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  • Lyons book shows bond between father, daughter

     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Stories shared between a father and daughter can be very special.

    For Mount Washington resident Troy Lyons, story time with his daughter eventually led to the creation of an entire book.

    Lyons, a PNC Bank employee, has published a new fiction work, Nikki in Time, based on stories he created over time with his 12-year-old daughter, Leia.

    The book, and story, developed from Leia’s younger days, when the two shared stories before bedtime.

  • McGruder selected state’s top CASA volunteer of year

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - There were two primary reasons that led to Cheryl Carter McGruder becoming a volunteer with Bullitt County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

    A retired employee from Kosair Children’s Hospital NICU, McGruder said she “saw all the bad stuff” pertaining to child abuse injuries.

    The other reason was her mother, Anne Carter, who volunteered for a CASA program in Indiana.

  • McCrary earns multiple honors for string art

     Jamisen McCrary’s string art of a gear garnered him the following honors:

    * First Place at the Kentucky Senior Beta Club Convention.

    * Fifth Place at the National Beta Club Convention.

    * First Place Premium Blue Ribbon at the Kentucky State Fair for grades 7-9 in the Fiber Art 3D Sculpture category.

    Quite the accolades for the 15 year-old son of Jeff and Jennifer McCrary.

    “I felt pretty good,” Jamisen smiled. “It was like I had really achieved something with my own hands.”

  • Hance selected new principal at Maryville

     Ann Louise Hance was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek at Maryville Elementary School while serving as the Summer LEAP Coordinator.

    “It was wonderful getting to know the students, families, and staff during these months,” she said. “It quickly became apparent the role that community played at this school.”

    Hance is now a permanent part of the Maryville family as the new principal. She succeeds Ruth Esterle who became the new district Director of Pupil Personnel.

  • Beckett’s revelation to feed homeless turns into winner for whole county

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - It was two years ago when Rob Beckett had a revelation.

    The pastor of the Shepherdsville First Church of the Nazarene saw an online posting about a project in Arkansas that was being implemented to help feed the homeless.

    “An hour and a half later, I was at Lowe’s,” he said. “I didn’t tell anybody. I didn’t ask permission. I just did it.”

  • Cox real cheerleader when comes to giving back to the community

     HILLVIEW — As a beauty pageant organizer, Deanna “de de” Cox understands the importance of the spotlight. That doesn’t mean she has to be the one in it, though.

    Her first reaction to hearing she was one of the 2018 Bell Award recipients was lack of trust in the committee’s decision.

    “I thought that they didn’t know what they were doing,” she said.

  • Bernheim’s Wren Smith wins prestigious national honor

     CLERMONT -- The National Association for Interpretation (NAI) recently named Wren Smith, Interpretive Programs Manager at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, a recipient of the Shining Star Award for her work in nature interpretation. 

  • Burnett’s scrapbooking emotional, award-winning experience at fair

     CLERMONT—A picture says a thousand words but how that picture is presented can evoke a thousand emotions.

    Scrapbooker Ange Burnett channels her emotions when designing a scrapbook page in an effort to let the viewer feel the experience the same way she encountered the moment in real time.

    “Scrapbooking is about telling about the way you felt there,” Burnett said. “It’s the only way to leave something behind that has emotion to it.”

  • WHITTAKER RETIRES

     There was a special presentation to Shepherdsville police officer Bryan Whittaker uipon his recent retirement.

    Whittaker retired from the Shepherdsville Police Department, the same agency his father retired from as an officer.

    Police chief Rick McCubbin and mayor Curtis Hockenbury presented the special award to Whittaker.

    The officer thanked his fellow officers for being such as excellent group of people to work with.

  • Safe driving part of life for Proctor

     MOUNT WASHINGTON—It’s an honor that takes trust in not only the participant’s abilities but those around him.

    “Safe is safe,” FedEx driver David Proctor said. “You can’t be involved in an accident, no matter who causes it.”

    The Mount Washington native has accomplished a safe driving record for 34 years and recently competed in his 10th year of the national Truck Driving Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

    Proctor has logged around three million miles in those 34 years, the past 24 spent with FedEx.