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  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Kristy Tinelli excelled at math and science from a young age. So much so, that everyone around her expected her to become a doctor or engineer.

    Giving in to those expectations, Tinelli pursued a degree in chemical engineering. She left her Mount Washington home and moved to Virginia where she had a successful seven-year career in chemical engineering.

    Until one day she realized that she wanted more than just a career.

  • HEBRON ESTATES – In JROTC, cadets learn that donating blood is much more important than the alternative.

    North Bullitt JROTC students combined their efforts with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive in the school’s gymnasium.

    Maj. Kevin Clark said over 50 JROTC members volunteered services. He praised the group for preparing the event in just two weeks while simultaneously planning another major event.

    “These kids were very conscientious, they had everything ready,” said Clark. “We had everything we needed at hand.”

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON – Jonathan England called himself pretty unimaginative.

    Yet, when the decision was made on which of the logo designs to select for the Bullitt County Publlic School System, it was England’s who stood above the rest.

    But his original design needed a bit of tweaking and school officials called upon a design from North Bullitt senior C.J. Parker for the finishing touches.

    Superintendent Keith Davis said the theme was moving forward.

    England said the basics of the logo was that you must stand up and reach for the light.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON -- It’s a new day for the Mount Washington United Methodist Church.

    The MWUMC will be able to move ahead on its new building project with a little help from the Mount Washington City Council after the board moved to approve a resolution to issue the church up to $2.25 million for a multipurpose facility.

    The city’s bond issuance allows for the church to qualify for a lower interest rate than if it had obtained the financing through conventional methods.

  • HILLVIEW — Serving the community runs in the bloodlines of many in the city of Hillview.

    Mayor Jim Eadens is the son of the late Bud Eadens, who served on the council for many years, was a police officer and helped start the Operation Santa program.

    Councilmember Kim Whitlock is the daughter of Dale Russ, another long-time councilman who retired and then came back for a short period to fill a vacant position.

    Prior to running for the council, Whitlock served as the city’s representative on the joint planning commission.

  • NICHOLS – The students at Nichols Elementary attempted to slay the dragon known as cancer.

    The school hosted a Renaissance Fair to raise money for the Bullitt County Relay for Life.

    For $5 students received pizza and drinks along with crafts and many fun Renaissance-related activities.

    Eevents included jousting, where students rode horses on wheels and aimed at other students with giant foam noodles.

    Kindergarten and first grade students participated in slaying an actual dragon, in piñata form.

  • Mount Washington Elementary School students spent their Friday afternoon March 6 shooting Hoops for Hearts as part of an American Heart Association fundraiser.

    Students collected donations and tried their hand and making some baskets.

  • HILLVIEW - The temperatures were cold and the snow was piled along the parking lot.

    But there was nothing but warmth inside Unity Baptist Church.

    Faced with more than its share of obstacles over the past year, pastor Rob Rodgers said the members have survived. And they have survived stronger than ever.

    Last December, all the church property was lost when fire destroyed its leased facility on Hillview Boulevard.

    That was just the first of many obstacles.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON – Les McIntosh has been known and respected as a quality educator for years in Bullitt County.

    Members of the Old Mill Elementary Site-Based Decision Making Council agreed with the reputation.

    McIntosh began serving as Old Mill interim principal July 1. At the school year’s midway point, the SBDM council voted to hire him on a permanent basis.

    The SBDM committee went through a first wave of applicants and interviews prior to re-posting the position opening.

  • 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.