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  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Kassi Nicole Gilbert had made that trip on the stage before.

    But, this time, she was determined to do even better.

    After finishing fifth overall as a fourth-grader, the Lebanon Junction Elementary student showed her supremacy in winning the 2009 Bullitt County Spelling Bee.

    Matching the elementary and middle school winners, Gilbert and Nichols Elementary’s Sean Brady battled until the 14th round of words before a winner would be declared.

  • HILLVIEW – Pat Heines, a Hillview resident since the city first incorporated, was selected as the 2009 Kroger Heart of Hillview recipient.

    Heines was selected from a number of nominees presented at the store. Nominees were selected based on their charity within the community.

    During a ceremony at the store, Heines received honorary proclamations from Kroger officials as well as Hillview mayor Jim Eadens.

    Heines was selected primarily for her 30 years with local Girl Scouts organizations, three as a member and 27 more as a volunteer adult.

  • The Valentine Gala is an annual fund-raiser for the Bullitt/Spencer County chapter of the American Red Cross.

    Featuring dinner music by Hans Sander and dance music by Karen Kraft and Kiks.

    Service Manager Mike Crenshaw played the good sport during the group's annual Valentine Gala as he agreed to sing with Karen Kraft. Crenshaw had the chance to sing Respect but quickly made an exit from the stage.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE — For 85 years Bullitt County Woman’s Club members have been champions for education, style and community service.

    Those values will be the focus at this year’s 38th-Annual Irene Carroll Scholarship Luncheon and Style Show scheduled for March 21 at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

    “We’re kind of building the whole show around that theme,” said style show co-coordinator Jennifer Porter. “This is our 85th birthday. We’re the oldest civic organization in Bullitt County.”

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE — There is a magical world premier taking place in Shepherdsville this week and it could mark the beginning of a local community theatre legacy.

    This Thursday, the Bullitt County Arts Council’s Bullitt County Theatre Company will perform its first-ever performance of playwright Bill Breuer’s The Faery’s Kiss, a romantic comedy fairy tale.

    The performance is taking place at the Bullitt Central High School auditorium with showings March 5-8 and March 12-15.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Normally a grand slam causes a stir during the World Series, not the Super Bowl.

    Because of a nationally televised commercial during the third quarter of the Super Bowl XLIII broadcast, Bullitt Countians almost tackled the Shepherdsville Denny’s Restaurant.

    The commercial announced that all Denny’s locations nationwide would offer a free Grand Slam breakfast the Tuesday following the game from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    The offer included the Bullitt County location, which remained crowded during those hours last Tuesday.

  • During the monthly meeting of the Visual Artists of Bullitt County, winners were selected.

    Carole Powell and Jeannie Bailey were tied for first place honors. Gail Bagwell was second for her still lilfe painting.

    The meeting was held Jan. 27 at the Ridgway Memorial Library with Ruth Chowning of the extension office speaking on the Barn Quilts project. Eight people were present.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County may be part of the Bourbon Trail but it might also be part of a new wine festival.

    Members of the Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission listened to an intriguing presentation.

    Although he wasn’t looking to organize the event, award-winning wine grower Jim Wight felt Bullitt County was ripe to host a festival devoted to those fruits that grow from the vine.

    Vineyards in Kentucky are relatively new but Wight said most are growing in popularity and most are doing an excellent job.

  • INDIANAPOLIS -- The National FFA Organization will celebrate National FFA week Feb. 21-28, 2009.

    Step Up, Stand Out is the theme this year, challenging FFA members to step up to responsibilities, stand out from the rest of the crowd and reach for success.

    Nearly half a million FFA members across the nation will participate in National FFA Week activities at the local and state levels.

    “Step Up, Stand Out is not only a way of life for FFA members, but it is also a call to action for all students,” said Paul Moya, national FFA president.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - A new event will crawl, hop and slither into Bullitt County each month.

    The Kentucky Reptile Expo is now being hosted at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville.

    The regional expo allows patrons an opportunity to buy, sell and trade live reptiles and amphibians as well as food and supplies.

    Promoters Jaime and Jarrod Greer of Grayson recently took over the expo, previously held in Shelbyville. The couple began in the reptile expo business in 2001.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE — From free goodies to magic shows, KidsFest 2009 promises to be bigger and better than ever this year with more than 70 booths and displays planned for the annual event.

    KidsFest is on Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

    Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kristie Walls said there will be more outdoor events planned this year.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Morgan Ward has spent almost 10 years being fostered by the values and numerous programs offered by Bullitt County’s YMCA.

    From her love for children to helping at the front desk, Ward has wanted to be a YMCA volunteer since the time she joined with her mother, Laurie, and father, Donald.

    Ward, 15, is now a Red Shirt Volunteer at Bullitt County’s YMCA. Although Ward she isn’t paid for her time, there’s no place she would rather be.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Seven students are earning college credits while still attending their respective high schools.

    In the future, they hope many more will take advantage of this unique opportunity between the Bullitt County Public School System and the Jefferson Community Technical College program.

    In its first year, JCTC coordinator Donna Miller said it has been a very successful partnership. And there are plans to make it even more successful and more accessible in the future.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON ee"It was the first time in M.D. Jasper’s 22 years as a Bullitt East High music educator that he questioned if the school would have a marching band.

    But 2008 presented a perfect storm for the marching Chargers.

    Twenty-two seniors in the 2007-2008 class had just graduated and left the organization with 38 musicians ee" the smallest, youngest and most inexperienced marching band Jasper had ever led.

    Eighteen of its members were freshmen, many of which had never marched before. The band’s median age was 14.

  • Young adults looking to learn more about the police profession have joined the Shepherdsville Police Explorers Post 133, a part of the Boy Scouts of America organization.

    The teens 14 and older have worked with the Shepherdsville police on a variety of projects over the past year. From helping with all the local parades to helping to park cars at the Bullitt Blast, the youth have been busy.

  • The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Bullitt County again hosted a night of dancing with The Monarchs at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville.

    Another large crowd came out to support the CASA program, where volunteers provide assistance to children in the court system.

    Local attorney J. Chester Porter sponsored the dance, which is one of the agency’s biggest fund-raisers of the year.

  • CLERMONT – Happy 80th Birthday, Bernheim Forest!

    1929 was a historic year.  It was the year Isaac W. Bernheim established Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.     

    Bernheim will be celebrating all year long and we hope you will join us.  We have new and exciting initiatives and events planned for you in this 80th anniversary year, and we want you to be an integral part of all we do.

  • Luke Matheny of Boy Scout Troop 687 selected Ridgway Memorial Library for his Eagle Scout Project.

    The project involved construction of an outdoor patio and sidewalk behind the library.

    The area will serve as an outdoor sitting area. The project involved excavating out the area, pouring concrete for a 14 x 20 foot patio and a 20 foot long sidewalk and creating a new landscaped area with plantings and lava rock.

    Three benches were also refurbished as a part of the work performed.

    The project was performed in three sessions in September and October of 2008

  • The most exciting and action packed gigantic show of the year will be arriving at the Ky. Exposition Center on February 20-22 for three of the biggest days on the facility’s busy calendar.

    The Carl Casper Custom & Louisville New Car Auto Show will be featuring more sensational cars and stars than ever before.

    This combined mega super Auto Show will take place in the South Wing “A”, East Hall, North Wing, Coliseum, West Wing, West Hall, and Pavilion.  Nearly 750,000 square feet of eye candy, non-stop fun and excitement!

  • The Bullitt Central FFA traveled to Carroll County recently to compete in the regional welding competition.

    Billy Graham received an individual No. 1 ranking in a field of 28 competitors.

    As a team, Bullitt Central placed third overall out of seven teams.

    FFA teacher Justin Peake was joined by Alex Mason, Billy Graham, David Kennedy and Shane Owen.