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  • SHEPHERDSVILLE – I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

    This is Miss Bullitt County Fair 2008 Danielle Dafler’s mantra before going on stage in any pageant.

    Over and over she repeats these words in her thoughts to reassure herself and calm her nerves.

    These words are simple and few, derived from a children’s book about a determined train, but they have given her the confidence to succeed in pageants and in life.

  • Old Mill Elementary School had its annual parents shopping day out Dec. 13.

    Parents of Old Mill students could drop their children off in their pajamas while running Christmas errands.

    Children enjoyed food, candy, movies and a special appearance from Mrs. Claus.

    Filled with excitement, children awaited the special guest, Mrs. Claus.

  • Students at Cedar Grove Elementary got to build gingerbread houses during the holiday season.

    The annual project for the youngsters included some graham crackers and icing, along with a few milk cartons.

    The students involved in gingerbread making were in both morning and afternoon Kindegarten classes at Cedar Grove.

  • Despite one night of postponement due to weather, the Brooks Elementary concert was a success.

    Brooks students performed Christmas-related songs, some with instruments and others with choreographed dance steps.

    Prior to the show, children visited with Santa Claus.

    The show was directed by Brooks Music and Arts instructor Krista Mueller.

  • JAG Students recently experienced the feelings associated with serving others as they prepared and delivered gifts and goodies for the residents of Colonial House Nursing Home.   

  • The annual Bullitt Central High School Concert Choir Winter Benefit Concert took place at Shepherdsville First Baptist Church.

    Despite missing a few members due to illness, the choir received a favorable ovation.

    One of this year's highlights included a production of the classic Christmas tune, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," acted out by the performers while they sang.

  • Christy Coulter started this school year as the new Bullitt Central High School principal.

    But she is not new to Bullitt Central. As she says, she is “home grown”, graduating from BC in 1983, and teaching there for fourteen years.

    Coulter recently spoke to the Shepherdsville Lions Club about how it is going so far with her as principal.

    And it seems to be going very well. Students and teachers alike report a new excitement in the air.

  • Matthew Smothers was one of dozens of youngsters who visited a local school during the holiday season to talk with Santa.

    Smothers, 8, stopped by Nichols Elementary recently to give Santa his list of eishes for Christmas morning.

    More holiday photos will be available in the photo galleries on the front page of www.pioneernews.net, along with more photos in stories in both the news and features sections.

  • Two Bullitt County Public School staff members have been honored with Outstanding Achievement in School Information Services (OASIS) awards for district publicity.

    Adult and Community Education Secretary Valinda Reed received Second Place in the category of External Publications - Full Color for the Fall 2007 Bullitt County Community catalogue.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE — With specially-made placemats and name tags, second grade students in Dionna Bickley and Beth Lahue’s classes were treated to a special meal.

    In honor of Thanksgiving, the students were served a meal of turkey and all the trimmings on the Tuesday before holiday break.

    Thanks to donations from Mark’s Feed Store, Bootleg BBQ and Ernie Norris, the students were able to dine in style. Parents helped to prepare some of the food and also helped to serve the students.

  • The Bullitt Central choir performed during the community Thanksgiving service at First Baptist Church of Shepherdsville.

    It was part of the annual Fellowship of Concern Thanksgiving service.

    The BC choir will perform again at First Baptist Church of Shepherdsville Monday, Dec. 15, at its annual Christmas concert. The public is invited to attend. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

  • On Thanksgiving day, members of the First Baptist Church in Shepherdsville, with some assistance from the local Boy Scout troop from St. Aloysius, helped to serve over 325 meals.

    The volunteers prepared the meals and then delivered many of them. Many others came by the church to pick up the holiday feast.

    The members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church continued their long tradition of serving the community on Thanksgiving day by preparing over 400 meals, many of which were delivered to those in the area.

  • Boy Scouts in the Lincoln Heritage Council collected over 350,000 canned goods as part of this year’s Scouting for Food program to help the less fortunate.

    The over 22,000 members of the 25-county area donated 50,000 service hours to the cause.

    The collected goods remain in local food banks, churches and homeless shelters.

    In Bullitt County, scout groups, like the one pictured at Overdale United Methodist Church, braved a cold, rainy Saturday to pick up thousands of canned food items that will help the community this holiday season.

  • HEBRON ESTATES – Tabitha Rash and her family have become synonymous with raising and showing rabbits in the area.

    All three daughters of Butch and Yvonda Rash have been active in the sport.

    In 2008, Louisville would be home to the national convention of the American Rabbit Breeders Association, an event that attracts entrants from all over the world.

    Tabitha was looking forward to entering.

    Unfortunately, along came a train derailment in January 2007, and it wiped out her crop of rabbits.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON — Roger Clark Sr. admits he was struggling with life when he joined the Mount Washington Chapter of the AARP five years ago.

    He had been told by his doctor that he would eventually need an electric wheelchair, was struggling with his weight and was continuing to cope with his wife’s death that occurred several years prior.

  • North Bullitt had a special salute to Veterans Day with retired First Sgt. Pamela Cypert as the keynote speaker.

    The school’s JROTC, including the drill team, coordinated the program.

    Several members of the armed services were present, along with school system officials.

  • CLERMONT - The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Bernheim Chapter recently hosted its eighth Wheelin’ Sportsmen event.

    The program offers handicapped hunters an opportunity to enjoy the sport with plenty of assistance from NWTF volunteers.

    NWTF Bernheim Chapter President Eddie Orozco said 36 hunters participated.

    With the help of donations, contributing sponsors and members from other area NWTF chapters, Wheelin’ Sportsmen clears paths for wheelchair accessibility, sets up blinds and offers forest guides.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - They came from miles away as part of a mission.

    Their mission was to construct a new place of worship.

    The Shepherdsville congregation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses had outgrown their space on Highway 44 East and needed a new place to worship.

    Once the location on the Charles Hamilton Highway was found, it was time to build.

    Over the course of several weeks, over 1,000 volunteers worked to build the new kingdom hall.

    “It is wonderful,” said Joe Hurst, who coordinated the effort.

  • Cardinal Dodge and Bullitt Central FFA Chapter announced that the two organizations raised more than $1,750 in scholarship and operational funds through the Hometown Scholarship Program.

    Through the program Bullitt Central FFA members accepted suggested donations of $5.00 from Shepherdsville community members.

    The donors were then invited to visit the dealership for a t-shirt as well a chance to win an all-new 2009 Dodge Ram truck.

    The donated funds are earmarked for FFA scholarships and the FFA’s treasury for operational and leadership needs.

  • Who killed Pierre Painter?

    That was the task at hand during the fourth annual Bullitt County Arts Gala.

    The audience had an opportunity to vote on its Artist of the Year but little did they know that their dinner would include MURDER.

    Playwright Bill Breuer provided the script for the cast  and the murder mystery was a hit for the crowd gathered at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

    Local artists also had their works on display for sale prior to the dinner.