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  •  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.

  •  FRANKFORT -- Every third week of October (Bullying Prevention Month), schools across Kentucky have an opportunity to partner with their local lawmakers, first responders and community to observe Kentucky Safe Schools Week. 

    This week provides an opportunity for awareness of school safety issues and initiatives to be discussed and enhanced at the local and state level. This year Kentucky Center for School Safety is proud to announce Kentucky Safe Schools Week is set for October 21-27, 2018. 

  •  Business partnerships with schools are a win-win for all involved.

    Riverview Opportunity and Bullitt Alternative Center Assistant Principal Rich Watson and the Jefferson Commons Chick-fil-A are partnering to drive home the importance of student initiative.

    “We want to produce quality students both in the community and in the workplace,” Watson explained. “Students in our buildings come from a variety of backgrounds. Our teachers and staff want to showcase our students and praise them for going above and beyond the everyday student.”

  •  CLERMONT - If Bullitt County awarded a blue ribbon for the person with the most blue ribbons, it might be made out of wood.

    John Beckner would like be the person to make it, and then would be the person to receive it.

    Beckner earned a Best of Show ribbon at the 2018 Kentucky State Fair for a wooden toy model firetruck. He also earned a first place blue ribbon in the wooden models category

    Another model firetruck, based on a 1933 truck, earned Beckner a second place red ribbon in the scratch-built category.

  •  LEBANON JUNCTION — As national debates continue, one thing is agreed upon: gun safety can never be taught too early.

    Mayor Larry Dangerfield understands that too well, sharing with Lebanon Junction Elementary students a story from his childhood about a fatal accident with some brothers and the loss of his friend.

  •     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 September.

       

    1993 - 25 Years Ago.

  •  MOUNT WASHINGTON  — Hiding under a blanket as a child kept the monsters away and made everything better.

    As adults, the comfort of a blanket still brings a form of reassurance in times of distress. 

    A blanket that had been made and consistently prayed over can be especially comforting to those in the community who have dedicated their lives to keeping everyone safe from monsters.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Officials with Bullitt County Public Schools know what brown can do for their students.

    United Parcel Service is working with the BCPS College and Career Readiness Program to promote its School to Work program, which allows senior high school students to work during part of the school day while also acquiring college course credits.

    BCPS College and Career Readiness director Lee Barger credited School to Work with connecting all of the same dots that the school system hopes to match.

  •  FRANKFORT --  Thirty-four recent high school graduates from Bullitt County have been named Sen. Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). To earn this honor, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and at least a 28 composite on the ACT.

    These students have also earned $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards. If they keep their grades up in college, they will have $10,000 to use toward a four-year degree. 

  •  Over the years Nashville has often be referred to as “Nash Vegas.” My wife and her friend recently took the drive down I-65 to Music City. 

    Upon arriving at The Comfort Inn Downtown which would serve as their base for their all girls’ weekend they found Nashville truly is the Vegas of the South. 

    Downtown is packed with action 24/7 and there is a multitude of ways to get around town from party buses to golf carts willing to drive you to and from your destinations for just a tip!  

  •     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 August.

       

    1993 - 25 Years Ago.

       Tina Day would probably never forget her trip to Nashville when she was photographed with the country music star Garth Brooks.

  •  LOUISVILLE -- The Kentucky State Fair announces the lineup of the all-new Texas Roadhouse Concert Series, which runs throughout the fair, Aug. 16-26. 

    The series features a wide range of musical artists with a different concert every night, for a total of 26 bands. 

    This year all concerts at the Kentucky State Fair are free with paid gate admission.

    Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse is a new sponsor to the Kentucky State Fair.  

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Some local students really had to push hard to get their project in gear.

    They had to make a car move forward… without any electrical power whatsoever.

    The Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) Academy partnered with General Electric to complete a year-long project creating vehicles that could roll only with mass input, and without pushing or pulling force.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE — One likes to travel around to visit his Masonic brothers.

    The other does things for others because is comes naturally.

    Both were honored by the Bullitt County Masonic Lodge 155 on Friday night in its annual observance.

    Raymond Wolford, a member of the Zoneton Lodge, was selected as the Mason of the Year.

    Anita Stump was selected as the Citizen of the Year.

    A large turnout enjoyed a meal and then listened as Wolford and Stump were recognized.

  •  UPDATE (08/10): HOLLYWOOD, Cal. - A Bullitt County resident made his second appearance on national television Thursday night.

    Dominic Latkovski is co-founder of the ZOOperstars!, a team of inflatable mascots based on both professional athletes and animals.

    Latkovski and his brother, co-creator Brennan, were part of the troupe appearing on The Gong Show, a game show on ABC Television.

  •  It was a damp day in Bullitt County, but the smiles on the students' faces weren't washed away on opening day.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE — It’s a flashback to the days of milkshakes and drive-ins when the vintage cars start rolling in.

    For the past 24 years, the first weekend in August has seen over 10,000 gather annually in Louisville for the National Street Rod Association’s Annual Street Rod Nationals.

    The cars don’t stay the entire weekend in Louisville, though.

    Each year, hundreds of visitors utilize Bullitt County’s close access to the Kentucky Expo Center for hotel rooms, meals and more.

  •  Thanks to employees at several local businesses, 300 students will have  backpacks filled with school supplies.

    The employees of Gordon Food Service contributed 300 backpacks.

    First Harrison Bank and the Sleep Inn in Shepherdsville donated the school supplies. Faith Portman, one of the organizers of HOPE, said the backpacks will go to participants in the HOPE homeless program, as well as those recommended by the various Family Resource Centers for schools in the Shepherdsville area.