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  •  The earliest opening day in Bullitt County Public Schools history has arrived.

    Students experienced a beautiful summer day as they arrived at school on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

    The Pioneer News will visit each BCPS school location during opening week. Continue to check the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net for photos.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - They sat at Bullitt Lick Middle School to learn how to sit better.

    Thirty local girls, age 11-13, participated in two Safe Sitter educational programs, a one-day event designed to share safe and nurturing child care techniques, behavior management skills and responses to emergency situations.

    The program was hosted by Bullitt County Health Department educator Liz McGuire and Bullitt Lick Youth Services Center coordinator Tara Davis.

  •  Officials at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, CA took interest in letters dispatched by students in Roby Elementary School teacher Jacquelyn Clark’s reading council.

    “The kids loved the book The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John R. Ritter and wanted to see if a studio would make it into a movie,” Clark said.

  •  The popularity of an ancient board game is captured in the number of new players.

    “We have, as a group, seen our chess program almost double in size over last year,” said District Chess League Coordinator Dennis Minnis. “18 different schools from Bullitt County participated in the district Chess Championships this year.”

    Minnis has a passion for chess because it involves thinking strategies.

  •  School chess team coaches are learning that once word reaches students they can be part of a chess team, moves are made.

    Rita Taulbee of Lebanon Junction Elementary School distributes flyers in the fall followed by visiting individual classes and asking teachers for input.

  •  FRANKFORT — Kentucky high school students and 2014 graduates should check their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) accounts for accuracy.

    KEES allows students to earn money for college by getting good grades in high school and for qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT. Students eligible for free or reduced lunches may also earn awards for good scores on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. KEES is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

  •  Visiting students, ages 15-18, from around the world including Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand are seeking host families in and around Shepherdsville for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic school year.

    Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year.

  •   Walk on the Wild Side at Indiana Animal Preservation 

    It was a shared Facebook post that led our family to discover one of the best days of our summer vacation. 

    Wildlife In Need (WIN) is located in Clark County, Ind.

    WIN is home to hundreds of indigenous, exotic and endangered animals. The animals are very active and healthy. 

    They appear to be very happy and have an amazing bond with Tim Stark, the owner of WIN. 

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The Bullitt County Arts Council is looking for a place to call their own.

    Beginning next month, the group will start having fundraisers to build an arts center.

    “It’s something we are all pretty excited about,” said Arts Council President Donna Burke.

    She said they are looking at a few pieces of land and have made up a tentative drawing of the building which will include an art gallery/gift shop and meeting/event rooms for the three divisions of the council.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - What better way to promote art’s future in the community than with a junior arts council?

    And what better way to promote that council than to give them a community project to create?

    The Junior Artists of Bullitt County gathered at a summer camp to begin work on a sculpting project that will be displayed at the Shepherdsville City Park.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - With less than two weeks to go before the filing deadline, there are few candidates who have jumped into the various non-partisan races.

    And no one has filed for the two school board seats which will be contested.

    The filing deadline is at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12, in the Bullitt County Clerk’s office.

    The general election is on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

    In the race for Mount Washington, incumbent Joetta Calhoun will not run for re-election.

  •  Kindergarten students in Rita Taulbee’s class at Lebanon Junction Elementary School started two outdoor gardens during 2013-2014 school year.

    “They have a salad garden which contains tomatoes, lettuce, chard, carrots, onions, and radishes…everything you would find in a salad,” Taulbee explained.

    With assistance from the Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service, students used unique ways to get seeds to germinate before transplanting them.

  •  HILLVIEW - They both enjoy knocking them down and getting the most pins.

    One of them is a wrestler, the other a bowler.

    The Eric Dezarn team, senior and junior, make for a powerful twosome, one that will compete against other parents and children at the International Family Tournament presented by the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America (BPAA).

    Eric S., the son, will attend seventh grade at Zoneton Middle School. However, he is already a member of the North Bullitt bowling team.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON--It was a special day for Thomas Gordon Jr.

    He was able to honor his grandpa, Bill Cecil, by reading his winning essay at the recent meeting for the Bullitt County Retired Teachers Association.

    Thomas, who just completed fifth grade at Crossroads Elementary, said he admired his grandfather because “he’s honest, works hard and is loving.”

    He spoke about all of the activities he enjoyed doing with Cecil such as playing on the computer, riding his bike and fishing.

  • Photographer Mary Barczak spent some time at the Mount Washington public pool recently as temperatures soared into the 90s.

  •  MOUNT  WASHINGTON - Preservation is very important to the Visual Artists of Bullitt County. 

    In fact, it’s one of the biggest reasons they continue to hold their annual all member art show each year.

    Shepherdsville artist Gail Bagwell said she will continue to encourage young artists to come to the county.

    “If young people don’t see any artists then they aren’t going to become one themselves,” she said.

  •  SeaWorld Orlando is the perfect place for families who want to have a “magical vacation” without busting the bank.

    Our family decided on a last minute vacation to SeaWorld Orlando, and we were very pleasantly surprised that it topped any other theme park experience we have had in Orlando. SeaWorld has the perfect mix of shows, rides and animal encounters.

  •  Three Bullitt Central seniors were awarded the Children in Flight Justin Brandon Mahaffey scholarships. 

    Casey Sanders received the $3,000 Gold Scholarship. She plans to attend Bellarmine University and major in accounting. Her parents are Billy and Terri Sanders.

    Joseph Combest was selected to receive the $1,000 Silver Scholarship. He will attend Campbellsville University and major in accounting. His parents are Bob and Liz Combest.

  •  FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) announced an online version of the Graduated Driver License course for teaching safe driving techniques to beginning drivers.

    The online program represents a fourth option for completing the course, which is required before a learner’s permit can be replaced with an unrestricted driver’s license.

    Until now, three options were available:

  •  Winning every chess match she played this season was a memorable accomplishment for Pleasant Grove Elementary School fourth grade student Molly Phelps.

    “It’s pretty neat,” said the 10 year-old daughter of Joe and Jessica Phelps. “I play the very best I know how in every match.”

    Her fastest match was 11 minutes and her longest was nearly an hour with 53 total moves. Her King was checked a few times but never taken in checkmate.