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  • Ms. Freda lets me know that First of All she wants to thank Doctor Brockman. He has done so much for me and I am eternally gratefully to him. She also wants to mention that he has three locations, St. Matthew, New Albany and Jeffersonville, and that he has 17 years of experience in eye surgery and is also a managing partner of the John Kenyon Eye Center.

    For all that he has done. Ms Freda comments that if it wasn’t for him she would not be able to work, go to church or any other activities that she now does. She had cataracts so bad that she was almost blind.

  • BROOKS - The hard hats worn by the Brooks faculty and staff was a sign to show they are truly working to build an entire community.

    That was the theme portrayed at the Brooks Elementary open house, the first time students and parents were allowed inside the new facility.

    The event was also the first time for teachers to meet face-to-face with the many students redistricted from other schools.

    Principal Cheri Lineweaver greeted as many guests as possible. She said the event allowed for building familiarity.

  • SHEPHERDSVILLE - As the new director of the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce, Freida Howe is eager to try some new things and to re-energize some current programs.

    Howe, who joined as executive assistant in February, took over in July as the new executive director by the Chamber Board effective July 1.

    Howe replaces Kristie Walls, who stepped down to accept another job.

    Joining Howe as executive assistant is Helen Hill, a retired employee of Publishers Printing.

  • Dr. Mark E. Lynn joins forces to break record, raises $1.6 million at 47th Annual Ham Breakfast

    LOUISVILLE - Dr. Mark E. Lynn, a Louisville optometrist and owner of Dr. Mark Lynn & Associates, joined forces with Bernard Trager of Republic Bank & Trust Co., to raise a record $1.6 million at the 2010 Kentucky State Fair Grand Champion Ham auction. The auction is part of the annual ham breakfast sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau.

  • 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.