Over the years, Charles Hartley has shared glimpses of what was being printed in The Pioneer News in different months and years. This page includes what was taken from the January through May issues of 1993.
Rev. Joseph Hamilton, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Mt. Washington, retired after spending nine years at the church. Rev. Hamilton suffered a heart attack in his second year at the church, and was the recipient of a transplanted heart in August 1985.
In his interview with Carl Curtsinger, Rev. Hamilton said that he was retiring mostly for health reasons. He said, "I've taken enough medicine to kill two horses and a mule."
He would continue to be active for several years, before passing away in April 2003.
In the B.C. Invitational, North Bullitt defeated Warren East by 3 with Rick Szczapinski scoring 18 and Jeff Larison adding 16.
In their semifinal game against Fren Creek, it took three overtimes for Fern Creek to come out on top 98-96. Both Szcapinski with 35, and Larison with 20 fouled out in the overtimes.
Then Bullitt Central ran past McCreary Central by 23 with Jason Post scoring 29 points, Bryan Bates adding 20, and Jimmy Westwood scoring 18. Westwood was the team's leading scorer with 21 in B.C.'s semifinal loss to DeSales.
In the consolation game, B.C. defeated North 86-73 with Post leading the B. C. scoring with 26, and Szczapinski scoring 27 for North.
With election time fast approaching, several folks were filing to run for office. Walter A. Sholar filed for re-election as country attorney; incumbent Glenn Armstrong and John Harper filed for County Judge; Nina Mooney sought re-election as county clerk, and Ralph Bleemel filed for his third term as jailer.
The Peoples Bank of Bullitt County added three members to its Board of Directors. Bob McDade, Billy Hardy, and Eddie Stout joined Joe Barger, Bill Dawson, Bill Hardy, Mary Murray, Billy Howard Smith, and Burks Williams on the board.
In Pleasant Grove news, Lois Simmons reported that Mr. and Mrs. Mack McAfee made several visits, taking a fruit basket to Mrs. Frances Cox, and visiting both Rodney Grant and Clifford Foster at the hospital. She also reported that Shirley Proctor had retired from work in Michigan and planned to return to Bullitt County in the summer to live.
Louise Bischoff of Hebron/Zoneton reported that Lucille Bain and Georgie Sadler spent New Year's Eve aboard the West Virginia Belle River Boat. They enjoyed a prime rib dinner, followed by an evening of dancing. According to Louise, Georgie danced with Berry Bear.
And Katina Chesser was excited to learn that she had been accepted at West Point, the prestigious New York military academy. She expressed gratitude to Sgt. Rishor and Major Riggins of the Bullitt Central JROTC program for their support and training.
During her time at Bullitt Central, Katina excelled in both academics and athletics where she ran the distance races in track and cross country.
Four years later, The Courier-Journal ran an article on the Chesser family, highlighting Katina's graduation from West Point, and sharing the story of Larry and Judy Chesser, and the home they made for two adopted children, Katina and her sister Raina; a delightful story of two remarkable young ladies, and their equally remarkable parents.
Two Bullitt County students at Morehead University had leading roles in a performance of the Elizabethan classic "Volpone." They were Larry W. Coy, Jr., son of Larry and Thelma Coy, and Derek Scott Mudd, son of David and Marilyn Mudd of Lebanon Junction.
Patrick Piazza was promoted to plant manager of the Hubers plant of Kentucky Solite.
Hillview Mayor Richard Terry, Council Member Bud Eadens, Police Chief Jim Perry, City Clerk Blenda Weber, and Bud White of the Chamber of Commerce were present for the official ribbon cutting for the opening of the Waffle House at Brooks. Bet they ate too!
Bob Blackburn, Bullitt East basketball coach had his team undefeated in district play following an 82-69 victory over Bullitt Central. East scoring was led by Kerry Hollifield's 30, and Mike Sims' 15 points. Jimmy Westwood led Central with 24 points.
Meanwhile, the Lady Cougars pulled off an upset of the Lady Chargers, winning 44-43 before a home crowd. They were led by Tonya Rhoades' 14 points, and Andrea Franklin's 10. Monica Reed led East with 11 points.
Three days later, poor free throw shooting cost Central in a 62-61 loss to Nelson County. The Lady Cougars did shoot well from the field, with Andrea Franklin leading the way with 29 points.
Old Mill Elementary students participated in Geography Bee competitions by classrooms with the following classroom winners: Holly Hensley, Jacob Lynch, Jake Mayfield, Matthew Smith, Casey Whitley, Chad Thompson, Jason Cope, Matt Thompson, Jamie Sacra, Josh Lewis, Hannah Cunningham, Eric Porter, Alan Sharp, Jason Mersmann, Kristin Hardesty, and Gabe Hodges. Gabe was the school winner, and Kristin came in second.
A Golden Anniversary party was held for Jim and Myrtle Holthouser by their daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Keith Smith. There were actually two parties, as the second one was held at the Country Music Barn the next evening, organized by C. R. Wilson.
A bunch of people showed up to wish Paralee Armstrong a happy 84th birthday according to Lois Simmons of Pleasant Grove.
Lois also mentioned that Ethel Proctor, Elaine Wilson, J. B. and Juanita Proctor helped Fern Lloyd get her groceries in, as Fern was not feeling well.
Out at Nichols School, the honor roll included Kevin Duvall, a fifth graders with all A's, and the following students on the A-B honor roll: Ellie Allgeier, Roseanna Heath, Adam Mitchell, Greg Perkins, Joshua Embry, Justin Perkins, Michael Adams, and Adam Jeffries.
Lloyd "Shot" Dooley and Adrain Jones were among the politicians throwing their hats in the ring for another go-around. Dooley wanted to be sheriff again, and Jones was trying for the Shepherdsville mayor's seat one more time.
Susan Spalding, social worker for the Day Treatment Center, was named School Social Worker of the Year by her peers in the Kentucky Association of School Social Work.
The University of Kentucky Dean's List included the following Bullitt County students: Kelley Lynn Coy, Jason Lee Giardina, Raymond A. Hodges, Kimberly Renee Kelly, Micheline E. Schott, and James Darrell Vincent.
Stanford and Myrtle Ruth (Stansbury) Harris celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception hosted by their daughter, Donna Stout.
And just imagine a chance meeting between two first-cousins who hadn't seen each other in over fifty years. That's what happened when Cecilia Jaudon and her husband Robert stopped in at the Pioneer Village Community Center to ask where they could get their car registered, since they had just moved here from Florida.
At the same time, Lucille Simmons arrived there to give Carmine Bertolo a ride home.
Lucille and Cecilia stuck up a conversation, and soon discovered their relationship. They had both attended the same school in Bowling Green, and Lucille's mother and Cecilia's father were brother and sister. Imagine that!
After a late snow, young Johnny Laun was pictured shoveling snow off a Buckman Street sidewalk.
The Bullitt East Lady Chargers captured their seventh victory in eight games, defeating Oldham County 75-61 behind Alison Bass's 32 points. Kristy Hardman added 12, and Monica Reed 13 in support. The team played again the next evening against Jeffersontown, winning 59-55. Charger scoring included Bass with 14, Carrie Johnson and Michelle Simms with 11 each, and Hardman with 9. This improved East's record to 23-4 on the season.
Later in the month Bullitt East's boys' team won the 29th district tournament, defeating Bullitt Central 86-68. East was led in scoring by Kerry Hollifield with 24, followed by Eddie Hunt with 17, Mike Sims with 13, and Scott Collins with 10. Central scoring was balanced, with Bryan Bates collecting 17 points, Jimmy Westwood and Jason Post had 16 each, and Craig Shuffitt adding 12.
Coach Bill Schott of the Cougars announced his retirement after 17 years at the head of the Bullitt Central program.
Meanwhile the Lady Chargers continued their winning ways by defeating North Bullitt 66-36 to take the district title. Monica Reed led East's scoring with 20, while Kristy Hardman and Alison Bass each collected 14. North was led in scoring by Trudi Beard with 15.
Darold Akridge, Jeff Young, and Ann Taylor of the Bullitt County Extension Office were pictured along with an article about radon detection.
Milton and Mary Clark celebrated fifty years of marriage on March the eighth. They went to school together in Mt. Washington, but did not get married until he was serving in the Coast Guard in Seattle. She retired from teaching in the Bullitt County schools in 1983, and he retired from teaching carpentry at the Elizabethtown vocational school two years later.
Gerald Tamme was appointed mayor of Lebanon Junction following the resignation of Gene Bryan. Tamme had been mayor of L.J. from 1972 until 1989.
Jason Thompson and T. J. Thomas were pictured in the paper as winners in the spelling bee at Mt. Washington Elementary School.
And Jerry and Pauline Hawkins rescued B.J. after a vicious storm, and later found that he imitated the telephone ring very well. You see, B.J. was a Bluejay who had just hatched out of his egg when the nest was knocked to the ground. Jerry found him and together they cared for him as he grew up. B.J.'s telephone ring imitations fooled a lot of folks it seems.
The Jim Claypool Conservation Essay winners by school were Mark Walls (Bullitt Lick), Teia Keller (Mt. Washington Elementary), Tamatha Griffin (Bullitt Central), Tany Kelley Ortenzi (North Bullitt), Erin Wilkins (Hebron), Bradley L. Haynes (Mt. Washington Middle), Amanda Douglas (Shepherdsville), and Courtney Lucille "Cory" McGuire (St. Benedict) whose essay titled "Family Trees" was the district winner.
The school winners in the poster contest were Kevin Duvall (Nichols), Wes Krebs (Shepherdsville), David Logsdon (Maryville), Jeremy Allen Ratcliff (Roby), Jessica Hudson, (Lebanon Junction), Patrick Spencer Deeley (St. Aloysius), Stephanie Burden (Overdale), Joshua Lakes (Hebron), Erika Ingwersen (Cedar Grove), Crystal Sanders (Old Mill), and Jackie Cambron (Mt. Washington Elementary), whose poster placed first in the district, and in Area 4 which included 9 counties.
The members of the Boys' 1993 All-County Hoops Squad were Jimmy Westwood and Jason Post of Bullitt Central, Rick Szczapinski of North Bullitt, and Mike Sims and Kerry Hollifield of Bullitt East. Hollifield was named "Player of the Year."
Bryan Bates of Bullitt Central was "Junior of the Year," and Tim Couch of Bullitt East was "Sophomore of the Year."
The Girls' All-County Hoops Squad included Andrea Franklin and Tony Rhoades of Bullitt Central, Joni Neighbors of North Bullitt, and Alison Bass and Kristy Hardman of Bullitt East. Hardman was named "Player of the Year."
Tonya Rhoades of B.C. was "Junior of the Year," and Monica Reed of B.E. was "Sophomore of the Year."
Kerry Hollifield and Kristy Hardman joined elite groups of players who had received the "Player of the Year" honor over the years it had been presented. On the boys' side were Larry Woodridge, Todd Miller, Mike Fleetwood, Brad Murray, Jason Falk (2 years), Kirk Greathouse (2 years), Ernie Wolf, Martez Ballard, Jerome Hoosier (2 years), and Tim Mason.
On the girls' side were Stephanie Falk, Rosanne Conlan, Carla Coffey (2 years), Stacy Harris, Tina Sammons, Amy Hall, Shannon Miles (2 years), Kim Dial, and Becky McKinley (3 years).
Louise Bischoff of the Hebron/Zoneton community wrote that Mr. and Mrs. Jock Boley had purchased a farm in LaRue County and would be moving. She mentioned the benefit show for Devin Hoffman, a five-year-old who faced cancer surgery. She also congratulated John and Brenda (Ryan) Roberts on their marriage. Finally, she let us know that Gary Stiger had won a boxing match in Lexington recently.
In Lebanon Junction news, Doris VanVactor celebrated her 25th anniversary at the local library. Also David Peacock was the spelling bee champ at St. Benedict; and the Lebanon Junction team won the boys' 13-14 league in basketball. Team members included Shawn Redemann, Jonathon Coleman, Jeff Hasty, Jimmy Carnes, Chris Caudill, and Charlie Back. Teri Whitehouse was their coach.
Mary Elzy celebrated her 100th birthday on April 3. A native of Bullitt County, she was the former Mary Miller, and was preceded in death by her husband, George Elzy.
In an annual contest sponsored by the Mt. Washington Dairy Queen, three youngsters won new bicycles. They were Jeremy Drury, Danielle Adams, and Kevin Purvis.
Danny and Shirley Meredith's boys enjoyed a day at Cox's Critters according to Jean Cox of the Cedar Grove/Solitude community. She also shared a Polish Easter Cake recipe.
And as Roby School's principal, Larry Belcher would do just about anything to get his students in school. He promised that if they'd come to school he'd kiss a pig. He was a man of his word, and Tom Barr put a picture of it on the front page!
What did Jayda Freibert, Sarah Elizabeth Price, Tara Michelle Coleman, Brandy Israel, Leslie Pennington, Jennifer Belden, Lisa Vowels, Melissa Smith, Julie Coy, Kenzie Herron, Cortnea Hardy, Julie Ann Roemele, Joni Neighbors, Raina Chesser, Amy Spears, Kim Carnes, Kathy Milby, Beth Hettinger, Erin Ashbaugh, Karen Grigsby, Kristi Hess, Margo Compton, and Casey Wade have in common? They were all contestants in the "Young Woman of the Year" contest sponsored by the Bullitt County Woman's Club.
The overall winner was Beth Hettinger of Bullitt Central High School. Finishing a close second was Raina Chesser, followed by Erin Ashbaugh. The awards were presented by Krista Webb, the previous year's winner.
Jean Cox wrote that Robert Lee Ashbaugh stopped by to "shoot the breeze" with Jim. They appeared in a picture, comparing the size of Robert's team of horses with Jim Cox's miniature one.
In Lebanon Junction news, Robbie Renfrow and Adam Walker split the $10 prize, as both completed 42 miles in the St. Jude's Bikeathon. Also, Bridgett Etherton passed her state boards and became a licensed paramedic.
Father Kamber of St. Benedict celebrated his 40th anniversary in the ministry.
Preston Greenwell, a Bullitt County native, and his bride, the former Mary Evelyn Wise, were planning to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in early June.
Also celebrating fifty years were Millard and Lucy (Rachel) Maraman. (They would reach 66 years before Millard passed in 2009.)
Out Nichols way, Gertrude Able received a basket of plants for being the oldest mother in her church. She sent the flowers to the hospital for Oretha Ridgway to enjoy.
Doris (Cox) Owen, Cassy (Owen) Caswell, Juanita Owen, and Mary Francis (Clark) Richardson visited Mrs. Myrtle (Shake) Wheeler, their former first grade teacher.
Accompanying the Cedar Grove/Solitude column was a picture of Elaine Wilson with her brother's family and friends on a visit to Cox's Critters.
The Bullitt County Homemakers planted a weeping flowering cherry tree at the Bullitt County Health Department. Participating were Virginia Francis, Mallie Jo Werkmeister, Barbara Garmon, Betty Stivers, Mary Evelyn Farmer, Marie Sadler, Edna Hardin, and Liz Coleman.
Bullitt Central junior Angie Dunagan was pictured getting a key hit in their 2-1 victory over North Bullitt.
The Bullitt East Lady Chargers extended their winning streak to 19 games with an 11-0 win over Carroll County. In that game, Julie Feeback had three hits including a double and triple, and Kristy Hardman added two singles.
And according to Louise Bischoff, little Desirae Patrice Cloutier celebrated her second birthday at her grandparents, Garland and Pat Higdon's home.
Cub Scout Jimmy Wilkins was pictured placing a small American Flag before a veteran's grave at the Hebron Cemetery on Memorial Day morning.
The paper reported on the work that Pioneer Village resident Corbin Huff was doing to help teach martial arts to pupils who are blind.
Emily Sullivan was cleaning tables at Mr. Gatti's in Shepherdsville when she found an envelope containing $2000. She took it to her boss, and twenty minutes later a Tennessee couple returned, looking for their vacation money. John Roberts wrote about Emily's honesty in the paper.
Out Pleasant Grove way, Clara Simmons had lots of company come calling. Among her visitors were Carl Thomas, Rose Thomas, Rodney Grant, Norman Etheridge, LuWell McAfee, Hazel Armstrong, Ray Grant, and Roberta Gaddie. Also, Cliff Haley and Ethel Proctor called on Fern Lloyd, and Fern and Ethel Proctor visited J. B. Proctor.
In the last middle school county track meet to include Shepherdsville Middle School, the Rams won both boys' and girls' championships.
North Bullitt High School seniors Sherry Crume and Kenny Skaggs were pictured with their trophies earned at the FBLA conference in Louisville.
Danita Cobble Lybrook was honored as a top student teacher for her work at Mt. Washington Middle School. Danita was a former Hebron Middle and North Bullitt High graduate.
Kathy Smith was named Volunteer of the Year at Cedar Grove Elementary, and celebrated with a Hawaiian Hula number.
Betty Darnell wrote a genealogy piece on the Swearingen family.
Leslie Dossett, Maryanne Newkirk, and Alison Bass were pictured celebrating Bullitt East's softball victory over Boone County in the state tournament. Victory was assured when Julie Feeback doubled with the bases loaded, driving in three runs to take the lead. Unfortunately they came up short, losing to Jessamine County 7-6 in the championship game.
De Ette Mann won the 1993 Miss Bullitt County Fair title, joining her sister Candice who won the title in 1990.
The graduates of St. Benedict School in Lebanon Junction included Carrie Sue Beeler, Amy Hood, Cory McGuire, Crystal Ray, Amanda Ryan, Beth Tinnell, and Lin Wiseman.
Mark Daniels' sixth graders enjoyed their picnic on the last day of school before the closing of Shepherdsville Middle School. Among those named in the newspaper article were Jessica Walls, Star Meredith, Kirstie Dillman, Bridget Fackler, Kris Carey, Mark Jennings, Nathan Hinton, Tiffany Burks, Justin Grimes, Pam Lyons, Cory Stovall, Derek Edmonds, Carrie Thornsberry, Michael Wilson, and Tim Pile.
And Principal Joe Mills was pictured looking on as the final buses rolled out of the Shepherdsville Middle School parking lot on the last day of school.
Allow me to take a moment to pay tribute to one of the finest men I've ever known. Joe Mills cared deeply about his students, his teachers, and his school. He was a good friend, and all of us who worked with Joe will never forget him.
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