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  • LOUISVILLE - Through the Kentucky State Fair’s new initiative to attract and involve more youth, the Young Adult Project (YAP), two new competitions have been launched this year: the Kentucky State Fair Songwriters Contest and the Kentucky State Fair Battle of the Bands competition. Both are designed to feature the talents of Kentucky and Southern Indiana young adults, ages 14-20.

  • CLERMONT - Drawing its name from the Japanese sound for “chit-chat”, Pecha Kucha Nights encourage exciting but short lectures. Creative presenters will have a mere 400 seconds to present a visual idea under the theme “Mother Nature told me to tell you this.”

    Each participant then has 20 images at 20 seconds each to wow you with a story.

  •     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Corn and cucumbers and peppers, oh my!

        Locals recently had the opportunity to purchase all this and more at the city’s first ever farmer’s market, sponsored by the Mount Washington Main Street Committee.

        Over 250 people gathered for the inaugural event held on the parking lot between First Federal and Peoples Bank Mount Washington on Bardstown Road where vendors sold truck loads of fresh, local produce.

  • The first Heart and Soul Gospel Jubilee was held recently at the Shepherdsville City Park.

    Groups such as The Turner Family and Blood Bought performed for crowds throughout the day.

  • CLERMONT - Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is pleased to announce that Whitney Wurzel has joined the staff as the Youth and Family Programs Manager.

    Wurzel will create and implement educational nature programs for children and families, including Bernheim’s ECO Kids (Every Child Outside) initiative. She will also arrange and coordinate school groups that visit Bernheim throughout the year.

  •     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.