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  •  Emergency responders throughout the region honored fallen Kentucky State Trooper Sgt. David Gibbs on Friday morning.

    Gibbs died from injuries suffered earlier that morning in a LaRue County auto accident.

    Several of the overpasses on Interstate 65 were adorned with flags flown by the first responders.

    At Highway 44, Shepherdsville Fire Department was joined by Mount Washington Fire, Bullitt County EMS, Shepherdsville Police and the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County 4-H program hosted a Super Star Chef Camp, a program through the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

    The camp promotes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education, or SNAP-Ed Connection, funded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service and maintained at the National Agricultural Library’s Food and Nutrition Information Center in collaboration with the University of Maryland.

  •   MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Many recognize the Lions Club as the Knights of Sight, but the Mount Washington Lions Club has evolved into so much more.

    This year the club documented more than 2,650 service hours and donated more than $20,000 to the community.

    And while this is a great feat, they are still striving to be better.

    Mike Frye, secretary of the club, said it set a special goal this year to be more involved with the schools and community.

    “To give money is often easy, but to give time never is,” he said.

  •   The Seven Wonders, a robotics team from Bullitt County, participated in FIRST LEGO League (FLL) during the 2014-2015 school year. 

    FLL consists of three components: the robot, the project, and vital core values. 

    Participants, ages nine through 14, solve real-world engineering challenges, develop important life skills, and make positive contributions to society. Core values are guidelines that help teams develop cooperation skills. If you would like to know more about FIRST Lego League, please visit their website at www.firstlegoleague.org.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- The beaver population in Mount Washington has caused local homes to suffer.

    Kay Stansberry, who has lived in her house across from the Woodlake subdivision in Mount Washington for six years, has had two trees knocked over by beavers in the past month.

    Her husband first noticed the smaller trees deeper in their land had been chewed on, but didn’t see any harm until a pear tree went down. A few weeks later, a cherry tree closer to the couple’s house was targeted.

  •  The Mount Washington Lions Club presents another check to the Bullitt County Court Appointed Special Advocates program.

    The local club has made a habit to annually support the organization that provides assistance and guidance to children who are in the court system.

    CASA salutes the Mount Washington Lions Club for its continued assistance.

  •  The Shepherdsville Elementary School community will get a good look at a resource bus during an unveiling Thursday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. at the Frank R. Hatfield Administrative Center (BCPS central office).

    The vehicle is loaded with books, literacy kits and equipped with a Wi-Fi “hot spot” for technology. It is part of an assistance plan implemented at Shepherdsville Elementary.

  •  CLERMONT - People often enjoy the site of a shiny red firetruck, at least when it’s not headed to an emergency.

    The Southeast Bullitt firetrucks are adding a little more color to their vehicles thanks to a local school’s art contest.

    Hannah Arnold and Ashleigh Stopher won a design contest at Bernheim Middle School, with their contest entry selected for placement on the Southeast vehicles.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- While Bullitt Countians are out shopping for their back-to-school supplies, they might want to pick up a few extra items for those who might need a little assistance.

    A national partnership between the Metro United Way and Wal-Mart stores is now in full swing in Bullitt County.

    Help Metro Way Stuff the Bus is the campaign now through Aug. 20 at the new Wal-Mart in Shepherdsville.

  •  FRANKFORT - Kentucky high school students and 2015 graduates should check their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) accounts for accuracy.

    KEES allows students to earn money for college by getting good grades in high school and for qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT.

    Students eligible for free or reduced lunches may also earn awards for good scores on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge Advanced International exams. KEES is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

  •  HEBRON ESTATES - One who is established in news print rarely has an opportunity to tackle creative writing, much less Greek mythology.

    Some of the creative minds at North Bullitt High School challenged their inner artists for an opportunity at appearing in professional print, thanks to Periphas, a collection of pieces published into small book form.

    The book’s title comes from a legendary king of Attica who was turned into an eagle by the jealous god Zeus, only after Apollo asked Zeus to spare the life of Periphas.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The Bullitt Central FFA Chapter participated in FFA Camp in Hardinsburg from June 22-26.

    Eleven girls attended camp. We hope to use our new skills in making a difference in our FFA Chapter. During camp we grew stronger as a chapter and became closer with each other which will help us improve as a whole. 

    During the day we attended classes, learning how we can improve on discipline, communication, responsibilities, positivity, and a few other personal growth skills.

  •  Some local students were lucky enough to find their way to Camp Cloverville.

    The three-day summer camp, hosted by the Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service and 4-H program, was available to 20 students.

    Each students was selected for the camp through the Cedar Grove, Lebanon Junction, Mount Washington and Roby Elementary Family Resource Centers.

    Camp Cloverville projects included projects in photography, quilting, leather making and cupcake making.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Eagle Scout projects have always been beneficial to the community, putting in countless hours of service. 

    And Boy Scout Robby Smith’s project will be no exception; however, his will hold a special significance.

    “I was talking to my grandpa (Robert E. Younger) about all of the monuments (in Bullitt County) and we didn’t have one for the Korean War so I wanted to do one,” he said.

    Younger, a Mount Washington resident, was a staff sergeant in the Navy during the Korean War.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Family Day Ministries in Shepherdsville bought a delivery truck for the purpose of community outreach.

    Pastor Mike Miller called the truck a symbol of the Shepherdsville community’s generosity, a representation of local residents helping others.

    The truck will be heading to Johnson County this week, where locally-donated items will be distributed to flood victims.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Shepherdsville Elementary Music Department, in association with the school’s Family Resource Center and the Bullitt Lick Middle Youth Services Center, hosted a West African Drum and Dance summer camp.

    Instructors Greg Acker and Hamidou Koivogui, assisted by high school student volunteers, led campers through a glimpse of drum history as well as African culture and the continent’s musical importance.

    Students provided a live performance at the end of the camp.

  •  We had debated on going to Busch Garden in Tampa this summer. 

    But we couldn’t seem to get past the 14 hour drive (two days lost driving) and the cost of a vacation in the Sunshine State. 

    After much exploring we decided to spend three nights (four days) in Columbus, Ohio. I know what you’re probably thinking…a family vacation in the Buckeye State? 

    Yep and not only did we vacation in Ohio, but we had a surprisingly great vacation full of family fun and at a fraction of the cost! 

  •  CLERMONT - The Jim Beam American Stillhouse has hosted a number of parties since opening to the public in 2012.

    Beam Suntory held its own party specifically for their company’s distributors to thank them while drinking a toast to the new Bourbon Road.

    Making its way from the Stillhouse to Fred’s Smokehouse and over to the T. Jeremiah Beam Home, the Bourbon Road is lined with bricks featuring the names of 1,800 various worldwide distributors.

  •  LOUISVILLE – Two million dollars in training scholarships will help unemployed and underemployed residents in the KentuckianaWorks’ seven-county region gain education and skills that will prepare them for high-demand, higher-wages occupations, Mayor Greg Fischer announced.

    The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) funds, released by the KentuckianaWorks Board, is earmarked for new training and support activities.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Lick Middle School principal Lee Barger quoted President Abraham Lincoln: “The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who gets me a book I haven’t read yet.”

    Understanding the importance of books and reading, especially on an influential student, led to unique donations to a local student through the school in association with Journey Christian Church.