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  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE—A big move will bring big advances for local pregnant women.

  •  The district annual Red Ribbon/Safe Schools awards ceremony recognized dozens of students who drew posters, wrote essays or created videos depicting their stance against harmful substances, peer pressure and bullying.

    Here is a complete list of school level winners and categories. Each youth earned a Certificate of Recognition.

  •  A mannequin is being used in high school Early Lifespan Development (ELD) courses as a teaching tool to demonstrate the devastating effects of shaken baby syndrome, or abusive head trauma.

    The $950 Real Care Shaken Baby Simulator Program with doll and curriculum was funded by the Bullitt County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education. The doll is equipped with sensors that signal when trauma is inflicted.

    North Bullitt High School teacher April Roberts wrote the proposal and has used the simulator in her class.

  •  The Bullitt County Woman’s Club, which is the oldest civic club in the county, recently made donations to two local organizations.

    Tammy Ott accepted a check for $1,437.50 for the renovation of Bowman’s Valley School. This doubles the club’s organization of the previous year.

    The club presented CASA of Bullitt County a check for $879.50. These funds were proceeds from the annual bake/talent auction held by the organization.

    Both organizations are very grateful for the continued support from the Woman’s Club.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE — While most college students are planning spring break trips or knee-deep in textbooks, Shepherdsville native Callie Wells has taken a slightly different route.

    With the help of the Kentucky Humane Society, Wells founded Callie’s Cats last July, an organization dedicated to rescuing cats and kittens from kill shelters and the wild, nurturing them to health and provided necessary care until a forever home is found.

  •  HILLVIEW - It’s one thing to donate to 400 families at Christmas. It’s another thing to prepare the donations.

    Hillview’s Operation Santa assisted 400 area families with food boxes, toys and coats this season.

    The Hillview Recreation Department received some assistance in preparing the food boxes for distribution.

    Volunteers included the North Bullitt High School baseball team and members of Corbin’s Karate Academy.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — The students at Mount Washington Middle received a little extra Christmas magic this year.

    With the help of the staff and the community, each of the 470 students in attendance on the last day before winter break was given a gift during a school-wide assembly.

    The school first participated in the event two years ago but wasn’t able 

    The Principal’s Table, a group of students from each homeroom that meets with principal Dr. Denise Allen each month, brought up doing it again.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Over the course of the past six years, Journey Christian Church has taken its entire Sunday offering on a particular week.

    That money has been called Give Sunday.

    Since its inception, the church members have contributed over $30,000, which has been given to local non-profit organizations.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE — Saving the refrigerator box won’t just help a bored child build a rocket ship anymore: it can help bring awareness to homelessness. At least, that’s the idea behind Box City.

    “Our main goals were to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless in our community and to raise funds to aid Room in the Inn in our work with the homeless community,” said Pam Rogers, co-organizer of Heart of my City, said.

  •  Mount Washington Elementary hosted its Winterfest celebration.

    The second grade students sang Christmas carols to the audience on the school’s brand new stage.

    There were also games to play, Santa to talk to and plenty of other holiday activities.

  •  Hebron Middle School band and choir hosted its annual winter concert at North Bullitt High School.

    The school moved the concert to the neighboring North Bullitt gymnasium for more floor space and to accommodate a larger audience.

    Students were directed by band instructor Wendy Davidson and choir instructor Julie McKay.

    See more photos and videos of this event and other Christmas-related activities in the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net

  •  CEDAR GROVE - A pirate theme for a Christmas concert?

    Choir and Orff students from Cedar Grove Elementary hosted a Christmas-themed concert while shaking their pirate booty.

    Students performed songs to a pre-recorded pirate story including their own voices. They also performed on various percussion instruments, including ukuleles.

    The school was recently awarded 40 new ukuleles from Kana, one of the largest ukulele companies in the United States.

    The choir and Orff students were directed by Rebecca Dennis.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE—Sometimes it’s the smallest acts that make the biggest difference.

    Rob Beckett, minister of Shepherdsville First Church of the Nazarene, thought he was doing a small act by building an outdoor pantry. Little did he know, that small act would turn into a countywide project.

    In August, Beckett was on Facebook when a friend shared a post about a free pantry in Arkansas, suggesting that someone should do the same in Shepherdsville.

  •  Once again this Christmas season, Hillview Community Christian Church hosted its Walk through Bethlehem.

    The live nativity included a live camel and donkey, as well as members of the church.

    Several thousand attended this year’s event.

    More photos and a video can be seen at www.pioneernews.net.

    Also, continue to check the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net for photos and videos of various Bullitt County holiday events.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Local Boy Scouts do more service than just helping little old ladies cross the street.

    Troop 8481, Based at First Baptist Church of Shepherdsville, hosted its 6th annual community clothing and toy giveaway in time for the Christmas season.

    During the year scouts collect items for the giveaway, even donating their own toys that they’ve outgrown in hopes that the toys will bring joy to others.

    Along with the clothing and toys, there were youth jackets and footwear available.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - A Bullitt County family has been displaced during the holiday season after a fire destroyed their home.

    Marie Knear and Jim Wimsatt, along with their 8-year-old son, Wesley, lost everything in the fire, including two pets.

    Zoneton Fire units were dispatched to the residence at 1239 Pryor Valley Rd. about 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 15. Chief Rob Orkies said smoke from the fire could already be seen from the Preston Highway station as firefighters responded.

  •  BROOKS - For many educators, a child’s learning can’t begin soon enough.

    At Brooks Elementary, they even prefer the children to be born learning.

    The school received a Born Learning Academy grant provided by Metro United Way and Toyota.

    According to MUW, almost half of the students entering kindergarten are at risk or behind in their educational preparedness. The program was designed, based on research, to help prepare both students and families.

  •  Nashville is no longer just the “capitol of country music.” 

    In 2017, Nashville celebrates 20 years since Opryland USA closed.

    In the last two decades Nashville has positioned itself to rival the entertainment and nightlife found in Vegas and NYC. 

    During 2016 boasted Beyonce’, Adele, The Rolling Stones, and Lady Gaga made major stops.

  •  Bullitt County Farm Bureau was recognized during the 97th Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) annual meeting in Louisville for its outstanding membership and program achievement in 2016.

    The award honors county Farm Bureau offices who meet the company’s profitability requirements and whose insurance policy growth meets or exceeds its annual growth goal.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - At Cedar Grove Elementary, faculty and staff hope to spend Christmas like they're on Christmas Island.