Today's Features

  •  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.

  •  With the help of Metro United Way grant funds, the CASA program for Bullitt County has hired a part-time volunteer coordinator/recruiter to help serve additional abuses and neglected children.

    Beverly Rock has been a CASA volunteer for approximately eight years and brings her passion for kids with her. Her desire is to give every child the opportunity to live in a safe, loving and permanent home.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — The city is home to an unusual celebrity and he just found his new crib.

    Justin Beaver, or JB for short, was abandoned as a baby and put under the care of Second Chances Wildlife Center.

    Founder Brigette Brouillard has kept JB at her house for the past year and a half, bottle-feeding him until he was older.

    “He’s never been with other beavers,” she said. “They are family-oriented. There are a lot of survival skills he lost by not growing up with them.”

  •  Zoneton Fire Department recently held an open house in honor of its 60th anniversary.

    The ceremonious moving of the old truck out of the bay and pushing the newest truck into the firehouse was just part of the ceremonies.

    Fire chief Rob Orkies gave a history of the department and led a recognition of many of those who were instrumental in getting the department started 60 years ago.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - In The Bible, in the Book of James, it reads, “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

    Journey Christian Church in Shepherdsville showed their faith by their deeds, hosting the Journey Big Sunday, an event to give back to its surrounding community.

    Minister Jeremy Willis said the church decided upon various service projects, then selected a day for everyone participating to work together on completing the projects.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — Kentucky may be farmland to the rest of the country but that doesn’t mean every kid has seen one work firsthand.

    Seeing the enthusiasm from her own students after an Agriculture Literacy Training event a few years ago, second grade teacher Amanda O’Bryan got to work designing a way to share that enthusiasm with the rest of Old Mill Elementary students.

    Thus, Agriculture Day was born.

  •  CLERMONT - If Bullitt County awarded a blue ribbon for the person with the most blue ribbons, it might be made out of wood.

    John Beckner would like be the person to make it, and then would be the person to receive it.

    Beckner earned a Best of Show ribbon at the 2018 Kentucky State Fair for a wooden toy model firetruck. He also earned a first place blue ribbon in the wooden models category

    Another model firetruck, based on a 1933 truck, earned Beckner a second place red ribbon in the scratch-built category.

  •  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.”

  •  Business partnerships with schools are a win-win for all involved.

    Riverview Opportunity and Bullitt Alternative Center Assistant Principal Rich Watson and the Jefferson Commons Chick-fil-A are partnering to drive home the importance of student initiative.

    “We want to produce quality students both in the community and in the workplace,” Watson explained. “Students in our buildings come from a variety of backgrounds. Our teachers and staff want to showcase our students and praise them for going above and beyond the everyday student.”

  •  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.