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  •  Thirty members of the Eastside Middle cheerleading team and seven parents volunteered to clean up the streets of Mount Washington during their fall break.

    They collected 12 bags of trash.

    This is the second year the team has participated.

    They also do community service at the Home of the Innocents in Louisville.

  •  HILLVIEW - Gold star mother Theresa Dawn Bowles-Schweizer and her husband John Schweizer have joined Active Heroes, a 501c3 charity to create the “Heroes to Rest” endowment fund to help military families who have occurred funeral costs. 

    Active Heroes will match up to $12,500 into the fund by Nov. 11, 2014.

    Unless a veteran has served at least 7 years of active duty service, they are not qualified for any funeral compensation/coverage. 

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Recovery is a life-long process. And it’s a lesson inmates enrolled in Bullitt County’s first substance abuse program have been learning since April at the Bullitt County Detention Center.

    Melissa Gordon, program director, said they were fortunate to secure this program.

    “A majority of convicted felons have drug or alcohol addition,” she said.

    Inmates can apply for this six month-long program in which they learn about parenting, how to live a health life, and good work ethic and social skills.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Coalition for Recreation, Education, and Wellness (C.R.E.W.) would like to thank all those who participated with the recent C.R.E.W. Weight Loss Competition.

    Each person who registered with this program received a weight loss toolkit that included passes to local fitness centers, information on healthy weight loss strategies, and sample meal plans.

    Over the course of the eight week competition, Bullitt County community members were collectively able to lose a total of 283 pounds.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Eastside Middle School teachers finally have a place to call their own. 

    Teachers, staff, students and community members gathered recently for the unveiling of the Ultimate Teacher’s Lounge. Eastside was selected to receive the prize after weeks of voting online. The contest was sponsored by SummitMedia which owns:Lite 106.9, 107.7 The Eagle, New Country Q103.1 and Country Legends 103.9.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Ridgway Memorial Library is a perfect locale for Bullitt County’s Author Faire, and a former local high school teacher hopes to encourage former students to visit and read.

    Gwinn Hahn is among the authors scheduled to participate in the fair, promoting her new book, “Journey to the Past: Willisburg & Tatham Springs,” a work featuring a collection of oral histories.

    The two featured towns are located in Washington County, where Hahn was born. The family eventually moved to Bullitt County.

  • Sometimes you need a little help get by. The Mount Washington Lions Club recently answered that call for the Mount Washington Historical Society.

  •  FFA is at it again, whether it’s spotlighting outstanding members, giving speeches, teaching kids proper safety skills, enjoying the great outdoors, or planning future fun memories. It’s safe to say that we have been busy having great times and breaking out of our comfort zone.

  •  What a GREAT DAY! $4041.00 was raised for the Kentucky Chapter of the Wounded Warrior Project. The 1st annual golf scramble hosted by Linda's Cafe, which is owned and  operated by Albert &Linda Tinnell and Sonya Humphrey was a huge success.

    We want to THANK everyone who donated their time, money, or prizes. Thank You to the 90 golf participants. You ALL made this successful day possible! 

  •  The U.S. Fire Administration Topical Fire Research findings:

    * In 2010, 357 children younger than 15 died as a result of fires. These children accounted for 10 percent of fire deaths.  The youngest children were especially hard hit with 57 percent of child fire deaths affecting children age 4 or younger. 

    * For children younger than 15 in 2010, exposure to smoke and fire was the second leading cause of non-transportation accidental deaths after drowning.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Martie Korphage loved to cook, and she loved to feed everybody.

    The folks at First Baptist Church could think of no better way to honor her memory than to honor her as the namesake of a new program offering free meals to the community.

    Martie's Kitchen held its first public meal on Monday, Oct. 21, at the FBC community room.

    Barbara Elliott, a Martie's Kitchen volunteer and church member, said a group of dedicated citizens wanted to give back to the community by offering a free meal each week.

  •   SHEPHERDSVILLE - Hannah Thompson hopes to help a lot of people in the area with an issue near to her own heart.

    Hannah’s mother, Jennie, is a foster parent. Hannah has lived with foster siblings on a regular basis.

    The 15-year-old North Bullitt sophomore established Hannah’s Closet, an opportunity to assist foster families with much-needed clothing supplies for the children.

    Hannah said the concept involved offering clothes to the children who have nothing when they arrive at a new home.

  •  You may not know this, but the week of October 21 through 27 has been designated Retired Teachers Week.  Never heard of it?  That’s possible since this is only the second year time has been set aside to recognize the continuing contributions of retired educators.  However, given the already crowded number of weeks, days, and months set aside for some group or cause, why create another?

  •  The Shepherdsville High School Class of 1945 held its 68th class reunion recently at Cattleman’s Roadhouse Restaurant.

    It was the 19th straight year that the classmates have gathered together for a reunion.

    Of the 32 original class members, 15 are still living.

    Classmate Richard Hines has hosted the event every year since the 50th reunion.

  •  LEBANON JUNCTION -- It was a typical Wednesday in Lebanon Junction, aside for the people rolling down the street on barrels.

    The town was recently chosen by an Austrailian production company, Guilty, as the location for a new commerical about Australian Bourbon called Woodstock, which coincidentally is produced in Kentucky at Heaven Hill Distilleries. Guilty is working with the Louisville production company Videobred to create the commercial.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- A new club has come to Bullitt East High School. One that agriculture teacher Dustin Gosser will help students to invest in their future.

    “Agriculture is one of the main things our nation’s built on,” said Gosser. “It’s important to everyday life even though it is often overlooked.”

    This year Bullitt East started a local chapter of the national FFA organization.

  •  CLERMONT - Jim Beam Brands has been very successful in its line of business.

    And Jim Morehead said it is an obligation to give back to the community.

    For the first time, Jim Beam Brands decided it was time to be a partner in the Metro United Way program.

    And thanks to the employee contribution program at Jim Beam, as well as many other businesses, the past year was a banner one for the service agency.

    As a result, over $108,000 in projects will be funded for Bullitt County agencies.

  •  FRANKFORT - Twenty-five students from Bullitt County have been named Senator Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) for outstanding academic performance in high school.

  •  Troy Yocum doesn’t remember much about his grandfather, Sgt. Joseph Leake.

    Leake served in the Army Air Guard for four years during World War II before returning to civilian life at home.

    When Yocum was only two years old, Leake died by suicide in 1981 after dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder for over 30 years.

    “He struggled with PTSD before it was a defined condition,” Yocum said.

  •  We just celebrated the unofficial end to summer with Labor Day. 

    It is hard to believe, but next week will be Fall Break.

    Instead of taking the normal weekend trip to a state park or visiting the Smokies again, why not try something new?

    Make Atlanta, Ga., your family Fall Break destination. That’s right Atlanta, Ga., where the leaves are just as pretty and there is just as much for family adventure inside and outside.