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  •     LOUISVILLE - Get a taste of almost every musical genre at the Kentucky State Fair this year.  Rock, pop, hip-hop, bluegrass, alternative, country and praise music will keep fairgoers of any age entertained each night.

         The following concerts will be held at 8 p.m. in Cardinal Stadium, free with paid admission to the Kentucky State Fair.

        Joan Jett - Thursday, August 19

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - A new Bullitt County school will soon open with the hope of offering a positive and alternative Christian-based education.

    Heart of Worship Christian Academy is now enrolling students for its inaugural school year, scheduled to begin Sept. 7.

    A core group of local Christians have worked together in establishing a quality educational program based on both college prep skills and strengthening Christian lifestyles.

  •     The following pages were released as part of Keith Davis' annual performance review and evaluation by the Bullitt County Public School Board.

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    Superintendent Evaluation Forms Part 1: Performance Standards

    Part 1. Performance Standards

    Standard 1:  LEADERSHIP AND DISTRICT CULTURE

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Transitioning from one grade to the next can be a difficult experience for any student, but when added to the prospect of having to attend a new school, with new teachers and new classmates, the

    experience can be downright scary.

       As the new school year swiftly approaches, hundreds of elementary students in Bullitt County’s east end will not be returning to the schools they attended last year.

  • LEXINGTON -- This summer the Kentucky Center hosted over 200 eager young artists from every region of the Commonwealth in the heart of the Bluegrass, as The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA) took place at Lexington’s Transylvania University from June 20- July 10.

    During their three-week stay, 224 student artists from 47 counties were immersed in a rigorous schedule of daily seminars, master-classes, lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips to regional arts attractions.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Gospel music will fill the air on Saturday in the First Street Park in Shepherdsville.

    Heart and Soul will host the Gospel Music Jubilee from Noon until 5 p.m.

    The Pioneer News, along with WJCR, will co-sponsor this first-time event.

    There will be free admission for the afternoon of singing. A love offering will be taken.

    Heart and Soul will be just one of the performing groups.

    Others scheduled to take the stage include The Turner Family, Jackie Dixon, Blood Bought, Heavenly Reign and The McCoys.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - With a common goal to have the best educational district in the state and in the nation, the Bullitt County Public School Board believes it is moving in the right direction.

    And they believe the right person is leading those changes.

    In its annual evaluation of superintendent Keith Davis, board members sent forth a united message - they like what is happening.

    Utilizing a new evaluation process this year, board members spent two hours behind closed doors and then made public its comments about the job Davis has done the past year.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - During these difficult economic times it’s hard enough for many parents to pay the mortgage and put food on the table, much less buy school supplies for their children.

    With this in mind several area churches held school supply drives over the past few weeks in efforts to provide local families in need with classroom essentials at no cost to them.

  • MOUNT WASHINGTON - It’s taken countless volunteer hours, a lengthy application process and over four years of elbow grease, but Mount Washington can now officially call itself a Kentucky Main Street city.

    As one of the newest certified Main Street cities in the state, Mount Washington joins over 100 communities across the state, including Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green and Frankfort in the nation’s oldest downtown revitalization program.

  • This year’s American Association of Retired People/ Kentucky Retired Teachers Association Grandparent Essay winner for Bullitt County is Brooks Elementary School student Shayne Evans.

    Evans wrote his essay on his grandmother, Tracey Evans.

    Evans was recently recognized by the Bullitt County Retired Teacher’s Association for winning the essay contest at their June meeting.

    Evans is the son of Kristi Evans.

    His teacher at Brooks elementary was Rebecca DeSpain.

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  •      On July 1, Sharon and Jason Hand, along with Melissa Guerrieri, from The Camp Quality Quillow Project Of Hillview made its 4th successful delivery to Camp Quality Kentuckiana.

        This year’s camp was held at “Country Lake” in Henryville, Ind., with a record 74 campers. The camp spent 22 years at Camp Loucoon st Nolan Lake near Leitchfield.

        The move was necessary to allow more campers to attend each year.

  •     LEBANON JUNCTION - It was a bright sunny Sunday afternoon.

        One might have wondered if it was Doris VanVactor smiling down as the brand new Lebanon Junction Library opened its doors to the public.

        The long-time advocate of reading, especially at the Lebanon Junction Library, would have been proud as she looked down upon the newest facility.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - With every peddle of his Fuji touring bicycle Andy French, 20, comes closer to realizing his childhood dream of cycling from sea to shining sea across the United States.

        The college senior’s 3,600-mile journey began about a month and a half ago in California, when he took off on his bike with four bags containing little more than a few articles of clothing, some Ramen noodles and oatmeal, a small tent, a sleeping bag and a few toiletries.

  •     HEBRON ESTATES - With on-going construction issues, the students, teachers and parents of Hebron Middle may feel that only a miracle could get the school building ready for classes in August.

        They have received that “miracle” in the form of a new principal: Steve Miracle has been selected for the position.

        Miracle was selected by the school council to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of John Barbagallo.

  •     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Boy Scout Troop 868 recently returned from a 16-day trip to Missouri and Arkansas that included 10 days of camping at Camp Sawmill on the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation.  Bartle is one of the largest Boy Scout reservations in the United States and annually hosts more than 7,000 scout campers.

  •     Every year, Nichols Elementary School students create some very imaginative musical instruments...by hand.

        Take the top part of an oatmeal canister. Make nine holes in it. Pull fishing line through each hole and cut it.

        Attach the line to small metal pieces at the top while the end that hangs is adorned with nuts, bolts and weights. Draw musical images on the top and tie one final piece of fishing line to the center.

        This is Rachael Wilkinson’s wind chime.

  • The time is getting near for the opening of the new school year.

    Youngsters entering kindergarten got an opportunity to participate in an annual kickoff event at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

    They were greeted by cheerleaders as they entered and left the event.

    There were representatives from each of the schools, as well as the various departments in the public school system.

    Questions were answered and plenty of goodies were handed out.

    The first day for students is Wednesday, Aug. 11.

  •     HILLVIEW - Amanda Lucas grew up participating in the two things she enjoyed most: softball and music.

        Both led her to a long and successful friendship with Audrey Cecil. The two now perform live music together and plan to record an album later this year.

        Neither anticipated the biggest news of their lives this summer: The singer/songwriters were selected to perform at the Lilith Fair concert in Indianapolis.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - As a member of Campbellsville University’s Board of Advancement, local alumna Gwinn Hahn feels it’s her duty to help improve her alma mater.

        With that in mind, Hahn and fellow board member Sarah Curry put their heads together to come up with something that would benefit CU students and the university alike.

        The result was the Derby Rose Gala, a black tie event that has become one of CU’s largest annual fundraisers in just two years.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - Those attending events at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre will continue to see changes to the facility.

    The latest improvement has been the painting of the ceiling and ventilation systems on the ceiling of the Salt River room.

    Members of the Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission got a tour of the latest improvements during its June meeting.