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  •   Kentucky residents have another chance to win a new iPad from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) in a sweepstakes being held through Facebook in February.

    The contest runs from 12 a.m. on Feb. 1 through 12 a.m. on March 1.

    To enter, a Kentuckian must visit the KHEAA Facebook page, click on the “Giveaway” tab on the left side of the KHEAA Facebook page and answer one question about college.

  •  It is the time of year, HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS, to get scholarship applications to fill out for college opportunities.

    Bullitt County Farm Bureau gives 4 $2,000 scholarships.  The requirements are  

    *Have either a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale or a minimum score of 19 on the ACT

    *be the child of a Bullitt County Farm Bureau member and remain such while the scholarship is in force

    *finish high school within the year they apply for the scholarship.

  •     The Shepherdsville Lions Club has been serving our community since 1945.  That’s a seventy-two-year tradition of civic volunteerism.  Unfortunately, like many public service organizations in this day, the Shepherdsville Lions Club is now struggling to survive.  After 72 years, the club needs your help, your active membership, if it is to continue.

  •  CLERMONT – Bernheim Middle School is hosting a reformation of sorts for its students.

    The BMS Renaissance Rally is a school-wide celebration focusing on student success.

    “It is all about the culture and climate of our school and getting our students excited about being successful at school,” said BMS Youth Services Center coordinator Tara Davis.

    The event is similar to a school pep rally but with the emphasis on recognizing academic achievements and good character.

  •  Through grant funds the CASA Program for Bullitt County has hired two additional staff members to work as Volunteers Coordinators. 

    We welcome Laurie Dye and Victoria (Tori) Wildt, who will be working to assist in serving additional abused and neglected children in the court system, who are without an advocate.  

    There are approximately 500 children in the Bullitt County Family Court System due to abuse and neglect.  CASA is currently serving on cases involving 140 of these children. 

  •  Shepherdsville mayor Curtis Hockenbury handed out awards to the winners for best floats in this year’s Shepherdsville Christmas Parade.

    Pastor Ron Lasley accepted for Beech Grove Baptist Church for having the best float among the churches.

    Jimmy Lawson and Hardy-Close Funeral Home accepted the honor for the best small business.

    Vicki Downing accepted for Paroquet Springs Conference Centre, which won the best float for the larger business division.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — For the fifth year in a row, Crossroads Elementary hosted the Bullitt County Chess Championships.

    The unrated competition was open to grades kindergarten through 12 and all but three schools in the district were represented by approximately 110 total students.

    Mount Washington Elementary student Connor Edmonson won the K-1 and K-3 title. According to Bullitt County Public Schools Chess Director Dennis Minnis, he is the first kindergartner to ever win the BCPS K-3 individual title.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON—In the land of milk and honey, there are students who go home with a little something extra in their backpacks on Friday: food for the weekend.

    The Blessings in a Backpack program works to provide breakfast and lunch for the weekend to students whose families need a little more help in the grocery department.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE—A big move will bring big advances for local pregnant women. For four and a half years, A New Hope Pregnancy Center has worked diligently out of a formerly foreclosed house to bring pregnancy resources to those who asked for it. This spring, the organization will move to a spot in the Cedar Grove Center off Cedar Grove Road in Shepherdsville.

  •  The district annual Red Ribbon/Safe Schools awards ceremony recognized dozens of students who drew posters, wrote essays or created videos depicting their stance against harmful substances, peer pressure and bullying.

    Here is a complete list of school level winners and categories. Each youth earned a Certificate of Recognition.

  •  A mannequin is being used in high school Early Lifespan Development (ELD) courses as a teaching tool to demonstrate the devastating effects of shaken baby syndrome, or abusive head trauma.

    The $950 Real Care Shaken Baby Simulator Program with doll and curriculum was funded by the Bullitt County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education. The doll is equipped with sensors that signal when trauma is inflicted.

    North Bullitt High School teacher April Roberts wrote the proposal and has used the simulator in her class.

  •  The Bullitt County Woman’s Club, which is the oldest civic club in the county, recently made donations to two local organizations.

    Tammy Ott accepted a check for $1,437.50 for the renovation of Bowman’s Valley School. This doubles the club’s organization of the previous year.

    The club presented CASA of Bullitt County a check for $879.50. These funds were proceeds from the annual bake/talent auction held by the organization.

    Both organizations are very grateful for the continued support from the Woman’s Club.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE — While most college students are planning spring break trips or knee-deep in textbooks, Shepherdsville native Callie Wells has taken a slightly different route.

    With the help of the Kentucky Humane Society, Wells founded Callie’s Cats last July, an organization dedicated to rescuing cats and kittens from kill shelters and the wild, nurturing them to health and provided necessary care until a forever home is found.

  •  HILLVIEW - It’s one thing to donate to 400 families at Christmas. It’s another thing to prepare the donations.

    Hillview’s Operation Santa assisted 400 area families with food boxes, toys and coats this season.

    The Hillview Recreation Department received some assistance in preparing the food boxes for distribution.

    Volunteers included the North Bullitt High School baseball team and members of Corbin’s Karate Academy.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — The students at Mount Washington Middle received a little extra Christmas magic this year.

    With the help of the staff and the community, each of the 470 students in attendance on the last day before winter break was given a gift during a school-wide assembly.

    The school first participated in the event two years ago but wasn’t able 

    The Principal’s Table, a group of students from each homeroom that meets with principal Dr. Denise Allen each month, brought up doing it again.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Over the course of the past six years, Journey Christian Church has taken its entire Sunday offering on a particular week.

    That money has been called Give Sunday.

    Since its inception, the church members have contributed over $30,000, which has been given to local non-profit organizations.

  •  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.