•  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Crossroads Elementary is working to prepare girls with added confidence and a positive self-image before they head to middle school with the Girls on the Run program.

    The program focuses on encouraging girls in grades 3-5 to find their inner strength by providing them with the tools they need to become strong, confident, healthy young women who make good choices, according to counselor Lauren Manion.

    This is the second year Crossroads has hosted it.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- When you think of having a “healthy” community, what comes to mind?

    Is it safety? Or maybe it could be quality of life?

    Does physical and mental well-being describe your definition of health?

    Maybe access, happiness or spiritual health fits that definition?

    Whatever your definition, it will play an important role in the five-year community assessment currently underway through the Bullitt County Health Department.

  •  Summer camps are usually designed with the students’ futures in mind, but one of them offered a fun glimpse into the past.

    A Kentucky History camp was sponsored by the Bullitt County Public Schools Family Resource Centers at Cedar Grove, Lebanon Junction, Mount Washington and Roby Elementary.

    Students participated in field trips during the week-long camp, including the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park, My Old Kentucky Home and the Stephen Foster Story, Locust Grove and the Louisville Water Tower.

  •  Students at Pleasant Grove Elementary ushered in the new year with a parade led by the Mount Washington Fire Department.

    The fourth graders of Pleasant Grove Elementary made sure onlookers knew they were proud of their grade with their banner, their noisemakers, and their “Fourth Grade Rocks!” chant.

    See more photos from Stephanie Jessie in the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net.

  •  FRANKFORT, - Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 35 counties are seeking volunteers to make a difference in the lives of local children in foster care. 

    The boards are in need of volunteers to review cases of children placed in foster care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible.

  •  MOREHEAD - The initial class of Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics arrived Sunday, Aug. 9, on the campus of Morehead State University.

    The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics was designed to meet the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth. 

    A college-level curriculum will allow students to finish high school while also completing up to two years of university coursework.

  •  The Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office will conduct traffic safety checkpoints through Sept. 7.

    During the checkpoints in Bullitt County, officers will be enforcing laws related to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, licensing of motor vehicles and operators, registration and insurance violations, seat belt and child restraint violations and motor vehicle equipment violations.

  •   SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Days before the Kentucky State Fair opens to the public, Shepherdsville residents Nina Bain and Dennis Shaffner were busy at work to display the antique and art competitive exhibits. 

    “Out of all the years, this is the happiest I’ve ever been,” Bain said. “I’m going to retire on a really high note.”

    Bain is the superintendent for the antique exhibit.

  •  The Bullitt County Health Department celebrates National Immunization Month by reminding both adults and children — You “Otter” Immunize! 

    Vaccines are an important step in protecting adults against several serious and sometimes deadly diseases.

    The need for vaccination does not end in childhood. Vaccines are recommended throughout our lives based on age, lifestyle, occupation, locations of travel, medical conditions, and vaccines received in the past. 

  •  Kindergarten students at Roby Elementary got a head start on the school year.

    They gathered at the school before the opening day to meet with teachers, learn their way around the school and participate in various activities.

  •  LOUISVILLE - Kentucky has some of the highest cancer rates in the country. In order to improve those statistics, KentuckyOne Health and the Kentucky Cancer Program and affiliates have teamed up to provide screening opportunities for five different cancers at the Kentucky State Fair, August 20-30, 2015.

  •  The Bullitt County CASA program was contacted by Kosair Charities about starting a Back to School drive to help the youngsters in the program.

    With the assistance of Pat Smith Darnell, director of pupil personnel with the school system, several schools without Family Resource Centers were targeted for assistance.

  •  HILLVIEW - When Lise Richey lost her job at Humana after more than eight years, she realized she needed to up her game in order to get a comparable job.

    “I’ve been able to find jobs, but nothing close to what I was making,” she said.

    After noticing a flyer for the Bullitt County Public Library’s Job Lab when she went to pay her water bill at the Shepherdsville Government Center, she found the game changer she needed.

  •  The world famous Oscar Mayer Weinermobile made a stop in Shepherdsville at the Kroger store on Friday.

    The kids loved posing with the mobile weiner and they also got to enjoy some free Oscar Mayer hot dogs.

    While the meat department wore the condiments, some kids had props for their photos.

  •  Emergency responders throughout the region honored fallen Kentucky State Trooper Sgt. David Gibbs on Friday morning.

    Gibbs died from injuries suffered earlier that morning in a LaRue County auto accident.

    Several of the overpasses on Interstate 65 were adorned with flags flown by the first responders.

    At Highway 44, Shepherdsville Fire Department was joined by Mount Washington Fire, Bullitt County EMS, Shepherdsville Police and the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County 4-H program hosted a Super Star Chef Camp, a program through the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

    The camp promotes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education, or SNAP-Ed Connection, funded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service and maintained at the National Agricultural Library’s Food and Nutrition Information Center in collaboration with the University of Maryland.

  •   MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Many recognize the Lions Club as the Knights of Sight, but the Mount Washington Lions Club has evolved into so much more.

    This year the club documented more than 2,650 service hours and donated more than $20,000 to the community.

    And while this is a great feat, they are still striving to be better.

    Mike Frye, secretary of the club, said it set a special goal this year to be more involved with the schools and community.

    “To give money is often easy, but to give time never is,” he said.

  •   The Seven Wonders, a robotics team from Bullitt County, participated in FIRST LEGO League (FLL) during the 2014-2015 school year. 

    FLL consists of three components: the robot, the project, and vital core values. 

    Participants, ages nine through 14, solve real-world engineering challenges, develop important life skills, and make positive contributions to society. Core values are guidelines that help teams develop cooperation skills. If you would like to know more about FIRST Lego League, please visit their website at www.firstlegoleague.org.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- The beaver population in Mount Washington has caused local homes to suffer.

    Kay Stansberry, who has lived in her house across from the Woodlake subdivision in Mount Washington for six years, has had two trees knocked over by beavers in the past month.

    Her husband first noticed the smaller trees deeper in their land had been chewed on, but didn’t see any harm until a pear tree went down. A few weeks later, a cherry tree closer to the couple’s house was targeted.

  •  The Mount Washington Lions Club presents another check to the Bullitt County Court Appointed Special Advocates program.

    The local club has made a habit to annually support the organization that provides assistance and guidance to children who are in the court system.

    CASA salutes the Mount Washington Lions Club for its continued assistance.