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  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - A successful fundraiser will help Bullitt County’s young farmers harvest educational opportunities.

        Numerous activities such as fundraisers have earned the Bullitt County Young Farmers two consecutive state awards.

        The Young Farmers, a division of Bullitt County Farm Bureau, recently earned a second consecutive Gold Star Award for Excellence.

  • Various Easter week observances were held in Bullitt County.

    First Baptist Church of Shepherdsville again hosted its daily service and lunch during Holy Week. The St. Aloysius choir sang during one of the services.

    The Walk of the Cross through downtown Shepherdsville was held on Good Friday. The walk started at the Full Gospel Christian Center near the detention center and ended at the Melton’ food Mart on Highway 44. One of the stops included a prayer in front of the Bullitt County Courthouse.

  • Snows in late January caused the annual Catholic Schools Week celebration at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Academy to the postponed.

    However, the eighth-grade students would not escape the volleyball skills of the staff.

    Once again this year, the staff taught the students a lesson in volleyball skills with a hard-fought victory.

    This is an annual event which concludes a week of activities to highlight educational opportunities at Catholic schools.

  • The Bullitt County Public Schools TeenAgeParenting Program recently received a generous donation from a local company, JOM Pharmaceuticals.

    JOM is a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson. The donation included many items that the moms and moms-to-be can use for baby care.

    Barbara Plenge, director of TAPP, accepted the donation with gratitude. A goodie bag of care items was put together for each of the students.

  • Throughout Bullitt County, the young and old, two-legged and four-legged were enjoying the Easter holiday.

    Seniors visited the Alternative Adult Day Care Center in Hillview to enjoy some Easter games.

    The HOPE for Pets hosted its second Easter Egg hunt for dogs. A large turnout came out on Friday to pariticpate in the annual event.

    The Cedar Grove Pre-school program held an Easter Egg Hunt on Friday. The youngsters hunted a little and then compared their take with someone else’s.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - Shortly after Darrell Vincent graduated with bachelor’s degrees in physics and electrical engineering in 1992, he had a career at a major corporation and a bright future ahead of him.

    But after a while he became dissatisfied with his job and wondered what else was out there.

    “I just wasn’t happy with what I was doing,” Vincent said.

    He enjoyed science and wanted to coach high school sports, so he considered becoming a teacher. And so he did.

  • Youngsters in Hillview participated in the annual Easter Egg hunt.

    Things don’t take too long, even when over 6,000 eggs are at stake.

    Youngsters from all age groups quickly found the eggs hidden outside the community center.

    See more photos by Stephen Thomas in the galleries of www.pioneernews.net.

  • PIONEER VILLAGE - Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Dana Bischoff recently visited Jennifer Cornell’s AM and PM class at Maryville Elementary School.

    Bischoff’s desire is to work with elementary-aged children to help with crime prevention.

    Bischoff, who is also a college instructor, stated, “My heart is in education, I believe it truly helps generate productive citizens.”

  •     The second annual Tour de Hillview will be held on Saturday, April 24, at 4:30 p.m.

        Over 300 participants are anticipated for this event, which will include live music, catered delights by Calistoga Restaurant.

        There will be safety tips offered.

        The bike ride will be through the streets of Hillview.

        Everyone is invited to participate. For more information, call 957-5280.

  •     The freedom of a mobile agricultural classroom allowed Freedom Elementary students an extra educational opportunity.

        The Mobile Science Activity Center (MSAC), sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, recently visited Freedom.

        MSAC program coordinator Jason Hodge visits hundreds of schools throughout the state offering programs that implement farm safety and preservation along with agricultural education.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - It was a sad day for many of those who bid farewell to what has been a Shepherdsville institution for over 30 years.

    On Sunday, Feb. 28 the Kitchen Family Restaurant in Shepherdsville closed its doors for the last time, ending a chapter of local history.

    “There was no desire to close,” said owner Scott Cundiff. “It just so happened that all the planets lined up and this is where we‘re at.”

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- By 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, more that 1,100 Boy Scouts had gathered at Bullitt Lick Middle School to attend a Merit Badge University program.  Following a brief orientation session, scouts were soon seated in classrooms working on merit badges ranging from American Heritage to Woodworking with some 70 other options in between.

  •     His students call him a friend and say he’s the best teacher they’ve ever had, his boss says he‘s one of the best teachers she knows, and Bullitt County Public Schools calls him Teacher of the Year.

        In the four years Josh Meredith has been teaching math at Mount Washington Middle School he’s managed to garner admiration and respect from students and colleagues alike for his effective teaching style and close relationship with his students.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - While Haiti continues to recover, youngsters from Bullitt County continue their efforts to collect items for earthquake relief.

        Cedar Grove Elementary hosted Coins for Haiti, a friendly competition between students from Kindergarten through second grade versus third through fifth grade students.

        The winning team, Kindergarten through second, earned a hat day at school. Each student wore any type of hat they preferred during the school day.

  • BROOKS - A school fundraiser lifted higher than organizers imagined.

    Brooks Elementary participated in the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser for the first time since the 2002-03 school year.

    Physical Education instructor Todd Crumbacker said the school raised $1,201 in the past event. He set a goal for 2010 students at $1,500.

    By the end of the fundraiser, Brooks collected a grand total of $2,040.88.

    First grader J.T. Ashbaugh took top donation honors, bringing in $136. Brothers Cameron (first grade) and Austin (fifth) Cox each contributed $133.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - When one of her students was having trouble grasping certain concepts, Old Mill Elementary School special education teacher Julie Skeens took the boy’s love for NASCAR and turned it into a learning tool.

        She incorporated NASCAR into everything she taught him, from mathematics to reading. Her method may have been considered unusual by many, but it worked.

        When information was presented in the right context,  he began to understand.

  • FRANKFORT - Bullitt County will once again have a moment of positive statewide recognition on April 10, 2010, when David Strange will be the guest speaker at the Kentucky Historical Society meeting in Frankfort.

    The subject will be “Bullitt County Salt Making in the 1800’s and the Importance of Kentucky’s Salt Making Industry”.

    The Family History Workshop presentation “Researching in Kentucky Ancestors Magazine” begins at 10:30, followed by the “Kentucky’s Salt Industry” presentation.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON – Only a hand full of Kentucky’s institutions of learning can call themselves Schools to Watch and they’re part of a select group of nationally recognized institutions all over the country.

        Four schools were named Kentucky Schools to Watch for 2010, and one of the them is in Bullitt County.

  •     The Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce hosted its eighth annual KidsFest celebration at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre on Saturday.

        Over 100 exhibitors were present to greet the largest crowd in the event’s history. Over 4,000 people attended the event.

        From watching a magic show to meeting up with Clifford the Dog, the young and old alike had plenty of activities to do and see on Saturday.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Roby Elementary fourth graders took a tour of the United States via PowerPoint.

        Their teacher, Tori Unser, created a class project tying in the slideshow technology with educational core content areas.

        Students created PowerPoint presentations with a minimum of 12 slides to discuss their individual state. They also prepared a one-page report on the state.