• 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.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Hardcore Elvis Presley fans will be quick to mention his good-natured charitable side. Elvis impersonators tend to follow suit, in a sequined cape sort of way.

    Impersonator Jimmy W. Johnson will appear as The King during a special performance dubbed “The Spirit of Elvis.” The admission tickets read, “Don’t Be Cruel.”

    What makes the local event so special is that proceeds will benefit the family of Shepherdsville resident Nathan Ing, a seven-year-old with a rare malignant brain tumor.

  • CLERMONT — All the splendors of fall will culminate this weekend at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest’s annual ColorFest fall festival.

    The family-friendly event will this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. The festival highlights the 14,000-acre forest’s many natural attractions including the changing foliage and wildlife.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Even during slow economic times, Mount Washington’s commercial growth continues to creep farther north toward the Jefferson County line.

    Not many citizens in the area can dispute that the city’s central business area is shifting from the Highway 31 EX corridor to Bardstown Road, locally known as “the bypass.”

    But despite the area’s continued growth, many residents still travel just a few miles up Bardstown Road to the Fern Creek area to visit retailers and restaurants that the city doesn’t offer.

  • Advance registration is required for all programs offered at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

    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 www.bernheim.org.


  • HILLVIEW - As Archbishop Joseph Kurtz told the St. Mary congregation, "It feels good to be 40."

    St. Mary Catholic Church marked a milestone by recognizing its 40th year of serving the Hillview area. A full church joined Kurtz at a celebratory mass followed by an indoor/outdoor lunch.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE – The art of summer vacation fun is not lost on Shepherdsville Elementary students.The school’s first annual summer art camp, funded by the Family Resource Center, allowed students an opportunity to enhance their artistic abilities.Shepherdsville FRC coordinator Traci Gould said the art camp was originally available for students referred by their teachers.

  • Lebanon Junction Elementary School dedicated its new playground to instructional assistant Michelle “Mickey” Ward, 45, who recently died suddenly.Ward spent 12 years at LJES as an assistant and was remembered at the ceremony as “vibrant, happy and respected.”The playground cost $26,000 and was a needed addition to the schools existing four swings and a slide. Fundraising and local donations made the playground a reality.Students braved the heat to see their playground be dedicated to “Ms.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE – Grandparents and grandchildren had a grand time at Shepherdsville Elementary’s Camp Grand.The four-day summer program, created specifically for grandparents raising their grandchildren, was created and sponsored by the Shepherdsville Elementary Family Resource Center and the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA).Shepherdsville FRC coordinator Traci Gould said the camp was designed to offer mutual assistance for grandparents, offering a place to discuss their issues with experts and with othe

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - It was just two months ago when family and friends of 23-year-old Jesse Keeling dealt with her tragic death following a crossover accident on Interstate 65.

    "If there would've been (a cable barrier) Jessi's life would've been saved," friend Tarra Ragan said.

    Keeling's acquaintances were both pleased and relieved to learn that state officials were taking action: During a Wednesday press coference Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear announced that portions of I-65 in Bullitt County would receive cable barriers to prevent future crossover accidents.

  • From visiting with Santa to riding a horse-drawn carriage to helping a local LEAD street rod group collect for those less fortunate, Shepherdsville Square once again kicked off the Christmas season earlier this month.

    The observance is the longest running celebration of the holiday season in the county.

  • Downtown Shepherdsville hosted its annual Light Up celebration on Friday with a twist.

    Besides the normal caroling by groups like St. Aloysius, there was a parade with over 50 units.

    The annual celebration had wonderful weather for the new Liberty Tax Service Christmas Parade. Entry fees went to the Bullitt County American Red Cross chapter.

    Mayor Sherman Tinnell, who was grand marshal in the parade, had the honor of lighting up the Christmas tree.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE-- Students at the Adelante Hispanic Achievers school in Jefferson County are gifted in their educational pursuits.

    But, when it comes to knowing about the environment, program director Mara Maldonado says there is much the students in grades 6-10 still have to learn.

    Thanks to a partnership with Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, students are getting a hands-on learning experience about nature and about the environment.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Health Department helps keep local children smiling with help primarily from the Louisville Water Company. The annual Smile Kentucky! program visited four Bullitt County public schools this year including Brooks, Cedar Grove, Overdale and Shepherdsville Elementary. Liz Crigler, Health Educator II with the Health Department, said 525 third, fourth and fifth grade students were screened for dental treatment.