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  •  Author Gary P. West has included a local business in his latest book, Road Trip Eats: 101 Ya Gotta Eat Here Places Across Kentucky.

    Shack in the Back BBQ, which has a restaurant in Fairdale, is one of the destination placed listed in West’s new book, published by Acclaim Press.

    West will be at the restaurant on Mount Holly Road in Fairdale on Friday, Nov. 20, from 6-9 p.m. He will be there to sign copies of the book.

    All are invited.

    The restaurant is owned by Barbara and Mike Sivells.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- On October 17 at First Baptist Church in Shepherdsville, members were beaming with smiling, joyful faces at the 3rd Annual Health Fair.

    A great big “THANK YOU” to FBC 48 volunteers and 15 other volunteers providing information and health testing.

    Everyone worked tirelessly for such a successful day.

    There were 142 food boxes distributed, 68 participants cleaned out the clothes closet and 180 lunches were served to our guests and volunteers.

  •  Employees at Peoples Bank Mount Washington weren’t mixed up on their attire by accident recently.

    The employees at the main office and at the branch took part in a fund-raiser for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

    The mismatched day may have caught customers off guard but it provided a great, fun way to raise money in the battle to fight cancer.

    Gail Williams was the winner and she was presented a gift card by Teresa Flynn, an employee who is also a cancer survivor.

  •  LOUISVILLE - The folk-rock band Bridge 19 releases its new album, Riding on a Wire, and celebrates with a Louisville release party on Nov. 7.

    A finalist for a 2015 Louisville Music Award for Folk Artist of the Year (winner announced on Nov. 5), Bridge 19 is Audrey Cecil (guitars, vocals), Amanda Lucas (guitars, vocals, percussion), who are founding members and songwriters. 

  •  LOUISVILLE -- It was a celebration. But it was also the beginning of the next phase in the life of the Bowman Valley School.

    The first phase into its restoration has been accomplished -- it has been saved.

    But the next quest will involve securing a lot of funding to make it the historical and educational piece many envision.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Old Mill Elementary has had an unofficial name change in support of their new educational strategy.

    Old Mill Academy, as principal Les McIntosh called it, recently introduced their “Creating Koalified Leaders” method to parents and community members.

    The program stems from the Franklin Covey program called “The Leader in Me”.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON -- The land developed as a business industrial park is about to become the Field of Dreams.

    A new multi-million dollar sports complex is in its final planning stages.

    According to Mount Washington Mayor Barry Armstrong, the idea of the project had been tossed around for six or seven years.

    “We were overloading our current park and we were very limited on what we could offer,” he said.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - The primary organization that opens its doors to assist homeless Bullitt Countians will shut its doors permanently by year’s end.

    The Shepherds Shelter, Inc, was first established as a faith-based organization in 2002. Since that time it has become a state-funded program offering temporary housing, self-sufficiency programs and overall help to struggling community members.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - A gathering of local fire officials took place at the Bullitt County Courthouse in honor of National Fire Safety Week.

    Representatives from five area fire departments met with Bullitt County judge executive Melanie Roberts as she presented a proclamation recognizing the week of Oct. 4-10 as Fire Prevention Week in Bullitt County.

    The representatives included Nichols FD chief W.D. Coy, Lebanon Junction FD Sgt. Steve Geoghegan, Southeast Bullitt FD Maj. Wayne Bowles, Shepherdsville FD Maj. Ted Calvert and Zoneton FD Maj. Kevin Moulton.

  •  FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $2,692,136 for 14 agricultural diversification and rural development programs across the Commonwealth during its October board meeting.

    Technical Assistance for Agribusinesses.

    The County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) offers 10 investment areas that give Kentucky agricultural producers the ability to increase net farm income, add value to their products and diversify their operation.

  •  FRANKFORT - Lt.  Gov. Crit Luallen and Personnel Cabinet Secretary Dinah Bevington praised the work and dedication of Kentucky’s public employees recently at a ceremony in the Capitol. The event celebrated Public Service Recognition Week, which was Oct. 4-10.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Shepherdsville resident Elizabeth Stone was in a tough spot.

    Her trailer home stairs needed replacing. One piece had broken off and fell through. The staircase itself wasn’t very sturdy. And, with several children in her home, she knew it was no longer safe.

    Then she heard about the Repair Affair at her church, Mercy Hill. The annual event gathers local churches dedicated to working together to give help in the community where help is needed.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- In a world where moms tend to get the praise for raising their children, dads around the country are stepping up their volunteer game.

    Watch Dads of Great Students, or Watch D.O.G.S., is a program designed to provide a positive male role model for students. The presence of the male role models in the schools demonstrate to the students that education is important. The program is also meant to provide an extra set of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

  •  Ms. Easton’s independent study, creative writing, broadcasting, and advanced creative writing classes were very blessed to share the day with local children’s author and teacher, Mrs. Tytianna Smith, on Monday, Sept. 21.

    Smith’s visit was, in her own words, “a transformative teaching and learning experience!”

  • FRANKFORT -- Fall has arrived, and with it the 2015 edition of the ColorFall program promoting travel to peak foliage viewing areas and exciting autumn events around Kentucky. ColorFall is designed to aid the public’s enjoyment and media’s coverage of autumn in the Bluegrass State.

    Coordinated by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks, ColorFall is available at this website: www.kentuckytourism.com/seasons.

  •  U.S. Sen. Rand Paul made a stop to meet with constituents at Becknell Hall in Pioneer Village.

    Around 100 people visited during his one-hour stop on Friday.

    He listened to a variety of questions and comments from the constituents.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Shouldn’t there be a place where the kids can hang out after school, get a good meal, play games, maybe get some homework assistance, all in a safe environment and free of charge?

    Shepherdsville Elementary thinks so. That’s why it plans to open its after-school Kids Cafe for ages  4 to 18.

    The program is made possible through a grant partnership with Dare to Care Food Bank, the Metro United Way and the Shepherdsville Elementary Family Resource Center.

    The plan is to have the cafe started by mid-October.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE -- When Willie Foster interviewed for the position of principal at Bullitt East High School four years ago, he may have said a few things that offended some folks.

    For example, he used the term “sleeping giant” to characterize Bullitt East in terms of its academic possibilities.

    Well, the “giant” is now awake.

    Bullitt East earned the title of being a School of Distinction in the latest round of results from the state Department of Education accountability assessment.

  •   SHEPHERDSVILLE - Local residents can do their part to help others in two different but equally important ways.

    North Bullitt Christian Church is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive and a Be The Match Bone Marrow Donor Drive on Sunday, October 4, from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

    No appointment is necessary for the bone marrow drive. Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 44. The donor will complete a brief medical history and conduct a cheek swab, which will be processed and added to the donor registry.

  •  LEBANON JUNCTION  - They fly high in the sky and spread their wings, and for younger girls they sometimes serve as guardians angels.

    They are female pilots, members of the Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, Inc., an international women’s pilot organization.

    The local members will soon host flights as part of the Family Weekend at the Bardstown Airport. Meanwhile, the local members hope to promote flying as a hobby or profession for area girls.