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  • MOUNT WASHINGTON ee"It was the first time in M.D. Jasper’s 22 years as a Bullitt East High music educator that he questioned if the school would have a marching band.

    But 2008 presented a perfect storm for the marching Chargers.

    Twenty-two seniors in the 2007-2008 class had just graduated and left the organization with 38 musicians ee" the smallest, youngest and most inexperienced marching band Jasper had ever led.

    Eighteen of its members were freshmen, many of which had never marched before. The band’s median age was 14.

  • Young adults looking to learn more about the police profession have joined the Shepherdsville Police Explorers Post 133, a part of the Boy Scouts of America organization.

    The teens 14 and older have worked with the Shepherdsville police on a variety of projects over the past year. From helping with all the local parades to helping to park cars at the Bullitt Blast, the youth have been busy.

  • The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Bullitt County again hosted a night of dancing with The Monarchs at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville.

    Another large crowd came out to support the CASA program, where volunteers provide assistance to children in the court system.

    Local attorney J. Chester Porter sponsored the dance, which is one of the agency’s biggest fund-raisers of the year.

  • CLERMONT – 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.

  • Luke Matheny of Boy Scout Troop 687 selected Ridgway Memorial Library for his Eagle Scout Project.

    The project involved construction of an outdoor patio and sidewalk behind the library.

    The area will serve as an outdoor sitting area. The project involved excavating out the area, pouring concrete for a 14 x 20 foot patio and a 20 foot long sidewalk and creating a new landscaped area with plantings and lava rock.

    Three benches were also refurbished as a part of the work performed.

    The project was performed in three sessions in September and October of 2008

  • The most exciting and action packed gigantic show of the year will be arriving at the Ky. Exposition Center on February 20-22 for three of the biggest days on the facility’s busy calendar.

    The Carl Casper Custom & Louisville New Car Auto Show will be featuring more sensational cars and stars than ever before.

    This combined mega super Auto Show will take place in the South Wing “A”, East Hall, North Wing, Coliseum, West Wing, West Hall, and Pavilion.  Nearly 750,000 square feet of eye candy, non-stop fun and excitement!

  • The Bullitt Central FFA traveled to Carroll County recently to compete in the regional welding competition.

    Billy Graham received an individual No. 1 ranking in a field of 28 competitors.

    As a team, Bullitt Central placed third overall out of seven teams.

    FFA teacher Justin Peake was joined by Alex Mason, Billy Graham, David Kennedy and Shane Owen.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Shepherdsville City Hall gymnasium came in handy this week as a temporary shelter for victims of the recent winter storm.

    The Bullitt/Spencer County American Red Cross hosted the makeshift shelter in cooperation with the City of Shepherdsville. The shelter officially opened Tuesday night at 11 p.m.

  • HILLVIEW - As a Family Resource Center coordinator with Overdale and Maryville Elementary, Betty Marshall sees first-hand what pressures a declining economy places on families.

    Marshall teamed with Louisville attorney Tracy Hirsch to host a helpful program called “Coping with the Credit Crunch” at Jewish Hospital Medical Center South.

    “Financial concerns for parents can impact kids in school,” said Marshall. “We hope to be able to help school kids and future school kids.”

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Methamphetamine use and abuse is among the most widespread problems in today’s society. A key task for law enforcement officials is education and awareness of the dangers surrounding meth.

    Kentucky State Police trooper Steve Pavey hopes to make young people aware of the growing problem in an attempt to keep them from horrible life situations. He presented a meth awareness program to students at Bullitt Lick Middle School and the Bullitt County Adult and Community Education’s JAG program.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - If it’s getting close to the Valentine Day holiday, it must be getting close to the annual American Red Cross Valentine Gala at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

    Tickets are now on sale to benefit the Bullittt/Spencer County Service Center of the American Red Cross. Tickets are $50 per person, $100 per couple or $400 for a table of eight. Half of each ticket price is tax deductible.

  • HILLVIEW - The Hillview Police Department donates toys and gifts to area children with assistance from local elementary students.

    This year's Operation Santa program provided food and gifts for over 400 families and children.

    Hillview elementary schools always donate items for the collection. The schools include Brooks, Freedom, Maryville and Overdale Elementary.

    Hillview Police and mayor Jim Eadens visit each school in person to collect the donated items.

  • The American Legion Post 157 and its Ladies Auxiliary hosted its annual Christmas party for youngsters in the community.

    The kids were treated to something to eat for lunch and then got to meet with Santa Claus.

    There were presents for all at this annual event.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Once a staple of the military, USO tours provided much-needed entertainment to troops away from home during the holidays.

    Shepherdsville resident Vina Leslie hopes to bring that Christmas spirit to today's soldiers. With help from many local businesses and organizations, including the American Legion Post 157, the "Wounded Warriors" stationed at Fort Knox were recipients of holiday cheer.

    Leslie's efforts began last year when members of her Kentuckiana Red Bells group decided to help soldiers at the base celebrate the season.

  • HILLVIEW - The Hillview Friends helped drive Christmas to Bullitt County.

    The group prepared Christmas gifts for up to 750 children, distributed during their second annual community Christmas party.

    Hillview Friends member Pam Watkins said the group distributed 250 gifts at aits inaugural party. Three years ago the group started by collecting gifts for 30 children in seven families.

    “Alone we couldn’t help the families as much, but together we can really do a lot,” Watkins said.

  • Sometimes when we think of a red suit we bring to mind the jolly old Santa Claus.

    But recently there was a man in a red suit that did not appear to be Santa, but he sure brought smiles on little ones faces as though he was.

    On Wednesday Nov. 12,  Todd Bodenheimer - along with four other “elves” - visited Kosair Children’s Hospital.

    Todd had collected toys and books over the weeks, which he took to the children at the hospital.

    The staff and the children warmly greeted him.

  • Each December, the Hillview Community Center hosts the living Nativity at the corner of Hillview Boulevard and Brookley  Drive.

    This is the longest-running live Nativity in the county.

    The church members are joined by live animals for this production, attended by hundreds of visitors.

    Continue to check www.pioneernews.net for more Christmas photos.

  • The Hebron Middle School concert and jazz bands performed a holiday band concert at Shepherdsville First Baptist Church.

    The show was directed by Hebron Band Director and Music instructor Josh Toppass.

    Songs included traditional Christmas melodies and revamped jazzy holiday mixes.

  • In an effort to boost student participation in eating lunch, Bullitt Lick Middle food services manager Denica Sanders and her staff decided to have a little contest.

    Each day a student ate, they got to put a ticket into a drawing for a large stocking of neat stuff.

    At the end of the promotion, Cody Farmer got to take home the top prize.

    More importantly, Sanders said the meal participation did increase during the month of December when the contest was being held. She said the school has good participation but this made the numbers even better.

  • Pleasant Grove Elementary School had its holiday festival with Santa.

    Children enjoyed crafts, cookies and had an opportunity to shop for their family and friends.

    There were lots of choices and yummy cookies.