Features http://www.pioneernews.net/features/todaysfeatures en Fellowship of Concern started local work http://www.pioneernews.net/content/fellowship-concern-started-local-work <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/05_357.jpg" alt="Representatives of the Fellowship of Concern governing board at a recent meeting." title="Representatives of the Fellowship of Concern governing board at a recent meeting." align="left" hspace="6" width="255" height="85" /><p> SHEPHERDSVILLE - As Bullitt County prepares for the closing of The Shepherd&rsquo;s Shelter and sees other organizations stepping up to fill the void, one helpful organization continues to stand the test of time and help others in need.</p> <p> The Fellowship of Concern consists of representatives from area churches working together to assist others. The program has worked in the local community for 50 years.</p> <p> Bill Hardy, CEO and chairman of the Board with The Peoples Bank of Bullitt County, has served at the FOC&rsquo;s treasurer since the first meeting.</p> Community joins together to celebrate bank’s service as transition beginning http://www.pioneernews.net/content/community-joins-together-celebrate-bank%E2%80%99s-service-transition-beginning <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/grouphhh.jpg" alt="Retiring employees at The Peoples Bank of Bullitt County have over 378 years of service. They were honored at a special recognition last week." title="Retiring employees at The Peoples Bank of Bullitt County have over 378 years of service. They were honored at a special recognition last week." align="left" hspace="6" width="163" height="85" /><p> SHEPHERDSVILLE - What might seem like a sad farewell became a very happy celebration at The Peoples Bank of Bullitt County.</p> <p> Employees gathered to host a party at the main branch offices to honor the careers of 10 long-time employees who will retire from the company in December.</p> <p> Earlier this year the community received official word that First Harrison Bank, based in Corydon, Ind., would take over The Peoples Bank branches.</p> Rhonda Walls promoted by U.S. Air Force http://www.pioneernews.net/content/rhonda-walls-promoted-us-air-force <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/walls.rhonda.384c9b49-f38f-4ca8-b581-38a52e862306.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Rhonda Walls has been promoted to the rank of chief master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force.</p> <p> Walls is currently serving as the 88th Force Support Squadron superintendent at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.</p> <p> She has served in the military for 21 years.</p> <p> Walls is the daughter of Fred and Joyce Walls of Lebanon Junction and the wife of Michael Smith of Fairborn, Ohio.</p> <p> She is a 1992 graduate of Bullitt Central High School and earned her bachelor&rsquo;s degree in 2012 from Southern Illinois University.</p> Halloween Fun http://www.pioneernews.net/content/halloween-fun <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1368.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;It was a standing room only crowd that came to the seventh annual Halloween Bash at Elmcroft Mount Washington. There was a haunted house, a chili cook-off, costume contest, face painting, games and lots of candy.</p> Partnership allows Bernheim to acquire additional land http://www.pioneernews.net/content/partnership-allows-bernheim-acquire-additional-land <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/cavehollow1510.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;CLERMONT -- Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest announced that 136 additional acres of conservation land are now part of the more than 14,000-acre privately managed forest.&nbsp;</p> <p> Partnerships with Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund (KHLCF), the Imperiled Bat Conservation Fund of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Kentucky Natural Lands Trust, and private landowners were critical to the acquisition.</p> Revolutionary characters http://www.pioneernews.net/content/revolutionary-characters <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/02hhhhh.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;SHEPHERDSVILLE - Student participation led to a revolutionary educational event for the public.</p> <p> The Jefferson Community and Technical College hosted its second annual Revolutionary War Day.</p> <p> The event included an authentic 18th Century meal prepared by the school faculty, along with presentations by lecturers dressed in period costume discussing clothing, battle maneuvers, slavery and other timely topics.</p> Assessment Team seeks community input http://www.pioneernews.net/content/assessment-team-seeks-community-input <p> &nbsp;The&nbsp;Bullitt County Assessment Team is working on the Community Strengths and Weaknesses Assessment Survey for Bullitt County. If you live, work, or play here in Bullitt County, your input is requested.</p> <p> Please take a couple of minutes to fill out this survey! We are hoping to complete 1000 or more surveys for Bullitt County.</p> <p> We have this survey online and in paper copy as well. For information, as well as suggestions for places to host paper copies, call 955-5355.</p> Entries accepted for writing, art contest on conservation http://www.pioneernews.net/content/entries-accepted-writing-art-contest-conservation <p> &nbsp;LOUISVILLE -- Students and teachers looking for a creative classroom project this fall will find the perfect blend fun and educational materials in the annual Conservation Writing and Art Contests, sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau and the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts.&nbsp;</p> <p> This contest encourages Kentucky&rsquo;s finest young writers and artists to create and submit short essays and artistic entries that promote best practices for wildlife conservation efforts across the state.</p>