Legion Post 157 and 14th Armored Recreation helped organize the event.

    County Judge Melanie Roberts received help from Kyndal Ganoe and Vietnam vet Butch Johnson to place the wreath at the veterans monument at the courthouse. Betty Bishop provided special singing andThe American Legion was present.

     

  • LEBANON JUNCTION - Margaret Beeler doesn’t want to think about what would have happened to her and her teenage sons if a neighbor hadn’t drove past her house on the morning of April 21.

    The possibilities are too painful for Beeler, whose home was completely ruined by a fire late last month. But instead of tragedy, Beeler’s story ends with hope.

    Her home might have been lost but her life and the lives of her sons were not, and she credits her neighbor Marty Moutardier for that.

  • With planning for Fourth of July celebrations already in full swing, Prevent Blindness Kentucky is urging the public to refrain from purchasing or using fireworks.

    In 2007, approximately 6,300 Americans were treated in emergency rooms across the country due to fireworks-related injuries around the Independence Day holiday, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 

    Unfortunately, more than 40 percent of all fireworks injuries were to children under the age of 15.

  • The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is reminding everyone to “Drive Smart” during the July Fourth holiday period.

    Officers will be out in force, cracking down on any violation, with an emphasis on impaired drivers. The "Over the Limit, Under Arrest" enforcement blitz will run from Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - The announcement that Alex Montgomery Chevrolet Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Mount Washington was included in both the Chrysler and GM mass dealership cuts wasn’t news that General Sales Manager Larry Baker wanted to hear.

    But he promises it isn’t a death sentence for the business that has more than 79 years of history in Mount Washington.

    “It’s not as big of a deal for us as it is for others because Alex has another Chrysler dealership,” Baker said.

  • The Red Crow Indian Council’s annual Intertribal Pow Wow at the Shepherdsville City Park was another outstanding success.

    Record crowds came out to learn about the many facets of Native American lifestyles.

    Included in the two-day festival was a series of dances from the various tribes.

    Proceeds from the Pow Wow go to help local Native American school activities, as well as various Native American activities throughout the country.

  • The 5th annual FRED (Fathers Reading Every Day) program takes place throughout the month of June in Bullitt County.

    The program was first presented by Bullitt County Adult and Community Education to offer numerous opportunities for fathers to read and have fun with children.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - In Scripture the story is told about Jesus and a walk to a crucifixion bearing a cross.

    For members of a local Christian musical group, they’ve experienced their own walks and own crosses to bear.

    Crosswalk, a Christian Rock band of local residents, now sees its biggest moments ahead, securing a spot in the Ichthus Festival, one of the longest-running and largest Christian music events in the country.

  • Bullitt County has been chosen to receive $30,219.00 to supplement Emergency Food and Shelter programs in the county. These funds have been made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).