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  • 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. 

  •  Interest in the biggest coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the U.S. has been growing leading up to the big event on Monday, August 21st!

    Fourteen states -- from Oregon to South Carolina -- lie in the “totality zone”, a 70-mile-wide, 3,000-mile-long arc where the moon will appear to completely blot the sun.  With all the buzz surrounding this celestial event, AAA East Central cautions those seeking an ideal location to view the eclipse to be mindful of traffic congestion and distracted driving. 

  •  On July 31, 2017, Shirley Lakes presented her annual summer piano recital at Vine Hill Baptist Church in Clermont.

    Volunteers participating included: Allie Montgomery, Mattie Montgomery, Anna Burmley, Maddie O’Brien, Van Huff, Malia Christman, Kaleb Farris, Jacob Greenwell, Hannah Simpson, Brian Simpson, Isabella Cape, Anthony Lichtsteiner, Jazmin Colville, Christel Scholtz, Lilah Cash, Emily Bickel, Tatum St. Clair, Rachel Hasty, Hannah Hatfield, Rich Higgs, Travis Ray, Riley Delk and Caroline McCrorey.

  •  FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is warning the public not to directly look at the upcoming solar eclipse on Aug. 21 without the proper equipment and techniques.

  •  HILLVIEW — What is a trowel club?

    For the Zoneton Masonic Lodge it is the social and fund-raising arm of the organization.

    For others, it is a group of volunteers who make things a little better for the community.

    During its recent awards and appreciation dinner, one student earned some scholarship money and several other youth groups earned funds.

    Ethan McHargue, who recently graduated from Bullitt Central High, will be heading to the University of Kentucky with a $500 scholarship.

  •  Classic cars from the past again made Bullitt County their home during the National Street Rod convention, held in Louisville.

    The local hotels and restaurants were full of the classic vehicles.

    Many car owners were joined by local residents who stopped by to get a close-up look.

    See more photos by Stephen Thomas here.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE — Three participants in the Families Moving Beyond Abuse (FMBA) program recently graduated.

    Katie Thornsberry, Jamie Gunter and Samantha Lunsford graduated after completing the four-phase program that generally takes 12 to 18 months to complete.

    At the graduation ceremony, Family Court Circuit Judge Elise Givhan Spainhour told those in attendance that the graduation was not only for those who went through the program, but also for those who have worked to help the graduates get to that point.

  •  A beautiful morning helped to greet students attending their first day of the Bullitt County Public Schools 2017-18 school year.

    For more 2017 BCPS back to school photos click here.

  •   SHEPHERDSVILLE - Summer is here and the weather is heating up, but a local agency hopes to help take out the worry for some homeowners needing a little more summertime assistance.

    The Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency is offering its Weatherization program, designed to assist qualified families and seniors in paying utility bills and preparing their homes to be more energy-efficient.

    The program is offered annually with assistance from the Department of Energy and funded in part through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

  •  FRANKFORT – If you live in Western Kentucky, or are headed that way later this month to view the total solar eclipse, make sure you pack more than a lunch and some lawn chairs.

    Eye safety will be critically important.