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  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - The downturn in the economy has done nothing to stop the construction projects in the local schools.

    Two new elementary schools (Roby and Overdale) will open their doors next Tuesday. Three other elementary schools are undergoing major renovations.

    This is just part of the changes students will see as they return to classes.

    ROBY

    It’s going to be an exciting year for Roby Elementary as faculty, staff and students return to a brand-new building featuring cutting-edge technology and a bright, beautiful atmosphere.

  • Calling it a ‘no-brainer’, Denny Simonavice said it was a natural for the Meijer corporation to assist the Bullitt County Parks and Recreation Department after reading about the problem getting swimming pools open for the season.

    Simonavice, store director for the Preston Highway operation, said the $5,000 check to the county was an effort to help get the pools open this summer. He said the company regularly donates to community causes and the Bullitt County situation was a natural.

  • Every new school year brings change: The 2009-10 year will be known primarily for its physical changes.

    Two new school facilities, along with upgrades at many other school locations and two more facilities in the plans, makes the Bullitt County Public Schools system look like a construction zone as well as an education zone.

    Students, parents and school administrators all need to heed caution and be safe at the schools facing construction issues.

  • The Blazin’ Saddles drill team competed in the district and state levels of 4-H Horse Club competitions.

    The team, coached by Angela Branham, placed eighth in the state competition.

    The drill team consists of:

    *Rebekah McAuliffe with Twister

    *Apryl Kapfhammer with Chief

    *McKenze Branham with Jetta

    *Brittney Blevins with Naomi

    *Bridgette McAuliffe with Dipper

    *Meaghan Metzmeier with Savannah

    *Megan Meffert with Rusty

    *Brooklyn Poteet with Starla 

  • LOUISVILLE - A group of 23 area Boy Scouts and 10 adult Scout leaders went on a life changing 10-day summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico at Philmont Scout Ranch.

    Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness. The property donated to the Boy Scouts of America by oilman Waite Phillips, and is maintained by BSA as a high adventure, camping and training center.

    More information about the Scout Ranch can be found at www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HighAdventure/Philmont.

  • CEDAR GROVE - Bullitt County is the newest area to taste the snappy difference.

    Snappy Tomato Pizza is open for business at the Cedar Grove Center.

    Bret Witte, director of operations in the West-Central Kentucky territory, said the area offered unique opportunities to offer dine-in buffets and delivery orders.

    The location will deliver to a 10-12 minute driving area.

    The lunch and dinner buffet features all specialty pizzas along with pasta for $6.29. Buffets are available at lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Going back to school is an exciting time for many Bullitt County students. But for struggling families trying to make ends meet, sending children back to school can mean a tough financial burden with the rising cost of supplies and fees.

    Some local realtors with Century 21 Advantage Plus’ Mount Washington office recognize there are many local families financially unable to supply their children with the essentials to start the school year off right, so they banded together to help meet that need.

  • The Bullitt County 4-H Horse Club, the Blazin’ Saddles, recently competed at the district and state levels in Frankfort and Louisville.

    Each rider had to qualify at the district level to move to state competition.

    Each of these riders excelled in competition:

    *Rebekah McAuliffe  on Twister -- DISTRICT: sixth place in showmanship; red ribbons in pole bending, barrel racing and stake race; STATE: red ribbonsin pole bending, barrel racing and stake race

  • The Bullitt County School System hosted its Kindergarten Kickoff for youngsters on Thursday at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

    The event allows incoming Kindergarten students to visit their new teachers, counselors and principals prior to the first day of school.

    Students received free backpacks, school supplies and other fun stuff, along with important information for themselves and their parents.

    The Class of 2022 begins Kindergarten Tuesday, Aug. 12.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Jacob Carter and Jacob Franklin knew there was work to be done at the Mount Washington pool long before the city made needed repairs earlier this summer.

    Franklin and Carter, both of Mount Washington and Boy Scout Troop 333, enjoyed going to the pool as young boys. Although they couldn’t make some of the most expensive repairs, they recognized a need for additional picnic tables and the restrooms to be renovated.

  • HILLVIEW – For months Hillview Mayor Jim Eadens expressed his approval of the Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP), which assists local residents with acquiring necessary medication.

    The program, originally presented by Gov. Steve Beshear’s office, allows trained volunteers to assist communities and uninsured families with prescriptions and medication information.

    Two Hillview city employees immediately volunteered to accept KTAP training. Now the city is receiving further assistance from a local business.

  • Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest celebrated its 80th Anniversary July 12 with a community wide bash for the whole family.

     

    Look for more photos inthe galleries of www.pioneernews.net.

  • Student energy teams at seven Bullitt County Public Schools were recognized May 18 for promoting awareness and reducing energy consumption.

    Overall since the district started implementing energy conservation efforts over two years ago, there has been a cost avoidance exceeding $250,000 in annual energy costs.

    Bullitt East High School student earned the Overall Gold Award for their year end report and additional activities related to energy conservation.

    District Energy Manager Andrea Rock lauded the efforts of Bullitt East students.

  • Local Boy Scouts teamed up with the Bullitt County Woman’s Club to do some landscaping at the Bullitt County Detention Center on Saturday, June 6.

    Scouts from Shepherdsville Boy Scout Troop 868 and Cub Scout Pack 868 turned out early Saturday morning to construct four flower beds at the front of the jail.

    A landscaping plan had been prepared by the Bullitt County Woman’s Club in consultation with the local Master Gardener Association and the Bullitt County Extension Office.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Boy Scout Troop 868 proudly announces that Stephen Guelda of Shepherdsville has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

    Stephen is the 11th scout to earn the Eagle rank in Troop 868 during the unit’s 10-year history.

    Stephen, who lives in Fox Chase, is a recent graduate of St. Xavier High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society.

    Stephen is a member of St. Aloysius Parish in Shepherdsville and an active participant in the youth group at Mother Seton Catholic Church in Okolona.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE — Basket making is an art that produces a beautiful and useful product. But perhaps what makes it interesting for anyone is that behind each handmade basket is a special story or experience that reveals something about its maker.

  • No it was not a field trip to the zoo!  A.P.E.S. or American Private Enterprise System program is a cooperative program between the University of Kentucky Extension Service in Bullitt County and local high schools.

    It is designed to teach selected high school juniors and seniors from throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky about how our country does business.

    The students meet in local study groups with executives of local businesses and educators for discussion and hands-on experiences.

  • CLERMONT — Dr. Mark Wourms has an impressive scientific background when it comes to botany, biology, conservation, preservation and zoology.

    But that background blossomed out of something much more personal — a deep-rooted love for nature that began as a young boy in Dayton, Ohio.

    “I’ve always been fascinated by nature, since I was kid. I was always out looking under logs and finding bugs,” he explained, smiling.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE – Just like tweaking the engine of a ‘57 roadster, the second annual Blastin’ Down Buckman Street event hopes to be more powerful than ever.

    The open header street rod, hosted by Hot River Nights, cruise is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8, from 4-7 p.m. on S. Buckman between the lights at Highway 44 and Second Street.

    Unlike last year’s inaugural event, held primarily in the Shepherdsville City Park, chairperson Depp Rasner said the street rods would be on display, literally, in the street.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE – The Bullitt County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program hopes a big name from reality television will really benefit their fundraiser.

    Louisville resident and nationally-known entertainer Patrick Henry Hughes will perform during the second annual “Summer’s Night Out” dinner and auction, taking place Saturday, Aug. 8, at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.