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  •  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.

  •  CLERMONT -- Cold weather doesn’t stop Bernheim from celebrating all that nature has to offer in December. 

    With the exception of Christmas Day, Bernheim is open the entire month with events and activities for every age.

    To get in the holiday spirit, join Bernheim on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. –  Noon for Smart Gardens and Landscapes: Holiday Wreath Making with Nature at the Research Center.

    Participants will enjoy decorating for the holidays using objects found in nature to create wreaths, swags, kissing balls and more.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- This year’s group of high school students who are part of the Teen Court program were recently sworn in.

    Bullitt County is one of just 22 Teen Court programs in the entire state of Kentucky.

    This real-life program allows juvenile offenders to have their case heard before a jury of their peers.

    The punishment given by the Teen Court members  is binding.

  •  Many students spend more for college than they should by making some common mistakes when seeking financial aid. 

    Follow these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to make sure you get the help you need.

  •  The Bullitt Central FFA Chapter are teaching kids to get involved.  To start, several students participated in the Kentucky Farm Bureau Outstanding Youth contest. 

    Students spent many hours preparing speeches on various agriculture topics to be given in front of a large audience. 

    We want to recognize from left to right wearing their FFA jacket (Chrissie White, Olivia Lile, Jacqueline Goff, and Courtney Hughes) for taking the time to prepare and represent our Chapter. 

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE—In the spirit of giving, Britney Wimsatt has set out on a mission to provide Thanksgiving dinner to many of the homeless students in Bullitt County.

    After a trip with the Bullitt County Leadership group through the Chamber of Commerce to the Bullitt County Board of Education, Wimsatt learned that the school system had identified 50 homeless children within the first two weeks of school.

  •  FRANKFORT -- Motorists traveling throughout Kentucky can now navigate the highways and by-ways of the Bluegrass with a modernized tool. Goky.ky.gov, an online traffic and roadway information portal, has replaced the traditional 511 travel and weather phone system.

  • The annual Shepherdsville Santa car show was recently held at the city park. Hundreds of classic cars, trucks and motorcycles showed up to help the Shepherdsville Police Department raise money for its annual Christmas giveaway of coats, toys and food. Signups will begin on Nov. 1 for anyone seeking assistance. You must sign up each year, no matter if you received assistance last year. Sign up at the Shepherdsville Police Department inside the city hall from 9-5 during the week. Donations of money and new toys are also accepted.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON—Despite quickly growing numbers, Mount Washington shows time after time how small of a town it really is.
        It didn’t take long after word got out about the shooting of Donut King owner Simon Yeung for the community to step forward and offer help any way that they could.
        By Thursday morning, flowers were at the door and cards of support and sympathy covered the windows.