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  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Don Grace doesn’t play basketball, football, baseball or golf, but he does have a sport - competitive commercial truck driving.

        Since 1999, Grace has competed in four Kentucky Motor Transport Association Truck Driving Championships, giving him the opportunity to exhibit his commercial driving skill.

        Along the way he picked up second- and third-place honors in various categories, but despite his best efforts he never could nab first place.

        That is until this year.

  • Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest recently held its annual BugFest weekend.

    A lot of youngsters got a chance to see bugs up close, as well as some other creatures in nature.

    More photos by Stephen Thomas are available in the photo galleries of www.pioneernews.net.

  • Most Americans will never forget the tragic events that unfolded on Sept. 11, 2001.

    To commemorate 9/11 and give honor to those who lost their lives on that day folks all over the country participated in various events in remembrance.

    As a way of thanking military, police, fire and EMS personnel for their service the Mount Washington Valu Market observed the ninth anniversary of 9/11 by offering them a 10 percent discount on all items in the store.

    “It’s our small way of giving them some recognition,” store manager Dan Kelty said.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Since she was 6 years-old, Old Mill Elementary fourth grader Sydney Cheatham has taken home first and second place from the Kentucky State Fair for the largest sunflower in the field, seed and grain category.

        This year the 9 year-old added one more ribbon to her collection, beating out adults and children alike in the field, seed and grain category, taking home yet another second place title for the roughly 21-inch diameter sunflower she raised in her parents backyard garden.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - The Ironman triathlon is one of the most grueling tests of physical strength and stamina known to man, requiring competitors to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles, back to back to back.

        When Phil Stevens witnessed the first Ford Ironman Louisville race in 2007 he was inspired.

        “It was so exciting,” he said. “In the back of my mind I thought, ‘I want to do that someday.”

  • HEBRON ESTATES - When it comes to teenage drinking issues, sometimes the experts are the teens themselves.

    A panel of students from both North Bullitt and Bullitt Central high schools gathered to host a town hall forum last spring at the North Bullitt library.

    The North Bullitt panel included representatives from the school’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization, including Shelby Adkins, Katie Brannon, Kayla Horton, Amber Palmertree and Natalie Shaner.

  • Bullitt County residents can once again take part in the statewide event offering physical activities for people of all ages scheduled for Sunday, October 10. On that day, from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m., three locations will offer the communities and the county a safe and enjoyable location to share in walking, running, bicycling, walking your pet, line dancing, skating or other forms of exercise.  Opportunities to become involved in classes, programs, and competitions and visit information booths will be offered throughout the day.

  •     Brooks Run is described by the Kentucky Division of Water as a stream with impaired uses due to low water quality.  Each of the five (5) northern Bullitt County Phase II cities is located at least partially within the Brooks Run Watershed.      The main channel passes through Fox Chase and Pioneer Village and primary tributaries flow from or through Hillview, Hunters Hollow and Hebron Estates.

  • LEBANON JUNCTION - Back by popular demand, the Bullitt County Arts Council’s Bullitt County Vocalist of the Year Contest has returned.

    On Saturday, some of the best singers in the county will have the opportunity to show off their vocal talents at this year’s Old Fashion Days Festival.

    This marks the first year the competition finals will be held in Lebanon Junction.

    Arts Council member and vocal coach Judy Nevitt, who organizes the annual event, said she was thrilled to have the 2010 contest finals in Lebanon Junction.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - A priest from a big family will guide a large portion of Bullitt County’s Catholic family into the future.

    The Rev. Brian Kenney will officially become the pastor at St. Aloysius of Shepherdsville and St. Benedict in Lebanon Junction on Labor Day weekend. He will also guide the St. Clare Oratory in Colesburg.

    The youngest of seven children, Kenney was raised in Louisville, attending church and school at St. Barnabas and St. Raphael. He graduated from St. Xavier High School.

  •     The Bullitt County Health Department wants to remind the community the best way to prevent flu is to get a flu vaccination each year. Seasonal flu shots will be available at the following locations:

        Flu shot clinics will be held at the Bullitt County Health Department beginning the week of Tuesday, October 5, 2010.  The hours for flu shot clinics will be Tuesdays from 7:45 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  •     It was a feast for the senses at this year’s Shepherdsfest.

         The annual Christian art and music showcase recently drew hundreds to Cedar Grove Baptist Church.

        Folks of all ages had the opportunity see the handiwork of local artists, listen to live music, participate in arts and crafts and sample mouthwatering fare like barbeque and Kentucky burgoo.

  • LEBANON JUNCTION - Get out your dancing shoes, grab a seat and prepare for a weekend of live music and entertainment at the Old Fashion Days Festival.

    “We expect this year to be bigger and better,” said entertainment organizer Marsha Puckett of the Old Fashion Days Committee.

    “We try each year to bring in new entertainment to keep people coming back.”

  • LEBANON JUNCTION - Put on your aprons and bring your sweet tooth, because the second annual Old Fashion Days Bake Off is this weekend.

    After last year’s inaugural Bake Off proved to be a resounding success, the Old Fashion Days Committee decided to bring it back for an encore.

    “This year we expect a lot of good home cooking from our contestants,” said event organizer and committee member Marsha Puckett.

  • LEBANON JUNCTION - If you love the sweet sound of an old fashion fiddle you won’t want to miss the first-ever Old Time Fiddle Contest at the Old Fashion Days Festival.

    On Saturday, Oct. 2, fiddle players from miles around will descend upon Lebanon Junction to join local talent for the inaugural event.

    Old Fashion Days has never hosted a fiddle contest and organizer Tobee Taylor is hoping for a good turnout of competitors and spectators.

  • PIONEER VILLAGE - It was 200 years ago that a group of seven pioneers gathered to start a Baptist church in a wilderness dotted with rustic log cabins and primitive stone houses in northern Bullitt County.

    Little did they know they were establishing a church that would stand two centuries and become one of the largest congregations in the county.

    As this year marks the bicentennial of Little Flock Ministry Center the church has commemorated the historic milestone with a series of monthly events that began in January.

  •     The Bullitt County Fairgrounds recently played host to the seventh annual Bluegrass 101 festival.

        The event featured a variety of country and bluegrass music from acts such as Cumberland River, Town Mountain, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Driving Rain, Kentucky Wind and of course, Bluegrass 101.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Since 2005 the Bullitt County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program has served the best interests of young people within the county court system.

        CASA volunteers are appointed to every case of abuse or neglect in the court system. Currently 62 CASA volunteers are working with 61 children.

        "We're still not meeting half the need in this county," said CASA director Cindy Prestigiacomo.

  • The Very Important Partner (VIP) Youth Poster Campaign recognizes youth who model a drug-free life. Nominated youths write an essay, go through an interview and vetting process and are chosen for their example of drug-free choices.

    The 2010 VIP youth unveiled their posters at a ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 12, at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

  • Editor’s Note: The following is a story on a seminar held for students during the past school year. It is a perfect way for students to get the year started.

    HEBRON ESTATES - What sparked you to do what you do?

    A panel of adults from all walks of life recently talked with a group of North Bullitt High School students. Part of that discussion was to light a spark in the minds of the juniors and seniors in attendance.