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  • 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.

  • Youngsters at Roby Elementary sang  while Santa and his helpers got a front-row seat.

    The PTA sponsored a supper and a Santa Shop, as well as ssinging performances by the youngsters.

    Santa was also there to have his picture taken with the many youngsters who attended.

    Watch www.pioneernews.net for more Christmas photos.

  • CEDAR GROVE - A standing tradition during the holiday season at Cedar Grove Elementary is the annual Christmas wish tree.

    Each year the school's certified staff members decorate a tree in the school lobby. The ornaments contain wishes from each member.

    Students and their families are invited to offer wish gifts of their own choosing. They can supply a wish gift for any teacher, not just homeroom instructors.

  • The Lebanon Junction Old Fashion Day Committee sponsored the annual Christmas in the City on Sunday.

    The celebration included the lighting of the city Christmas tree and visits with Santa, including refreshments.

    The community gathered to celebrate at city hall and the community center, with the celebration culminating in the square.

  • PIONEER VILLAGE - A group of girls at Maryville Elementary now know that science is fun.

    Female fourth grade students have an opportunity to participate in a new program known as “Scientists Who Wear Fingernail Polish.” Maryville instructor Elyse Harrington coordinated the program.

    Harrington and principal Sam Cowen both mentioned recent CATS test scores showed Maryville girls lagged behind boys in science. They believed the new program would raise interest and improve test scores.

  • The Bullitt County Toys for Tots effort, in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corps and the American Legion Post 157, had a record year in 2008.

    Over 1,000 participants were involved in the annual bike ride where toys were donated to help families in Bullitt County at Christmas.

    The rally started at the Tractor Supply in Hillview and included a trip to Shepherdsville and the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

  • St. Aloysius Elementary students celebrated the Christmas holiday with a special concert.

    The school is currently the only Catholic school in Bullitt County.

    The annual concert in the school gymnasium allows students an opportunity to perform in front of family and friends in attendance.

    The concert was directed by St. Aloysius Music instructor Lori Kerr.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON – Students in Teresa Cox's third grade class learned a valuable lesson Friday: That the gift of a handmade scarf can warm the heart and body.

    For the past ten years Cox, who teaches at Pleasant Grove Elementary School, has presented her students with a handmade scarf each Christmas.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON  — Tom Greenwell is a sales associate and window clerk for the Mount Washington Post Office - or is he an elf?

    This time every year, Greenwell transforms into Santa’s number one helper.

    He grows a special beard, his toes appear to curl and his festive red and green hat features pointy elf ears.