•  SHEPHERDSVILLE - Along with Valentine’s Day, today is also Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day. February is designated as American Heart Month.

  •  FRANKFORT, Ky. – Stories about adventure opportunities in Kentucky are now available online with a new blog from the state’s Office of Adventure Tourism.

    Regional writers will provide material for the “Outdoor Adventure Blog.” Some of the topics already covered include winter hiking, Mammoth Cave, goose hunting, eagle watch weekends at state parks and various travel options in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky.

    The blog can be viewed at www.getoutKY.com.

  •  The Bullitt County Farm Bureau has a way to assist high school seniors planning to attend college.

  •  HEBRON ESTATES - Matthew Davis will graduate from North Bullitt in 2011 with a 3.8 grade-point average.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - For nearly a quarter of a century Janet Teensma has worked tirelessly to help young women realize their dreams through the Bullitt County Woman's Club and the Kentucky Junior Miss organization. 

  •  PIONEER VILLAGE - Soldiers from the 101st Airborne division stationed at FOB Blessing in Afghanistan could use all the extra blessings they could get.

  •   MOUNT WASHINGTON - Mount Washington resident Chris Brown has become the 13th Boy Scout to attain the rank of Eagle Scout in Shepherdsville Boy Scout Troop 868.  He will be formally recognized at a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony at the Shepherdsville Community Center on Saturday, January 29.

  •  LOUISVILLE -  Metro United Way recognizes the challenges area not-for-profits face in meeting the growing community needs while simultaneously dealing with budget shortfalls.

  •  SHEPHERDSVILLE - A Southern gospel singing group with local ties will be on Music Row in Nashville this weekend attending a release party for their new album.

  •  CLERMONT - Teaching the mechanics of American government, Bernheim Middle School social studies teacher Jennifer Faith wanted to bring her subjects to life and show her students that the concepts they learned were real and the people behind them were flesh and blood.

  •     FRANKFORT - Mary Lou Hall is a master story teller.
        The stories she shares are vibrant and descriptive, recalling the life and character of those she depicts.
        Her subjects range from those she knows and loves to the historic figures she pays homage to.
        She shares these stories, not through the written or spoken word, but through the pictures she composes in paint.

  •   The Hillview Wal-Mart recently presented the Hillview Police Department with a $2,000 contribution for its DARE program.

    Police chief Col. Glenn Caple and DARE instructor Larry Moore accepted the check from store manager Joy Sublett and operations manager Greg Satterfield.

  •     HEBRON ESTATES - North Bullitt High School librarian Mary Parker is always looking for an idea to drum up reader interest.
        That’s why she took advantage of a school band concert to promote an author faire.
        Parker invited a list of local authors to participate at the event, held in conjunction with North Bullitt’s annual Christmas concert.

  •     LOUISVILLE - It’s been 18 months since Michaela Walls passed away, but she is still giving special gifts to her family and the community.
        The seven-year-old Shepherdsville resident suffered from Rett Syndrome, a nervous system disorder causing multiple developmental issues.
        Michaela and her family spent a lot of time at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, where the medical team took care of all family and friends.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON – When AJ Faught heard that Kentucky Fried Chicken was returning to Mount Washington and that the restaurant chain was offering a year supply of free chicken to those first in line for the grand opening he was determined to be one of them.

    Faught braved the frigid cold to become the first in line for the KFC Mount Washington grand opening on Tuesday, Dec. 14, arriving around 7:30 a.m. before anyone else.

  •   Students at Roby Elementary used some classic fairy tale characters to bring forth the lessons needed on how to help others.

    Character Matters was the theme of the recent musical presentation for the student body.

    The lessons on character traits is part of the curriculum at the school.

    More photos are available in the multimedia section of  www.pioneernews.net.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - In an effort to get families reading together, a family literacy event was recently held at Crossroads Elementary School for preschool and head start students of Mount Washington, Crossroads and Old Mill Elementary Schools.

        Participants heard stories, made crafts and joined in reading and counting activities. At the end of the program every child was given a new book, courtesy of the Old Mill/Crossroads and Mount Washington Elementary Schools Family Resource Centers.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - It took three months and several tries before the Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission would select a logo that best represented the county’s hospitality, natural beauty and thriving wine and bourbon industries. 

  •      FRANKFORT – State public health officials are encouraging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination during National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 5-11, to reduce the spread of illness this holiday season.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - For nearly a quarter of a century the folks at Peoples Bank Mount Washington have helped make Christmas a little brighter for countless local children in need through their annual Pick-A-Tree Star program.
        This year over 300 area elementary and middle school students are expected to receive clothes and toys for Christmas through the community effort.
        And it is truly a community effort.