Features http://www.pioneernews.net/features/todaysfeatures en In Memory of Iona Adams http://www.pioneernews.net/content/memory-iona-adams <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/tree.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;Friends and family gathered recently to honor a special person.</p> <p> Former teacher Iona Adams taught first grade and kindergarten at Mount Washington Elementary for 31 years before recently passing this October from cancer.</p> <p> In her memory, they have planted a redbud tree in the arboretum with a plaque that reads: &ldquo;You shaped many minds in our community &lsquo;I&rsquo;m so glad we had this time together.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> <p> Adams was an avid nature-lover.</p> <p> Some of Iona&rsquo;s family attended the ceremony.</p> 911 Dispatchers spread holiday help in Hillview http://www.pioneernews.net/content/911-dispatchers-spread-holiday-help-hillview <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/02kkk.jpeg" alt="Some of the dispatchers present the check to Terry Bohannon and Glenn Caple of Operation Santa" title="Some of the dispatchers present the check to Terry Bohannon and Glenn Caple of Operation Santa" align="left" hspace="6" width="138" height="85" /><p> SHEPHERDSVILLE - In what has become an annual event, the Bullitt County 911 Center has again dispatched some extra Christmas cheer.</p> <p> The center&#39;s employees donated $426 to the city of Hillview toward their annual Operation Santa program/</p> <p> This is the fourth year for the donation, according to deputy director Carla Johnson.</p> <p> The money is collected from dress-down days at the center. For $1 an employee can wear clothing of their favorite sports team.</p> Williams enjoys every day of life http://www.pioneernews.net/content/williams-enjoys-every-day-life <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/16jjjjj.jpg" alt="Lounetta Williams talks with Bill Hardy during her surprise birthday celebration" title="Lounetta Williams talks with Bill Hardy during her surprise birthday celebration" align="left" hspace="6" width="90" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;SHEPHERDSVILLE - There were two things that occurred on December 7, 1914, that changed the world for the better.</p> <p> One was the World War I Christmas Armistice, a call for soldiers throughout the world to cease fighting on Christmas Day in honor of the special holiday.</p> <p> The other was born in Bullitt County, possibly near the Bardstown Junction area, and has brought joy to everyone who has met her since.</p> WARM BULLITT...Drive to collect warm clothing http://www.pioneernews.net/content/warm-bullittdrive-collect-warm-clothing <p> &nbsp;SHEPHERDSVILLE - Caleanna Morley saw that there was a move in Jefferson County to collect blankets for the homeless.</p> <p> Having worked in Bullitt County, Morley knew there was a similar need here.</p> <p> With friends such as Shepherdsville mayor Scott Ellis, Morley decided the Warm Bullitt County was needed.</p> <p> With the holidays approaching, Morley&rsquo;s group is working with Shepherdsville Christian Church and others to collect and distribute items which keep Bullitt Countians warm.</p> LIHEAP subsidy program to help low-income households in need of energy assistance http://www.pioneernews.net/content/liheap-subsidy-program-help-low-income-households-need-energy-assistance-0 <p> &nbsp;SHEPHERDSVILLE -&nbsp;Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. began the &ldquo;Subsidy&rdquo; portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that provides heating assistance to eligible households on November 3<sup>rd</sup>, 2014.</p> <p> The significant cost of energy to heat homes leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills or purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm. Your local Community Action Partnership (CAP) stands ready to help!</p> Parking Lot Survival Guide: AAA Helps Motorists Stay Safe While Shopping http://www.pioneernews.net/content/parking-lot-survival-guide-aaa-helps-motorists-stay-safe-while-shopping <p> &nbsp;Mall traffic can be overwhelming for shoppers who are heading out for their last minute bargains. AAA recommends that drivers exhibit the holiday spirit by safely sharing the lot with pedestrians.</p> <p> Distracted driving could also result in additional holiday expenses. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found about 20 percent of all vehicle collisions happens in parking lots.</p> Skidmore selected for KFB leadership class; local bureau honored http://www.pioneernews.net/content/skidmore-selected-kfb-leadership-class-local-bureau-honored <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/12-10_kfb_gold.jpg" alt="Chapter honored - Bullitt County Farm Bureau was recognized for outstanding membership and program achievement during the 95th Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting in Louisville. Pictured here, David Bates, center, accepts the award from David S. Beck, right, Kentucky Farm Bureau executive vice president, and Brad Smith, executive vice president of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, during a December 5 recognition and awards program." title="Chapter honored - Bullitt County Farm Bureau was recognized for outstanding membership and program achievement during the 95th Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting in Louisville. Pictured here, David Bates, center, accepts the award from David S. Beck, right, Kentucky Farm Bureau executive vice president, and Brad Smith, executive vice president of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Companies, during a December 5 recognition and awards program." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;LOUISVILLE - Kyle Skidmore, a beefalo farmer in Bullitt County who also works in landscaping and construction, has been selected to participate in the Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Leadership Enhancement for Agricultural Development (LEAD) program.</p> <p> Skidmore joins 15 other Kentuckians for LEAD&rsquo;s two-year, intensive learning experience&sbquo; a program that KFB created to prepare future agricultural leaders for tomorrow&rsquo;s challenges.</p> <p> The 2015-16 LEAD class was announced on Dec. 5 during KFB&rsquo;s annual meeting in Louisville.</p> KFB honors Mooney for her science project http://www.pioneernews.net/content/kfb-honors-mooney-her-science-project <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/12-8_mooney.jpg" alt="Lilly Mooney accepts her award from Betty Ferris, chairperson of the KFB’s Women’s Committee" title="Lilly Mooney accepts her award from Betty Ferris, chairperson of the KFB’s Women’s Committee" align="left" hspace="6" width="83" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;LOUISVILLE - A Bullitt County seventh grader, Lilly Mooney, was among the 12 students selected from across the state to display their agriculture science projects at last week&rsquo;s&nbsp; Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) annual meeting in Louisville.</p> <p> Mooney, a homeschooled student, displayed her science project as part of the KFB annual meeting&rsquo;s tradeshow.&nbsp;</p> <p> Her project, called &ldquo;One Potato, Two Potato,&rdquo; explored the nutritional value and versatility of potatoes.</p>