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Today's Features

  •  BROOKS - Some believe they are born to teach; others feel they should pursue other career paths. On occasion, someone might do both.

    Brooks Elementary teacher Gina Beasley did, switching gears from a decade-long business profession to begin a teaching career.

    Beasley made the right move for herself personally, as well as for the district, proven by her selection as the Bullitt County Public Schools 2015 Elementary Teacher of the Year.

  •   HEBRON ESTATES -- It was difficult to decide who might have been smiling the most.

    It could have been University of Louisville president James Ramsey and his staff.

    Or it could have been members of the Bullitt County Public School System.

    Ramsey made a recent visit to several of the programs now underway in Bullitt County.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Though the war may be over, for some the battle has just begun. After serving our country, many military service members have a hard time transitioning back to civilian life. Especially if they were in combat.

    Heather French Henry, commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, shared how she was personally affected by this battle with members of the Mount Washington AARP recently.

    The 2000 Miss America’s father served in the Marines during Vietnam where he became disabled.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON - There are two plans of attack in the battle against homelessness.

    The short-term approach involves finding immediate food, clothing and shelter for those in need.

    The long-term involves a process in which the person gets back on their feet in an attempt to re-establish a normal, self-sustaining life.

    The Shepherd's Shelter, Inc., is a non-profit, faith-based organization first created in 2001 by local citizens, offering "a continuum of care" throughout the entire homeless process.

  •  There was an overflowing crowd at the annual Valentine Gala, which benefits the Bullitt and Spencer County service centers of the American Red Cross.

    With the Wulfe Brothers again providing music, the dance flows was filled throughout the night. There was over 500 who attended the annual fund-raiser.

    See the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net for more photos and video by Thomas Barr.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - There were smiles, hugs and handshakes all around, proving the Day of Healing Through Prayer and Reconciliation to be a success.

    The event was hosted by the Bullitt County Ministerial Association at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre, designed as an opportunity for area leaders and residents to meet and get along for the betterment of the community.

    Event organizer Randy Pace introduced an All-Star group of volunteer singers from all three county high schools as a combined performance choir.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - One thing for certain, no other team had more to cheer about.

    The Bullitt Central Cheerleading Team placed seventh overall out of 600 teams in the Large Co-Ed Division of the 2015 National High School Cheerleading Championships.

    Bullitt Central’s visits to Orlando, Fla., for the annual competition have become commonplace; however, this year’s trip was completely different, involving a bus accident in Atlanta, Ga., en route to the Sunshine State.

  •  FRANKFORT -- The popular Close the Deal program has been transferred from the Lieutenant Governor’s Office to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

    Close the Deal helps high school seniors make the transition to college or careers. It recruits community and business leaders to foster a college-going culture at their local schools.

    Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen said she will continue to support the program because she believes that it is important to the Commonwealth.

  •  Remember high school seniors that the Kentucky Farm Bureau Scholarship applications are due to be turned into the state office by February 28, 2015.  They must be postmarked by that date or they will not be considered. 

    The Bullitt County Farm Bureau Scholarship applications are due to be returned to the Board Scholarship Committee at Bullitt County Farm Bureau, P O Box 156, Shepherdsville, KY  40165 by March 15, 2015.

  •  A Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) grant of nearly $20,000 has been awarded to Crossroads Elementary School for students to design, create and host a robotics film festival.

    KySTE offered $100,000 to any school district in an outreach offering for the 2014-2015 school year. Only six schools earned grants, including Crossroads.

    Music teacher Amy Cuenca and Science teacher Jaymee Clemens will use the funds to purchase Lego Mindstorm robotics kits along with 30 iPads, 30 iPad covers for protection of the devices and 30 iMovie apps.