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 March through December issues of 1998.
The Mt. Washington Middle School Future Problem Solving Team of Erin Sapp, Elizabeth Hunt, Becky Firesheets, and Hollie Delaney won first place in the regional competition, a first for any Bullitt County team.
Brenda and Bill Horlander of BB's Consignment were featured in a "Focus on Business" section in the paper. We wonder when the humorous signs began.
The Girls' 29th District All-Tournament Basketball Team included Nicki Randall, Erika Smith, and Lindsey Wegley of Bullitt East, Stephanie Crable, Kelly Humphrey, and Leigh Logan of Bullitt Central, and Jennifer McMillion and Bonnie Phelps of North Bullitt. Randall, Crable, and Humphrey also made the All-Eighth Region Team.
Campbellsville University announced that Dewayne Preston Frazier and Samuel Neal Potter of Bullitt County were among 99 who made the Dean's List with perfect 4.0 averages.
Jeff Gossett, a former Cougar player, was named as Bullitt Central's new head football coach; and Roger Hayes announced that he would retire as Roby Elementary's principal at the end of the school year.
The Knights of Columbus closed its Bullitt County council and divided its remaining funds among four Catholic churches and one high school. The Knight Hall and lot was donated to St. Aloysius Church in Shepherdsville.
Finally, Bruce Lee won the Yukon Quest International Dog Sled Race in Alaska. Lee grew up in Shepherdsville, the son of Headie and Wilma Lee. It was his first race victory.
Edgar B. Stansbury attended Shepherdsville High School before entering Western Kentucky University, where he was an outstanding athlete. To honor his years at WKU, he placed more than $500,000 in a charitable annuity trust for athletic scholarships.
And Rick Stansbury, whose family lived in western Bullitt County in the early 1960s, was named the new head basketball coach of Mississippi State University.
Rusty Watson, Beryl Fentress, Stan Lowery, Rich DeWees, and Kelly & Allen Whitehurst led Holy Week services in Shepherdsville.
According to State Senator Lindy Casebier, the state was allotting $360,000 to fund the construction of the proposed tourism center; and $500,000 in funding to get water to the West Bullitt area.
And thanks to State Representative Allen Maricle's bill to extend the voting time, if you are in the line to vote by the 6 p.m. cutoff, you will get to vote no matter how long it takes.
Tom and Rene Scalf's Deerwood Farms home was destroyed by tornado-like winds. Luckily no one was seriously injured.
Michael Robison became the newest member of the Bullitt County School Board, replacing John Hardwick who had resigned to run for Third District Magistrate.
John Harper was saluted at special festivities to honor his years of service as a state representative and county judge/executive.
Shannon O'Mara's Young Author book titled Caught, earned her a trip to the state newspaper awards luncheon.
Samantha Crockett, a Mount Washington seventh-grader, won a Young Author's Award with her story about losing her brother Patrick three years earlier. She recalled that "He taught me to swim, play softball and basketball. I taught him how to tie his shoe."
Frank Cornell of Mount Washington received an Academic Excellence Award from St. Louis University. Cornell was a member of the school's track and cross-country teams. He was a sophomore, pursuing a major in Clinical Lab Science.
Nina Bain was named community coordinator for the region by the Program of Academic Exchange, and was busy interviewing families who wanted to open their homes to foreign exchange students.
Burlyn Pike and Charles Hamilton invited Dr. Joseph Granger, professor of anthropology at the University of Louisville to conduct an archaeological study of the "old bank building" which currently houses the First Bank Beauty Salon.
Kroger was advertising 14-oz cans of Stokely's vegetables at four for ninety-nine cents. Better stock up.
Forest Ranger Sammy Allen, an '81 Bullitt Central graduate, was honored with an "outstanding employee award" by the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet after his first year on the job.
Leslie Dorris, a junior at Bullitt East, won the Bullitt County Junior Miss contest with several individual category awards. Other category award winners included Melissa Herron, DeVonna Bailey, Holly Saling, and Rebekah Underwood.
In the May primary election Ken Rigdon won the nomination for County Judge Executive over two opponents, Joe Laswell and Rip Carter. In the sheriff's race Paul Parsley won over Buddy Shepherd and Rodney Hockenbury. Danny Fackler won the jailer race, outdistancing Charles Mann and Tim Seng. Walt Sholar and Rodney Burress competed for the County Attorney spot with Sholar coming out on top.
In the primaries for state representative, Allen Maricle defeated Russell Webber for the Republican nomination, while Larry Belcher won over Joe Wells for the Democratic spot in the fall election.
Chad Floyd, a Bullitt Central grad, was named drum line section leader for the Campbellsville University band.
Fiscal Court granted a request by the Maryville Baptist Church to move the grave of Miriam Cameron from their site to the Cedar Grove Cemetery where she would rest beside her husband.
McDonald's in Shepherdsville reopened on May 13 following the fire that gutted the building in January.
Kelli Mudd, a Bullitt Central grad, completed her work at University of Louisville School of Medicine, graduating in the top ten percent of her class.
With Steven Downs and Eric Scroggin hitting home runs, North Bullitt defeated Spencer County 10-2 to win the 29th District tournament.
Bullitt East won both titles in the All-Bullitt County Track and Field Championships. On the boys' side, Wayne Livers and Michael Whitfill together won eight events. The girls were led by Jamie Sacra and Hannah Cunningham.
David Arnett's fascination with the Titanic led him to build a five-foot long replica which was on display at the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville during the 86th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
Bullitt Central's FFA chapter elected new officers for the 1998-99 year. They are Kyle Bates, President; Chris Ashbaugh, Vice President; Jessica Sohl, Secretary; David Barnes, Treasurer; Betty Miller, Reporter; and Josh Riggle, Sentinel.
Stephanie Crable signed to play basketball at Georgetown College following an outstanding career at Bullitt Central where she was the all-time leading rebounder and second all-time scorer in the school's history. She plans to major in either Business Management or Mathematics.
Joe Reister, Pleasant Grove's principal, announced that he was leaving the school to go to Minnesota. However, in July he changed his mind and decided to stay.
John Christian Givhan Spainhour received the St. X Honor Society Award at his graduation. He plans to attend the University of the South.
In only their second time running as a team, Valerie Caple, Erika Ingwerson, Marea Ingwerson, and Cherish Evans broke the Bullitt Central school record in the 4 by 200 meter relay.
In the county middle school track meet, Hebron's boys and Bernheim's girls came in first. Winners in boys' events include Chris McKinney (BMS) - 70 meter hurdles, Austin Taylor (HMS) - 100 meter dash, John Stover (MWMS) - 1600 meter run, Kyle Skidmore (BMS) - 400 meter dash, John Bartley (BLMS) - 70 meter dash, Matt Drury (BMS) - 200 meter dash, Brandon Close (BMS) - 800 meter run, Willy Kelty (HMS) - long jump, Nick Valadez (HMS) - discus and shot put, and Andy Coleman (HMS) - high jump.
Girls' events winners include Kristen Murray (MWMS) - hurdles and 200 meter dash, Jennifer Osborne (BMS) - 100 meter dash and 70 meter dash, Samantha Elliot (BLMS) - 800 and 1600 meter runs, Kelly Close (BMS) - 400 meter dash, Angie White (MWMS) - long jump, Charita Jennings (BMS) - discus, and Melanie Keith (HMS) - high jump and shot put.
DeWayne Preston Frazier, of Lebanon Junction, graduated from Campbellsville University as the top political science student at the school. He has been accepted into the Patterson School for International Diplomacy on the UK campus.
While Kevin Davis and Lori Lee Lucas anticipated their wedding, James and Clara Campbell of Mt. Washington were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.
Virginia Crook was honored for her volunteer work at Nichols Elementary School at a recent state ceremony. She commented that she enjoyed working with the principal, Ron Weimer and the volunteer coordinator, Delores Ashby.
Sam and Barbara Hardy's boy, Edward Leon "Teddy" Hardy graduated from Cumberland College with a degree in business and finance.
Ben Curry beat Charles Hamilton in the Great Political Milk-Off at the county fair.
Ralph and Jewell Lutes celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Ralph has served Mt. Washington as city judge, city councilman, and mayor for almost half that time.
A team of juniors coached by BE head coach Jerry Troutman pulled a big upset over the Kentucky All-Stars, a team of Kentucky's best seniors, 89-87 at Mt. Washington. Bullitt East standout, Nickie Randall contributed nine points to the effort.
The Mt. Washington Lion’s Club selected Don Morgan as their Lion of the Year. Morgan has been a member of the organization for 35 years.
Rebecca Bean and Mark Rawlings of North Bullitt High School, and Holly Skidmore and Randi Arnold of Bullitt Central were high scorers in a local 4-H event in March and this month attended the Kentucky Youth Seminar in Lexington where they participated in individual and team competitions.
The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 5710 installed new officers. They are President Kathleen Coffey, Senior Vice President Jean Wolf, Jr. Vice President Ann Boss, Treasurer Sharon Hopkins, Chaplain Joyce Stansbury, Conductress Eunice Duff, and Guard Ruth Richardson. Trustees are Wilma Quisenberry, Mary Nusz and Emma Thomas. Appointed officers are Secretary Betty French and Patriotic Instructor Brenda Hack.
Jennifer Belcher, daughter of Larry and Linda Belcher was inducted into the Gold Star Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society at WKU following her freshman year which she completed with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.
The Rev. James Hargadon, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Mt. Washington, is retiring. Rev. Scott Wimsatt will take his place.
Debra Cathleen Dugger of Mt. Washington, and Karen M. Fackler and Julie M. Krebs, both of Shepherdsville, all were named to the President’s List at EKU following a semester with perfect 4.0 averages.
Local businessman Charles Hamilton, former state agriculture commissioner, was named to the Kentucky State Fair Board and will serve through July 2002.
Bullitt Central’s Jamie Kearney signed up to play basketball for Spalding University in Louisville. He plans to major in business administration. Joining him at the school will be his teammate Josh Travis.
Jewell Lutes retired as librarian at Bullitt Lick Middle School. She and her husband, Mt. Washington Mayor Ralph Lutes are making plans for their 50th wedding anniversary.
The Governor’s Scholar Program will include six Bullitt County students this summer. They are Leslie Dorris of Bullitt East, Jenny Smith and Michelle Crigler of Bullitt Central, and Mark Rawlings, John Lakes and Brandy Warren of North Bullitt.
Cedar Grove Elementary’s Science Fair winners were announce in July. The Grand Champion was Joshua Allen, a fifth-grader. Other fifth-grade winners include Chris Noe, Melissa Beatty, and Kandace VanHoozer. Winners in the fourth-grade were Joshua Ryan, Amanda Hawkins, Criag Banta, Jacob Kays, Chassidy Karr, Austin Whitely, Robert Vance, John Korfhage, Tiffany Maynard, Nick Meador, and Marlie Noe.
And Keela Pile of Bullitt County has been selected to participate in the 1999 Special Olympics. Keela, the daughter of Jerry and Rita Pile, will compete in the softball throw and the standing long jump. Go Keela Go!
A reception was held in honor of the 100th birthday of Ralph Cundiff at the Baptist church in Shepherdsville.
Sharon Cash was chosen as the 1998 Homemaker of the Year by the Bullitt County Homemakers. Yvonda Rash received the Nellie Hubbard Award.
North Bullitt head baseball coach Sam Liberatore is stepping down after five seasons.
Martha Frakes has published a collection of her poetry titled "Martha's Memories: A Collection of Homespun Heartfelt Poetry."
Publishers Printing president Nick Simon teamed up with WLKY's Fred Cowgill in a canoe race on Salt River.
The Kentucky Jailers Association honored Ralph Bleemel who retired two years ago as Bullitt County jailer. Danny Fackler presented the award.
Monica Shahayda of Shepherdsville participated in the Star Systems National Talent Competition in Gatlinburg. She takes her dancing instruction at Dance Designs on Blue Lick Road.
John Wigginton of Mt. Washington participated in the Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students at WKU.
Greg Brotzge was awarded the Bullitt County Retired Teachers' Association scholarship.
A host of Bullitt County people participated in the Bluegrass State Games in Lexington including Brianne Broderick who won five gold medals in gymnastics. Others participating included Carrie Hammond, Ashley Bunch, Jill Karrer, Amanda Mingus, Brittany Gatz, Stephanie Jackson, Kayla Diamond, Victoria Hay, Michelle Washington, Bob Bristow, Charlotte Goodman, Terry Price, the Milburn family (John, Tamlyn, Shane, and Reese), Jade Troutman, Mike Hand, Jessica Rinkel, Sasha Hughes, Morgan Chesher, Alison Chesher, Lauren Kelty, Michelle Gleason, Laura Taylor, Megan Pratt, and Amelia Britt.
Mark Reynolds of Shepherdsville scored an upset victory in the Shoney's Restaurants 100-lap stock car race at the Louisville Speedway.
Bullitt Central's Holly Skidmore became the first person from Bullitt County to receive the distinguished Conrad Feltner 4-H Leadership Award.
And at a reunion for the 1932 SHS graduates, Morace Burns related how he and his twin brother Horace both played basketball for SHS, and when Morace got in foul trouble, he and Horace would switch jerseys so he could continue to play. Go Rams!
Howard Shepherd, 85, of the Nichols area was named one of Kentucky Living magazine's 50 Community Heroes. Besides donating land for the Nichols Fire Department, he helped start the Bullitt County Saddle Club. He recently married a childhood sweetheart, Pansy Bishop Rouse, after both had lost long time spouses.
Shepherdsville Lions Club volunteers Sam and Barbara Hardy, David and Bonnie Strange, and Ray Armstrong worked at the Lions Club vision testing booth at the state fair as a part of the club's Prevent Blindness America program.
Hebron Presbyterian Church celebrated its 140th anniversary on September 13, and pastor Art Turner invited everyone to a pot luck supper at the church.
Fueled by two punt returns for touchdowns by Wayne Livers and Travis Gossum, Bullitt East easily defeated North Bullitt 40-0. Livers' return covered 60 yards for the final points of the game.
I wonder if Alex McBride (age 4) and Trevor Swearing (age 3) remember being fingerprinted by officers Minton and Hill during the Sheriff's Department's Kids ID Day where the kids got their fingers printed and their pictures taken?
Bret Walker led the Bullitt East Chargers' soccer team to an overtime victory over North Bullitt. Meanwhile the Lady Chargers rolled to their third victory in five games, defeating Pleasure Ridge Park 5-2.
When junior Anton Payne broke free to dash 52 yards to the end zone, it was the longest play of the season for the Bullitt Central Cougars. BC went on to defeat Atherton 28-7.
Debbie Lewis of Lebanon Junction Elementary and Paula Strange of Cedar Grove Elementary were each honored by Walmart with teacher of the year awards.
St. Benedict School in Lebanon Junction is holding a year of celebration in honor of its 50th anniversary. Rose Wise, a current employee and former student, says that something will be going on each month to mark the occasion.
Willis and Anna Abell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on September 18, while the children of Mary E. O'Daniel will gather on September 20 to celebrate her 100th birthday which will actually occur on October 1.
The following 4-H'ers worked especially hard to prepare for the annual 4-H Salt River Canoe Race: Trina and Chuck Roderer, Shannon Pace, Tammy Smith, Dawn Sheveland, Beth Lamb, Mike Young, Al Decker, Fay Crumbacker, Lea Davis, Randy Pace, Abbot and Denise Maginnis, Donna Bischoff, Shirley Bullock, Valinda Reed, Jackie Sims, Karen Lund, Terry and Fawn Clark, Butch and Yvonda Rash, Tashia Rash, Benji Smith, Kyle Skidmore, and John Skidmore.
The newspaper reported that it was a team effort that lifted the E. T. Sharp Number 20 to the Street Stock Championship in 1998 at Louisville Motor Speedway. The entire crew lives in Mt. Washington and includes Mike, Ernie, and David Jones, and the driver, Mike Alphin.
And, Matthew Becke, a Pleasant Grove fifth grader, was named to the Mt. Washington All-Star baseball team which is pretty remarkable since he hits and fields with a single arm and hand because of a condition that has left his right arm paralyzed. Great job, Matthew!
Nicole McCubbins, Holly Coover, Kimberly Curry, Angela Foster, Sheena Kelly, Amber Walters, Laura Weber, Crystal Allen, Caleb Buege, Crystal Caulk, Travis Dillander, Leslie Littrell, Lindsay Seeders, Jessica Stanton, Jessica Stevenson, Stephanie Whittaker, and Tammy Wiseman all made the A Honor Roll at Bullitt Lick Middle School.
Paula Ashe retired as postmaster of the Mt. Washington post office after 32 years on the job.
Bullitt Central's Eric Hagan fired a one-over par 73 in the Region Six tournament which earned him a trip to the state championships.
Bullitt East's Amanda Lucas earned her second trip to the state golf championships.
Travis Gossum scored a 69-yard touchdown, and 198 yards total to lead Coach Mike Egan's Bullitt East team to a 55-0 victory over Hart County.
Brittany Saltsman and Rachel Haley at Lebanon Junction Elementary were the top performers in the UK Wildcat Basketball Shootout for Easter Seals.
At the Lebanon Junction Pageant, these were the winners:
Girls (0-18 months) Darrian Wooldridge, Alexis Holapple, and Dara Simmons; (19-35 months) Briana Flynn, Ashley Conover, Sarah Gaw; (3-5 years) Tori Hoagland, Sarah Spurling, Brianna Ashbaugh; (6-8 years) Kaci Hoskins, Mackenzie Gordon, Erica Meenach; (9-11 years) Brittany Forshee, Savannah Browning, Melissa Rummage; (12-14 years) Makensie Walls, Erin Culver, Lauren Sweat; (15 and up) Jessica Froman, Heather Hefley, Michelle Walls; (Girls' Supreme Winner) Darrian Wooldridge.
Boys (7-12 months) Alec Carter, Jonathan Simmons, Trevor Walker; (13-35 months) Alexander Sparks, Nathan Hall, Christopher Tedford; (3-5 years) David Irvin, Joseph Duckett, Tyler Platicus; (6 and up) D. J. Keith, Evan Gaw, Donald Dodson; (Boys' Supreme Winner) D. J. Keith.
Clyde McKinney and the Singing Aires performed at Russell's Shed on Highway 44W.
Steve McKendree and Ben Quinton each scored a goal as Bullitt Central defeated Bullitt East in soccer 2-1.
Mary Kuchta and Beth Purvis led Bullitt East to a 5-2 victory over Bullitt Central in soccer.
Numerous people were pictured in a spread about St. Benedict's 50th Anniversary celebration, including Sister Elizabeth Wendeln, Sister Marita Riede, Principal Iris Whitney, Rev. Roger Boehmicke, Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Murphy, Cecil and Susan Mattingly, Jane Crawford, George Wethington, and Rev. Kenneth Kamber.
The Bullitt County Woman's Club celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a special dinner. Dorothy Hartsell provided the musical entertainment.
And William and Mattie (Greenwell) Stinnett celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. She is a native of Bullitt County.
With senior Jon Miller scoring a school record six touchdowns, Bullitt Central rolled past Moore High 53-0. Also scoring touchdowns were Chris Graves and Chad Chappell.
Jason Robertson, a senior lineman for Bullitt East, intercepted a Monroe County High pass and rambled into the end zone as a part of a 71-26 victory for the Chargers.
Bob and Vicki Tipton took part in groundbreaking ceremonies for a new fellowship hall at Belmont Baptist Church where Bob was pastor.
Brooks Elementary principal Carol Wright and assistant principal Brenda Pirtle were sporting purple after fulfilling a promise to the school's students after they reached their fund-raising goals. Wright's hair was dyed purple and Pirtle wore a purple mustache.
The November election brought numerous changes in local and state representation. Larry Belcher, in his first political race, defeated the incumbent Allen Maricle in the General Assembly race. Joe Sohm defeated two opponents to become Shepherdsville's mayor while Gary Hatcher earned a full four-year term as the mayor of Pioneer Village. In other mayoral races, Herschel Ricketts of Hebron Estates and Garland Miller of Fox Chase were re-elected; and Leemon Powell won the Hillview race. Over in Mt. Washington, Ed Hilbert was unopposed, while down in Lebanon Junction Glenn Smith defeated Vanessa Nicklies.
In the magistrate races Dennis Mitchell was unopposed in the first district; Ed Bleemel won the second district over Howard Knutson; Dewey McClearn took the third district race over Denver Matthews; and David Walker defeated Ben Curry in the fourth district.
In judicial races, Rebecca Ward defeated incumbent John Laun, while the other incumbent, Bailey Taylor was unopposed.
Principal Ron Weimer and PTA President Goldie Embry were both proud of the new school sign which was dedicated at Nichols' annual fall festival.
The Roby Raiders defeated Brooks 6-0 to claim the championship of the Pee Wee Division in a game played at Cardinal Stadium. The score came when Shaun Carney carried the ball 17 yards to the end zone following a 61 yard pass play from Jacob Osborne to Chris Pilkenton.
And students from Monty Edward's Bullitt Central history classes had begun a clean-up project at the old, over-grown cemetery located just off First Street in Shepherdsville. I hear they did a fine job.
Sandy Druin-Coleman, who had served as county treasurer since 1993, announced her retirement after 30 years in county government including time on the county clerk's staff.
Chris Humphrey, Ronnie Manning, and Anthony Rogers, a trio of Maryville Elementary School students, were selected to perform with the Louisville Chorus to accompany soprano Donna Love in an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical rendition.
Genealogical Society members including Doris Owen, Agnes Vowels, Edna Mayfield, Betty Darnell, David Strange, Linda Houck, and Jessieanne Wells sold donuts outside the Walmart store to raise money for a new historical marker in remembrance of Jacob Peacock, a War of 1812 veteran.
All-State guard Nicki Randall led Bullitt East to an easy victory over Spencer County 70-37. Whitney Faust added 13 points and Lindsey Wegley had 12.
Matt Browner, a Bullitt Central junior, placed third overall in a state-wide driving contest that required drivers to maneuver their way safely through a driving range and on a simulator.
District Judge Bailey Taylor swore in the following members of teen court: Ian Akridge, Gabrielle Allen, Stacy Belcher, Brandy Boston, Nancy Brown, Elizabeth Collins, Ricky Dietrich, Amanda Embry, Katie Ford, Beth Fox, Allen Henning, Brandi Jeffries, Amber King, Stuart LaFollette, Stephen Langham, Scott Loeffler, Mandy Maddix, Troy Miles, Rachel Murphy, Fred Paul, Shannon Reece, Laurie Robison, Michael Robison, Carrie Rumford, Stephanie Seidl, Melissa Snow, Elizabeth Stottman, Sarah Stout, Wesley Strange, Felicia Terrazas, Rebekah Underwood, and April Wilcher.
Raymond and Irene Reid celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this month. They were married on Christmas Eve 1938.
Lion's Club members Jerry Thompson, David Strange, Sam Hardy, Lloyd Swann, David Bishop and Frank Hatfield were pictured refurbishing the chain-link organization sign along the highway entering Shepherdsville.
Twenty-two middle school musicians performed on the EKU Honors Band. From Bullitt Lick were Katrina Hensel, Elizabeth Beasley, Walter Crawley, Jennifer Williams, James Zornes, Brandi Wimsatt, Becky Bartsch, Melinda Thomason, Jennifer Weedman, Carl Glass, Nathan Britt, Christy West, Melissa Binggeli, Bryan Dockery, and Drew Manning. Hebron students honored were Jason Moore, Willie Kline, Brad Dwyer, Kyle Hall, John DeFerraro, Katie Werner, Billie Churchill, Heather Embry, Todd Daniel, Andy Meyers, Jonathon Graham, Amanda Downing, Amanda Gardner, and Jon Grant.
And John Kaleb Coots, an infant, was pictured being held by his great-great grandmother Alta Howard for the first time. Their birthdays were approximately 100 years apart!
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