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  •     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.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE – While Bullitt County awaits finalization of current road improvements, Fiscal Court members caught a glimpse of long-term future projects.

        Brian Aldridge, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC) planning manager, presented plans created in conjunction with Kentucky Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) research.

        Suggestions from two public input meetings and three steering committee meetings were factored into the plans, Aldridge said.

  • The largest crowd to attend the National Day of Prayer observance gathered Thursday at Shepherdsville City Park.

    A variety of local ministers talked to a crowd of over 350 people and led prayers for various groups.

    Ashley Bowman read her children’s prayer. Pastor Jim Bob Outland of Bullitt Lick Baptist blessed the Bible. Jeanette Allen got the day started with her ram’s horn.

    The National Day of Prayer takes place each year on May 6.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Matthew Hatfield found a positive from the recent flooding along the Salt River.

        A 68-pound positive.

        Hatfield caught a large catfish while fishing at the Shepherdsville City Park Monday evening. The fish was officially weighed at Fischer’s Sporting Goods.

        “I never would’ve dreamed something that big would come out of the Salt River,” Hatfield said.

  •     HILLVIEW - Corbin Huff loved Tae Kwon Do.  He started taking lessons as a child.  In 1993 he began teaching Tae Kwon Do to blind students at the University of Louisville and in May of 1993 Master Corbin and his students at U of L were featured in the magazine, Karate Profile.

  •     HILLVIEW - Mary Raidt’s homeroom was transfigured into the House of Wax.

        The Overdale Elementary teacher had her students become historical and popular figurines in a class project called “The Wax Museum.”

        Each student selected a character to portray in the museum.

        “It was the students’ choice,” said Raidt. “Either historical figures or current celebrities. I just let them choose someone they were interested in.”

  •      Five Bullitt county programs that provide services for children and youths have been selected by the Bullitt County Advisory Board to receive funding from the Metro United Way.

        These one-time grants, totaling $41,905, have been made available from funds raised by the 2008-09 Metro United Way Campaign in Bullitt County.   

  •     WASHINGTON - The American Red Cross has opened more than two dozen shelters in response to a powerful weather system that generated tornadoes and caused severe flooding across the South.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Kentucky Baptist Convention has been improving communities all over the state for nearly 17 years with a program that’s shown participants the value and reward of hard work and helping others.

        Kentucky Changers assembles people from four states and sends them to areas across the commonwealth to make exterior repairs to the homes of low-income families.

  •     It was the kind of beautiful day a hero deserved. Family and friends gathered at Cedar Grove Cemetery to commemorate the anniversary of the day SSG Gary Lee Woods, Jr., was killed in Iraq.

        The Bullitt County native was serving with the Delta Company of the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, deployed to Mosul as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom on Apr. 10, 2009.

  • Betty Marshall, the family resource coordinator for Overdale and Maryville Elementary schools, was recently honored for winning the Harry J. Cowherd Award.

    The award is given to the top FRC facilities in Kentucky. Michael Denny, state director of family resource centers, and Tammy Gay, regional program manager, were among the dignitaries who attended a special celebration at Overdale Elementary.

    Others at the special ceremony included Bullitt County Judge Melanie Roberts and Terry Price, director of elementary education for Bullitt County.

  •     Voters across Kentucky have begun casting ballots for this year’s election.  While not all Kentuckians can head to the polls before Election Day, Kentucky law does provide opportunities for some voters to cast absentee ballots before the May 18, 2010 election.