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  • 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.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Some ride to have fun, others ride to reach a destination. This Saturday a group of concerned citizens will ride to remember a group of Mount Washington teens who died by suicide.

    The participants in the second annual Make a Difference For Kids Inc.’s Ride to Survive Poker Run are hoping to create awareness of youth cyberbullying and teen suicide.

    All proceeds will benefit the Make a Difference for Kids foundation that is led by President Mark Neblett of Mount Washington.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON " Having a career other than working in the family business never really crossed M.D. Jasper’s mind, until his father’s untimely death.

    When Jasper was a freshman in high school, he lost his father, J.R. Jasper. Up until that time, Jasper always assumed he would pitch in at the family’s farm machinery and auto dealership.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - When told about the changes to the Bullitt County Public Health Department over the past 23 years, Swannie Jett is amazed.

    But as the new director of the public health agency, Jett is looking forward to continuing the growth experienced in the past three decades.

    Jett, who was recently introduced as the new director, said the challenges he faces are not the same as those experienced by retired leader Ned Fitzgibbons.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Bullitt East Assistant Principal Nita Neal isn’t quite sure how she will adjust to retirement after 38 years in education.

    After all, it has been her dream to be an educator since she was in elementary school.

    “I decided in second grade that I’ve always loved school and I loved my teachers. I wanted other people to feel about me the way I felt about teachers,” she said.

  • BERNHEIM - "One step up" was a slogan that worked very well for Kindra Danielle Clark on the first night of the 2009 Bullitt County Fair.

    The runner-up in the Miss Bullitt County Fair pageant a year ago, Clark woke up Monday morning wanting to have fun and also improving one spot over a year ago in the top beauty competition for the week.

    Mission accomplished.

    Under the pavilion in front of a few hundred on-lookers, Clark dazzled the three judges enough to take the title from five other girls.

  • HEBRON ESTATES – For 25 years, the Relay for Life has raised funding toward cancer research.

    At the Bullitt County Relay, each year brings new hope for the many participating survivors and their caregivers.

    Many of the survivors are now regulars, attending each year to celebrate life and to share their ongoing hope with others.

    Brenda Smothers

    Mount Washington resident Brenda Smothers went for her regular mammogram in 2005 when she received news every person dreads: the procedure revealed a lump in her breast.

  • HILLVIEW - If Overdale Elementary is an example of a functioning body, Carolyn McClintock is the heart.

    The Overdale secretary has been with the school since its inception, a member of its first graduating class.

    “I was here the first year in sixth grade,” said McClintock. “Then the next year they built onto the school. They added seventh grade and then eighth grade, so we were the first ones.”

  • A special Troop Walk was held on May 30 to honor those who have served in the military, those who are still serving and those who have lost their lives.

    A group of about 50 people walked from the VFW Post 5710 all the way to the Bullitt County Courthouse.

    Once there, a crowd of about 100 listened to various speeches, songs and prayers.

    Included in the guest speakers were First Sgt. John Voccio of Fort Knox and Retired Chief Petty Officer Bob Devore of the U.S. Navy.

  • LOUISVILLE - It was a record setting year once again for the annual WHAS Crusade for Children.

    And it was a record setting year for Bullitt County fire departments who collected over $216,800 - all of which will stay be returned to local agencies.

    Overall, the Crusade collected over $5.2 million for special needs children in Kentuckiana.

    The leading department was Zoneton, which raised $101,252. This was the first time the department surpassed $100,000.

    Zoneton was also honored for reaching $1 million in collections for the Crusade for Children.

  • HILLVIEW - A slideshow photo presentation was displayed on a large white piece of paper taped to a wall in front of a broken screen.

    The sound system involved a microphone balanced on a cracked stage floor, propped next to speakers from a laptop computer.

    Regardless, the Overdale Elementary community in attendance saw an aging school facility as purely golden. Past and present students and parents, former and current faculty and administrators all gathered to celebrate Overdale’s 50th anniversary.

  • CLERMONT -- Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest aims high at being a regional pioneer in the field of horticultural science.

    One might say they’ve aimed just above the ceiling.

    Bernheim revealed the Living Roof Project, an ongoing research project testing various plant and soil samples for use on rooftops of area buildings. The project is being funded through the Brown Foreman Corporation.

  • Throughout the past school year, SFC Daniel Kimball came to Bullitt Lick Middle School to bring a message on the dangers of illegal substances, such as drugs and alcohol. PE/Health instructor Amanda Yarbrough brought in Kimball and his U.S. Army program as part of the curriculum.

  • HEBRON ESTATES - Many of Bullitt county’s public elementary schools are having to face some tough music next year.

    Several schools are deciding not to offer beginning band as state accountability testing standards change and growing elementary schools are faced with tough scheduling decisions.

    Bullitt County’s elementary schools have traditionally offered beginning band at the fifth grade level. Band was one exploratory course that students could participate in to expand their knowledge of the arts and humanities.

  • CLERMONT ee" For eight decades Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest has been connecting people with nature.

    That continues to be the goal as those who love the forest and support its mission prepare to celebrate its 80th anniversary this Saturday.

    Bernheim’s 80th Anniversary Bash is a once-in-a-lifetime event as the forest reflects upon its rich history and looks to a bright future that is being led by Executive Director Dr. Mark Wourms.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Divine Savior Lutheran Church pastor John Lehenbauer said there are three types of people: starters, finishers and continuers.

    Lehenbauer is a starter, leading him in accepting a new position to help establish Christ Lutheran Church in Perry, Georgia.

    The Divine Savior congregation is saying goodbye to its pastor of 13 years. It's a farewell with an impact not only on the church but the entire Bullitt County community.

  • CLERMONT - The Prisoners of War, Missing in Action (POW/MIA) flag is a symbol of remembrance for American soldiers whose whereabouts remain unknown.

    The Commonwealth of Kentucky, in an attempt to help raise awareness and preserve the memory of troops lost in foreign combat, will now fly the POW/MIA flag at all 24 highway rest areas and welcome centers.

    Members of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Kentucky veterans gathered at each location for official flag raising ceremonies.