The Bullitt County History Museum

It Happened in 1994

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 August through December issues of 1994.


August 1994

Did you know that Cliftina Weakley of Mt. Washington danced in the streets of Denmark, and also was among dancers who performed for Denmark's Queen?

The paper reported that Fiscal Court would make a grant request to establish the Bullitt Lick Historical Park on a 52 acre site off Blue Lick Road in Shepherdsville. Tourist Coordinator Elaine Wilson outlined the dreams for the park which would include an interpretive center. What happened to those plans?

Kevin Lund, three-year-old son of Karen and Bill Lund, was pictured having a great time hopping around in an Astro Jump at the VBS carnival held at the Shepherdsville Christian Church.

Rhonda Keith, PVA for Bullitt County, was recognized as the Outstanding PVA of the Year for Kentucky.

The Lighthouse Quartet of Little Flock Baptist Church was planning to perform at the Kentucky State Fair. Its members included Herb Hofer, Joe Parrish, Eugene Hogg, and Joe Metcalfe.

Lois Simmons of Pleasant Grove reported that Mr. and Mrs. Bill Etheridge had a picnic at their farm for family and relatives, a large crowd who all enjoyed themselves.

Louise Bischoff, reporting for the Hebron/Zoneton area, congratulated Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Larimore on their 25th wedding anniversary.

Jane Faith of the Knob Creek area reported that the girls at Bernie's Enterprises were happy to have Patti back to work after being off a week with pneumonia. Jane also congratulated Shauntain Bruce for winning $1000 at bingo; and wrote that Jerry Nash was "slightly touched" by lightning while putting up a fence.

Carolyn Sweazy, Darlene Haley, Evelyn Owen, and Virginia Ray all retired from the school system.

Kristi McCauley (Bullitt East), Kristi Hess (North Bullitt), and Chris Tatchell (also NB) took part in the Kentucky Youth Seminar at UK.

Allison Napier got to meet Mickey Mouse when she and the rest of the Studio Elite dancers traveled to Orlando to perform.

There were plenty of artists at work at the Bullitt County Fair including Robena Shepherd, Wanda Wright, Jean Cox, Viola Logsdon, Bernard Bischoff, Mary E. Farmer, Lynda Kindrick, and Jennifer McCawley. Viola was the Grand Champion.

Matthew Sollberger, Zachary Maupin, and Aaron Sollberger were winners in the elementary school bowling league at Mt. Washington. The middle school winners were Dustin Prewitt, Mitchell Riordan, and Justin Patton.

Leo and Ernestine Price celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this month.

And Nine-year-old Paige Barnsfather earned a gold medal on the balance beam, and six-year-old Curtis Hall grabbed a silver medal in the 50-meter breaststroke at the annual Bluegrass State Games in Lexington. Nice job!

September 1994

Seven members of the Boots-n-Saddles 4-H Horse Club placed highly in the State 4-H Horse Show. They included Tara Webb, Terri Mudd, Erica Rogers, Amy Hood, Julie Bischoff, Kelly Humphrey, and Jeremy Pate.

Others who participated in Cloverville in the West Wing of the Fairgrounds included Heather Bischoff, Cheyenne Bischoff, Tashia Rash, Renee Shaw, Latoka Redden, Tisha Collins, and Tiffany Rash.

Thirteen-year-old Carl Lausman of Mt. Washington won the 1994 Kentucky State Goose Calling Championship and the 1994 Grand American Junior Goose Calling Championship. While many other goose callers used manufactured goose calls, Carl used his own mouth and voice to accomplish this.

Louise Bischoff, the Hebron correspondent, shared that Bernard and Irvin Vittitow went fishing and had a good catch; and that Mrs. Georgia Sadler was in Tennessee recording some more books of poems.

Lois Simmons, the Pleasant Grove correspondent, reported that Joyce Gentry fell at work and broke her nose. Ouch!

Maria and Mark Jones were pictured as they manned the cameras during the Bullitt County Fair's miniature horse show.

Jimmie Sartin took on the duties of Day Camp Director at Camp Crooked Creek.

Milton Bagwell, Jr. of Shepherdsville was pictured with his 85 pound watermelon which was the winning entry at the Kentucky State Fair.

4-H teams from across the state gathered at the Mt. Washington farm of Claude Cornell for the State 4-H Land Judging Contest. This was the fourth year that Cornell's farm had been chosen for the site of the fair event.

Ruby Curtsinger, Cully Harlow, and Kim Cheatham of Mt. Washington; Billy Hardy and Della Kulmer of Shepherdsville; and Joan Miller of Belmont were all in agreement that Bullitt County should continue its active role in economic development in the paper's Pioneer Poll.

Jacque Wallace's talents at satisfying the sweet tooth were evident in the State Fair competitions where she earned three firsts, a second, and three third places which placed her first in the pie category.

Will Hardy's 36 paced the Bullitt East golf team in a victory over Bullitt Central. Central's Joe Brown was a stroke behind Hardy at 37.

Jane Faith, the Knob Creek correspondent, reported that the Nichols school had two new instructional assistants: Mary Holland and Lisa Dalton.

Lebanon Junction's Mayor, Steve Masden, watched as a caboose was moved from the Lebanon Junction Hardware Store to a lot next to The Peoples Bank of Bullitt County.

Gerald Tamme and Joe Laswell were pictured with Nick Simon as he was being honored as the Red Cross's top volunteer for the year.

Kathy Lewis of Mt. Washington won the Shoe Carnival Ladies Races Championship at the Louisville Motor Speedway.

And Sandy Francis married Larry Murphy at the BP Station in Hillview owned by Chris Hardy and Jim White. Imagine that!

October 1994

The paper reported that J. I. Samuels had died. He served 27 years on the Lebanon Junction City Council.


Carissa Shavers, age 2, was pictured enjoying a good book at the Ridgway Library.

Dr. Penny Masden, Director of Primary Education with the Kentucky Department of Education, was the guest speaker at the Bullitt County Retired Teachers' meeting.

Mark Robinson of Mt. Washington was selected as a National Merit Semifinalist based on his PSAT scores. He was the only Bullitt East student so honored.

Lots of folks received recognition at the Lebanon Junction Old Fashioned Days Pageant. Beginning with the babies, Karyssa Fleming and Alexander Spalding were selected in the 0 to 6 months category. Erin Russavage won the 7-12 months category. Kelsey VanVactor and William Ray Maraman won the 13-17 months category; and Shauntel Snellen and Damion Moore took the 18-23 months section. Ages 2-3 went to Hailee Janine Allen and Edward Wayne Johnson III.

In the princess categories, Savannah Browning represented ages 4-6; Lindsay Harned, ages 7-9; and Tasha Etherton, ages 10-12. Brandy Myers was crowned Junior Miss in the ages 13-15 group; and Brandi Spurling was crowned Miss Lebanon Junction.

North Bullitt's Trent Coleman earned a spot in the state golf tournament with an even par 35 on the back nine which led to a playoff in which he took third place overall.

Dorothy Hartsell retired as music director of Eastside Baptist Church, concluding nearly a half century of service to the Bullitt-Nelson region.

Judy Hayden of the Mount Washington Lioness Club was honored as Lioness of the Year for District 43-N, and the entire Mount Washington club was honored as club of the year.

Barrie Wagers won a $5000 scholarship by winning the 14 year old division national championship of the NHRA Junior Drag Racing League.

Bullitt East Chargers crushed Fort Knox 42-6 in football, placing them in second place in the Associated Press Class AA poll. In the first quarter, defensive back John Gutman stripped the ball from a Fort Knox back and ran 43 yards for the touchdown. Then Brandon Egan hit Jason Reynolds with a touchdown pass; and then Egan himself raced 78 yards for another score.

And Cody Seng was congratulated for his sharp eyes when he suggested to his Dad, Deputy Jailer Tim Seng, where an escaped prisoner might be hiding, and sure enough, there he was. Way to go, Cody!

November 1994

Earl Simpson and Elizabeth Shelburne were married in 1934 and celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary in 1994. They were married in Mt. Washington by W. A. Criswell.

The Bullitt East Chargers defeated Russell County 42-18 in the first round of the Class AA playoffs. The win was clinched when Jeremy Jenkins intercepted a pass and raced 99 yards for the touchdown.

The Chargers next defeated the Allen County-Scottsville team 38-7, with Rickard Andersson kicking the Chargers' first field goal in over two years. The second half began with Brandon Egan darting 62 yards. Later Scott Johnson scored from the five yard line. Jason Calvert ran for 161 yards in the game.


The Chargers continued their winning ways with a victory over Fort Knox, 14-6. Jeremy Jenkins made two fine defensive plays to help lead the team to victory.

Next was Mayfield, the defending state champs, and East won again, this time big with a 49-18 victory, giving them a 13-1 record. As December approached, they were set to meet Danville for the state championship.

Two couples celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary: Ervin and Joyce Cope, and Vertis and Netha Hadley.

Julie and Susan Walls won the 1994 Goblin Ghost Run sponsored by the Bullitt County 4-H.

Nicholas Emerson was pictured playing a game, and Paula Strange helped paint faces at the Non-Scary Halloween party at St. Benedict School.

Jesse Hurt and John Stillwell were two of the former L. & N. railroad men who gathered at Lebanon Junction to celebrate and remember their times on the railroad. Eighty-year-old Jack Eye was present to give the monthly report of the groups activities.

Carl Curtsinger of the Pioneer News wrote about Lasse Steffensen, and exchange student from Bergen, Norway, who was attending Bullitt East High School. He was a member of the school soccer team.

And Lois Simmons of Pleasant Grove reported that Mrs. Elnora Foster had a good birthday with lots of good things to eat. She was 84.

December 1994


Moise and Grandson


Chris Smith


Andrea Duvall and Santa

I wonder if Moise Napier remembers holding his grandson, Zack Maupin, on his lap for a picture in The Pioneer News. Moise was practicing to be a grandfather in a Children's Choir presentation at First Baptist of Mt. Washington.

Louise Bischoff, writing for the Hebron/Zoneton community, reported that Jess Perkins, who was turning 89, was doing fairly well; that John Harper was feeling better after surgery, and that Garland Higdon was back to work after having some back problems.

Here's a list of bright kids. All of them were on St. Aloysius' principal's list for making all A's. They included Paige Barnsfather, Adam Embry, Corey Embry, Thomas Guelda, Sue Ellen Thompson, Warren White, Meredith Amshoff, Laura Flischel, Katie McCubbins, Emily Zurkuhlen, Kelby Bryan, Whitney Faust, Bri'enne Greenwell, John Ryan Hesch, Jasper Smith, Sandra Amshoff, Rachel Anderson, Patrick Deeley, Amy Karr, Dodie Wrocklage, Stephanie Flischel, Michelle Crigler, Katie Morrison, Sarah Rogers, Tiffany Sphal, and Maria Spalding.

Mrs. Wanda Richardson, the organist of Pleasant Grove Church for 23 years, retired. I do miss hearing organ music.

Friends and family gathered at Spencer County High School to honor the 74th birthday of Lloyd Mullins, and thank him for making a difference in their lives. Mullins came to Mt. Washington High School in 1954 as a baseball and basketball coach. He coached for 12 years and was assistant principal there for three years before moving to Spencer County.

Juniors Matt Kurk and Matt Porter, freshman Dennis Waddell, and seniors Mark Robinson and Reimar Walthert represented Bullitt East in the All-District band.

Chris Smith was pictured as Santa Claus during the Christmas Festival at Mt. Washington Elementary School.

George Valentine announced that he would retire as school superintendent in June. The paper also announced that his son, Tommy had received his Doctor of Philosophy degree at Southern Seminary. Tommy began his ministry at First Baptist of Prestonburg in October.

Tim Couch scored 31 points in Bullitt East's 85-61 victory over Bullitt Central. Brian Miles added 16 for the Chargers. Derek McClellen scored 11 and David Miller 10 for the Cougars.

Alison Bass scored 25 points and Lisa Mason added 17 as the Lady Chargers easily defeated Bullitt Central. Tabitha Gibson led BC with 12 points.

Kyle Wise scored 15 points and Ricky Spears added 17 more as North Bullitt earned Coach Larry Wooldridge's first victory at the school in an easy victory over Bullitt Central. Pat Lee scored 15 and Derek McClellen 11 in the loss for BC.

Everett and Lucille Tyler Stevens celebrated their 60th anniversary. During their early married years, they operated a country store in the Kings Church community of Bullitt County.

And, two-year-old Andrea Duvall enjoyed skating with Santa Claus at the Skate-O-Rama. Wonder who fell down first?


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The Bullitt County History Museum, a service of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is located in the county courthouse at 300 South Buckman Street (Highway 61) in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The museum, along with its research room, is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday. Admission is free. The museum, as part of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization and is classified as a 509(a)2 public charity. Contributions and bequests are deductible under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code. Page last modified: 08 Sep 2018 . Page URL: bullittcountyhistory.org/happened/1994.html