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Today's Features

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- They all have different stories but one thing in common—a love for music.

    Recently 16 people competed to become Bullitt County Vocalists of Year sponsored by the Bullitt County Arts Council. And three came out on top.

    In the adult category Nichols resident Matthew Armstrong was the winner.

    The 24-year-old said music has always been a part of his life.

    “I started singing when I was five years old at a little church my uncle used to pastor at,” he said.

  •  Each summer, the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Bullitt County (CASA) hosts a major fund-raiser.

    The Summer’s Night Out was held over the weekend at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

    The dinner and auction provides funding for CASA, which is a group of volunteers helping children who are in the court system by no fault of their own.

    Alex Cline provided some pre-dinner music while the crowd enjoyed socializing with one another.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - What better way to promote art’s future in the community than with a junior arts council?

    And what better way to promote that council than to give them a community project to create?

    The Junior Artists of Bullitt County gathered at a summer camp to begin work on a sculpting project that will be displayed at the Shepherdsville City Park.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The Bullitt County Arts Council is looking for a place to call their own.

    Beginning next month, the group will start having fundraisers to build an arts center.

    “It’s something we are all pretty excited about,” said Arts Council President Donna Burke.

    She said they are looking at a few pieces of land and have made up a tentative drawing of the building which will include an art gallery/gift shop and meeting/event rooms for the three divisions of the council.

  •  Visiting students, ages 15-18, from around the world including Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand are seeking host families in and around Shepherdsville for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic school year.

    Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year.

  •  FRANKFORT — Kentucky high school students and 2014 graduates should check their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) accounts for accuracy.

    KEES allows students to earn money for college by getting good grades in high school and for qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT. Students eligible for free or reduced lunches may also earn awards for good scores on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. KEES is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

  •   Walk on the Wild Side at Indiana Animal Preservation 

    It was a shared Facebook post that led our family to discover one of the best days of our summer vacation. 

    Wildlife In Need (WIN) is located in Clark County, Ind.

    WIN is home to hundreds of indigenous, exotic and endangered animals. The animals are very active and healthy. 

    They appear to be very happy and have an amazing bond with Tim Stark, the owner of WIN. 

  •   Recently, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Mount Washington celebrated a special occasion.

    The congregation had a note-burning ceremony to celebrate the paying off of the mortgage on their new church in about four years.

    The Rev. Dale Cieslik, the church pastor, thanked the members for their generosity.

    “It’s through giving back to God through you that this house was built.”

    After the note-burning, parishioners released balloons to symbolize their debt being lifted.

  •  The Family Resource Centers in Bullitt County combined their efforts to once again host the Kindergarten Rocks celebration at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

    Youngsters entering Kindergarten this year were invited to meet some of their teachers and principals, as well as partake in some fun activities.

    See more photos by Stephen Thomas in the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net.

  •  HILLVIEW - They both enjoy knocking them down and getting the most pins.

    One of them is a wrestler, the other a bowler.

    The Eric Dezarn team, senior and junior, make for a powerful twosome, one that will compete against other parents and children at the International Family Tournament presented by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA).

    Eric S., the son, will attend seventh grade at Zoneton Middle School. However, he is already a member of the North Bullitt bowling team.