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  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - A Christmas miracle is shaping up for Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston.

    Family Day Ministries, based in Shepherdsville, has been collecting items that will be distributed in time for the Christmas holiday.

    Pastor Mike Miller has connected with Trinity Lutheran Church, located near Downtown Houston, about 934 miles from FDM. Miller always contacts local ministry during a donation delivery, making certain the donations will make to those in the most need.

  •  Crossroads and Freedom Elementary Schools have been awarded Dollar General Store Literacy grants.

    The total amount awarded was $2,500. Crossroads received $1,000 with Freedom getting $1,500.

    Both principals said the funds will greatly benefit services to students.

  •  The noise-limit levels were raised at the Mount Washington Public Library for the long-waited ribbon cutting of the new building.

    Accompanied by food, freebies and wax hands, residents and local politicians joined the celebration of the grand opening.

    Board President Sherry Parker, who was involved in the building process from the beginning, cut the ribbon.

    The new building features tall windows, numerous study spots, several private rooms and, as always, plenty of books, audio books, movies and more to borrow.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON— Senior living situations don’t have to mean being omitted from the latest fads.

    Residents at Elmcroft Senior Living in Mount Washington were recently joined by volunteers with the Mount Washington Rocks! group to paint their own stones to hide.

    Fifteen painters decorated rocks with flowers, American flags and other colorful designs.

    Mount Washington Rocks! founder Vicki Huffman ensured the hashtag #MWR was written on the bottom of each stone before sealing the art.

  •  The Bullitt East Marching Band was named Grand Champion at the 14th Annual Eagle Classic at Eastern High School on September 16th.

    The band competed against 13 other bands in preliminary competition, including 5 other bands in their class, and placed first overall as well as receiving Best Color Guard and Best Percussion in Class AAAAA.

    Advancing to the finals competition, the Marching Chargers competed against nine other bands and placed first overall receiving the Grand Champion award, winning Best Overall Visual and Best Color Guard.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- New Lions District Governor David Moose was a visiting guest speaker at the Mount Washington Lions Club on Sept. 18.

    He was accompanied by his wife (and past Lions District Governor, herself) Judy Moose.

    Moose pointed out that there are now 1.4 million Lions Club members in 200 countries. 

    He pointed out that “Lionism” is global, but its heart is local. Lions Club International makes change around the world and right here in Bullitt County.

  •   Autumn is just days away! Fall in Kentucky is one of my favorite times of the year because we get to see God’s magnificent canvas take color. The leaves are sure to be pretty with all of the rain and cool weather we’ve gotten. I am looking forward to one awesome “firework show” by nature. Autumn is the perfect time to load the family up and road trip. October provides ample opportunities including fall break to road trip. To help you start making plans NOW, I offer a few of my favorite places around the Bluegrass.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - There are approximately 500 cases in the Bullitt County court system involving children abuse, neglect, and custody issues.

    For those children, life can be a strain, and very confusing as they sometimes move from home to home, trying to live a normal life while the courts determine their futures.

    The Bullitt County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) both help determine the children’s fate. And when they can, they do a little more.

  •  In Kentucky, it’s difficult to picture the threat of a hurricane. Yes, there are tornados and ice storms, but how do you react when 130 miles per hour winds are headed your way and your wife is 39 weeks pregnant? How about when you and your dog just became Floridians a year ago and your children and grandchildren keep calling to make sure you’re prepared?

    For 74-year-old Joyce Antons, the worried phone calls from family up north sealed the deal.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the residents of the affected areas in Texas and Louisiana could use a Christmas-sized miracle.

    Come December, some of them will receive it, courtesy of the good people of Bullitt County, Kentucky.

    Family Day Ministries, located in Shepherdsville, will send their God’s Miracle Crew south for a mission known as Bullitt County Christmas in Houston, Texas.

  •  CEDAR GROVE - The Bullitt Masonic Lodge 155 F&AM Gavel Club in Shepherdsville made a donation to help out students at Cedar Grove Elementary School.

    Members collected $600 for the school’s Family Resource Center for the purchase of necessary items.

    Representatives made the donation to FRC coordinator Tammy Perdew, who will use the funding for school supplies, clothing, and other necessities benefitting students and helping them meet their daily needs.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- During his four years of service with the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office, Billy Allen advocated for a K-9 unit.

    When he went to the Shepherdsville Police Department, Allen again had an interest in starting a K-9 unit.

    So, when two positions were posted to work as a K-9 officer, Allen jumped at the opportunity.

    Now, Allen and Chad Woods have new partners, Diego and Cherry.

    So far, the experience has been a great one, said Allen.

  •  Cedar Grove Elementary hosted a Back to School Bash and a Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff to celebrate the new school year

    Students were able to enjoy the school’s playground equipment, along with bounce houses and obstacle courses.

    P.E. teacher Jimmy Westwood was a good sport by sitting in a dunking booth throughout the event.

    Families visited with representatives from the Shepherdville Police and Southeast Bullitt Fire Department, as well as the Bullitt Central Future Farmers of America program, who brought rabbits and baby chicks for petting.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON—Without a cloud in the sky, 14 Bullitt East students watched the Great North American Eclipse in totality two weeks ago with the help of some encouraging educators and homemade telescopes.

    Bullitt East engineering teacher Darrell Vincent had planned on seeing the eclipse in the path of totality, no matter what the school day had planned. When he realized the trip would be a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience for some of his students, he started to plan a trip that, as some described, would be the highlight of their high school career.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — In a digital world, many may fear that libraries are dead.

    The recent completion of the Bullitt County Public Libraries branch in Mount Washington proves otherwise.

    No longer just a place to pick out a book and leave, the new building, located at 214 North Bardstown Road, offers a wide variety of spaces to allow patrons to feel at ease. That feeling is one director Joe Schweiss describes as third space: a comfortable place someone can go that isn’t work or home.

  •  CLERMONT -- Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest will be abuzz with programs and events throughout September, including the annual BugFest and Fall Plant Sale on Saturday, Sept. 16.

    BugFest, Bernheim’s celebration of insects and their relatives, welcomes families to meet multi-legged creatures, go on insect safaris and taste chocolate-covered crickets.

    Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite bugs for the Bug Parade and dance the buggy boogie.

  •  We will be looking back 10, 30, 50, 70, and 90 years to see what was being printed in The Pioneer News in 2007, 1987, 1967, 1947, and 1927 in the month of August.

     

    2007 - 10 Years Ago

    Carol and Laveda Richards celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Carol was a school administrator, and they ran a local shoe store for many years.

  •  FRANKFORT – Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 71 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care and other out-of-home care. 

    The boards are in need of volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Humana GSO Volunteer Network hosted a back to school event for the families of Shepherdsville Elementary.

    Several booths were hosted ranging from inspiring positivity to healthy snacks, school supplies and dental care.

    There were 139 students and families that visited the event.

    Humana partnered with several local organizations for give-aways and door prizes, including Mortensen Family Dental, Bullitt Lodge 155 Gavel Club, and the Shepherdsville Fire Department.

  •  FRANKFORT -- Forty-two students from Bullitt County have been named Senator Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). 

    To earn this honor, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and at least a 28 composite on the ACT.

    These students have also earned $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards.