Features http://www.pioneernews.net/features/todaysfeatures en Family, friends show their loves as Daugherty retires from YMCA http://www.pioneernews.net/content/family-friends-show-their-loves-daugherty-retires-ymca <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/another_good_one.jpg" alt="After 30 years at the helm, June Daugherty could enjoy some stories as she ends her tenure as the executive director of the Bullitt County Family YMCA. She is the only director the branch has had since its inception." title="After 30 years at the helm, June Daugherty could enjoy some stories as she ends her tenure as the executive director of the Bullitt County Family YMCA. She is the only director the branch has had since its inception." align="left" hspace="6" width="73" height="85" /><p> &nbsp; SHEPHERDSVILLE -- It was over 30 years ago when a small group of individuals had a dream of starting a YMCA branch in Bullitt County.</p> <p> Once all the parts came together, the branch was formed.</p> <p> Rose Haley remembers the next step was to find someone to lead an agency with no facilities, a small office and a budget of $25,000.</p> <p> They would find June Crenshaw, who was working in Lexington after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University.</p> <p> &ldquo;We took a chance on her,&rdquo; said Haley. &ldquo;And she took a chance on us.&rdquo;</p> Backpacks on Friday provides valuable aid in all parts of county http://www.pioneernews.net/content/backpacks-friday-provides-valuable-aid-all-parts-county <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/barry_best.jpg" alt="Mayor Barry Armstrong helped Leigh Ann Lowery with filling backpacks" title="Mayor Barry Armstrong helped Leigh Ann Lowery with filling backpacks" align="left" hspace="6" width="89" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;MOUNT WASHINGTON&mdash;In the land of milk and honey, there are students who go home with a little something extra in their backpacks on Friday: food for the weekend.</p> <p> The Blessings in a Backpack program works to provide breakfast and lunch for the weekend to students whose families need a little more help in the grocery department.</p> STEM students get to display ‘eggsiting’ experience to public http://www.pioneernews.net/content/stem-students-get-display-%E2%80%98eggsiting%E2%80%99-experience-public <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/18cyes.jpg" alt="Hebron’s Maraya Brush and Shelby Koch look at their egg carrier" title="Hebron’s Maraya Brush and Shelby Koch look at their egg carrier" align="left" hspace="6" width="91" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;HEBRON ESTATES - Bullitt County Public Schools students received an opportunity to branch out and come out of their shells thanks to a new STEM challenge at the 2017 District Science Fair.</p> <p> The district hosted its first district-wide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) challenge at Hebron Middle School for teams of students from BCPS middle and high schools.</p> Public invited to view ‘new’ Mt. Washington Elem. Sunday http://www.pioneernews.net/content/public-invited-view-%E2%80%98new%E2%80%99-mt-washington-elem-sunday <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/yesimg_7319.jpg" alt="School board chairperson Debby Atherton and central office staff were led on a sneak preview" title="School board chairperson Debby Atherton and central office staff were led on a sneak preview" align="left" hspace="6" width="153" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;MOUNT WASHINGTON &mdash; After braving renovations for 16 months, Mount Washington Elementary School is ready to show off what they&rsquo;re made of.</p> <p> According to Principal Terri Lewis, one of the largest changes visitors will see is the enclosed floor plan.</p> New Hope looking for new facility in Bullitt http://www.pioneernews.net/content/new-hope-looking-new-facility-bullitt <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/board_and_speaker_jeffrey_deanjjjj.jpg" alt="Guest speaker Jeffrey Dean and board members" title="Guest speaker Jeffrey Dean and board members" align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;SHEPHERDSVILLE&mdash;A big move will bring big advances for local pregnant women. For four and a half years, A New Hope Pregnancy Center has worked diligently out of a formerly foreclosed house to bring pregnancy resources to those who asked for it. This spring, the organization will move to a spot in the Cedar Grove Center off Cedar Grove Road in Shepherdsville.</p> Helping Others http://www.pioneernews.net/content/helping-others <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_7251gggg.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Shepherdsville Santa program assisted over 114 families during the holiday season.<br /> <br /> Volunteers helped to prepare the food baskets. And local businesses assisted with making sure there were funds to provide the items to place in the food and toy baskets.<br /> <br /> A car show each fall is a major fund-raiser for the giveaway.<br /> <br /> This is the fifth year for Shepherdsville Santa.</p> Callie’s Cats provides better chance animals can live their full nine lives http://www.pioneernews.net/content/callie%E2%80%99s-cats-provides-better-chance-animals-can-live-their-full-nine-lives <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/bestggggg.jpg" alt="Callie Wells with her cat, Mickey, whom she rescued last year from a box at the Love’s gas station in Shepherdsville. Today, Mickey is part of her family and helps her care for the other cats she fosters. " title="Callie Wells with her cat, Mickey, whom she rescued last year from a box at the Love’s gas station in Shepherdsville. Today, Mickey is part of her family and helps her care for the other cats she fosters. " align="left" hspace="6" width="70" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;SHEPHERDSVILLE &mdash; While most college students are planning spring break trips or knee-deep in textbooks, Shepherdsville native Callie Wells has taken a slightly different route.</p> <p> With the help of the Kentucky Humane Society, Wells founded Callie&rsquo;s Cats last July, an organization dedicated to rescuing cats and kittens from kill shelters and the wild, nurturing them to health and provided necessary care until a forever home is found.</p> Mannequin gives students better perspective on head trauma http://www.pioneernews.net/content/mannequin-gives-students-better-perspective-head-trauma <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/shaken_baby_mannequin4.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="92" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;A mannequin is being used in high school Early Lifespan Development (ELD) courses as a teaching tool to demonstrate the devastating effects of shaken baby syndrome, or abusive head trauma.</p> <p> The $950 Real Care Shaken Baby Simulator Program with doll and curriculum was funded by the Bullitt County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education. The doll is equipped with sensors that signal when trauma is inflicted.</p> <p> North Bullitt High School teacher April Roberts wrote the proposal and has used the simulator in her class.</p>