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  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Crystal and John Kesler were all smiles at the Bullitt County Judge/Executive’s office.

    John is the grandfather, Crystal the granddaughter. They lived together until recently when John moved to Bowling Green.

    The closeness of their relationship is obvious, never more so than when Crystal wrote about John, earning top honors in the 2009 Bullitt County Grandparent of the Year Essay Contest sponsored by AARP and the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association.

  • PIONEER VILLAGE – Word of the demise of Little Flock Christian Academy may have been a bit premature and erroneous.

    However, as attendance fell at the private K-8 school, there was reason for concern about the educational facility’s future.

    Principal Brian Trees said there should be no worry as commitments have been received to ensure the program will be around for years to come.

  • PIONEER VILLAGE - Becknell Hall was recently filled to capacity to mark a special celebration.

    They were there to celebrate the 100th birthday of a special individual.

    Mabel Tarter was the guest of honor, surrounded by loved ones from her sister to her great-great grandchildren.

    The Adair County native was born in Columbia on Feb. 16, 1909. She shares her birthday with actor Hugh Beaumont, famous as Ward Cleaver, the father on the television series, “Leave it to Beaver.”

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE ee" Soon victims of domestic violence and abuse will have a safe place to seek help and guidance in Bullitt County.

    In a county where domestic violence incidents rose 40 percent this year, the initiative cannot come soon enough for some.

    The Bullitt County Woman’s Club, along with St. Aloysius Catholic Church and other community partners, recently banded together to form the community’s first-ever Bullitt County Center for Women and Families.

  • Sign-up forms for those wishing to participate in the Mount Washington Spring Festival are now available online by visiting: http://www.cityofmtwashington.org/events.htm.

  • The 58th annual Shepherdsville National Day of Prayer Event begins at noon on May 7, 2009, with the blowing of a Ram’s horn.

    On the 1st Thursday in May, this prayer event takes place at the Pavilion in the Shepherdsville West 1st Street Park by Salt River. This 40-50 minute event accommodates those attending during their lunch hour.

    Again this year, a child’s prayer will be prayed along with the area pastors.

    A random selection of prayers submitted will be printed as an insert of the program for the National Day of Prayer event held on May 7th.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Wii bowlers wobble but they don't fall down.

    Unless it's from all the hysterical laughter and fun.

    The Ridgway Memorial Library is hosting free Wii bowling each Tuesday for anyone 50 years of age or older.

    Wii is the popular gaming program that recently became the biggest selling game in history. Participants play games by mimicking the actual movements.

    Ridgway program director Charles Gruber said the Wii systems were purchased through the Grigsby fund, a grant received by the library to be implemented toward senior programs.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Katie Bell graduated from the JAG Program in August 2004, earning her General Education Diploma. Never in her wildest dreams did she think she would come back to JAG to encourage others and talk about money; but, she did.

    On March 19, 2009, Katie returned to the classroom to talk to JAG students about smart money management. Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) is a program offered by Bullitt County Adult and Community Education Program that helps individuals earn credentials, find employment and enter college and/or training programs.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Over the years, the Shepherdsville Police Department has had traffic control officers working at Roby Elementary School.

    But, at times, the police officer was called away due to emergencies in other parts of the city.

    Now, the city is experimenting with having a person devoted to providing traffic control for not only Roby Elementary but also Bullitt Central High.

    Neal Cunningham, who most recently worked as a court bailiff at the judicial center for the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department, was introduced to the city council.

  • Old Mill Elementary School recently hosted a Dino-mite Math Night to encourage parents and their children to play fun games that enhance math skills. Parents and kids learned the games side by side, in hopes they would continue to play them at home.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - A local vocalist is using a bit of her talent to benefit the Mount Washington senior citizens this month.

    Country and gospel singer Amber Martin, of Mount Washington, is performing a special concert April 25 at the Ralph Lutes Senior Center on Delania Drive.

    Money raised will benefit the center and programs it offers to seniors throughout the community.

  • HEBRON ESTATES – Lorraine McLaughlin has volunteered in schools for a number of years.

    One of the things that always concerned McLaughlin was when she heard that teachers often had to buy supplies out of their own pockets for the classroom.

    When she was elected to the Bullitt County Public School Board and took office in January, McLaughlin said she felt there was a way she could help those in her First District.

    School board members are paid $75 per meeting, which is normally once a month.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE – The Bullitt County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program needed more office space, with more privacy, while remaining close to the courthouse.

    The Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce was also looking for a new home.

    Both organizations got their wish and became neighbors in the process.

    The former Conway and Lemme law offices, located at 279 S.Buckman Street in Shepherdsville, have become the new Chamber and CASA headquarters.

    The building sits between Davidson Memorial United Methodist Church and Hardy/Close Funeral Home.

  • The judges watched and listened as a number of contestants took the stage Saturday for a karaoke competition with winners being the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

    PBI Bank hosted this second annual fund-raiser.

    The Bullitt County Relay for Life is scheduled to take place Friday, May 15, at North Bullitt High School.

  • HILLVIEW – Alternative Adult Day Health Care Center members enjoyed a special senior prom dance combined with a St. Patrick’s Day theme.

    The special guests for the party included 18 members from the University of Louisville Sigma Kappa sorority.

    Sigma Kappa recognizes the National Alzheimer’s Association as one of its organization’s philanthropies. U of L Sigma Kappa foundations chair Maggie Varner said the national sorority was one of the biggest donors to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.

  • ATLANTA -- Troy Beam has earned certification as a “Travel Marketing Professional” (TMP) after completing the three-year program of the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College.

    Beam was one of 57 new TMPs recognized at the STS spring meeting in Montgomery, Ala. The STS Marketing College started in 992, and 473 people have earned TMP certification.

    He is group sales manager for the Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourism and Convention Commission.

  • LEBANON JUNCTION ee" For two years, the Lebanon Junction branch of the Bullitt County Public Library system has been forced to host a children’s summer reading program in the community center instead of at the library because of overcrowding.

    To BCPL Director Randy Matlow, the program’s popularity was encouraging, but counterproductive when the children couldn’t fit into Lebanon Junction’s small library for the event.

    “The whole point of the summer reading program is to encourage children to check out books,” Matlow said.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - When it comes to the war against drug abuse, the Bullitt County Sheriffs dare to do more.

    That includes the force’s newest vehicle, the DARE patrol unit.

    A 1998 Ford already in the Sheriffs department’s custody, the unit was revamped into a prime vehicle with a new paint job, body work and accessories.

    The best thing about the new vehicle was the price. Chief deputy Danny Thompson said all the work was donated.

  • HEBRON ESTATES - The North Bullitt High School Skills for Success group made a successful donation to Kosair Children’s Hospital.

    Consisting of freshman students, Skills for Success donated 275 gift bags for children in Kosair’s emergency room as well as some outpatient children.

    Skills for Success coordinator Gelena Ballard said Kosair Goody Bags was originally created as a service project for North Bullitt’s Beta Club. This was the first year the Skills for Success program participated.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - Local volunteers plan to perform the equivalent of a facelift to the community.

    The Bullitt County Operation Bright and Beautiful program is scheduled to begin Saturday, April 18, around the three largest cities.

    Event co-chairperson Ruth Chowning said the event gave volunteers an organized opportunity to touch up the community.

    “We have several places where we want to clean,” she said.