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  •  Friends and family gathered recently to honor a special person.

    Former teacher Iona Adams taught first grade and kindergarten at Mount Washington Elementary for 31 years before recently passing this October from cancer.

    In her memory, they have planted a redbud tree in the arboretum with a plaque that reads: “You shaped many minds in our community ‘I’m so glad we had this time together.’”

    Adams was an avid nature-lover.

    Some of Iona’s family attended the ceremony.

  •  Mall traffic can be overwhelming for shoppers who are heading out for their last minute bargains. AAA recommends that drivers exhibit the holiday spirit by safely sharing the lot with pedestrians.

    Distracted driving could also result in additional holiday expenses. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found about 20 percent of all vehicle collisions happens in parking lots.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - In what has become an annual event, the Bullitt County 911 Center has again dispatched some extra Christmas cheer.

    The center's employees donated $426 to the city of Hillview toward their annual Operation Santa program/

    This is the fourth year for the donation, according to deputy director Carla Johnson.

    The money is collected from dress-down days at the center. For $1 an employee can wear clothing of their favorite sports team.

  •  LOUISVILLE - If you drink and drive in Jefferson County and surrounding counties - beware.

    State and local law enforcement is cracking down on drunken driving this holiday season as part of the nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

    While law enforcement will cite drivers for any moving traffic violation, there is typically an increase of drunken drivers on the roadways due to holiday parties and festivities.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON - Beware of your surroundings this holiday.

    Mount Washington Police Chief Roy Daugherty said the number of thefts and burglaries tend to increase during the holiday season.

    He gave some tips to help keep yourselves and valuables safe this Christmas:

    -Always lock your car door

    -Make sure not leave presents in plain sight in windows whether it’s at your house in the car

    -Beware of leaving your present boxes in the trash for days. Thieves may root through it to see what new gadgets you got this year.

  •  LOUISVILLE - Kyle Skidmore, a beefalo farmer in Bullitt County who also works in landscaping and construction, has been selected to participate in the Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Leadership Enhancement for Agricultural Development (LEAD) program.

    Skidmore joins 15 other Kentuckians for LEAD’s two-year, intensive learning experience‚ a program that KFB created to prepare future agricultural leaders for tomorrow’s challenges.

    The 2015-16 LEAD class was announced on Dec. 5 during KFB’s annual meeting in Louisville.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Caleanna Morley saw that there was a move in Jefferson County to collect blankets for the homeless.

    Having worked in Bullitt County, Morley knew there was a similar need here.

    With friends such as Shepherdsville mayor Scott Ellis, Morley decided the Warm Bullitt County was needed.

    With the holidays approaching, Morley’s group is working with Shepherdsville Christian Church and others to collect and distribute items which keep Bullitt Countians warm.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — Goodwill Industries of Kentucky will hold a grand opening of its Mount Washington donation center and retail store on Friday, Dec. 12, featuring a ribbon-cutting ceremony with representatives from the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce at Noon.

    Refreshments and giveaways will be available for donors and shoppers.

  •  The Bullitt East High School agriculture program is one of the Top 10 in Kentucky.

    Agriculture students placed fifth in the writing assessment on end-of-course out of 138 programs across the Commonwealth during the 2013-2014 school year.

    Brandon K. Davis, State Supervisor of Agricultural Education for the Kentucky Department of Education, applauded the effort.

  • Members of First Baptist Church of Shepherdsville, with the help of Boy Scout Troop 8281, provided Thanksgiving dinner to over 400 people Thursday. This is an annual mission of the church to a meal to those in need. The church also hosted dozens who came in to enjoy a meal and fellowship.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Quinton Higgins has something to be thankful for every day that he wakes up.

    But, for a number of years, that wasn’t the sentiment felt by the Radcliff resident.

    Instead, Higgins was a mess. A self-proclaimed mess.

    Students at the Bullitt Alternative Center intently listened recently as Higgins told his story on how his life nearly ended at the age of 15.

  •  HILLVIEW - When someone is experiencing a heart attack, emergency medical responders are often the first line of care. 

    Having the latest technology can make the difference between life and death. 

    KentuckyOne Health officials recently presented new technological equipment to Bullitt County EMS, which will help to ensure that patients who may be suffering a heart attack get the care they need more quickly.

  •  Local students followed the Yellow Brick Road to the Bullitt Central Drama Club’s presentation of “The Wizard of Oz.”

    The Club performed the classic Frank E. Baum story live in the school auditorium.

    Two night-time performances were hosted for the public, along with two matinee shows in which area elementary school students were invited.

    Bullitt County Public Schools employees received free admission.

  •  FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 24, 2014) – Leaving food on the stove to cook unattended is a recipe for disaster, says Kentucky State Fire Marshal William Swope.

    According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.

    "Being aware of fire safety while preparing your holiday meal can mean the difference between calling family and friends to the dinner table or calling the fire department to put out a fire," said Swope.

  •  The holiday travel season is upon us! Better Business Bureau has some tips on how to make your holiday travel a little brighter.

    Do Your Research. If you are driving, before you hit the road, find alternative routes in case of traffic delays. Also, travel with GPS.

  •  In an effort to give back to the community, about 20 team members from the Gilt Groupe in Hillview went to Peg’s Therapeutic Ponies in Mount Washington to do some much needed maintenance.

    From painting and repairing fences to getting some landscaping in shape, the members were busy during a recent Saturday.

    They were joined by students from Bellarmine University and Bethlehem High School.

    Thanks also to Marillia Environmental in Mount Washington for contributing the mulch for the project.

  •  Much to the joy of local students, the snow on late Sunday night and early Monday morning was enough to cancel classes

    The weather posed few problems but it did strain an already tight salt supply for many agencies.

    Classes were back in session on Tuesday.

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

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - There was a time when many of the regulars attending the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency’s Senior Center made the trip to see Bob Combest.

    Now, thanks to some special assistance, many will travel to the senior center again because of Bob Combest.

    The eBay Foundation, Inc., GIVE Team made a donation of $10,000 for transportation to the senior center thanks to a letter written by team member Katherine “Kippy” Combest, Bob’s daughter-in-law.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - When the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office looks for future hires, hopefully they won't have to explore further than the county itself.

    The Explorers Program, offered by the Sheriff's Office through the Boy Scouts of America, allows students to participate in an organization designed to offer and promote law enforcement experience.

    Special deputy Dirk "Mac" McCoy serves as Explorers advisor. He said the program was designed to offer participants an opportunity to seriously explore the career field at a higher level.

  •  Freezing weather predicted over the next few days is a good reminder to prepare for winter.

    Frozen pipes are the second most common cause of home insurance claims in the U.S. according to the Insurance Information Institute. Pipes that are either inadequately insulated or exposed to outside temperatures can freeze, rupture, and cause costly damage.