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  •  HILLVIEW - Jane Jones worked her entire life.

    She even worked more than one job at a time.

    But, due to a change in her employer’s benefit package, Jones suddenly found herself without insurance.

    Due to her high blood pressure and diabetes, securing her own insurance policy was either impossible or the premiums were too high to afford.

    She fell and tore her rotator cuff. But for over 13 months, the best Jones could do would be to have her arm in a sling.

    That was before Surgery on Sunday.

  •  AARP presented their required annual “State of the Chapter” meeting a little differently this year.

    Between folk-song classics and spontaneous dance numbers, the officers summed up their past year:

    In January, the group moved their monthly meetings from to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church after outgrowing the Ralph Lutes Senior Center, their previous home of over 20 years.

    During tax season, the members donated lunches to the Tax Aide Volunteers, something they plan to do again this season.

  •  Bullitt County got hit be a dose of snow on Wednesday and a little bigger slash on Friday.

    Schools were closed the final three days of the week and the closing date is now May 31. 

    No major issues, other than trying to negotiate the deeper snows of 3-8 inches on Friday were reported.

    For more pictures from the snowy weekend, visit our multimedia section.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - It’s not exactly the miracle of turning water into wine, but Family Day Ministries hopes it helps and makes an impact.

    The church located in Shepherdsville is collecting cases of bottled water for distribution in Flint, Mich., where a drinking water crisis is impacting life for 100,000 residents.

    FDM co-founders Mike and Melissa Miller decided to organize a donation trip, allowing Bullitt County residents an opportunity to assist Flint residents first-hand with clean drinking water donations.

  •  HILLVIEW - Smiles at five local elementary schools will be brighter this holiday season thanks to the Smile Kentucky! Program.

    Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students from Crossroads, Freedom, Maryville, Nichols and Roby Elementary received free dental screenings courtesy of the program.

    The Bullitt County students in need of further dental assistance received a free trip to one of two locations. Crossroads, Freedom and Maryville students visit Generations Family Dentistry in Hillview, hosted by owner Dr. Darren Greenwell.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -“If you give some of your own food to those who are hungry and to satisfy those who are humble, then your light will rise in the dark.”

    The above Bible verse from the Book of Isaiah holds true for the volunteers at the Two Fish Ministries and the Full Gospel Christian Center, where over 40,000 free meals have been provided to the community over the past eight years.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - If anyone could deliver the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh at Christmastime, it could be a bank.

    First Harrison Bank made a different kind of Christmas gift in horn of the season, donating 500 pounds of frozen turkeys to the Helping Out People Everywhere (HOPE) in Bullitt County organization.

    Founded earlier in the year, HOPE was organized to assist area residents and homeless citizens in dire straits. The group offers food and meals, clothing and various life supplies. 

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Lick Middle School sixth graders have a reason to smile thanks to a little help from their friends in the Making Smiles Happen Oral Health Surveillance Initiative.

    Making Smiles Happen, co-sponsored by Delta Dental, Kentucky Youth Advocates and the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, is a statewide project hoping to collect vital dental data to better understand and improve health.

  •  An opportunity for parents/guardians to engage with the Bullitt County community begins Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. with the first Bullitt Central High School Town Hall meeting in the auditorium.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Hillview resident Gwinn Taylor was at rock bottom.

    “I had lost my kids to CPS,” she said. “I pled guilty to neglect charges, which I had earned. I was an IV heroin user. I was on the street selling my body. I needed help.”

    After arriving at the county clerk’s office “high as a kite,” she was put in front of Circuit Judge Elise Spainhour.

    Spainhour introduced Taylor to the Families Moving Beyond Abuse (FMBA) program.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- For the past 18 years, kids have dreamed about going to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. They grew up wondering how butterbeer tastes, what it’d be like to travel through fireplaces and whether they’d be in Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin houses. 

    For the past three years, Bullitt East High has brought the magic of the Houses program to the school.

  • Throughout January 2016, administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members of the Bullitt County public school district are publicly thanking the system’s elected board of education members during Kentucky’s observation of School Board Recognition Month.

  •  The Fox Chase City Council decided to help the city of Hillview play Santa Claus this holiday season.

    The council approved a request by mayor Owen Taylor to present a $200 check to the Hillview Recreation Department toward its annual Operation Santa program.

    Terry Bohannon, recreation director and Operation Santa coordinator, was in attendance at the Fox Chase December meeting to receive the check.

    “Pound for pound, (Bohannon) does more to help people than anyone in Bullitt County,” Taylor said.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Each year the giving performed by Troop/Pack 8481 is a Scouts’ honor.

    Members of Boy Scout Troop/Pack 8481 hosted their fifth annual Clothing and Toy Giveaway at First Baptist Church Shepherdsville. Each year the group finds families in need, inviting them to the church for gifts.

    Each participating family received two bags of clothing, a box of toys, a children’s jacket and a large gift item. Adults are allowed all the clothing, books and miscellaneous items they can carry.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- There is never a dull moment in Bullitt County.

    Looking back on 2015 had so many events that we have divided the year in half.

    There are no such things as the top stories of the year. There will be no ranking. Instead, we will relive some of the moments of 2015 with today’s collectionrunning from January through June.

    Southeast Bullitt Fire Department closed out 2014 as a hot topic of discussion. And it took just the second day of the new year to throw gasoline onto an already simmering fire.

  • Amazon Fulfillment Centers in Shepherdsville donated hundreds of toys and new bikes to the Bullitt County Toys for Tots program.

    The local facility has over 2,000  full-time employees, as well as seasonal workers during the holiday period.

  •  A long-standing tradition at Hillview Community Christian Church is the Walk to Bethlehem live nativity.

    Great weather brought thousands to the special observance of the Christmas season.

    See more photos from the live nativity, as well as photos and videos from many other Bullitt County Christmas events, in the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net.

  •  Police officers throughout Bullitt County are sworn to serve and protect, and at Christmas they serve as much as anyone.

    Among the programs that assist area families and youth in need of further assistance, the Bullitt County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 42 help out with their annual “Shop with a Cop” program.

    This year five children from two selected families searched the aisles of the Shepherdsville Wal-Mart for clothes, shoes and a few nice toys.

  •  FRANKFORT -- If you drive impaired in Jefferson County and surrounding counties -- beware.

    The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Brown-Forman joined other Louisville Highway Safety Committee team members from highway safety and health-related agencies to kick off the holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign recently at Fourth Street Live in Louisville.

  •  Cedar Grove Baptist Church again sponsored its Road to Bethlehem.

    The drive-thru experience led visitors to the Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus and the trials he faced from the non-believers.

    For travelers, if you didn’t have a few sheckles, Caesars’ men were not going to let you proceed. All complied.

    Perfect weather led to long lines of visitors to this second annual event.

    See more photos from the Road to Bethlehem, as well as other area holiday events, in the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net.