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  •  Once again this Christmas season, Hillview Community Christian Church hosted its Walk through Bethlehem.

    The live nativity included a live camel and donkey, as well as members of the church.

    Several thousand attended this year’s event.

    More photos and a video can be seen at www.pioneernews.net.

    Also, continue to check the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net for photos and videos of various Bullitt County holiday events.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Local Boy Scouts do more service than just helping little old ladies cross the street.

    Troop 8481, Based at First Baptist Church of Shepherdsville, hosted its 6th annual community clothing and toy giveaway in time for the Christmas season.

    During the year scouts collect items for the giveaway, even donating their own toys that they’ve outgrown in hopes that the toys will bring joy to others.

    Along with the clothing and toys, there were youth jackets and footwear available.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - A Bullitt County family has been displaced during the holiday season after a fire destroyed their home.

    Marie Knear and Jim Wimsatt, along with their 8-year-old son, Wesley, lost everything in the fire, including two pets.

    Zoneton Fire units were dispatched to the residence at 1239 Pryor Valley Rd. about 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 15. Chief Rob Orkies said smoke from the fire could already be seen from the Preston Highway station as firefighters responded.

  •  BROOKS - For many educators, a child’s learning can’t begin soon enough.

    At Brooks Elementary, they even prefer the children to be born learning.

    The school received a Born Learning Academy grant provided by Metro United Way and Toyota.

    According to MUW, almost half of the students entering kindergarten are at risk or behind in their educational preparedness. The program was designed, based on research, to help prepare both students and families.

  •  Nashville is no longer just the “capitol of country music.” 

    In 2017, Nashville celebrates 20 years since Opryland USA closed.

    In the last two decades Nashville has positioned itself to rival the entertainment and nightlife found in Vegas and NYC. 

    During 2016 boasted Beyonce’, Adele, The Rolling Stones, and Lady Gaga made major stops.

  •  Bullitt County Farm Bureau was recognized during the 97th Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) annual meeting in Louisville for its outstanding membership and program achievement in 2016.

    The award honors county Farm Bureau offices who meet the company’s profitability requirements and whose insurance policy growth meets or exceeds its annual growth goal.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - At Cedar Grove Elementary, faculty and staff hope to spend Christmas like they're on Christmas Island.

  •  CLERMONT -- Cold weather doesn’t stop Bernheim from celebrating all that nature has to offer in December. 

    With the exception of Christmas Day, Bernheim is open the entire month with events and activities for every age.

    To get in the holiday spirit, join Bernheim on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. –  Noon for Smart Gardens and Landscapes: Holiday Wreath Making with Nature at the Research Center.

    Participants will enjoy decorating for the holidays using objects found in nature to create wreaths, swags, kissing balls and more.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- This year’s group of high school students who are part of the Teen Court program were recently sworn in.

    Bullitt County is one of just 22 Teen Court programs in the entire state of Kentucky.

    This real-life program allows juvenile offenders to have their case heard before a jury of their peers.

    The punishment given by the Teen Court members  is binding.

  •  Many students spend more for college than they should by making some common mistakes when seeking financial aid. 

    Follow these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to make sure you get the help you need.

  •  The Bullitt Central FFA Chapter are teaching kids to get involved.  To start, several students participated in the Kentucky Farm Bureau Outstanding Youth contest. 

    Students spent many hours preparing speeches on various agriculture topics to be given in front of a large audience. 

    We want to recognize from left to right wearing their FFA jacket (Chrissie White, Olivia Lile, Jacqueline Goff, and Courtney Hughes) for taking the time to prepare and represent our Chapter. 

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE—In the spirit of giving, Britney Wimsatt has set out on a mission to provide Thanksgiving dinner to many of the homeless students in Bullitt County.

    After a trip with the Bullitt County Leadership group through the Chamber of Commerce to the Bullitt County Board of Education, Wimsatt learned that the school system had identified 50 homeless children within the first two weeks of school.

  •  FRANKFORT -- Motorists traveling throughout Kentucky can now navigate the highways and by-ways of the Bluegrass with a modernized tool. Goky.ky.gov, an online traffic and roadway information portal, has replaced the traditional 511 travel and weather phone system.

  • The annual Shepherdsville Santa car show was recently held at the city park. Hundreds of classic cars, trucks and motorcycles showed up to help the Shepherdsville Police Department raise money for its annual Christmas giveaway of coats, toys and food. Signups will begin on Nov. 1 for anyone seeking assistance. You must sign up each year, no matter if you received assistance last year. Sign up at the Shepherdsville Police Department inside the city hall from 9-5 during the week. Donations of money and new toys are also accepted.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON—Despite quickly growing numbers, Mount Washington shows time after time how small of a town it really is.
        It didn’t take long after word got out about the shooting of Donut King owner Simon Yeung for the community to step forward and offer help any way that they could.
        By Thursday morning, flowers were at the door and cards of support and sympathy covered the windows.

  •  In its first year, the Brooks Elementary Beta Club has hit the ground running.

    The members started off participating in the Light the Night Walk to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

    The club personally raised $317.77 toward the team’s goal of $2,852.25.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - A chance visit by one man and a wish by one woman led to the fulfillment of many dreams.
        Jerry Stith visited the Highlands Nursing and Rehabilitation Center around Christmas of 2010, meeting activities director Diana Shults. From there he purchased small Christmas gifts for the residents and continued to visit.
        In 2011 Shults shared Christmas wish lists that were turned in by the residents, including one from Opal Grubbs.

  •  BROOKS - Many of the county’s north end residents still recall the fateful day 20 years ago when a tornado made a path through the area.

    Or the storm in 2012 when a tornado all but destroyed a school complex in Henryville, Indiana.

    Brooks Elementary is located close to wear the 1996 tornado touched down. Although the building is fairly new, school officials still wanted students to be as safe as possible.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON— Bullitt County’s homeless shelter on wheels is using cardboard boxes to bring attention to the homeless situation in the county.

    Room in the Inn works to help the homeless in the area have a hot meal and a safe place to sleep at night while getting back on their feet.

  •  Students at Mount Washington Elementary got to celebrate how super they are during the school’s Superhero Day.

    In the morning, local heroes, including police officers and nurses, welcomed the students to the school.

    That afternoon, teachers battled it out to the Macarena to see whose dancing powers beat the rest during “Dancing with the Staff.”