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Today's Features

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Most students can’t say that Batman has made a special guest appearance in their classroom to teach a creative writing lesson.

    But Mount Washington Middle School sixth graders Lee Hays and Brandon Prater can.

    Actually it was MWMS teacher Jeremy Belcher dressed up as Gotham City’s hero Tuesday in efforts to engage two of his most unique students in a creative writing process during which he, Hays and Prater wrote a rough draft about a super hero.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Children within the Bullitt County court system will have a better holiday season thanks to First Federal Savings Bank.

    First Federal hosted angel trees at their three Bullitt County locations this season.

    Donated items were intended for the families of 45 children being assisted by the Bullitt County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program.

    CASA volunteers represent children in court, representing each child’s best interests.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Local florist Amanda Stephens Heck loves to use her talents to bring joy to others, especially during the holidays.

    That is why she happily agreed to participate in the 33rd annual Old Louisville Holiday House Tour’s exterior design competition. She said it was a fun project and good exposure for her Mount Washington floral business, Amanda’s Creations.

    “I knew the talent that was involved and I didn’t think I had a chance,” Heck said.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The students and staff at Shepherdsville Elementary are collecting peanut butter for the Haitian earthquake relief efforts.

        Shepherdsville Family Resource Center coordinator Traci Gould said high protein and non-perishable food items were suggested by Waves of Mercy, a Kentucky-based ministry that assists Haitian orphanages. The ministry said peanut butter was an ideal choice.

        Classrooms will challenge one another in a friendly competition for the most jars collected.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON " The Bullitt East Marching Band made history during an uncertain time this year.

    The band was the smallest on record with 37 participants and had to adjust to being led by a new director, Jonah Sawyers.

    Maybe it was that the students felt like underdogs, or perhaps it was the enthusiasm of a new, young director, but the BEHS Marching Chargers made it to the state semi-final competition Nov. 7 for the first time in Bullitt East’s history.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - Old Mill Elementary School third grader Alyson Mason has been named royalty, but instead of a tiara and dress you will more likely find her in boots and blue jeans.

    Mason was recently named the 2009-2010 Kentucky Junior Rodeo Association Princess - a goal that the Mount Washington cowgirl has had for more than a year.

    As part of the being named princess, Mason had to compete in a contest, be interviewed and her involvement in various KJRA events was also considered.

  • CLERMONT - Bernheim believes that increasing the amount of time children spend out of doors, year round, will help them learn more effectively, increase social skills, benefit from physical activity and generally have more fun!

    Bernheim has created a year-round program especially designed to get your child outside.  The ECO Kids (Every Child Outside) initiative is an important component of Bernheim’s mission of Connecting People with Nature, with enlightening and entertaining kid-friendly activities every month.

     

  • HEBRON ESTATES -- Bullitt County resident Jim Davis has made the difference he had hoped.

    The former tractor-trailer driver decided to start a book drive, collecting 100,000 books for libraries in Eastern Kentucky. Davis said the idea came from watching a television special about kids in rural Appalachia dropping out of school.

    With half the goal already collected, Davis was officially honored for his efforts by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and First Lady Jane Beshear.

  • The Hillview Community Christian Church has traditionally hosted a live nativity scene for the Christmas season.

    This year, Walk To Bethlehem provided thousands of visitors with various scenes, including the live nativity, surrounding the birth of Jesus.

    Despite cold weather, record crowds attended the three-night event.

    See more photos from Thomas Barr on-line at www.pioneernews.net.

  • First grade student Brennan Thomas made sure Santa had the correct information for his Christmas wishes.

    Brennan, 6, brought his wish list to Nichols Elementary Saturday morning and thoroughly discussed the items with Santa during the PTA’s annual Breakfast with Santa.

    By the end of the discussion, Santa said he felt good about the list.

    To track Santa’s trip, go to www.pioneernews.net all week for our special tracker.