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he ounty www.octimesnews.com --- NUMBER 34 HARTFORD AND BEAVER DAM, KENTUCKY, August 22, 2002 3 SECTIONS -- 42 PAGES -- 30 CENTS .=scoring to the Skills given to all in reading, naath. Any total score higher than the national average, enter the program have at least "Beaver Dam is doing other Superintendent Grover"Butch" three years experience in teaching, things and its test scores are still Canty attributed the district-wide go through one year of training and good," Canty said. "So they haven't emphasis on reading and the attend six training sessions a year. seen the need to change anything." switch to all-day kindergarten as "Not just anybody can step inEven though the other elemen- the main reasons why the CTBS and do this," Bassett said. "We've tary schools scored well, it was the scores are starting to improve, committed ourselves to this andifs third-gradersofHorseBranchthat "We've tried to focus on the early working." made the greatest improvement. years of school," Canty said. "We Fordsville, Western and HorseIn 1997, the third-grade total bat- know that's where most of the Branch elementary schools were tery was 25, a year later it went learning takes place. The students the first to implement the program, down to 20, in 1999 improved to have a two-hour block every day Southern and Wayland have since 29, in 2000 climbed to 48 and by that they do nothing but concen- followed. Beaver Dam Elementary 2001 was above the national aver- trate on reading." is the only school that has not age with a battery of 51. Three years ago Ohio County elected to go with Reading Recov- But this year, the third-grade schools started using the Reading cry. scores at Horse Branch, which has Recovery Program that uses And though Beaver Dam is not 73 percent of its students on free "highly-trained" teachers to work in Reading Recovery, its third- or reduced lunches, sailed to a to- with first-grade students who are grade had a total battery of 66 and tal battery of 60. falling behind in their reading and its filch-grade scored 56. Jeff Martin, principal of Horse language arts. According to Canty, it's the site- Branch, said the emphasis on read- Marie Bassett, Reading Recov- based councils that make the deci- ery coordinator, said teachers who sion to use Reading Recovery.See CTBS, Page 6A I I II II I II H II I Ohio County Schools' CTBS Results School/ Reading Lang. Math Total Grade Arts Battery OCHS (gth) 52 48 52 51 Western (6th) 47 42 47 45 Wayland (6th) 61 51 64 59 Southern (6th) 52 48 48 50 H. Branch (6th) 46 44 51 46 Fordsville (6th) 50 46 47 46 B. Dam (6th) 58 48 60 56 Western (3rd) 47 45 59 51 Wayland (3rd) 68 62 65 67 Southern (3rd) 68 67 66 70 H. Branch (3rd) 59 58 58 60 Fordsville (3rd) 56 57 56 57 B. Dam (3rd) 59 54 75 66 Combined (6th) 54 47 55 52 Combined (3rd) 61 57 65 62 f / :7" ......... !ii ii 2 stages built Stanley. This year's first-ever four-day festival is being called the to handle over Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Mu- sic Celebration, which starts on 40 acts Thursday, Aug. 29, and ends on Sunday, Sept. 1. BY DON WILKINS And though this festival won't Times-News Editor be free, it will feature over 40 editor@octimesnews.com nationally and locally known acts that range from traditional For Campbell Mercer, the La- to old-time bluegrass music. bor Day weekend bluegrass Kenny Baker, who Mercer event planned on Jerusalem called the "greatest fiddle player Ridge won't just be a festival but in the world," will be this year's a " lebration." featured performer. "It will be more than just your "Kenny recorded 'Jerusalem average concert," said Mercer, Ridge' with Bill," Mercer said. director of the Bill Monroe Foun- "And this will be the first time dation. "Weql be coming together Kermy has ever stepped foot on as a people who love bluegrass this hallowed ground." music and Bill Monroe." Other performers will be Last August, the recon- Charlie Cline, Monroe's grand- structedchildhoodhomeofMon- son, Jimbo Monroe, former roe was dedicated in front of Clinch Mountain Boy Larry thousands of people who were Sparks, The Sullivan Family, treated to a free bluegrass mu- Mike Seeger, The Cumberland sic concert headlined by Ralph See Thousands, Page 18A Don Wilkins/Times-News photo William H. Natcher Bridge behind him, U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning speaks to the crowd gathered in front of the stage Although a ribbon cutting was held for the bridge, if Won't officially open until mid-September. Future to the Natcher Parkway and a four-lane highway that leads from the bridge to Indiana's U.S. 1-64. Itwas Ford whojoined hands son here --- Bill Natcher," with the late Representative Bunning said. "He shouldered Natcher when the idea for thethe load and this bridge reminds bridge first surfaced in me of him -- tall, strong, and World War Owensboro. Natcher died eightramrod straight." William H. years ago but he still was instru- Bunning said Natcher took .OVer the Ohio mental in getting the project off care of his people and was good F IS not "A Bridge the ground and onto the draw-to his word. U.S. Sen. ing board. At the podium, Ford said the A crowd numbering in the bridge is something both (Ken- aid at last hundreds braved a hot sun andtucky and Indiana) governors that the threatening skies to hear a pa- are trying to claim a part of. He is "ex- rade of politicians and othersaid the span will ensure eco- Kentucky and Indiana state of- nomic growth and ensure the on of ficials pass future of those who "come af- Ford out plau- "Both sides of the river ter us." speaker'sdits to nu- a long merousper- will benefit." But in the didn't sons re- end, Ford said sponsible Wendell Ford, Patton kept manydig- for the former U.S. senator his promise af- edica- bridge from ter standing H. Natcher its seed al- on a pile of dirt will most 25 years ago to the fulland declaring that the bridge bloom, would be built. Park- Taking most of the favorable"Both sides of the river will Indi- hits were Natcher, Ford and Gov. benefit," Ford said. Paul Patton. Also on the speaker's platform Democrat In a strong bi-partisan mode, was Senator Mitch McConnell, amendment U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, a former a Louisville Republican. major league baseball player and "We're here to celebrate a con- a feasibility member of the Hall of Fame, siderable accomplishment," he Evansville gave almost all of the credit for said. the bridge to Natcher, a Bowling "Representative Ron Lewis, It got us Green Democrat who never Senator Jim Bunning and my- study missed a roll call vote in the selfhelped on the Kentucky side Natcher House of Representatives and ofthe river and were instrumen- out, this never accepted outside campaign tal in acquiring the federal :. a better cost contributions, money involved in the project." "There should only be one per- Republican U.S. Represents- tive Lewis said "Bill Natcher is the man here today. He had to leave some unfinished business but the bridge is named after him and it's the right name." See Bridge, Page 18A Inside This Issue Classifieds ......... A9-17 Sports .............. B1-3 Obituaries ............. A2 Society. ............. 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