Features http://www.pioneernews.net/features/todaysfeatures en Small-town girl big-time teacher at Nichols Elem. http://www.pioneernews.net/content/small-town-girl-big-time-teacher-nichols-elem <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/02jjjjj_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="82" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;NICHOLS - A small-town girl who attended small-town schools knows instinctively how to be a small-town teacher.</p> <p> In her fourth year at Nichols Elementary, Brittany Joiner combines updated teaching methods with a sensitivity that allows special relationships with her fourth and fifth grade students.</p> <p> Her efforts were recently recognized throughout the district as Joiner was selected the 2017 Bullitt County Elementary Teacher of the Year.</p> Public looks for resources locally in battle against abuses http://www.pioneernews.net/content/public-looks-resources-locally-battle-against-abuses <p> &nbsp;HILLVIEW &mdash; She came looking for assistance.</p> <p> A problem she never imagined that would enter her family had happened.</p> <p> Now, she was hoping that several agencies attending a community forum on substance abuse providers could lend some assistance.</p> <p> Recently, a community forum was held with providers, such as Our Lady of Peace, Centerstone, The Brooke, Reach, Boys and Girls Haven and 180 Degree Counseling, present to give some advice and information.</p> Celebrating Dr. Seuss http://www.pioneernews.net/content/celebrating-dr-seuss <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/06hhhh_4.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;SHEPHERDSVILLE - Things both great and small come out during Read Across America Week at the Bullitt County Public Schools.</p> <p> Many schools, especially at the elementary level, celebrate the week, which takes place annually during the week of March 2, the birthday of children&rsquo;s author Dr. Seuss.</p> <p> Many Roby Elementary students and staff celebrated by dressing as some of their favorite Seuss characters. There were many Thing 1&rsquo;s and many Thing 2&rsquo;s</p> <p> There was a Lorax and a Tree, Cats in Hats, and even a Grinch sighting.</p> Quilters enjoy annual event http://www.pioneernews.net/content/quilters-enjoy-annual-event <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_1593.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="141" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;SHEPHERDSVILLE&mdash;Stitches and patterns and fabric, oh my!</p> <p> The annual Quilter&rsquo;s Day Out brought together sewers from across Kentuckiana to show off their work, share tips and shop for their next projects.</p> <p> Held at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre, the show featured booths from 14 guilds and 24 vendors.</p> <p> Throughout the day, participants were able to listen to presentations by Kentucky State Coordinator for Quilts of Valor Nancy Cann and local instructor Pam Shartzer.</p> Shepherdsville Lions run out of options; doors to shut June 30 http://www.pioneernews.net/content/shepherdsville-lions-run-out-options-doors-shut-june-30 <p> &nbsp;SHEPHERDSVILLE - They&rsquo;ve brought happy endings, new visions and community support to the Shepherdsville community for more than seven decades.</p> <p> However, without any new vision, and lacking that same community support, the Shepherdsville Lions Club will begin proceedings to close its doors by June 30. Members unanimously voted on the decision during the club&rsquo;s March meeting.</p> <p> In recent months the Lions made a frantic push to remain open, inviting new members to join and even take over the administrative positions of long-time members.</p> Irene Carroll Style Show http://www.pioneernews.net/content/irene-carroll-style-show <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/fs_john_barbagallohhhh.jpg" alt="John Barbagallo" title="John Barbagallo" align="left" hspace="6" width="37" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;From looking at silent auction items to watching &ldquo;celebrity&rdquo; models such as John Barbagallo strut on the runway, a large crowd appeared to be very entertained at the annual Irene Carroll Style Show and Scholarship Luncheon.</p> <p> The Bullitt County Women&rsquo;s Club sponsors this annual event.</p> <p> See more photos from the luncheon by Stephanie Jessie in the <a href="http://www.pioneernews.net/content/slideshow-2017-irene-carroll-scholarship-luncheon-and-style-show">multimedia section</a> of www.pioneernews.net.</p> Spainhour attends AOC training for family court judges http://www.pioneernews.net/content/spainhour-attends-aoc-training-family-court-judges <p> &nbsp;Local Family Court Judge Elise Givhan Spainhour learned more about how drug addiction is affecting Kentucky families at the Judicial Symposium on Addiction &amp; Child Welfare in Louisville Jan. 26-27.</p> <p> The intensive two-day conference was for the state&rsquo;s Family Court judges and District Court judges in counties that don&rsquo;t have Family Court. Some Circuit Court judges also attended.</p> Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg alive after fires http://www.pioneernews.net/content/smoky-mountains-gatlinburg-alive-after-fires <img src="http://www.pioneernews.net/sites/www.pioneernews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/aquarium_of_the_smokiesjjjj.jpg" alt="Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the biggest attractions in the Gatlinburg area" title="Ripley’s Aquarium is one of the biggest attractions in the Gatlinburg area" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> &nbsp;Spring break is just around the corner. While it has been only three month since the Smoky Mountain wildfires &ndash; Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are ready to welcome you back to their community.&nbsp;</p> <p> Gatlinburg is as &ldquo;Smoky Mountain Strong&rdquo; and poised to host you as they have ever been.&nbsp;</p>