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Today's Features

  •     PIONEER VILLAGE - Sam Hutchins likes to read.

        In fact, he likes to read a lot.

        As a participant in the Maryville Reader program, the second grader has accumulated 146 points.

        And those points represent earning one point for every book the 8-year-old has read.

        Yes, that means he has read 146 books this year.

        “It helps you learn more words,” Hutchins said was one reason he likes to read.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Lick Middle School hosted its annual Family Literacy Night with special guest George Ella Lyon.

        As keynote speaker, Lyon visited with students throughout the school day and parents during the event.

        Lyon, a Kentucky native, is an artist dealing with poetry, novels, plays, songs and picture books geared toward both children and adults.

        Family Literacy Night included a poetry cafe, with many students showcasing their own pieces.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - When Casey Porter of Mount Washington set out on a hunting trip to eastern Kentucky with her father and brother, she was apprehensive.

    The 11-year-old had never hunted big game, but she made up her mind to do her best and enjoy the experience.

    Not long after the Porters arrived in Perry County in mid-December, Casey harvested an elk weighing between 500 and 600 pounds from about 160 yards away.

    “It was awesome,” Casey said. “When I was successful in taking my cow, I was very happyee my daddy hugged me really hard.”

  •     In its first event, the coalition for recreational and fitness in Bullitt County hosted an observance for the National Women’s Health Day recently.

        As part of the festivities, about 100 women of all ages, and a few men, participated in a walk through the Shepherdsville City Park. The health department sponsored the event.

        A men’s walk will be held in June at the city park.

     

  •     NICHOLS - Kenny Hume passed away while in the process of saving items from the home of his neighbor, Charles Martin, during a house fire.

        Nichols Fire units responded to Martin’s home on Fisher Road around 5:20 a.m., according to Nichols Fire Chief W.D. Coy.

        Martin received first and second-degree burns, according to his brother, Ray. He was transported to University of Louisville Hospital.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - After the past year, Christa Altman is happy she’s able to enjoy a stroll.

        The stroll happens to be scheduled at Slugger Field in Louisville. It’s the Great Strides walk, hosted by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

        On Jan. 12, Altman became the recipient of a lung transplant. The former St. Aloysius school teacher had suffered for years from cystic fibrosis.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Pugpalooza is coming to town.  Pugs are party animals and they love a good time.  No one enjoys food, fun, and hanging out with new friends like a pug and that is what Pugpalooza is all about.

         Pug lovers from all over will be descending upon Paroquet Springs Conference Center in Shepherdsville for their annual event:  PUGPALOOZA!

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The women had their opportunity to get a healthy walk in last month.

        Now, it is time for the men.

        National Men’s Health Week will be observed June 14-20.

        In honor of this national observance, the Bullitt County Coalition for Recreation, Education and Wellness will sponsor a healthy walk in the Shepherdsville Park.

        The walk will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15.

  •     The annual Memorial Day observance by the Vietnam Veterans monument in Highland Memory Gardens in Mount Washington drew another large crowd on a sunny afternoon.

        There were various guest speakers to honor those who have fought in war and those who have lost their lives defending their county.

        The observance by the Vietnam veterans organization is an annual occurrence.

        See more photos by Alex Wimsatt in the galleries of www.pioneernews.net.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials have named the Interstate 65 southbound welcome center in Bullitt County the Commonwealth’s best-maintained rest area of 2009.

         This marks the first time the facility has received the distinction. The Bullitt County welcome center tied with the Scott County welcome center this year for top honors.