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Editorial: Aug. 7, 2012

By Jeff D'Alessio

TOPIC: Good news abound
OUR VIEW: We have plenty to celebrate

Here’s what $57,000 can get you in the world of academics: A new engineering program at Elizabethtown High School.

EHS recently announced Project Lead the Way engineering program will start this year thanks to a local industry. Metalsa of Elizabethtown is partnering with the school and providing $57,000 for supplies and equipment for the class.

T.K. Stone Middle School also is launching the program this year. J.T. Alton Middle School and North Hardin and Central Hardin high schools already have implemented the program.

EHS Principal Steve Smallwood said the school will start with an Introduction to Engineering class. More than 100 students signed up for the class.

This is great news for current and future students at EHS interested in pursuing an engineering degree.

It’s also great news that we live in a community where a business like Metalsa is good-hearted and community-minded in offering the funding schools desperately need these days to start a program like this one.

TASTE OF SUCCESS. Last Friday’s 10th annual Taste of the Heartland benefit dinner and art auction was a resounding success with $44,473 raised for the Community Health Clinic of Hardin and LaRue Counties.

The clinic provides a need for those who have nowhere else to go for medical care. The clinic is for low-income and uninsured residents of both counties.

Money raised at the event makes a huge impact on the free clinic’s sustainability which relies heavily on fundraisers, grants and volunteers. Annually, about 665 patients are served from the two counties.

The success of the event was supported by more than 20 local restaurants who provided catering, and local artists and many other event volunteers.

FOLK HERITAGE WINNER. For Cecilia resident Leona Waddell, making baskets is a passion.

Recently, she was honored as a Folk Heritage Award winner from the Kentucky Arts Council.

A news release from the Kentucky Arts Council recognized Waddell’s years of experience with her craft, stating Waddell has “dedicated her life to conserving and perfecting the south central Kentucky white oak basket-making tradition” and called her work a “source of pride in the region.”

Recognition for her meticulous work is nothing new to Waddell. A split white oak basket was placed in the Renwick Gallery Smithsonian American Art Museum’s basket collection in Washington, D.C., earlier this year, while another basket toured with the Southern Arts Federation.

A ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 9 in Frankfort to honor Waddell.

HALL OF FAME. Elizabethtown High School now will have a place of its own to honor its own after the district approved creating an athletic hall of fame.

Led by Duke Burnett, the idea was brought to the district board of education and rapidly became reality.

Burnett said about 15 inductees will be recognized the first year.

EHS has a rich sports history. Now this is a way to remember some of the best of the best.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.