•  The Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency celebrated another year of assistance and providence in Bullitt County.

    MPCAA recognized Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts, along with her mother, Merrill Roberts, for 12 years of service on the local MPCAA Board of Directors.

    “We hate to lose you, but we wish you good luck,” said Joanna Freels, chairperson of the MPCAA board.

    Judge Roberts thanked board members, employees and all of the Senior Center members who regularly attend events.

  •  Seniors celebrated their second childhood with a big Christmas party at the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency.

    Attendees participated in a gift exchange, played card games, enjoyed some live music, and were served a large chicken dinner with desserts.

    About 30 regular participants visit the Senior Center, which provides meals and activities for its members.

    For more information about the program, or to assist with donations, call Nichole Simmons, 543-3455.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE — For over two decades, Americans have anxiously watched as contestants chose their final answers in an attempt to become millionaires.

    Last month, Western Kentucky University sophomore and Shepherdsville native Rebecca Price took her chance at the million as a contestant on the popular quiz show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

    Price decided at the beginning of the summer to apply for several shows including “Jeopardy” and “Family Feud.”

  •  The students at Overdale Elementary had a chance to donate toys for the Hillview Operation Santa program.

    And, a few lucky students got to throw pies at the faces of Hillview police officers and Overdale teachers.

    It was definitely a fun time. 

    See more photos by Stephen Thomas in the multimedia section of www.pioneernews.net.

  •  Santa Rosa Systems collected toys for the less fortunate at Christmas time. The company recently gathered with Zoneton and Mount Washington fire departments for the donation. 

  •  Shelby Ratcliff of Shepherdsville has been selected as president of Mount St. Joseph University’s Rainbow Alliance.

    The alliance provides a safe place for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions to discuss the challenges pertaining to those of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and to build community and mutual understanding and support for all.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - When it comes to helping the needy at Christmas, employees at the Shepherdsville Kroger have it in the bag!

    The store is collecting bags of groceries as part of the store’s nationwide “Cram the Cruisers” campaign, which encourages stores to work with local police agencies and others to collect and distribute food items to needy familes.

    The Shepherdsville location is leading all other Kroger stores in a five-district, multi-state region, with 1,564 bags as of mid-December.

  •  Christmas is just a few weeks away! If you are like me, there always a few people on your list who are hard to buy for. So let me suggest you give the gift of music, reading or entertainment this holiday season. 

  •  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.