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  • 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.

  • BAGHDAD - A Shepherdsville man is making a big difference for our soldiers in Iraq. And he doesn’t even carry a weapon.

    George Allen Blevens, an Electrical Inspector employed by Hill International Inc., is serving as a member of Task Force SAFE. The 36-year-old’s daily job is the safety of service members and civilians in Iraq.

    Task Force SAFE (Safety Actions for Fire and Electricity) was formed by a Congressional mandate in August 2008 to inspect, assess and correct any electrical, fire or safety issues at more than 94,000 Coalition facilities across Iraq.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Most anyone can tell a story, but it takes work to spin a quality tale.

    The Bullitt County Public Library presents an opportunity for local residents to learn prose from the pros with a series of storytelling events scheduled this summer.

    Workshops will be hosted at the Ridgway Memorial Library featuring two of the nation's best storytellers from Kentucky, Mary Hamilton and Cynthia Changaris.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON " Kids not quite ready to surrender their break to the approaching school year will have at least one more chance to celebrate summer this Friday.

    Peoples Bank Mount Washington is sponsoring the Summer Kid-Fest starting at 4 p.m. on the business’ property at 201 N. Bardstown Road.

    The celebration will include an evening filled with fun and free attractions including slides, a bungee run, bouncers, a free movie, and an obstacle course. Children will also have the opportunity to receive a free back-pack, drinks, ice pops and more.

  • Residents of the Deer Run subdivision off Hebron Lane in Pioneer Village hosted their first annual July 4th parade through the neighborhood.

    About 100 people of all ages came out to celebrate the Fourth. The Zoneton Fire Department and the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department led the parade.

  • The allure of the 25-cent ice cream cones was too much for Olivia Cunningham to resist at the 8th annual Bullitt Blast, held on July 4 at Paroquet Springs Conference Center.

    The rains couldn’t keep away a large crowd which showed up for over six hours of activities.

    There was music, rides, cars, military equipment, animals and the finale - fireworks.

    See page B-10 for a look at the fireworks. And look in next week’s edition of The Pioneer News for pictures from the other events of the day.

  • Residents of the Stoney Ridge subdvision off Cedar Grove Road held their second annual parade in honor of the Fourth of July holiday. There was plenty of participation and even a little food at the end of the walk through the residential streets.

  • HEBRON ESTATES - Technological advancements often coincide with educational improvements.

    Bullitt County did its part to keep pace with those advancements, playing host to Kentucky’s tech-savvy educational leaders.

    The three-day Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) Conference took place at North Bullitt High School.

    The event included Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson and Todd Leatherman, Executive Director of Consumer Protection with the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, as featured speakers.

  • NICHOLS - Donna LaFountain is now doing some double duty.

    The principal of Nichols Elementary is now also serving the role as director of the county’s pre-school program.

    Superintendent Keith Davis said it would not be a position where LaFountain splits the duties 50/50. Instead, she will spend whatever time is required for each of the positions.

    When the pre-school coordinator’s position became open, Davis said he looked at ways to fill the slot.

    “I think we have a good solution,” said Davis.

  • Happy 80th Birthday, Bernheim Forest!  1929 was a historic year.  It was the year Isaac W. Bernheim established Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.  Bernheim will be celebrating all year long and we hope you will join us.  We have new and exciting initiatives and events planned for you in this 80th anniversary year, and we want you to be an integral part of all we do.  Bring us your Bernheim stories, photos and ideas as we honor the history and the shining future of this grand and beautiful natural resource that is Bernheim Forest.

     

  • The Alternative Adult Day Health Care Center in Hillview got into the Independence Day spirit early this year with a pre-holiday parade.

    Members dressed up in patriotic and Americana costumes, walking and rolling along with waves and smiles for everyone. Each member picked out their own costume.

    Administrator Leah Smith said all-American foods such as hot dogs and apple pie were served for lunch to get everyone in a festive mood. Beach ball volleyball and Washers were among the outdoor recreational games following the parade.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE – For more than 20 years the Challenge Clubhouse at Seven Counties Services, Inc., has served as a home away from home for many program clients.

    In an effort to make everyone even more comfortable, the clubhouse recently expanded, with more features to help fulfill clients’ needs.

    An open house was hosted to introduce the additional facilities to the public. Program clients assisted with individual tours.

  • The watermelon eating contest at the Bullitt County Fair was a popular, though messy, event.

    Rain and heat hampered attendance at this year's fair.

    The fair was still a fun event with a full week of activities and contest.

    Continue to check the photo galleries at www.pioneernews.net for more fair snapshots. New galleries will be added over the course of the next few weeks.

  • A pugnacious time was had by all at Pugapalooza.

    The first annual Pugapalooza event was hosted by Kentuckiana Pug Rescue at Paroquet Springs Conference Center.

    Pugapalooza was a special event focusing on pugs, a special breed of canine originally bred and domesticated for Chinese emperors and dating back to the days of Confucius.

    The festival included special pug contests including races, best costume, best trick, Popsicle licking, best kisser and curliest tail.

  • ZONETON ee" On any day, you might find the Cissell brothers at a baseball game or even playing racecars with their wheelchairs in the driveway.

    Caleb, 13, Elijah, 10 and Jacob, 6, love the same activities that other children love including Nascar and art. They even have some healthy sibling sports rivalries.

    But experiencing the world is a bit different for the Cissell brothers than for many children. Shockingly all three boys have the Duchenne’s form of Muscular Dystrophy ee" a debilitating and degenerative genetic muscular disease.