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  • 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.

  • CLERMONT -- Kimberly Newton genuinely loves the two things she does for a living: art and teaching.

    The Bernheim Middle art instructor was recognized for efforts in both, named as the 2009-10 Kentucky Art Education Association (KAEA) Middle School Teacher of the Year during a presentation at the University of Kentucky Art Museum.

    “It’s a big honor,” said Newton. “It’s a very sought-after award.”

    The KAEA is a professional organization of more than 250 art teachers. Members vote annually on nominations received for the award.

  • As Winter approaches, Multi-Purpose CAA will begin the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Nov. 2 through Dec. 11, in an effort to assist low-income residents with high utility bills.

    LIHEAP is a statewide initiative sponsored by Community Action Kentucky. in partnership with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS).

    Last year over 621 residents of Bullitt County received financial assistance and emergency services from the LIHEAP Subsidy component.

  • The Bullitt County Health Department reminds the public that the best way to prevent the flu is to get a vaccination shot annually.

    Flu shots are now given at the Health Department on Lees Valley Drive in Shepherdsville.

    Flu shots will be given on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

    If you have Medicare HMO, please contact your primary care provider to get the flu vaccine.

    If you have supplemental insurance along with Medicare, please bring both cards.

  • LEBANON JUNCTION - When high school sweethearts Scott and Misty Cunningham married on June 17, 1995, and vowed to support one another for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, they were very serious about the love they pledged for one another.

    But neither of them knew exactly how those vows would be tested 14 years later.

    Just a little over one year ago on Oct. 23, 2008, Misty began experiencing severe stomach pain and she sought emergency medical attention at Jewish Hospital South’s emergency room.

  • The Bullitt Central girls' basketball program held a donkey basketball fundraiser with the help of students and staff at Bullitt Central, as well as Roby, Nichols, Cedar Grove and Shepherdsville Elementary.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - A large turnout showed representatives from The Center for Women and Families that the Bullitt County community cares.

    A great deal of local effort and involvement helped lead to the opening of a new Bullitt County CWF location.

    Local officials and community members gathered for the ribbon cutting and grand opening at the facility, located near the campus of St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE -- For one night adolescents experienced the struggles and plight of the homeless.

    Cardboard Light is an event designed to allow an opportunity for young people to remain homeless throughout an entire evening. The event was hosted at the Shepherdsville Government Center.

    Members of Victory Baptist, Vine Hill and Bardstown Baptist Church youth groups participated. Victory Baptist youth pastor Stephen Crenshaw said 38 youth members ranging from 6th through 12th grade attended the event.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE -- It had been nearly a year since Larry Belcher passed away but his memory was strong as the Bullitt County Education Association honored him as its distinguished citizen.

    With past winners Dr. Mohana Arla and Jesse Flynn in the audience, Linda Belcher accepted the honor for her husband.

    “Larry was fun,” said Belcher, also a retired educator who is now serving as state representative for the 49th District.

    She recalled various stories about how her husband liked to play pranks on people he liked.