Illuminating the News for the Students by the Students

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Illuminating the News for the Students by the Students

Lamplighter Media Productions

Illuminating the News for the Students by the Students

Lamplighter Media Productions

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Logan Justice, Editor-in-Chief

Hi, my name is Logan Justice and this year one of the four Editors-in-Chief. This is my third year being part of PLD Lamplighter and I am a senior. I have always loved news and broadcast and have considered pursuing it after high school. 

I enjoy participating in school activities and giving back to my community through volunteer work. I also serve as the Student Council President. I’m excited to lead Lamplighter this year and to work with others to keep the torch lit!


All content by Logan Justice
Civics Today: Citizenship, Economics, and You textbook used in the Dunbar Government classes.

How Legislators Want to Change KY Social Studies

March 11, 2022

In early February, Senator Max Wise (R) introduced Senate Bill 138, also known as the "Teaching American Principles" act. On Feb. 24, Senators were split along party lines in a 28-8 vote in favor of SB138...

WPLD Feb. 9 Broadcast

February 9, 2022

WPLD Jan. 26 Broadcast

January 29, 2022

On Dec. 6, PLD Lamplighter held an education roundtable at Dunbar. Attendees included Dr. Demetrus Liggins, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman, and teachers and students. Gov. Beshear showed a photo of the event during his Facebook Live address concerning his 2022 budget.

Public Education Receives Historic Investment in Governor’s Budget

January 11, 2022

On Jan. 10, Governor Andy Beshear released a part of his budget proposal entailing his plans for Kentucky education. The governor said that the budget was crafted through "extensive consultation" with...

Why Teachers are Leaving and Why it Matters

January 4, 2022

It's no secret that the pandemic shook up the American workforce. The "Great Resignation" taking place across the United States doesn't exclude teachers, and some say that without a major effort to rehabilitate...

Teacher Compensation

January 4, 2022

From the 2018 pension protests to a lack of support for teacher raises in the legislature, and increased work demands during the pandemic, many teachers say they don't have hope that their profession will...

The winter break allows the school halls to recover after a continuous effort to create chaos.

To Those Who Choose Fear

December 18, 2021

When we started back to school in August, I think many of us wished that we would be able to return to the pre-pandemic joys of school and leave the things that didn't work well behind. At the start...

Flyer inviting students to participate in the mental health roundtable discussion.

Disrespect and Abuse

January 4, 2022

Flyer inviting students to participate in the mental health roundtable discussion.

WPLD Dec. 8 Broadcast

December 8, 2021

WPLD Nov. 17 Broadcast

November 17, 2021

WPLD Nov. 10 Broadcast

November 10, 2021

Governor Beshear Declares October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 8, 2021

On October 18 Governor Andy Beshear declared October Domestic Violence Awareness Month for Kentucky. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence "On a typical day, [Kentucky] domestic...

Episode 1: Madelyn Justice

May 1, 2021

In a new podcast series, Editor-in-Chief Logan Justice discusses what it's like to live the life of a Dunbar Cheerleader. Recent state champion, sophomore Madelyn Justice, explains the joys and the pressures...

HB563 proposes an new option to parents for their childd education.

HB 563 Could Lead To Changes in Kentucky’s Education System

March 28, 2021

In Kentucky, education is regarded to be one of the most hotly debated topics in terms of legislature. KY House Bill 563 is no exception. HB 563, first introduced by Kentucky State Representatives Chad...

This week, watch to learn about Dance Blue and more school announcements!

Hybrid Style DanceBlue Mini Marathon

March 18, 2021

This week, watch to learn about Dance Blue and more school announcements!

FCPS Board members and others discussed the superintendent search in a special meeting on Feb. 8.

FCPS Seeks New Superintendent

February 11, 2021

After the recent passing of Superintendent Manny Caulk, the Fayette County Public School (FCPS) system initiated the process of seeking out the next Superintendent. Per Kentucky statute, this process...

The white branches made a great backdrop for long walks in the snow.

Dunbar Enjoys a Snowy Day

February 2, 2021

The white branches made a great backdrop for long walks in the snow.

Conversations with My Teacher

December 15, 2020

While many people volunteer at nonprofits for a variety of causes, PLD Media Arts teacher Mrs. Wendy Turner is unique: she volunteers with primates. "I love animals. Like, animals are my thing," she...

An overwhelming majority of the counties in Kentucky are red. With a little holiday spirit they could turn green.

Season’s Greetings from the Sinecure

December 8, 2020

While other students move straight from their post-Thanksgiving break into their pre-Christmas break, the Sinecure is still hard at work bringing you the news you need in this holiday headline roundup. Deck...

Throughout the pandemic, two hashtags gained popularity: #TeamKentucky and #TogetherKY. These hashtags can be seen on over 175,000 Instagram posts and on signs outside of many Kentucky homes.

Paying It Forward: A Cup of Commonwealth Offers Coffee and Community During Pandemic

October 19, 2020

Throughout the pandemic, two hashtags gained popularity: #TeamKentucky and #TogetherKY. These hashtags can be seen on over 175,000 Instagram posts and on signs outside of many Kentucky homes.

Graphic by Logan Justice representing key issues in education that Kentucky faces.

Student Added to KY Board of Education

October 13, 2020

On July 21, Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order to add a Student Ex-Officio Member to the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE). This step is one that fewer than half of the United States has taken,...

The lengthy virtual Board of Education meeting left members frustrated and confused due to a lack of planning.

Board, Stakeholders Still Searching for Answers

October 7, 2020

On Sept. 28, the Fayette County Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting virtually with one pressing item on the agenda: the return to in-person learning. The meeting lasted over 3 ½ hours...

FCPS Board of Education discussion with UK and Fayette County Health Department officials.

Searching for Guidance

September 27, 2020

The Fayette County Public School (FCPS) Board of Education held a special meeting on Sept. 25 to discuss the incidence rate and community spread of COVID-19 in relation to the return to in-person school. Superintendent...

Many links for students and families can be found on the PLD website.

It Just Won’t Be The Same

August 8, 2020

For many students, school is not just a place. School means safety, opportunity, food, friendship, and connection. It is not simply a building full of classrooms. Instead, it’s an atmosphere that encourages...

Beginning the 2021-22 school year, face coverings were required for all students above the first grade.

Wearing a Mask Gets Us Back to School

July 21, 2020

What used to indicate that someone was sick is now a preventative measure for the general public. Masks are considered to be one crucial aspect of the fight against COVID-19. While they can be uncomfortable,...

Comparing Kentucky’s Largest Districts’ COVID-19 Responses

Comparing Kentucky’s Largest Districts’ COVID-19 Responses

April 25, 2020

Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) and Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) are the largest school districts in our state. How have they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic? Let's take a look at different...

A bare parking lot in front of local businesses in the Lexington community.

How COVID-19 is Affecting Local Businesses

March 27, 2020

In the midst of the Coronavirus outbreak, Governor Andy Beshear has now closed all non-life sustaining businesses from in-person traffic. This currently includes restaurants, gyms, and other in-person...

Celebrating Dr. Seuss’s 116th Birthday

March 2, 2020

March 2 marks the 116th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel who is commonly known by his pen name Dr. Suess. He died on September 24, 1991, at 84 years old due to oral cancer. Years later, a few unpublished...

New App Educates Students on Dangers of Opioid

February 24, 2020

Mayor Linda Gorton has created an initiative by using the FEND (Full Energy No Drugs) app and is being used to combat the frightening opioid epidemic. This app combines learning activities, videos, and...

300 Sower Blvd. Location of the first Kentucky Board of Education meeting, on Feb. 4.

Kentucky’s Search for the Next Commissioner of Education

February 18, 2020

When newly elected Governor Andy Beshear replaced all board members of the Kentucky Board of Education, Commissioner Wayne Lewis resigned. Governor Beshear’s campaign to have an education first...

Students at PLD performed Anne Frank.

Dunbar Drama Presents Anne Frank

January 31, 2020

PLD’s Drama Department recently performed The Diary of Anne Frank. A play based on the events of two Jewish families in hiding during Nazi Germany. “Learning about the holocaust and how easy and...

Junior Kendra Duarte said that the experience with the electronic baby was truly eye-opening. Im definitely not ready, she said.

Electronic Baby Project Teaches Students About Infant Care

January 15, 2020

Having to care, feed, and change a baby is a huge responsibility--one that most students have very little experience with--however, the students enrolled in Dunbar's Parenting and Early Childhood Education...

Podcasts have been on the rise in popularity in recent years

Podcasts More Popular Than Ever

December 19, 2019

In the past couple of years, podcasts have become more and more popular, but why? Is it the drive for a good story without the eagerness to read, or just the status quo? Podcasts have become so popular...

The Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass helps families who are far from home.

Keeping Families Close in Times of Need

November 13, 2019

The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is a nonprofit organization aimed at "keeping families close" by providing a home away from home while their children are being cared for at the hospital. Ronald...

Mrs. Newsome holding a Spooky 5kurry T-shirt.

PLD 5K Supports Cancer Research

October 3, 2019

Mrs. Newsome holding a Spooky 5kurry T-shirt.

Leadership Clubs at Dunbar

Leadership Clubs at Dunbar

September 13, 2019

Leadership clubs allow students to learn valuable skills that could support future success. Leadership skills show prospective colleges that a student is passionate, involved and has interpersonal skills. Youth...

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