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  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - America’s spirit shines when everyday people do extraordinary things. This is the spirit that shines in the work of the American Red Cross.

        Every day, the Red Cross and its volunteers work to save lives or rebuild lives that have been shattered by disaster - down the street, across the country and around the world.

  • Police chief Aaron Yates and members of the Hillview City Council helped to raise funds for Operation Santa during the 2010 Hillview City Fair.

    They took pies in the face for a donation to Operation Santa.

    Besides Yates, the participants included Tim Boggs, Kim Whitlock and Harry Cooper.

    Look for more photos in the galleries of www.pioneernews.net.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Seven Counties Services employees feel they are planting seeds in helping their clients’ lives blossom.

    One of the organization’s therapeutic programs involves a greenhouse where clients assist in the growing process.

    The Howard F. Brocco Therapeutic Greenhouse was officially dedicated to the Seven Counties’ president and CEO, who has provided his services since the organization’s inception in 1978.

  •     PIONEER VILLAGE - Sam Hutchins likes to read.

        In fact, he likes to read a lot.

        As a participant in the Maryville Reader program, the second grader has accumulated 146 points.

        And those points represent earning one point for every book the 8-year-old has read.

        Yes, that means he has read 146 books this year.

        “It helps you learn more words,” Hutchins said was one reason he likes to read.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt Lick Middle School hosted its annual Family Literacy Night with special guest George Ella Lyon.

        As keynote speaker, Lyon visited with students throughout the school day and parents during the event.

        Lyon, a Kentucky native, is an artist dealing with poetry, novels, plays, songs and picture books geared toward both children and adults.

        Family Literacy Night included a poetry cafe, with many students showcasing their own pieces.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - When Casey Porter of Mount Washington set out on a hunting trip to eastern Kentucky with her father and brother, she was apprehensive.

    The 11-year-old had never hunted big game, but she made up her mind to do her best and enjoy the experience.

    Not long after the Porters arrived in Perry County in mid-December, Casey harvested an elk weighing between 500 and 600 pounds from about 160 yards away.

    “It was awesome,” Casey said. “When I was successful in taking my cow, I was very happyee my daddy hugged me really hard.”

  •     In its first event, the coalition for recreational and fitness in Bullitt County hosted an observance for the National Women’s Health Day recently.

        As part of the festivities, about 100 women of all ages, and a few men, participated in a walk through the Shepherdsville City Park. The health department sponsored the event.

        A men’s walk will be held in June at the city park.

     

  •     NICHOLS - Kenny Hume passed away while in the process of saving items from the home of his neighbor, Charles Martin, during a house fire.

        Nichols Fire units responded to Martin’s home on Fisher Road around 5:20 a.m., according to Nichols Fire Chief W.D. Coy.

        Martin received first and second-degree burns, according to his brother, Ray. He was transported to University of Louisville Hospital.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - After the past year, Christa Altman is happy she’s able to enjoy a stroll.

        The stroll happens to be scheduled at Slugger Field in Louisville. It’s the Great Strides walk, hosted by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

        On Jan. 12, Altman became the recipient of a lung transplant. The former St. Aloysius school teacher had suffered for years from cystic fibrosis.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Pugpalooza is coming to town.  Pugs are party animals and they love a good time.  No one enjoys food, fun, and hanging out with new friends like a pug and that is what Pugpalooza is all about.

         Pug lovers from all over will be descending upon Paroquet Springs Conference Center in Shepherdsville for their annual event:  PUGPALOOZA!

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The women had their opportunity to get a healthy walk in last month.

        Now, it is time for the men.

        National Men’s Health Week will be observed June 14-20.

        In honor of this national observance, the Bullitt County Coalition for Recreation, Education and Wellness will sponsor a healthy walk in the Shepherdsville Park.

        The walk will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15.

  •     The annual Memorial Day observance by the Vietnam Veterans monument in Highland Memory Gardens in Mount Washington drew another large crowd on a sunny afternoon.

        There were various guest speakers to honor those who have fought in war and those who have lost their lives defending their county.

        The observance by the Vietnam veterans organization is an annual occurrence.

        See more photos by Alex Wimsatt in the galleries of www.pioneernews.net.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials have named the Interstate 65 southbound welcome center in Bullitt County the Commonwealth’s best-maintained rest area of 2009.

         This marks the first time the facility has received the distinction. The Bullitt County welcome center tied with the Scott County welcome center this year for top honors.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Students at Mount Washington Elementary School recently got the chance to hear from one of Kentucky’s most prominent citizens.

        On Thursday afternoon, Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear visited MWES to kick off the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

        The First Lady challenged students to read at least 10 books while they’re out of school for summer break.

  •     Combine the Old Fashion Days’ Spring Fling with the Lebanon Junction Fire and Rescue Department’s cruise and car show and you have a fun-filled weekend.

        On Friday, the LJ Fire will host a car cruise starting at 6 p.m. Registration will be at 5 p.m. at the firehouse. There will be no registration fee but donations will be taken for the WHAS Crusade for Children.

        On Saturday, June 5, there will be a car show all around town from Noon until 4 p.m.

  • Fire departments throughout the county will be out this weekend to raise money for the special needs funded by the Crusade for Children.

    Recent events locally included the annual birthday party for Johnny Sandefur by the Mount Washington Fire Department, where many activities were recently held for Johnny’s 40th birthday.

    And the Zoneton Fire Department held its annual carnival full of fun, rides and games for the community.

    Please give to the cause this weekend.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - As he posed for a picture with his former players, Joe B. Hall turned to the crowd.

        To win with these guys, “maybe I was a better coach than I thought I was,” Hall said referring to his slightly older, slightly grayer and slightly heavier ball players.

        But the joke was one of love...a love that filled the Shepherdsville City Hall on Friday as the former University of Kentucky basketball coach was honored.

  •     BROOKS - Author Judy Blume is famous among many elementary school students throughout the country.

        For one hour Brooks Elementary students had an opportunity to meet her.

        Brooks hosted an online webcam interview with Blume from her home in Key West, Florida.

        Teacher Bill Stangel was able to set up the interview on thanks to a chance email he sent to the author.

  • HEBRON ESTATES - The words were, at times, a bit difficult to understand.

    But the message delivered by Brandon Silveria was crystal clear.

    “You have to take responsibility for the choices you make,” said Brandon Silveria.

    A star athlete who had a rowing scholarship to Boston College awaiting him made a decision close to his California home that would change his life, and the lives of others, forever.

    Instead of rowing, playing football or surfing, Brandon is taking his message to high school students across the country.

  •     CLERMONT - Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest welcomes returning Grandmaster M. O. Serikali, Ph.D., for another 10 week course of Tai Chi Chuan beginning May 27.

        This practice is an ancient Chinese art that strengthens both body and spirit with physical movement and mental concentration, and is one of the many opportunities at Bernheim that expands Bernheim’s mission of connecting people with nature.