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  • LEBANON JUNCTION – The St. Benedict youth group collected food items to fill over 20 boxes for families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. The youth group will also collect food items again at Christmas.

    Anyone wishing to help should contact a parish member. The youth will sell baked goods at Wal-Mart in Bardstown on Dec. 6 from 8 a.m.until 1 p.m. to support various youth activities. (Above) the Rev. David Naylor with Hailey Riggs, Lauren Lawrence, Cody Martin and Alex Riggs. (Left) Arorha Hartlage and Alex Riggs. Danny Riggs is the youth group leader.

  • ZONETON - Santa Claus will be traveling through parts of Bullitt County this weekend on a firetruck.

    The Zoneton Fire Department has volunteered to assist Santa in visiting neighborhoods within their own fire district.

    Santa and the firetruck will travel to Pioneer Village and Hillview from 6 to 10 p.m.

    Saturday visits will include the rest of Hillview and Hunters Hollow, also from 6 to 10 p.m..

    Last week Santa made appearances along Zoneton Road and Hebron Lane as well as Fox Chase, Ruhl Acres, Deer Run and Lee Villa behind Auto Zone.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Terri Lewis is known for her happy disposition and belief that all children really can succeed.

    After spending years in the classroom as a teacher and a Bullitt County instructional coach, Lewis is now bringing those attributes to Mount Washington Elementary School as its newest principal.

    Lewis officially began as MWES principal last Monday, replacing interim principal John Sullivan. Sullivan stepped in when the school’s last principal, Jennifer Wooley, moved to accept a position at the Bullitt County Board of Education last summer.

  • LEBANON JUNCTION - Robert G. Harned has lived most of his 86 years on land his family owned for two centuries.

    Harned was away from home before, in the 1940s, serving with military intelligence in England during World War II.

    It’s been a long time since Harned’s last official military flight. Recently he returned to the skies as both a public service and reward thanks to the Honor Flight Network.

  • HILLVIEW  – Every day people are faced with obstacles, many simply throw in the towel.

    They let opposition, lack of motivation or circumstances beyond their control discourage them. They give up on their dreams.

    While others are giving up, 12-year-old Samuel Krauss has held fast to his dreams and refused to let life pass him by.

    Krauss suffers from congenital muscular dystrophy, which is a disease that doesn’t allow muscle tissue to grow. He is confined to a power wheelchair but doesn’t focus on his disabilities.

  • 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.