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  • 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

  • Joseph “Joey” Meers, son of Carolyn Meers of Bullitt County, has received the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. The scholarship will provide up to $1500 a year toward college expenses for a total of four years.

    After an emotionally difficult childhood and adolescence, Meers earned his GED (General Educational Development) credential in the JAG Program with Bullitt County Adult and Community Education in March 2009.

  • LOUISVILLE ee" Blood donation. It’s the priceless gift of hope. By making an appointment to donate blood through the American Red Cross this holiday season, you not only give someone hope ee" you help save lives too.

  • CLERMONT - Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest 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!

  • The Furry Friends, a group of volunteers who support the Bullitt County Animal Shelter, hosted a special Halloween event.

    Families were invited to come out and tour the shelter.

    The trick or treaters were greeted by volunteers, including Delsey Williams, who posed with some of the guests.

    Anyone wishing to help support the animal shelter should contact the Furry Friends, who meet on the first Thursday of each month at the shelter.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - After having just seven high school seniors in the partnership college credit program with Jefferson Community and Technical College, the participation could only grow.

    This fall, 30 students, with representation from all three high schools, are earning up to 12 college credit hours while they are still attending their regular school.

    But, in addition, the Pioneers of the Next Generation are making sure the program grows and the number of Bullitt Countians attending college increase.

  • BROOKS - John Kehne doesn’t exactly know why or how, but evidence convinces him that the world will change on Dec. 21, 2012.

    The Brooks resident has gone as far as creating his own Web site, www.december212012.com, currently the number one Google site devoted to the topic. Kehne boasted over five million hits per month from 63 countries.

    Kehne does not claim to predict the future in any fashion. He just feels there is enough evidence to believe that something significant will happen on that day.

  • It was a perfect night on Friday as Mayor Joetta Calhoun and Santa and Mrs. Claus flipped the switch on the Light Up Mount Washington display on Bardstown Road.

    Aubrey Schneider was among those who received a free photo with Santa and Betty Porter was joined by some special singers at the First Baptist Church.

    The lights will remain on display during the holidays.

    Check upcoming editions of The Pioneer News and www.pioneernews.net for more photos of the holiday season.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Sometimes you just need a ray of hope.

    On Christmas Day, the St. Aloysius Bounty of Hope looks to bring a bit of cheer to over 500 people with a special holiday meal.

    Tom Chamberlain, organizer of the Bounty of Hope program, said the first year had 300 people participate. This year, that number could double.

    Thanks to donations from entities such JOM Pharmaceutical, Apex Wireless and a lot of individual helpers, Chamberlain said a Christmas meal will be prepared and presents will be given to over 250 children.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE — Sugar plums are always dancing in amateur baker Robin Mann’s head.

    The Shepherdsville homemaker loves to spend her spare time dreaming up new, sweet concoctions to share with friends and family — but doesn’t seek fame or profit for her culinary delights.

    Mann does, however, enjoy a little friendly baking competition every once and a while. That slightly competitive spirit coupled with her accomplished baking skills landed her a first place award at the Kentucky State Fair this August.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - “Drugs are a big part of my story,” said Thrissie Dohn, a former addict and new Partners in Prevention (PIP) chairperson.

    Dohn hosted PIP’s Prescription Drug Workshop, a free public event designed to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse.

    A panel of experts joining Dohn included Bullitt County Drug Task Force coordinator Kenny Hardin, local physicians Dr. Mohana Arla and Dr. Praveen Arla, Bullitt County Safe and Drug Free School coordinator Jaime Goldsmith.

  • For the sixth straight year, the Bernheim chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will make the Thanksgiving holiday a little brighter for 30 families.

    With the help of the American Red Cross and the Dollar General Store in Shepherdsville Square, families in the community who have been hit by fires will receive a free turkey with all the fixins’.

    The Bernheim chapter supplies the turkeys and Dollar General in Shepherdsville Square raised over $600 to provide the fixins’.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Chamber members jockeyed for position in the food line at the 2009 Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner.

    This year’s guest speaker was Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, who spoke about horse racing as well as being a born-again Christian.

    Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts swore in new directors as part of the ceremonies.

  • LEBANON JUNCTION " Lilly Cobble was in complete disbelief when two Publishers Clearing House representatives "  holding a $10,000 check with her name on it " showed up at her door Wednesday morning.

    She was enjoying a late breakfast with family when prize patrol agents Sheryl Schlameuss and Al Guerra came knocking. A gasp, followed by a few tears, welcomed the agents, who were holding a large check with her name on it. Upon opening the door Cobble couldn’t take her hand away from her mouth.

  • The Bullitt County Farm Bureay was recognized during the statewide annual meeting with several top honors.

    Jeff Robards, young farmer chair, accepts the 2009 Gold Star Award of Excellence.

    Harriett Brooks accepts the Gold Star of Excellence for its women’s program.

    Jim Robards accepts the honor for the local agency’s growth and member services.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - True to its name, Options Unlimited offered the ultimate unlimited visit to the Big Apple.

    A total of 34 Options clients and their families experienced a group bus trip to New York City.

    Founded in 1985, Options Unlimited assists special needs clients featuring both a day program and supported employment program to help clients find sustainable jobs. Both day program and supported employment clients were allowed on the trip.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON -- When Brenda Griffin wrote her first book, she admits it wasn't exactly a best seller. But fame and notoriety weren't her goals when she first put her pen to paper and they still aren't her goals now.

    She simply loves to write and enjoys sharing her thoughts and religious convictions with other people, so she decided to recently publish a second book entitled, "Painting Shades of Grey."

  • CEDAR GROVE - Local military veterans will be honored at Cedar Grove Elementary Wednesday, one of many schools hosting a Veterans Day event as an ongoing effort to educate young people about war experiences.

    The Cedar Grove fifth grade students will have an extra interest in the event thanks to a pre-visit Monday by a number of local veterans ranging back to World War II.

    Cedar Grove fifth grade instructor Rebecca Mattingly, the Social Studies teacher, helped prepare students for the event, organized by the school’s Family Resource Center.

  • Those in the Bullitt County area understand the importance Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest plays in education. But anyone who reads the Congressional Record in Washington, D.C., will forever understand its importance.

    With its Visitors Center being recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Lifecycle Building Challenge Award, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie read the accomplishments into the Congressional Record on Oct. 15, 2009.