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  •  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.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. began the “Subsidy” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that provides heating assistance to eligible households on November 3rd, 2014.

    The significant cost of energy to heat homes leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills or purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm. Your local Community Action Partnership (CAP) stands ready to help!

  •  FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky State Parks will be open this winter with a busy schedule of outdoor and indoor events.

    These events include wildlife viewing weekends for elk, eagles, sandhill cranes, the Winter Adventure Weekend Jan. 23-25 at Carter Caves State Resort Park, a Family Adventure Weekend at Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Jan. 16-18 and 5K races. There are more than 250 miles of hiking trails at Kentucky State Parks.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The completion of college and career facilities to two high schools has provided more opportunities for students in Bullitt and surrounding counties.

    With Bullitt East and North Bullitt centers now completed, Donna Miller, director of the Bullitt County campus of Jefferson Community and Technical College, said there is even more opportunities for post-secondary education.

    The college has an arrangement with the Bullitt County Public School System to use classroom space in the evening hours at the two facilities.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - One Bullitt County organization wants to make sure veterans are never forgotten.

    The Salt River chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was started about 2 years ago, said Ruth Chowning, vice regent of the chapter.

    “Our major goal and mission is to honor all veterans who have made this county what it is today,” she said.

    The group, which includes about 40 members, recently worked on their first project with Interlink Counseling Services, which helps guide homeless veterans.

  • CEDAR GROVE--It's a process that takes time and patience. But with our busy schedules sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves and give ourselves time to heal.

    But soon there will be a place veterans can visit with their families for free to get away for awhile.

    Started about four years ago, by Troy Yocum, Active Heroes is an organization that seeks to help struggling veterans whether it be with PTSD, suicide or adjusting to civilian life.

  •  HEBRON ESTATES - In an attempt to get at the root causes of domestic violence, it's never too early to learn.

    Some children may experience domestic violence through parents or even from bullies their own age.

    Representatives from The Center for Women and Families teamed with Hebron Middle School to offer a program, "Step In and Speak Up," discussing tell-tale signs and prevention methods.

  • CLERMONT - It's Bernheim Middle School's turn to get bitten by the acting bug.

    Bernheim eighth grade students participated in a field trip to Actors Theatre in Louisville, where they witnessed an early performances of the popular play, "Dracula."

    Prior to the event, Actors Theatre sent out one of their "experts" to educate students on the play, the story, and how the actors and stage crew bring it all to life - or death in some cases.

  • HILLVIEW - The Hillview Recreation Department keeps its wheels spinning when it comes to offering community activities.

    The latest edition to the city shows why the department is on a roll.

    Hillview officially opened its new skate park, located next to the police department outside of the Hillview Government Center.

    An official grand opening and ribbon cutting was hosted by the city and the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce.

  •  For the second time, Shepherdsville Elementary School has been selected to participate in Kentucky’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) implemented through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

    Over 500 students will enjoy a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables as a healthy afternoon snack during the 2014-2015 school year. The program is supported by about $20,000 in grant funds.

  •  LOUISVILLE - The Southwest Campus of Southeast Christian Church will hold its first service on Oct. 26.

    Located at 8301 St. Andrews Church Road off 31W in southwest Louisville, this will be the fourth Southeast campus.

    “As a church we want to connect with our neighbors—to expand our family by coming alongside people where they are—in this case, the southwest area of Louisville.” -Tim Hester, Executive Pastor, Southeast Christian Church.