•     HEBRON ESTATES - North Bullitt High School librarian Mary Parker is always looking for an idea to drum up reader interest.
        That’s why she took advantage of a school band concert to promote an author faire.
        Parker invited a list of local authors to participate at the event, held in conjunction with North Bullitt’s annual Christmas concert.

  •     LOUISVILLE - It’s been 18 months since Michaela Walls passed away, but she is still giving special gifts to her family and the community.
        The seven-year-old Shepherdsville resident suffered from Rett Syndrome, a nervous system disorder causing multiple developmental issues.
        Michaela and her family spent a lot of time at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, where the medical team took care of all family and friends.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON – When AJ Faught heard that Kentucky Fried Chicken was returning to Mount Washington and that the restaurant chain was offering a year supply of free chicken to those first in line for the grand opening he was determined to be one of them.

    Faught braved the frigid cold to become the first in line for the KFC Mount Washington grand opening on Tuesday, Dec. 14, arriving around 7:30 a.m. before anyone else.

  •   Students at Roby Elementary used some classic fairy tale characters to bring forth the lessons needed on how to help others.

    Character Matters was the theme of the recent musical presentation for the student body.

    The lessons on character traits is part of the curriculum at the school.

    More photos are available in the multimedia section of  www.pioneernews.net.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - In an effort to get families reading together, a family literacy event was recently held at Crossroads Elementary School for preschool and head start students of Mount Washington, Crossroads and Old Mill Elementary Schools.

        Participants heard stories, made crafts and joined in reading and counting activities. At the end of the program every child was given a new book, courtesy of the Old Mill/Crossroads and Mount Washington Elementary Schools Family Resource Centers.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - It took three months and several tries before the Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission would select a logo that best represented the county’s hospitality, natural beauty and thriving wine and bourbon industries. 

  •      FRANKFORT – State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 5-11, to reduce the spread of illness this holiday season.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - For nearly a quarter of a century the folks at Peoples Bank Mount Washington have helped make Christmas a little brighter for countless local children in need through their annual Pick-A-Tree Star program.
        This year over 300 area elementary and middle school students are expected to receive clothes and toys for Christmas through the community effort.
        And it is truly a community effort.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON -- It’s a harsh truth Marsha Bergmann is all too familiar with.
        Talking with her daughter, Kelly Drescher, who’s in Afghanistan serving as a pilot with the Kentucky Air National Guard 123rd Airlift Wing, Bergmann has heard the stories of soldiers who have yet to receive packages from home and don’t expect anything this holiday season.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Drivers passing underneath the CSX Railroad overpass along Joe B. Hall Avenue will now see more than two stone walls with warning stripes.

        The Visual Artists of Bullitt County (VABC) transformed the overpass walls into two murals with works of art featuring the county.

        The VABC, in partnership with the Bullitt County Arts Council (BCAC), planned the project for three years, receiving approval from CSX.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from several units in Bullitt County will be collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food items on Saturday, Nov. 20.

        Scouts walked neighborhoods and distributed informational flyers in may neighborhoods this past Saturday.

        This coming Saturday, scouts will be visiting homes to pickup food donations.  Residents are asked to place items in a grocery bag, box, or sack on their front porches by 9 a.m.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Growing up in New Hampshire Linny Kenney loved horses.

        “My first words were “go go horse,” Linny said smiling.

        She got her first horse when she was a young child and she began to dream of one day riding across the United States.

        Linny couldn’t say when or how this lofty goal popped in her head, but it stuck with her.

        Two years ago Linny told her mom and step dad that she was going to go through with it.

  •     BOWLING GREEN - The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University is regarded as one of the nation’s premier high school institutions.

        Featured in Newsweek’s list of 16 “Public Elite” American high schools, the Gatton Academy selects 120 gifted Kentucky juniors and seniors to participate in the program each year.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Educational opportunities have come full circle for a mother and daughter thanks to Riverview Alternative Center.

    Erica Bright began classes at Riverview this fall. She plans on graduating within the year.

    Erica first learned of the alternative school through her mother, Shelia Newton Vires, a former Riverview student.

    In fact, Shelia was one of the inaugural members of Riverview’s Teenage Parenting Program (TAPP). She attended while Bright was still a baby.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - When Mount Washington Elementary fifth grader Tony Polichetti was just a year old, doctors found that he had an enlarged spleen.

        After Anthony Polichetti took his son to an oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York for a bone marrow test he received some devastating news.

        He was told that baby Tony had a rare form of blood cancer known as juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia.

  •        SHEPHERDSVILLE - This year’s Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce Dinner was a resounding success with over 200 in attendance.

            Local movers and shakers had the opportunity to network and show their support for the chamber as they gathered in Salt River Hall for the annual dinner held at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

            During the event, two exceptional individuals were recognized for their contributions to the chamber and the county.

  •     BROOKS - School volunteers created a new rain garden at Brooks Elementary.

        A depression area between the school building and parking lot was transformed with the addition of native wildflowers, plants and trees.

        Bernheim Forest helped out with a number of donated native plants and seedlings.

        More plants were donated courtesy of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort. Action Landscaping of Louisville also donated numerous flower beds.

  •     ZONETON - Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control show that Kentucky may need to shed a few pounds.

        In 2009 Kentucky had the fourth highest obesity rate in America with 31.5 percent of Kentuckians overweight, according to the CDC. Only Mississippi, Louisiana  and Tennessee had higher obesity rates.

  •     HILLVIEW - Since she was three months old Danielle Dafler has competed in hundreds of pageants and she has won nearly every title imaginable.

        That is, every title except Miss Kentucky USA.

        The 22-year-old Hillview native is hoping to change that this weekend when she will compete with women from across the commonwealth for the chance to realize her lifelong dream of taking home the coveted Miss Kentucky crown.

  •     LOUISVILLE - The Metro United Way’s Bullitt County Advisory Board has announced a funding opportunity for local 501 c-3 health and human service organizations providing services within Bullitt County. 

        Recognizing the importance of meeting the needs of today while reducing the needs of tomorrow, the Bullitt County Advisory Board selected two priorities and will consider proposals that focus on one or both of the following areas: