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  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- There is never a dull moment in Bullitt County.

    Looking back on 2015 had so many events that we have divided the year in half.

    There are no such things as the top stories of the year. There will be no ranking. Instead, we will relive some of the moments of 2015 with today’s collectionrunning from January through June.

    Southeast Bullitt Fire Department closed out 2014 as a hot topic of discussion. And it took just the second day of the new year to throw gasoline onto an already simmering fire.

  • Amazon Fulfillment Centers in Shepherdsville donated hundreds of toys and new bikes to the Bullitt County Toys for Tots program.

    The local facility has over 2,000  full-time employees, as well as seasonal workers during the holiday period.

  •  A long-standing tradition at Hillview Community Christian Church is the Walk to Bethlehem live nativity.

    Great weather brought thousands to the special observance of the Christmas season.

    See more photos from the live nativity, as well as photos and videos from many other Bullitt County Christmas events, in the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net.

  •  Police officers throughout Bullitt County are sworn to serve and protect, and at Christmas they serve as much as anyone.

    Among the programs that assist area families and youth in need of further assistance, the Bullitt County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 42 help out with their annual “Shop with a Cop” program.

    This year five children from two selected families searched the aisles of the Shepherdsville Wal-Mart for clothes, shoes and a few nice toys.

  •  FRANKFORT -- If you drive impaired in Jefferson County and surrounding counties -- beware.

    The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS), Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Brown-Forman joined other Louisville Highway Safety Committee team members from highway safety and health-related agencies to kick off the holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign recently at Fourth Street Live in Louisville.

  •  Cedar Grove Baptist Church again sponsored its Road to Bethlehem.

    The drive-thru experience led visitors to the Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus and the trials he faced from the non-believers.

    For travelers, if you didn’t have a few sheckles, Caesars’ men were not going to let you proceed. All complied.

    Perfect weather led to long lines of visitors to this second annual event.

    See more photos from the Road to Bethlehem, as well as other area holiday events, in the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Patrons are welcome to come in whenever the lights are on at Lights Out.

    One of Bullitt County’s newest dining establishments, Lights Out Bar and Grill is open for business in Shepherdsville.

    Lights Out is the first restaurant location for co-owners Tom and Beth Ann Chamberlain, who hope to provide another option for local diners.

    Beth Ann also owns All State Title Service, a local business providing vehicle titles for businesses such as banks and auction sites.

  •  In recognition of its achievement of its women’s program this year, Bullitt County Farm Bureau received the 2015 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville.

    The award honors county Women’s Committees for active participation in leadership development programs, agricultural promotion, educational initiatives and numerous other aspects of support to the local Farm Bureau.

  •  The Mountain City Cruisers donated $2,000 worth of toys and supplies to the Angel Tree.

    For 10 years, the group has hosted the “Cruising for Santa” car show at ValuMarket to raise the money. They are also running the car shows during the spring and fall festivals. The team also donated $2,000 to local food ministries.

    “Everything we do is strictly for the community,” member Ted Cook said. “If it wasn’t for the community [donating door prizes, etc.], we couldn’t do it.”

  •  Bullitt County Farm Bureau was recognized during the 96th Kentucky Farm Bureau annual meeting in Louisville for its outstanding membership and program achievement in 2015.

    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.

  •  LOUISVILLE -- Bullitt County student, Lilly Mooney, was among the 11 students selected from across the state to display their agriculture science projects at last week’s Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) annual meeting in Louisville.

    Mooney, a home-schooled student, displayed her science project as part of the KFB annual meeting’s tradeshow. Her project, “Popular Pawpaws,” explored the nutritional benefits of this lesser-known fruit.

    She was awarded $125 and a certificate of recognition for her participation at the state level.

  •  Photographer Stephen Thomas caught the demolition work being done on a water tower behind Shepherdsville Square Shopping Center.

    According to Kelley Dearing-Smith, communications director for Louisville Water Co., the demolition on the 160,000-gallon water storage tank was being done by All Industrial Services.

    When water storage tanks were built to handle 1.5 million gallons on Cedar Grove Road, the tank behind the shopping center was not needed. She said it has been out of service since 2011.

  •  HEBRON ESTATES - Two schools and a church combined efforts once again to bring a more joyous Thanksgiving holiday to area families.

    Okolona Christian Church collected food items for 27 families with students from North Bullitt High School and Hebron Middle School.

    The church works in conjunction with the NB/HMS Youth Services Center. The program works with the schools to determine families in need of assistance.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON -- One local teacher has much more joy than usual to share with her students this holiday season.

    Anne Lopez, teacher at Eastside Middle School in Mount Washington, Kentucky, has been named a recipient of a 2015 MAC Grant from McDonalds’ Restaurants of Kentuckiana.

    For the 13th consecutive year, Kentuckiana middle school teachers have shared their ideas on how to “Make Activities Count” in the classroom in hopes of receiving a McDonald’s MAC Grant.

  •   Bullitt County Public Schools have been named to the College Board’s 6th annual National Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Roll. The district is one of only six in Kentucky to achieve the honor.

    Superintendent Keith Davis cited a dynamic and tenacious work ethic of those involved with AP classes at the secondary level of education.

  •  BEREA -- On Saturday, Nov. 28, Jason Kelty, of Shepherdsville, will demonstrate stone carving from 10:30 to 3:30 at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

    Kelty has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bellarmine University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture with a focus of stone carving, from the University of Kentucky. 

  •  In preparation for the upcoming construction of the school, Mount Washington Elementary volunteers helped ensure the school grounds were to par.

    The stone dedicating the benches to the bus drivers was moved into storage to prevent anything from breaking it.

    The Mccafferty and Ousley families also helped move mulch to the playground to fill in low spots to help make the area safer for the kids.

  • The following video was produced by Bullitt East students to recognize just a few of their many achievements over the years in celebration of their recent top ten high school rank in the state of Kentucky.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON – A few local companies have given one Mount Washington family a big reason to be thankful this season.

    Travis Holbert, a fourth grader at Crossroads Elementary, has cerebral palsy.

    “Everything in the head just works great,” his mom, Melissa Hembree, said. “It’s them limbs that don’t want to do what he wants them to.”

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - What might seem like a sad farewell became a very happy celebration at The Peoples Bank of Bullitt County.

    Employees gathered to host a party at the main branch offices to honor the careers of 10 long-time employees who will retire from the company in December.

    Earlier this year the community received official word that First Harrison Bank, based in Corydon, Ind., would take over The Peoples Bank branches.