Local NewsVeterans honored at Heritage Hall

By Billy Ward

On Tuesday, November 11 the citizens of Johnson County gathered to honor the men and women of the armed forces. Attendees at Heritage Hall and those listening to a live broadcast of the annual Veterans Day memorial on WMCT Radio were treated with an impressive program of songs, speeches, and pageantry.

On November 11, at 11:00 am in 1918 an armistice ending the hostilities between Germany and the Allied nations signaled the end of World War I. Though it would be several years before America officially recognized the end of “The Great War” in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 of that year would mark the first commemoration of Armistice Day: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory. . . “ However, by 1954 the United States had been engaged in multiple military conflicts around the globe and a second world war. Veterans’ service organizations petitioned congress to strike out the word “Armistice” and insert “Veterans” recognizing November 11 as a day to honor all the men and women who had served in the armed forces.  More...

Laurel students make presentation to school board on importance of art

The Johnson County School Board met in regular session on Thursday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m. As renovations continue at the Johnson County Schools administrative offices, the meeting location changes each month. The November meeting was held at Laurel Elementary School.

Since the meeting venue has been operating on a rotational schedule, it has become customary for the host school to present the board with a short presentation. Laurel Elementary School Principal Charles Lentz chose to focus his presentation on the arts in education. Along with art teacher Matt Blevins, Principal Lentz presented a slideshow detailing the importance of art for both enrichment and excellence in academics. Several Laurel Elementary School students also attended the November meeting to present their various works of art to the board. Blevins also excitedly announced that he was recently offered a full-time position to teach art at Johnson County Schools. Principal Lentz concluded the presentation by saying, “I challenge our board members to not only continue to support the arts but to expand the arts in Johnson County Schools.”

Several Laurel Elementary School students were presented with awards at the November meeting for achieving at least a 30% increase on the benchmark assessment. The board stated that they would like to continue honoring students for achievements at future meetings.  More...

Come and experience ‘The Magic of Christmas in a Small Town’ this year

Come and experience “The Magic of Christmas in a Small Town” by taking part in the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on the Courthouse Lawn. This years event will take place on December 5 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

This annual Christmas Tree Lighting is primarily organized by Nancy Garrick and it is her sincere hope that the event will continue to be a time-honored Johnson County tradition.

Reverend Duane Dickson of First Christian Church will give the invocation followed by several performances by Vocal Intensity (an elite singing group comprised of the best of the best from the Johnson County Middle School Singers). Directed by Nancy Davis, Vocal Intensity will perform Carol of the Bells, Sing We All Noel, and A Wreath of Carols. Mayor Potter will also speak at the event and Andy Wright will read The Legend of the Christmas Tree.  More...

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