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  • 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.

  • CLERMONT -- Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest will have a variety of events as the fall season gets untracked.

    Advance registration for all programs unless otherwise noted.  Please call (502) 955-8512 any day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to sign up.  Admission to the park is always free for members and free for all every weekday.  Weekend and holiday admission is $5 per vehicle for the public. For more information, visit us online at .

     

    Bernheim’s Scarecrow Jubilee

    Now through Nov. 30

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Amanda Lucas didn’t expect to find her musical inspiration at a free concert.

    But at 13 years old, she got a chance to watch country music singer Deana Carter at the Louisville Motor Speedway. Lucas was mesmerized by Carter’s ability to sing, play the guitar and command an audience’s attention.

    She imagined herself standing on stage, sharing her voice and songs with a crowd. So shortly after that concert her father went out and bought her a guitar of her own at a local pawn shop.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON – Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Mount Washington had a ground breaking to celebrate the beginning of construction for the parish’s new church building.

    The building will be located in between the church’s current two buildings on Highway 44 across from Houchens Grocery.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - When it comes to raising newborns and infants, the more hands involved the better.

    New Bullitt County parents have had that extra help available courtesy of the Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) Program, provided through the Bullitt County Health Department.

    Established locally in 2001, HANDS has assisted hundreds of first-time parents and families, according to program coordinator Marci Flechler. She referred to HANDS as a “strength-based approach” for new parents.

  • HILLVIEW -- Unusually hot weather didn’t hinder Bullitt County’s inaugural Second Sunday health walk sponsored by the Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service.

    County Extension agent Ruth Chowning said 263 citizens registered and a few pets participated by walking or jogging along Old Preston Highway. There were skateboards, scooters, strollers and wagons.

  • It was a great weekend in Lebanon Junction for the Old Fashion Days.

    The parade, which featured floats including the Lebanon Junction Jaguars and the Bullitt County Rod and Gun Club, was just part of the day.

    Education students at Western Kentucky University helped the youngest visitors with games.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Recent efforts by Kentucky State Police to crack down on aggressive drivers have proven successful.

    With assistance in grant funding from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), KSP announced its second grand face of the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) campaign.

    KSP officials announced increased patrol efforts along Interstate 65 during a press conference at the Welcome Center in Bullitt County.

  • Lisa Wathen of Freedom Elementary School has been named one of three semi-finalists for Kentucky Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

    The official announcement of Kentucky Elementary School Teacher of the Year will be made in Frankfort October 22 at ceremonies at the State Capitol Building. Semi-finalists for Kentucky Elementary, Middle and High School Teacher of the Year are in contention for the honor of Kentucky Teacher of the Year who represents the state at the National Teacher of the Year competition.