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  •  Trombone player Brooklyn Pierce smiled with pride and tapped her foot with the momentum of the music.

    During the Bullitt Lick Middle School spring concert, the music she read was placed on 30 brand new stands enjoyed by fellow band members in grades 6-8.

    Brooklyn concluded her middle school career June 8th and wanted to leave something for future rehearsals and concerts.

    As a Girl Scout project, she collected $691 which was matched by the Bullitt Lick Booster Club for a total of $1,382, enough to purchase the music stands.

  •  Returning to Louisville for its 51st consecutive year July 14 – 29, Homearama has showcased the finest in custom-built new homes in the Greater Louisville area, and the 2018 show will be no exception! 

    The first conservation subdivision in Jefferson County, Catalpa Farms—a Signature Green Properties development, will greet visitors with expansive views across ridges and valleys, ever-present gentle breezes, and a tranquil setting that is sure to please.

  •  CLERMONT --  The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) recently named Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest the recipient of the 2018 Operational Sustainability Award at its annual conference.

    Bernheim is only the third organization to ever receive the honor from the leading professional organization in the field of public horticulture. 

  •  PLEASANT GROVE - Recently the Honor Flight Program celebrated its 10th anniversary of honoring veterans by flying them to Washington, DC, to visit memorials and be celebrated by others for their services.

    Students from Pleasant Grove Elementary were able to participate in the anniversary, creating thank you cards and letters for the participating veterans.

    About 200 letters and notes were created by PGES students for the anniversary flight, according to Honor Flight volunteer Shila Ringo, who works at PNC Bank in Shepherdsville.

  •  LEXINGTON -- A local student was part of a group of University of Kentucky students who placed third in a national competition.

    A tractor built by University of Kentucky students recently placed third at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International Quarter-Scale Tractor Student Design Competition.

    In addition to the team’s overall ranking, they also placed third in performance events and placed first, second and third in each of the three tractor pulls.

  •  CEDAR GROVE - A strong working relationship with a local business and the Bullitt County Public Schools Family Resource Centers has resulted in an entertaining and educational endeavor.

    Alliance Entertainment, located within the Cedar Grove Business Park, donated 26,000 educational DVDs to the Family Resource Centers and Youth Service Centers.

  •     We will be looking back 25, 50, 75, and 100 years to see what was being printed in The Pioneer News in 1993, 1968, 1943, and 1918 in the month of June.

    1993 - 25 Years Ago.

       Cub Scout Jimmy Wilkins was pictured placing a small American Flag before a veteran’s grave at the Hebron Cemetery on Memorial Day morning.

       The paper reported on the work that Pioneer Village resident Corbin Huff was doing to help teach martial arts to pupils who are blind.

  •   It was a hot time at the old Bullitt County Fair last week.

    The week started out with some showers but the end of the festivities were hot, hot, hot.

    Continue to check the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net for Fair highlights over the next week, including pageant photos and various contest winners.

  •  CLERMONT – Bernheim’s Little Free Library has been recognized as a Little Free Library of Distinction for having a unique or exceptionally creative and inspiring design. 

    Bernheim credits Mrs. Fox’s 2017 fourth grade class at Mount Washington Elementary for their vision, and Bernheim member and champion woodworker John Beckner for his expert craftsmanship.

  •  All eight Bullitt County Public School elementary students participating in Kentucky’s National History Day competition at in Lexington earned honors.

    Kyndra Nalley and Reagan Manco of Lebanon Junction took First Place in State in Elementary Group Performance - Patriot Versus Loyalist:  A conflict for personal freedom.

  •  Memorial Day is a special day that is always commemorated throughout Bullitt County.

    Many events will be hosted during the three-day holiday weekend to allow county residents an opportunity to pay their respects to those who have lost their lives serving our country, as well as to honor the many veterans that will be in attendance.

    On Sunday, the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 454 is hosting its 26th annual memorial service at Highland Memory Gardens in Mount Washington.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — The forgotten war will be remembered in Mount Washington for generations to come thanks to a local student.

    Located in Highland Memory Garden in Mount Washington, Robby Smith, 17, designed a monument to honor Korean War veterans as part of his Eagle Scout project.

    Inspired by his grandfather, Smith knew he wanted to do an Eagle Scout project that would stay.

    “I wanted something I could come back in 30 years and show my kids and say ‘I did that’,” he said.

  •  LEXINGTON, KY —”The Family Foundation of Kentucky is pleased to honor state Rep. James Tipton and state Rep. Russell Webber with its ‘Champion of Faith, Family and Freedom Award’ for their principled and steadfast leadership over the last biennium,” said Kent Ostrander, president of the organization. 

    “The direction of the Commonwealth has changed significantly in the last two years, in no small part because of the dedication and labor of these two Bullitt County representatives.” 

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- When Speyside Cooperage brought its unique business to Bullitt County in 2010, it was done with little fanfare.

    Even as they passed the business on North Buckman Street next to the post office, the factory was nestled back off the road.

    Now, the community’s first international company is ready to spread its wings and get more active.

    The first project will be to partner with the city of Shepherdsville in its beautification program.

  •  Donald Trump, Elvis Presley and Beverly Clearly walk into a school. No, it’s not a punch line. It’s a historic wax museum at Mount Washington Elementary.

    Fifth graders recently picked a famous person and researched his or her life. Then, they dressed up as the person and presented their historic findings to the fourth graders.

    Characters included Michelle Obama, John Deere, Anne Frank, Michael Jordan, Mary Todd Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Coco Chanel and many more.

  •  Who says robotics is only for boys? 

    Well a group of local girls from Whitefield Academy have definitely proved that girls can do robotics too.

    It all began as a dream for team captain Elaine Nelson. “I felt it would be great to try and form an all girls’ team and this year we have made it happen!” said Elaine.

    After a previous competition, Olivia Bailey, of Shepherdsville, stated, “This is so much fun! We are going to remember this for a long time.”

  •  Kendra Cox and her two year-old son Brayden took big steps toward independence by recently moving into the Family Scholar House on Cane Run Road in Louisville.

    Kendra’s accomplishments include becoming the first graduate of the district’s TeenAge Parent Program (TAPP) to qualify and be accepted after earning a Hardship Graduation Request from Riverview Opportunity Center in December 2017. She completed all of her senior requirements, is Career Ready in childcare, employed at UPS, and intends to enroll in the Galen College of Nursing.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Boy Scouts of America Lincoln Heritage Council presented its 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award to local businessman Kenny Hester.

    Beginning with a small transmission business off Velva Drive in the county’s north end, Hester developed the business into Whatever It Takes Transmission Parts. He went on to found Hester’s Family Fitness, and in recent years the facility moved into the new Hester Building located on W. Hebron Lane.

  •  HILLVIEW — There is no doubt there’s an opioid crisis throughout the country.

    The question is what can the various stakeholders do to improve that deadly situation?

    Recently, Centerstone sponsored a forum to discuss how the community can get involved in addressing the situation.

    Around two dozen individuals gathered at the Hillview Government Center.

    Sarah Smith, safe schools coordinator for the Bullitt County Public School System, led the discussion.

  •  HILLVIEW — A diary never meant to be read has been turned into a two-person show and visitors to the Bullitt County Public Libraries got to see it first hand.

    The Bright Star Touring Theatre presented “The Story of Anne Frank” to patrons of all ages at the Hillview Public Library in preparation for Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 12.