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  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Barbara Creasy could cope with any struggle, including the final touches of a published book.

    The librarian at Bullitt Lick Middle School, Creasy recently released her latest published work, “Cancer Can’t Destroy Love,” a piece dealing with learning to cope.

    Creasy’s story includes two personal stories involving her father and a close friend.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Twenty-two young adults will participate in the new panel of Teen Court.

    District Judge Rebecca Ward swore in the high school students who will have the opportunity to decide the punishment for peers who have committed violations of the law.

    Only 32 of Kentucky’s 120 counties participate in the Teen Court program, according to Billy Stover, who assists oversee the local program.

    He explained that the offenders have already entered a guilty plea in juvenile court but the teen court members have the chance to impose the penalties.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON – Eastside Middle School collaboration teacher Sonia Douthett will be presented a 2008 Beacon of Hope award for Excellence in Education during ceremonies Nov. 20 at Masterson’s Restaurant in Louisville.

    The award is for a teacher or school administrator who has shown creative ways to address the unique learning styles of their students and lead them toward a path to success.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The first meeting of the newly formed Visual Artists of Bullitt County (VABC) was held at Ridgway Library on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m.

    These meetings will continue to be held monthly at the library.

    The purpose of the VABC (an auxiliary of Bullitt County Arts Council) is to assemble as 2 dimensional artists and critique each others work in order to seek improvement. There will be future workshops, have displays around Bullitt County in retail establishments, offices, restaurants, etc., and have annual shows and sale of our paintings.

  • HEBRON ESTATES - Hebron Middle School students learned about the importance of safety belts courtesy of the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.

    Shane Ratliff with the KOHS presented the Rollover Simulator, sponsored in association with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

    The Rollover Simulator showed students what happens when a car flips around and people inside don’t wear safety belts. Dummies were used and often flipped out of the simulator during demonstrations.

  • HILLVIEW – Overdale Elementary celebrated Veterans Day in grand tradition for both past and present military troops.

    Over 50 veterans attended a special school program coordinated by Overdale Kindergarten instructor Heidi Stark. Her husband, Maj. Tim Stark, is a veteran of the Iraq War and a member of the Kentucky Air National Guard.

    Joining Maj. Stark on stage was Sgt. Ray Stoess, a Korean War veteran and father of Overdale principal Pam Robertson.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The Multi-Purpose Bullitt County Seniors Center received a generous donation in honor of one of its former members.

    Mount Washington resident Goldie Curtsinger passed away in April 2007. Her daughter, Juanita McCubbins, was the executor of Curtsinger’s estate.

    McCubbins presented coordinator Mary Wilson a check for $667.40 toward the center per Curtsinger’s wishes.

  • FRANKFORT - Several years ago, then-finance director Keith Davis was visiting some classrooms at Freedom Elementary School.

    He remembered spending just a few minutes observing the science class of Lisa Michelle Wathen and being so impressed.

    Davis, who is now superintendent of the Bullitt County Public School District, wrote Wathen a thank you note.

    “She was electric,” said Davis. “I knew she was a gifted teacher.”

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE -- To understand the future, one must appreciate the past.

    On Thursday evening, five of Shepherdsville’s past mayors gathered in the city government center as portraits of the past 11 leaders were unveiled.

    Lined against the wall of the meeting room were pictures beginning with Carl Daniel (1949-52) and ending with Joseph Sohm (1997-2006).

    Code enforcement officer Jim McAuliffe felt is was important to honor the past and present leaders of the city. Like a wheel, there are many spokes but McAuliffe said the mayor is always at the center.

  • HILLVIEW - Five-year-old Stacie Fitzgerald was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect prior to her birth. Today is the anniversary of her first surgery at six months of age.

    Following multiple surgeries and lengthy stays at Kosair Children’s Hospital, Stacie is fortunately leading a reasonably normal life for a little girl.

    At the Hillview Wal-Mart, however, Stacie was no ordinary girl; for one day she was treated like royalty.

  • PIONEER VILLAGE - Becknell Hall, the site of Pioneer Village City Hall, received a facelift courtesy of the Pioneer Networkers chapter of Business Networkers International (BNI).

    The international BNI program is a business owners reference network with millions of members in over 10,000 chapters. Only one business owner from a specific type of business can be a group member.

    The Pioneer Networkers, established in September 2004, have passed more than $1.3 million in referrals to local businesses.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — Alyson Mason is a true cowgirl.

    She began riding horses at her family’s Mount Washington farm — Mason Performance Horses Inc. — when she was 18 months old. And by the time she entered kindergarten at Old Mill Elementary School, she was ready to compete in rodeos.

    “The thing that I like most of the time is barrels,” she said, while sitting atop of her horse, Zippy.

    Rodeoing is in her blood and she has won numerous trophies and awards for various regional and state competitions.

  • NICHOLS - By law every school is required to host educational activities in conjunction with the annual Veterans Day holiday.

    Local schools were not hard pressed to find American veterans willing to share their experiences with students.

    Many events were prepared by the schools’ Family Resource Centers. Arleta Watkins, FRC coordinator for both Brooks and Nichols Elementary, hosted events at each school. Her goal was introducing veterans from various time periods throughout the past century.

  • Elvis wasn’t cruel to the true hearts that attended a special benefit for the family of Nathan Ing.

    A crowd of 340 attended a special performance by Elvis impersonator Jimmy W. Johnson at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. The event raised $7,000.

    Nathan is a seven-year-old with Choroid Plexus Carcinoma, a rare terminal brain tumor. He and his family sat at center stage enjoying the show.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON -- The Bullitt County Woman’s Club has always taken pride in being an organization devoted to community service.

    Woman’s Club members took time to relax and enjoy a special tea party to commemorate its 85 years of service to the county.

    Member Janet Hughes and the Creative Arts committee planned the event hosted by Bethel United Methodist Church.

    Recognition was offered to the club’s past presidents and achievements along with district governors.

  • HILLVIEW -- Jewish Hospital Medical Center South (JHMCS), in partnership with Mohana Arla, M.D., has begun its second program year of “Lose a Pound, Gain a Dollar” (LAPGAD), a healthy lifestyle/weight loss program that “pays” participants to lose weight. Open to all residents of Bullitt County over the age of 18, LAPGAD participants can earn a dollar for every pound lost during the course of the program.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Education Association honored local builder G. Jesse Flynn as its third recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Award.

    Flynn received the award during a special public dinner held at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

    Flynn was awarded for his community involvement including his membership with the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce.

    BCEA president Brenda Hutchison praised Flynn for his vested interests and continuous investments within the Bullitt County community.

  • Misty Lay, a school psychologist with Bullitt County Public Schools, made state history by being selected as the 2008 Kentucky School Psychologist of the Year during the Kentucky Association for Psychology in Schools annual conference held in Lexington.

    According to KAPS Conference Chair Dianne E. Herrick, this is the second time in four years that Ms. Lay has won this prestigious award, an achievement that is unparalleled in the 31-year history of KAPS.

  • The Boy Scouts of Shepherdsville Troop 868 and the Cub Scouts of Shepherdsville Cub Scout Pack 868 both spent Saturday, Sept. 20, scouring sections of the shoreline at Barren River Lake picking up trash.  The annual lakeshore cleanup event is sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  This marks the ninth consecutive year that Troop 868 has participated and the first year for Pack 868.

  • One of Bullitt County's newer and popular traditions is a safe night of trick-or-treating during an annual event hosted by the Zoneton Fire Department.

    More than 1,500 trick-or-treaters showed up at Zoneton's  Station 1 on Preston Highway Halloween night.

    The children enjoyed food, visiting each candy station and tethered hot air balloon rides.

    Local businesses and organizations passed out candy at each station.

    Members of the fire department also dressed up and took part in the festivities.