•  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Shiloh’s Coffee House, which opened its doors recently in Shepherdsville, is part of a dream that began 11 years ago on a return flight from Buenos Aires.

    At the time, Jason Isaacs was the new pastor at Hope City Church in Louisville when he felt God calling him and the church to shift their focus towards generosity. 

    The dream was to donate $1 million and since that dream began, the church has donated $500,000 to build orphanages, support missions, help local families and build churches. 

  •  LOUISVILLE — The 66th Annual WHAS Crusade for Children telethon received over $170,000 from Bullitt County donors.

    For the Mount Washington Fire Protection District, a personal milestone of over $1 million in donations over the past 60 years was reached.

    Captain Brian Vires began working to get the community involved once he realized how close the department was to the achievement. His goal became not only to pass $1 million but to give the Crusade the district’s best donation yet.

  •  As the school year comes to an end at Bullitt Central High School, Mr and Mrs. Peake’s, FFA, and Agriculture students concluded their second annual Agriculture Day for Roby Elementary primary students. 

    This year the event was held on Thursday May 23, spirits and temperatures were high as Roby students participated in six stations. 

  •   CLERMONT -- Grab a fishing pole and bring the whole family to Family Fishing Days at Bernheim on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2.

    In the spirit of the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Free Fishing Days, all of Bernheim arboretum lakes are open for fishing (no license required) from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a day of family fun.

    Can’t make it the first weekend in June? Fish with a license in Lake Nevin anytime Bernheim is open.

  •  ZONETON - Most of the buzz these days at Zoneton Middle School comes from the buzzers of the school’s Quick Recall team.

    Zoneton’s Academic Team is headed to Chicago to compete in the 37th annual National Academic Championship June 7-10.

    The trip serves as the culmination of a successful competitive season, with the team earning top honors at the district level and success at the regional level.

  •  A select few Bullitt County high school juniors are among this year’s Governor’s Scholars.

    Bullitt Central – Madison Carter, Savannah Price, Grace Rock and James Reading.

    Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) Program – Jacob Harrison (Alternate).

    Bullitt East – Olivia Armstrong, Emily Ezell, Andrea Foley, Lauren Jones and Shelby Knieriem.

  •  Thanks to the help of several contractors, the Bullitt County EMS kitchen was up and running just in time for EMS Week, May 19-25.

    Every year, deputy EMS director J.R. Noe said something is done to show the personnel how much their work is appreciated.

    This year, contractors Steve Ogle of SO Contracting, Dave Kremzar of D3Group Contracting and Steve O’Keefe of O’Keefe’s Floor Covering contributed all the material and labor to complete the EMS kitchen.

  •  The Louisville Zoo is a must this summer!

    The Louisville Zoo is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! If you grew up in Jefferson or surrounding counties and went to elementary school during the 1980’s, 1990’s or early 2000’s it is almost guaranteed that you went to The Louisville Zoo on at least one school field trip. With The Louisville Zoo celebrating its BIG 5-0!, I thought I would give you 5 reasons why you should take your kids or grandkids to The Louisville Zoo.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Boy Scouts of America Lincoln Heritage Council recognized local businessman Bill Samuels Jr. with their 2019 Bullitt County Distinguished Citizen Award.

    Samuels is the Chairman Emeritus of Maker’s Mark Distillery and is the son of co-founders Margie and Bill Samuels Sr., taking over as company president in 1975.

    A plaque was presented to Samuels by the council, honoring him for “leadership and unselfish service to youth and adults in his family, church, business, community, and state.”

  •  Members of Bullitt Masonic Lodge 155 presented seven bikes to Cedar Grove Elementary.

    Students who have perfect attendance this year will be placed into a drawing.

    The lodge presents seven bikes to Cedar Grove, Roby and Shepherdsville each year.

    Funds for the programs come from the monthly breakfast, held the first Saturday of the month at the lodge.

    This is just one of numerous programs supported by Lodge 155. 

  •  CLERMONT -- Spring has sprung and that means it’s time to get outside and experience all that is budding in nature. That also means it’s time for the first-ever Fe Fi Fo FunFest and Fe Fi Fo Run on Saturday, May 18.

    Step into the world of Forest Giants and woodland faeries from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  at Bernheim’s Fe Fi Fo FunFest. The spring celebration includes nature discovery stations, construction of the faerie village, a costume parade, giant tree giveaways, local food trucks, Isaac’s Cafe offerings and more.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Students were recently honored by the Bullitt County Conservation District and Bullitt County Farm Bureau Insurance for their essays and artwork.

    Also, four students were presented with scholarships.

    Lilly Mooney, Kemper Barr, Matthew Brown and Hannah Pyles were presented $2,000 college scholarships from the district.

    Lilly Mooney and Joshua Kelley were named the essay winners. Ava Kelley and Ashlyn Neutz were honored as the poster winners.

  •  A tradition dating back to the 1800s was repeated Sunday as the Shepherdsville Fire Department welcomed three new pieces of equipment to its fleet.

    Through the approval and funding of the Shepherdsville City Council, nearly $3 million in new equipment was shown to the public.

    The ladder truck and two engine trucks went through the ritual of being washed down by an existing engine.

    The public then had the chance to dry to trucks before members of the department “pushed” the new equipment into the main firehouse on Conestoga Parkway.

  •     We will be looking back 25, 50, 75, and 100 years to see what was being printed in The Pioneer News in 1994, 1969, 1944, and 1919 in the month of April.

    1994 - 25 Years Ago.

       Michelle Sharp, a senior at Bullitt Central, was pictured at a modeling session for an advertisement for the Bacon’s Department Store.

  •  In an effort to provide some motivation to the members of the Lebanon Junction Elementary archery team, LJ police chief Terry Phillips made a challenge.

    And Third District constable Larry Watkins added to that challenge to raise archery scores even higher.

    The archery team won both challenges and Phillips and Watkins got to direct the afternoon school traffic Wednesday adorned in pink tu-tus.

    Operation TuTu was a success for the students and the officers were pleased to pay up on their bets.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - There are fears, concerns, and even misconceptions about the safety of young people in regards to human trafficking.

    While many have preconceived notions of the existence of human trafficking in society, many do not understand how to properly prepare against it.

  •  HEBRON ESTATES - Two local Girl Scouts earned awards for assisting their church with a special project.

    Tori Bickett and Autumn Bolt are members of Troop 1040, based at Camp Shantituck. They both attend Hebron Middle School and are members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.

    The girls both earned a Silver Award for their service project, requiring 50 hours of service and providing a lasting creation for the community.

  •   What does it take to create a successful trebuchet?

    Bullitt Advanced Math and Science students had the unique opportunity to inquire strategies of engineers and inventors at FirstBuild, a global co-creation community backed by GE Appliances, a Haier Company.

    Michael Ekbundit, Director, Engineering - Clothes Care COE, Clothes Care Sourced Products for GE Appliances, a Haier Company, initiated the activity.

  •  A tidy and organized home can feel like a refuge at the end of the day. If your home has become cluttered and disorganized, take the time to declutter and sort it out. 

    Going room by room, the first step is to get rid of anything you don’t need. It may seem overwhelming at first, but removing unwanted and unneeded things will be liberating. You may even find yourself throwing out more than you originally planned.

  •  Does your home need an update? If a full renovation isn’t in the cards this spring, here are five fun and inexpensive make-over tips for reinvigorating your home. 


    1. New accessories

    Inexpensive upgrades such as new throw pillows on the couch, a fresh tablecloth in the dining room or a chic frame for a painting or photo will help revitalize your home. 


    2. Rearrange your furniture