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  • MOUNT WASHINGTON ee" Kindra Clark says she’s just a small-town girl who enjoys being in local pageants because they are fun opportunities to build self confidence.

    But the Miss Kentucky USA judges recently saw a special magic in 19-year-old Clark and named her Miss Kentucky 2010 Nov. 29 at the Norton Center for the Arts in Danville.

    “It was a remarkable feeling. Words cannot describe how excited and nervous I was,” she said.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - A common homelessness stereotype includes adult males panhandling on the street.

    Groups like Shepherd’s Shelter constantly attempt to increase awareness about many different types of victims, including families, single parents, the disabled, the elderly and veterans.

    Families and single parents mean there are also homeless children in the community.

    Linda Nason, social worker with Bullitt County Public Schools, acts as a liaison for Shepherd’s Shelter. She said children were the most difficult homeless victims to identify.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Before the first marker board has been hung, Kim Sego is already making big plans for when Crossroads Elementary opens its doors next school year.

    Sego was recently named principal of the county’s newest school. She has served as Pleasant Grove Elementary’s Assistant Principal for five years and has worked at the school since it opened in 1997.

    Crossroads Elementary is located behind Mount Washington Elementary School in the heart of the city.

  • LEBANON JUNCTION - Edna Jones is a survivor.

    Since 1966, the resident of Church Street in Lebanon Junction has been battling one form of cancer or another.

    Currently, the 67-year-old Jones has been diagnosed with five different forms of cancer.

    As she has turned her living room into her main place of existence, Jones is serving as a home to her children and grandchildren.

    As this Christmas approached, it would be another tough one for Jones.

    But it was brightened up just days before the big event.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Most students can’t say that Batman has made a special guest appearance in their classroom to teach a creative writing lesson.

    But Mount Washington Middle School sixth graders Lee Hays and Brandon Prater can.

    Actually it was MWMS teacher Jeremy Belcher dressed up as Gotham City’s hero Tuesday in efforts to engage two of his most unique students in a creative writing process during which he, Hays and Prater wrote a rough draft about a super hero.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Children within the Bullitt County court system will have a better holiday season thanks to First Federal Savings Bank.

    First Federal hosted angel trees at their three Bullitt County locations this season.

    Donated items were intended for the families of 45 children being assisted by the Bullitt County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program.

    CASA volunteers represent children in court, representing each child’s best interests.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Local florist Amanda Stephens Heck loves to use her talents to bring joy to others, especially during the holidays.

    That is why she happily agreed to participate in the 33rd annual Old Louisville Holiday House Tour’s exterior design competition. She said it was a fun project and good exposure for her Mount Washington floral business, Amanda’s Creations.

    “I knew the talent that was involved and I didn’t think I had a chance,” Heck said.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - The students and staff at Shepherdsville Elementary are collecting peanut butter for the Haitian earthquake relief efforts.

        Shepherdsville Family Resource Center coordinator Traci Gould said high protein and non-perishable food items were suggested by Waves of Mercy, a Kentucky-based ministry that assists Haitian orphanages. The ministry said peanut butter was an ideal choice.

        Classrooms will challenge one another in a friendly competition for the most jars collected.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON " The Bullitt East Marching Band made history during an uncertain time this year.

    The band was the smallest on record with 37 participants and had to adjust to being led by a new director, Jonah Sawyers.

    Maybe it was that the students felt like underdogs, or perhaps it was the enthusiasm of a new, young director, but the BEHS Marching Chargers made it to the state semi-final competition Nov. 7 for the first time in Bullitt East’s history.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - Old Mill Elementary School third grader Alyson Mason has been named royalty, but instead of a tiara and dress you will more likely find her in boots and blue jeans.

    Mason was recently named the 2009-2010 Kentucky Junior Rodeo Association Princess - a goal that the Mount Washington cowgirl has had for more than a year.

    As part of the being named princess, Mason had to compete in a contest, be interviewed and her involvement in various KJRA events was also considered.

  • CLERMONT - Bernheim believes that increasing the amount of time children spend out of doors, year round, will help them learn more effectively, increase social skills, benefit from physical activity and generally have more fun!

    Bernheim has created a year-round program especially designed to get your child outside.  The ECO Kids (Every Child Outside) initiative is an important component of Bernheim’s mission of Connecting People with Nature, with enlightening and entertaining kid-friendly activities every month.

     

  • HEBRON ESTATES -- Bullitt County resident Jim Davis has made the difference he had hoped.

    The former tractor-trailer driver decided to start a book drive, collecting 100,000 books for libraries in Eastern Kentucky. Davis said the idea came from watching a television special about kids in rural Appalachia dropping out of school.

    With half the goal already collected, Davis was officially honored for his efforts by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and First Lady Jane Beshear.

  • The Hillview Community Christian Church has traditionally hosted a live nativity scene for the Christmas season.

    This year, Walk To Bethlehem provided thousands of visitors with various scenes, including the live nativity, surrounding the birth of Jesus.

    Despite cold weather, record crowds attended the three-night event.

    See more photos from Thomas Barr on-line at www.pioneernews.net.

  • First grade student Brennan Thomas made sure Santa had the correct information for his Christmas wishes.

    Brennan, 6, brought his wish list to Nichols Elementary Saturday morning and thoroughly discussed the items with Santa during the PTA’s annual Breakfast with Santa.

    By the end of the discussion, Santa said he felt good about the list.

    To track Santa’s trip, go to www.pioneernews.net all week for our special tracker.

  • Around 300 meals were served on Christmas Day as part of the second annual Bounty of Hope hosted by St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

    Volunteers prepared the meals which were first delivered to around 80 people.

    Then, the gym at St. Aloysius was host over 200 people who came in to enjoy a Christmas meal.

    The main sponsors of the event were JOM Pharmaceuticals and Jim Beam Brands.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - For years, the Bullitt Central JROTC cadets have collected non-perishable food items for the Shepherdsville food basket program.

        But, this year, the efforts were focused toward taking care of families within the Bullitt Central family which needed a little assistance during the holiday season.

        Working with the Bullitt Central Youth Services Center, over 60 families will receive assistance this Christmas.

  • LEBANON JUNCTION - The railroad has been a fixture in the Lebanon Junction community since 1857.

    Howard Brinner thought there would be no better way to symbolize that importance than with a rail car in the town square.

    When CSX decided to phase out the use of cabooses, Brinner ask for one.

    The rail officials granted the wish but Brinner had only a couple of weeks to get it off the company’s property.

    Then began Brinner’s lifetime quest to bring a reminder of the railroad’s importance to Lebanon Junction for generations to come.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON " Most people know Bill Harned for his light-hearted nature and his ability to make a quick joke.

    But under that jovial exterior, Harned is serious about selflessly helping out his fellow retirees, and that is why he was recently awarded AARP Kentucky’s 2009 Andrus Award for Community Service.

    Harned is a member of AARP’s Mount Washington Chapter. Each year one recipient from each state is selected and this was the second year in a row that Mount Washington’s chapter produced Kentucky‘s winner.

  • The following students are participating in the 2009-10 Bullitt County Teen Court program: Tiffany Bivens, Alexis Allie Brown, Diana Claridy, Gentry Collins, Kylee Creason, Alex Douthitt, Anna Douthitt, Devin Elkins, Katie Etherton, Tara Fambrough, Rebecca Gardner, Vonda Hilton, Kenneth Eugene, Katie Longacre, Autumn Masden, Kendall Miller, Zach Napier, Kelley Prater, Lacee Pyles, Harry G. Thomas, Harry Thomas, Caselan Underwood, Erin Underwood, Kaylin Wood, Logan Wood, Kayla Worner, Elizabeth Tatum, Amber Wright, Jocelyn Shepherd and Hayley Tucker.

  • John Roberts, public relations director and grant writer for the Bullitt County Public School System, recently earned state recognition.

    Roberts earned top honors from the Kentucky Schools Public Relations Association in the following categories:

    *External Publications - full color for Excellence Begins in the Classroom, first place

    *Photography for District Science Fair, first place

    *Photo Essays - Mock Accident at North Bullitt and Welcome to the 2008-09 School Year, two first-place awards