•  HILLVIEW — Stealing from children.

    That is what happened recently at Challis Ford Park on Mudd Lane.

    Operated by the Blue Lick Optimist, thieves recently stole a four-wheeler used to get fields ready for baseball play, equipment and a security system.

    The park lost over $5,000 on property and there is  no insurance coverage to make the league whole again.

    That’s when the community took over.

  •  HILLVIEW -- If you’ve ever wanted to release your anger and break a plate or bust up that old VCR you no longer need, there is now a place in Hillview just for that. 

    A couple from Bullitt County have recently opened Smash Time, a rage room that allows you to break just about anything without feeling guilty.   

    After watching an episode of Chrisley Knows Best featuring a rage room, Meagan Cullen thought it was a funny idea and mentioned it to her husband, Brian Larson.  

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Bullitt Countians have probably noticed an influx of mobile food trucks. 

    Food trucks have been rolling into Bullitt County as laws in Louisville prepare to change. 

    Mobile food units or food trucks as they are more commonly known are anything that operates on wheels or in another form are mobile.  

    But are they licensed? And who inspects the mobile feeding trailers?

  •  Little Flock Christian Academy students, staff and families participated in a number of missions projects during the past school year.

    Those included:

    *Hosted monthly birthday parties and a Christmas party for seniors at the Portland Neighborhood House

    *Helped with activities at Alternative Health Adult Day Center and Beehive Homes

    *Delivered goodies for the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office and the Bullitt County  Judge Executive’s office

    *Did yard work for neighbors

  •  LOUISVILLE -- Johnathon Arnold, a 2018 graduate of Bullitt East High School, has been selected to receive a full scholarship from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to pursue a civil engineering degree at the University of Louisville. 

    This competitive scholarship, established in 1948, has been awarded to more than 1,800 exceptional students from throughout the state. 

  •  LEXINGTON -- Kentucky students were honored for posters and essays that express how Kentucky’s agriculture community is working to address hunger during the annual Poster and Essay Contest awards ceremony recently at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

    “I want to congratulate the winners, who depicted in art and writing how our farmers are helping feed the hungry here in Kentucky and around the world,” Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Michael J. Shepherd grew up in Bullitt County as an atheist.

    “I started believing in God in 1987,” he said. “That’s when my journey began. I believed there was a God because there were answered prayers that only he could answer.”

    That moment, along with his retirement in 2015, led Shepherd to a career as a book author, writing about the history of churches.

  •  FRANKFORT -- Bullitt County Circuit Court Clerk Paulita Keith participated in sessions on implicit bias, organ donation and court security to protect the public at the 2019 Circuit Court Clerks Spring Conference. 

  •  FRANKFORT — Kentucky high school students and 2019 graduates should check their Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) accounts for accuracy.KEES allows students to earn money for college for good grades in high school and for qualifying scores on the ACT or SAT. 

    KEES is administered by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

    To check their awards, students need to sign in to their account on www.kheaa.com. 

  •  Troy Yocum created the first plans for the Active Heroes Retreat when he was 10 years old and on June 15 two major parts of the retreat were opened to the public.

    Ribbon cuttings were held for the dog park and amphitheater.

    After the ribbon cutting on the amphitheater the retreat hosted its first show with performances by Tyler Warden and John D’Amato and Trouble Junction. 

    The show marked the first of the Active Heroes Concert Series.

  •  LOUISVILLE -- The Kentucky State Fair is looking for blue ribbon winners.

    The Kentucky State Fair encourages competitors of all ages and interests to submit entries and compete for cash prizes and the more than 5,000 blue ribbons to be awarded in August..

    Competitors of all ages can choose from 31 departments -- including culinary, antiques, livestock, homebrew beer, photography and textiles -- which are further divided into 7,000 total classes of competition.

    Deadlines for Entries to the Fair:

    *General -- July 1

  •     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 June.

    1994 - 25 Years Ago.

       Contestants for the 1994 Miss Bullitt County Fair included Christina Abbott, Raina Chesser, Melissa Cissell, Michelle Dawn Gaus, Brooke Keller, Shana Dawn Maier, Jennifer Dawn Marcum, Lea Mattingly, Kathy McCarthy, and Christine Mitchell. Melissa Cissell was chosen for the honor.

  •  Most people go to Nashville these days because it has become America’s third “it” city right up there with NYC and Las Vegas.

  •  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.