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  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - The people of Schmid Funeral Home realize how difficult it can be to lose a loved one. With that in mind they’ve created an opportunity for widows and widowers to share each other’s company and support.

    Sixteen people recently gathered at Kettle Creek restaurant for the kickoff of Friends Helping Friends.

    One of them was state Rep. Linda Belcher.

  • Bus drivers from school districts throughout the state recently gathered in Bullitt County to participate in statewide bus rodeo driving competition.

    The drivers enjoyed a night of driving the go-carts at Kart Kountry on a Thursday and then competed on Friday behind the bus garage next to Roby Elementary School.

       

    Some of the contests included driving along the cones and seeing how close the bus could come to the stop line.

  •     PIONEER VILLAGE - She made it for 13 days and nights in a Brazilian jungle, but an hour with preschoolers is a different challenge altogether.

        The Maryville Head Start classroom received a special visit from Sandy “Momma K” Burgin, a Louisville bus driver who recently appeared on the CBS reality television show, “Survivor: Tocantins.”

  •     In June 2006, Jeremiah Hencke graduated from Bullitt Central High School and while in the JROTC Corps of Cadets earned a four-year U.S. Army ROTC scholarship to attend the University of Richmond.

        As a cadet leader in the ROTC program at Richmond, Jeremiah earned the prestigious General George C. Marshall Leadership Award and graduated from the U.S. Airborne School.

  •     Maryville Elementary recently held its Summer Send Off reading night on May 26.

        It was for all students in grades K-5. All students and their families were invited to attend a reading event which gave students and their families time to read together and participate in fun, educational learning centers based on literature.    

        Every child received a free book donated by Kohl’s.

  •     ZONETON - Hard work and determination follow the graduates, who come by personal choice to the GED program hoping to acquire a degree on their own terms.

        The 2010 class included a scenario unique to the program: A married couple walked the aisle together.

        Darlene and Richard Huff joined 32 other graduates on stage during the ceremonies at the Bullitt Central auditorium.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Public School’s TeenAge Parenting Program officially thanked JOM Pharmaceuticals and Steve Plenge on Friday, May 21, for their volunteer hours and contributions to revamping the Wee Care Child Development Center’s play yard.

        An indoor “picnic” was held at Riverview High School to celebrate the completion of the project.

        After many months of planning, the play yard reconstruction began in September, 2009.

  •     HILLVIEW - Before shutting the doors on 40 years of history, past and present educators, students and parents took one last evening to let their minds think back.

        While a new school building looms, there was plenty of memories to share during a recent gathering.

        The new state-of-the-art elementary on Brooks Hill Rd. is scheduled to open for the 2010-11 school year. The current location on East Blue Lick Road will close at the end of the current school year.

  •     HEBRON ESTATES - Every year they continue to gather together.

        Many faces are familiar, some are new, but all come together for the same purpose.

        They are all cancer survivors. They all continue to celebrate their lives.

        The 2010 Bullitt County Relay for Life was another success, thanks in part to good weather, community efforts and survivors celebrating their lives.

        Here are a few of the many survivor stories...

    Dot Connelly

  •     LEBANON JUNCTION - It was late summer, 1864 near the end of the Civil War.

        The Union army had pushed the Confederacy to Georgia and General William Sherman was set on capturing Atlanta. With cavalry and artillery, Sherman assaulted the city, but to no avail.

        Failing to secure Atlanta, he set his sights on the Macon and Western Railroad, which Confederate troops in northern Georgia had heavily depended upon for supplies.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - For a beauty pageant veteran like seven-year-old Chloe Billings, bright lights and cameras seemed like a logical next step in her quest for childhood pageant fame.

    The Mount Washington Elementary School student is familiar with makeup sessions, dress fittings and on-stage appearances.

  •     NICHOLS - During the past year the Nichols Elementary School building underwent substantial physical improvements.

        A special ceremony hosted by the school became a personal upgrade for the entire Nichols community.

        More than 500 visitors attended the Nichols School’s 50th anniversary celebration, sharing memories, yearbook photos and smiles.

        Nichols students participated in the event by roaming the school hallways with cameras and clipboards to interview guests.

  • HILLVIEW - Overdale Elementary students will soon benefit from a newly established outdoor classroom.

    The school was the 2009 recipient of the $5,000 Science Teaching Excellence grant provided by Amgen, a biotechnology company.

    Fifth grade instructor Brian DiEnno acquired the grant. He said the school would wait until the new Overdale facility was completed before implementing grant funding toward the classroom.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - Pleasant Grove Elementary students are raising school funds while acting environmentally responsible.

    Students earned over $400 by recycling empty Capri Sun drink pouches and returning them to TerraCycle, an eco-friendly company that produces over 50 recyclable products.

    Pleasant Grove PTO president Christy Crosley came up with the idea, seeing the TerraCycle information on the back of a Capri Sun box. The school would receive two cents for each returned pouch.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - What did you do on Spring Break?

        For 13-year-old Kaitlyn Yates, the answer to that question was extraordinary: She saved her younger siblings from a burglar and assisted in his apprehension.

        Because of her successful efforts, Kaitlyn was honored by Bullitt County EMS officials and the County Judge’s office.

        The event occurred on the morning of April 9, the Friday of Spring Break, when Mark Dages, 48, of Mount Washington allegedly broke into Kaitlyn’s home.

  •     NICHOLS - Nichols Elementary is located 12 miles west of the nearest library. Local residents have to travel over the Highway 44 hill to access library materials.

        Thanks to grant funding and efforts by the Bullitt County Library Board, folks in the Nichols area may now save the effort thanks to the new Nichols Easy Access Library.

        It’s not a building; A large box, similar to a mailbox in an apartment complex, is located on Nichols Elementary’s front porch.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - The fiscal court meetings are over.

    The concerns over who is running what for the county parks program are done.

    It’s time to have a little family fun.

    On Friday, the YMCA of Bullitt County will kick off what it hopes is a very family-friendly summer of fun by the pool. Make that three pools.

    A grand reopening beach party will be held on Friday at the Bullitt Central pool. After being closed last summer, the YMCA is now managing that pool, as well as the facilities behind Maryville Elementary and beside Mount Washington Middle.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County farmers left their green thumbprints on an international educational opportunity.

        The Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service played host to a group of European representatives traveling throughout the United States as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) sponsored by the US State Department.

        Five individuals from various European countries stopped in Bullitt while also visiting New York City, Philadelphia, New Orleans and San Diego.

  •     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.