•  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Cougar Buddies worked together to help a team even more important that the high school football squad.

    Cougar Buddies consist of Bullitt Central High School football players mentoring younger students from Shepherdsville Elementary, meeting each week for various programs and projects.

    Students young and old worked together to create friendly Christmas cards to be distributed to United States Army troops deployed overseas this season.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - The HOPE in Bullitt County program (Helping Out People Everywhere) hosted its annual Thanksgiving community meal this year at the Shepherdsville Community Center.

    HOPE co-founder Faith Portman said over 30 patrons attended the free meal, geared toward community members on low incomes or in need of financial assistance.

  •  Roby Elementary recently held its DARE graduation ceremony.

    Shepherdsville police officer David Smith serves as the DARE officer for the city.

    The DARE essay winners were Layla Andrews, Lyla Dennison, Sarah Brown and Makenzie Coleman.

    The graduates were:

  •  The kindergartens of Crossroads Elementary know the story of the first Thanksgiving and recently shared it with their families.

    The classes put on multiple shows of the two act play that highlighted struggles the Pilgrims faced on the ride on the Mayflower, the generosity of the Native Americans who taught the immigrants the ways of the land and the celebration the two societies experienced at the first dinner.

    Students performed historic dances from both cultures and added a few laughs in for the adults.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — In the beginning, a garden was used to show God’s love for His people.

    In 2018, gardens are still being used to show love.

    Specifically, members of the community are using their gardens to grow vegetables for the neighbors who need food and supplies but are unable to gather or grow it themselves.

    The garden at Saint Francis Xavier produces numerous vegetables for clients of the Mount Washington Community Ministries.

  •     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 November.


    1993 - 25 Years Ago.

       Raymond and Lois Shake were pictured bagging up their leaves at their Buckman Street home just before the snow hit.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Local historian Charles Hartley found a topic to research that wasn’t exactly the most pleasant story.

    However, after years of discussions and heresay, he decided the story was important enough to share for posterity.

    The new book - and the story itself - are known as “The Browningtown Massacre,” an event that took place in the county 90 years ago.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — In tough times, neighbors put differences aside and work toward a common goal. 

    That’s what Community Ministries is all about.

    Founded in 1984 by W. A. Lutes with the First Baptist Church of Mount Washington, Community Ministries strives to help residents with both physical and spiritual needs.

    Eventually, the organization began working with other churches to form the group that is known today.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - It was never John Loudermilk’s thought to become a book author.

    After surviving a heart attack in January, he began to collect all of the notes he had written down since returning home from the Vietnam War, deciding to put them in a form to share with his family.

    Eventually the notes were organized in a chronological fashion, combined with photographs and letters sent home from the time, to form a book, Battlefield Faith, now published and available for purchase.

  •  ZONETON - A very special young girl and her family received more Halloween treats than anyone.

    Four-year-old Mandy Wagers received her own Halloween party after missing the official holiday.

    And Mandy’s family, who all missed the holiday, received special gifts as well.

    Mandy was diagnosed in September with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Giloma, or DIPG, an aggressive brain stem tumor reported in only a few hundred children annually, with no cure and a life expectancy of less than a year.

  •  Santa Dolly (Parton) is coming down the chimney with the largest bag of entertainment ever! Dolly opens A Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood on Saturday, November 10th. To celebrate the season, Dolly is wrapping a beautiful gift in music, lights, sounds, smells and tastes of the season and just might be including a few surprises like polar bears. 

  •     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 October.


    1993 - 25 Years Ago.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON— It took a lot more than twenty-eight days for Mount Washington author Renäe Gilley to get one of her books published but that didn’t stop her from writing even more.

    The former licensed beautician, hospital infection control worker and rock-n-roll band singer wrote a six-part series before the idea of “Twenty-Eight Days” came to her in a dream.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — Mount Washington resident Dianalyne Mills never thought she’d get to be a mom.

    Cancer caused her to have a full hysterectomy by the time she was 25 years old but that didn’t stop her from praying during a trip to the Holy Land for a child.

    “There was a preacher behind me who told some people ‘that’s what faith looks like,’” she said.

    Almost 10 years ago, her prayers came true in a way that she never would have imagined.

  •  Girl Scout Troop 2298 volunteered their time to serve memory care residents tea and desserts at their first monthly tea party on Sunday, October 14, at Elmcroft Senior Living in Mount Washington. 

    Approximately 10 scouts ranging from ages 6 to 11 met with 17 residents to serve refreshments make crafts and sing songs. 

    Troop leader, Anna Simpson McCubbins said my mother passed away just last year from dementia and thought visiting local folks with similar situations as my mother may be a learning experience for the girls. 

  •  With the help of Metro United Way grant funds, the CASA program for Bullitt County has hired a part-time volunteer coordinator/recruiter to help serve additional abuses and neglected children.

    Beverly Rock has been a CASA volunteer for approximately eight years and brings her passion for kids with her. Her desire is to give every child the opportunity to live in a safe, loving and permanent home.

  •  FFA is moving UP – Our 2018 Homecoming theme; Disney, certainly matches our FFA chapter achievements this far.  Students are hard at work “making their dreams come true”.  Our students have a lot to be proud of, and we would like to share some of those with our community.  We would like to thank everyone who was involved at making this year’s homecoming successful once again.  

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — The city is home to an unusual celebrity and he just found his new crib.

    Justin Beaver, or JB for short, was abandoned as a baby and put under the care of Second Chances Wildlife Center.

    Founder Brigette Brouillard has kept JB at her house for the past year and a half, bottle-feeding him until he was older.

    “He’s never been with other beavers,” she said. “They are family-oriented. There are a lot of survival skills he lost by not growing up with them.”

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON — Kentucky may be farmland to the rest of the country but that doesn’t mean every kid has seen one work firsthand.

    Seeing the enthusiasm from her own students after an Agriculture Literacy Training event a few years ago, second grade teacher Amanda O’Bryan got to work designing a way to share that enthusiasm with the rest of Old Mill Elementary students.

    Thus, Agriculture Day was born.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - In The Bible, in the Book of James, it reads, “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.”

    Journey Christian Church in Shepherdsville showed their faith by their deeds, hosting the Journey Big Sunday, an event to give back to its surrounding community.

    Minister Jeremy Willis said the church decided upon various service projects, then selected a day for everyone participating to work together on completing the projects.