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  • 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.

  • 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.