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  •     CEDAR GROVE - A Bullitt County native hopes to dance his way to national stardom.

        Dakota Smith, a 2006 North Bullitt High School graduate, has appeared on the MTV hit series, "Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew."

        Smith and his dance team, Royal Flush, made it through the first rounds and qualified for the main competition that began Feb. 18.

  •     District Technology Integration Specialist Susan Jenkins has comments on Converge Magazine’s website concerning teaching and technology. She was interviewed by Tanya Roscorla after following her along with several other Education Technology professionals on Twitter.

        Roscorla asked permission to interview Jenkins upon learning she was a BCPS TIS.

  •     Increasing quality teacher instruction. Lessons from single gender classrooms. Protecting students from cyber bullying. Legal issues involving high school athletics. Student input on school boards. Eliminating achievement gaps. Trimming budgets while moving learning forward.

  •     Paroquet Springs Conference Centre hosted to the third annual Healthy Hearts Wear Red luncheon, also sponsored by Bullitt County Homemakers and the Bullitt County Health Department.

        Along with lunch, patrons glimpsed Body Recall and Tai-Chi exercise demonstrations by the Health Department and fashion shows courtesy of Cato's.

        Guest speakers included Carolyn Davis discussing "Living with Heart Disease" and "The Importance of Chocolate" presented by Debbie Lentz, RD, MS, LD.

  •     CLERMONT - Advance registration for all programs unless otherwise noted.  Please call (502) 955-8512 any day between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to sign up.  Admission to the park is always free for members and free for all every weekday.  Weekends and holidays have a $5 environmental impact fee per vehicle for non-members.  For more information, visit us online at www.bernheim.org.

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  •     Kindergarten pre-registration for all Bullitt County elementary schools will be held on Friday, March 19, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

        Register at your child’s home school. Those assigned to the new Crossroads Elementary in Mount Washington will register at the central office on Highway 44 in Shepherdsville.

        Bring a birth certificate, proof of residence or driver’s license. By the start of school, each child will need an immunization certificate, a health care examination and a Social Security card.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Do you know of a woman who deserves recognition but would rather stay in the background?

        The First Lady of Kentucky, Jane Beshear, and the women who serve in the Kentucky General Assembly would like to recognize your efforts.

        State Rep. Linda Belcher said there would be an opportunity in March to honor those women.

        Bullitt Countians can nominate a woman who does special work but might not be seen on the front pages of The Pioneer News or on the 11 p.m. news.

  •     Bullitt County has been chosen to receive $61,847.00 in Federal funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

        A Bullitt County Board, made up of local representatives, will determine how the funds awarded to the county are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by Bullitt County service agencies.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - A local company will help the Bullitt County History Museum purchase some much-needed computer equipment.

        And it was a suggestion of an employee that helped get the funding ball rolling.

        Stephanie Walls, solutions manager for Zappos.com off Cedar Grove Road, presented a check for $3,000 from the company’s charitable contribution fund.

        Employee Darrell Cruise has some connection with the history museum and knows the need for computers.

  • HEBRON ESTATES - Where there’s freedom, there’s hope.

    The Freedom Elementary community worked together raising $3,329.64 in donations for Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

    Freedom physical education instructor Susan Hatchett said the funding was distributed to the American Red Cross.

    The school had two special event days to collect funds, the first being Hats for Haiti. Hatchett said each student could wear a hat in school for a $1 donation.

    “We had some wild ones, too,” Hatchett said.

  • Friday night was an evening of fun for youngsters at Overdale Elementary as they spent time doing games and eating dinner while their parents may have teen out celebrating Valentine’s Day.

    While next door, the young at heart were celebrating Valentine’s Day with a dance at the Hillview Community Center.

  •     PIONEER VILLAGE - The Haiti earthquake relief efforts continue to receive assistance from individual Bullitt County Public Schools.

        Maryville and Overdale Elementary Family Resource Center coordinator Betty Marshall has encouraged donations at both of her schools, earning a final collection total near $900.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Multi-Purpose CAA has begun the “Crisis” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that assists households in a heating crisis on January 4, 2010 and will end on March 31, 2010 or until funds are expended.

    The deepening of cold winter weather combined with rising utility costs leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills or purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm.

    Your local Community Action Partnership (CAP) stands ready to help! 

  • There was plenty of dancing going on Saturday night at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre as the annual Valentine Gala hosted by the American Red Cross.

    The Wulfe Pack provided the music and the near-record crowd provided the entertainment on the dance floor.

    The event, which is a large fund-raiser for the Bullitt-Spencer County chapter, included a host of package winners.

    WLKY news anchor Rick VanHoose was the MC once again.

    See more photos in the galleries of www.pioneernews.net.

  • Barb Plenge, director of Bullitt County Public School’s TeenAge Parenting Program, recently received notification of TAPP having been awarded a Quality Care Mini-Grant from Rural KIPDA Community Early Childhood Council.

    Located at Riverview High School, the TeenAge Parenting Program’s Wee Care Child Development Center has met quality standards beyond the requirements for facility licensure earning a STAR rating.

  • Beginning Jan. 5, novel H1N1 influenza vaccine will be available to the general public at the Bullitt County Health Department.

    Shots are available on Tuesday from 1-7 p.m. and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

    These clinics are open to all persons six months of age and older wanting the H1N1 vaccination.

    Please wear a short-sleeve shirt for your convenience. All children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Legal guardians must have custody paperwork.

  • The Harshaw Trane Foundation has donated $5,000 to Head Start and Preschool needs at Nichols Elementary School.

    Harshaw Trane Vice President of Finance Richard Pickren presented the check to Superintendent Keith Davis January 11 at the central office in Shepherdsville.

    The foundation has requested the funds be used to provide two classrooms with interactive white boards for schools that do not have them at a cost of $4,000.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - They hope they are on target for a very successful musical career.

        The Mount Washington teens form the band Bullet, which recently won a Battle of the Band contest at Headliner’s Music Hall in Louisville.

        With the win, the battle’s sponsor, Gorilla Music Productions of Cleveland, Ohio, is offering the band $500 and 20 hours of free studio time.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Despite his illness, the guest of honor didn’t seem to mind the pain.

    Damon Sanders enjoyed himself during a special Red Cross blood drive in his honor at Shepherdsville City Hall.

    Damon was diagnosed with leukemia and T-cell lymphoma on Oct. 14. His mother, Shannon, said a seven-inch tumor in Damon’s chest cavity caused his heart to move and filled his lungs with fluid.

    Damon’s grandfather, Dale McKinney, is an American Legion Post 157 member. The post first hosted a fundraising event for Damon in November.

  • HEBRON ESTATES - One man’s improbable dream successfully became the final chapter of his legacy.

    Jim Davis, 65, passed away Sunday afternoon. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer one year ago.

    In that time Davis created a drive to collect 100,000 donated books for Appalachian libraries. He said the idea came to him after viewing a television documentary on struggling libraries in eastern Kentucky.