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  • 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.

  • The Bullitt County Woman's Club hosted its annual Irene Carroll Scholarship Luncheon and Style Show Saturday.

    The luncheon's theme was "So you say it's Your Birthday?" in honor of the club's 85 years of service to the community.

  • HILLVIEW – The Wal-Mart Brave Hearts continued their charitable efforts for another special child in the Bullitt County area.

    Nathan Ing, a seven-year-old Shepherdsville resident, has experienced cancerous brain tumors for a majority of his life.

    Nathan has remained a strong and lovable young boy throughout his ordeal, and the Hillview Wal-Mart recognized him with a special day in his honor.

    The Wal-Mart Brave Hearts donated money and time toward the event, hosting cake wheels and hot dog sales fundraisers.

  • HEBRON ESTATES – It’s a feel-good story. Bullitt Countians helping a fellow Bullitt Countian. It’s an older kid helping out a younger kid.

    It feels about as refreshing as a newly shaven head.

    Matthew Stayton, a seventh grader at Hebron Middle School, had his mop of long hair shaved off as part of the annual St. Baldrick’s Day event.

    St. Baldrick’s, the largest volunteer fundraising event for childhood cancer research, allows participants to collect sponsorship donations for having their heads shaved.

  • FRANKFORT — Two Bullitt County residents and a volunteer group were honored at the 2009 Kentucky History Awards, held March 7 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History. 

    Sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society, the annual award ceremony recognizes outstanding achievements in Kentucky history.   

    The Bullitt County Genealogical Society Cemetery Documentation Team volunteer group received an award of merit for their Bullitt County Cemetery Documentation Project. 

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Emily Hurst compared her teaching philosophy to race car driving.

    Hurst compared the two by noting their continuous strive for success, with assistance from a full team, while maneuvering around obstacles and giving their best effort in hopes of winning.

    It was the way classroom obstacles were handled and the support from fellow faculty members that Hurst said helped her achieve the honor of Bullitt County’s 2009 Elementary Teacher of the Year.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Tucked away in a small apartment at the Ethos at Woodlake Senior Living Community, James and Margaret Floore live quietly together.

    Life has taken a lot from the couple. Margaret, 91, suffers from severe dementia and hearing loss. The couple lost two of their children at young ages and James, 93, has outlived his entire family.

    But life has been unable to steal one very important choice from the couple — the choice to love one another unconditionally, throughout life’s trials and joys.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON ee" For several hours twice a week, 11 teens from Bullitt and Jefferson Counties abandon their after-school social lives and commit themselves to dance perfection.

    That group is local dance studio Dance Unlimited’s Senior All-Stars team, which includes girls Trish Orkies, Amanda Miller, Brooklyn Reinhardt, Emily McCraken, Kristen Knight, Leah Kahne, Jessica Ginn, Elizabeth Feldpausch, Amber Close, Carter Baughman and lone male Taylor Thompson.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Think you know everything about your teenager?

    Bullitt County’s branch of the Kentucky Parent Information and Resource Center is challenging you to reconsider.

    KYPIRC’s Regional Parent Involvement Coordinator Coleda Tackett is helping present a special Parent to Parent workshop March 16 at Bullitt East High School which targets the caregivers of pre-teens and teenagers. It is sponsored by the Bullitt County Safe Schools Department.