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  •             October was the unveiling of the state-of-the-art new visitor experience at Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont.

                The multi-million facility is the focal point of visitors at the family distillery.

                The opening of the American Stillhouse was also the beginning of tours of the distillery in operation.

  •             Over the past year, some facilities were built and others were renamed.           

                Bullitt County opened its newest library in April as the Hillview branch library was unveiled.

                The facility is located behind the Dorothea Stottman Library off Hillview Boulevard.

  •     Victor Coy of Shepherdsville received an unusual Christmas gift this season.

        Coy grew a bumper crop of turnips at the old Allen Coy Farm along Mt. Elmira Road.

        The largest turnip weighed in at an incredible nine pounds. Coy also found turnips at right, five and four pounds.

        “We had that bad dry spell, so I watered them down really well,” Coy said. Then the rain took over.”

  •  Cedar Grove Elementary kindergarten students recently got to spend some time making gingerbread houses with their families and volunteers.

    Cousins Daniel Maraman and Caleb Bleemel worked across the table from one another on their gingerbread houses.

    Erin Brown and Noah Melcher work on a gingerbread house.

    See more photos by Alex Wimsatt at www.pioneernews.net.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - When Scott Ellis was first campaigning in his run for mayor, he talked with his wife about wanting to do something to help families during the holiday season.

  •  The annual live nativity scene was part of the Walk to Bethlehem at Hillview Community Christian Church.

    Large crowds came out on Saturday and Sunday to see the live scenes re-enacted.

    King Herod was an added part of this year’s presentation during the Christmas season.

    The Walk to Bethlehem is presented the first weekend in December each year by members of the congregation.

    See Christmas videos and photos in the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON - Pleasant Grove Elementary students recently partnered with Kentucky State Police to feed dozens of Bullitt County families this holiday season. 

  •  Santa Claus and local fire departments have a very close bond. Many fire departments, such as Zoneton and Shepherdsville, will take Santa Claus around the neighborhoods atop their trucks.

    This year, Santa decided to go inside those two firehouses to visit with the  little ones, as well as to enjoy a little breakfast.

    In Shepherdsville, Santa was set up in front of a fire truck.

    While at Zoneton, he sat up his shop in front of a bunch of decorated packages.

  •  PIONEER VILLAGE - The Little Flock Quilting Guild are spreading the warmth of the holiday season.

  •  The Bullitt Central High School Class of 1972 held its 40-year Class Reunion Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Whenever Santa Claus needs assistance, he can always turn to the Cub Scouts.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON - Some might call it inspirational, others might call it odd. 

    Whatever you call it, most will agree it's worth a double take.

    In the 32 years Bob and Sharon Brumett have resided on Bethel Church Road, the nativity scene in their front yard has stopped more than a few passersby during the Christmas season.

    "We've had lots of people stop to see it," said Sharon Brumett. "Some people told us they drive by our house every year around Christmas just to see it."

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON - Mount Washington’s Mountain City Cruisers Car Club is making Christmas a little brighter for families in need this holiday season. 

  •  The Bullitt County Farm Bureau received the 2012 Gold Star Award of Excellence for its Young Farm Program.

    Erica Robards, Young Farmer chair for Bullitt County Farm Bureau, was joined by Bullitt County president George Henderman in accepting the honor for its active participation in leadership development programs, state competitions and educational or promotional incentives.

    The Bullitt County Farm Bureau also received the 2012 Gold Star Award of Excellence for its women’s program.

  •  Students at Zoneton Middle School have been raising funds for a variety of local agencies.

    Recently, the American Red Cross and the Susan G. Komen Foundation both were part of an assembly program, which also included a check presentation for the movement of the Bowman Valley schoolhouse.

    Over $600 in checks were presented. The money was raised by students during various activities during the school year.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON - As robotics engineering has become increasingly popular among middle and high school students nationwide, Mount Washington finds itself playing host to one of the biggest robotics tournaments in Kentucky. 

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - How much of a difference can a five-year-old make in Bullitt County?

  •  It was a musical night for the students at Roby Elementary.

    The various classes served as the opening act for Santa Claus, who was there on Friday evening to greet the youngsters of all ages.

    Before Saint Nick began talking with the kids, students at Roby provided music of the holiday season. The audience was even encouraged to sing along during some of the holiday favorites.

    After the music, Santa got the gift ideas and crafts were done in the cafeteria. Vendors sold various holiday gifts items.

  •  Kaysen, the eight-month-old son of Kim and Larry Brown, visited with Santa for the first time.

    Kaysen was the first in line to visit with Santa, who made a stop on Thursday at Shepherdsville Elementary School as part of a special evening of games, crafts and food.

    See more photos later this week from the Cookies With Santa event on-line at www.pioneernews.net.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Public Library System is hosting a new kind of petting zoo.

    The E-Reader Petting Zoo doesn't involve animals; it is an opportunity for a hands-on technology experience involving newer products.

    The library system adopted the idea as a way to allow the public an experience of deciding which "E-Reader" technologies they might prefer to use for reading and other electronic purposes.