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Education

  • Power outage affects thousands in northern Hardin County

    Thousands of residents along U.S 31W were without electricity Tuesday evening after a likely breaker failure caused an outage.

    The power went out for Nolin RECC and Kentucky Utilities customers along the 31W corridor from the Pine Valley area in Elizabethtown all the way through Radcliff, said Vince Heuser, vice president of system operations at Nolin RECC.

    About 14,000 Nolin RECC customers and about 5,500 KU customers were affected.

    Customers lost service at about 8 p.m. and it remained out for about an hour, KU spokesperson Liz Pratt said.

  • Schools prepare for new marks

    Following the advice of the Kentucky Department of Education, local school districts are distributing a message of reduced expectation regarding test scores.

    The annual CATS exam gave way for a more rigorous K-PREPS test as Kentucky became the first state in the nation to adopt new “common core standards” that serve as a national benchmark for curriculum and assessment.

  • 'U.S. News' includes EHS, CHHS in Kentucky's best

    Two local schools are considered among the best in the state in the latest ranking from U.S. News & World Report.

  • EHS senior a semifinalist for national scholarship

    An Elizabethtown High School senior is one of less than two dozen Kentucky students competing for national scholarship money.

    Brittany Stokan and 15 other students in Kentucky qualified as semifinalists for the National Achievement Scholarship Program. These students and others across the country will compete to become a finalist and then to receive one of about 800 scholarship awards that total about $2.5 million, according to a news release from the program.

  • T.K. Stone students lead the way in engineering

    Students at T.K. Stone Middle School gathered in a hallway Tuesday to launch cardboard with rubber bands. But instead of a teacher breaking up the party, adults grouped around them, impressed by the engineering lesson unfolding in front of them.

    T.K. Stone Middle School teachers and students demonstrated the efforts of Project Lead the Way to corporate partners who helped make the engineering course possible.

  • J.T. Alton band director honored

    Byron Witham knew at a young age he wanted to be a music teacher.

    Not only is he that, but he now is one of 24 teachers in Kentucky to be recognized for their contributions to education as a winner of an Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Award. The award is given by Ashland and the Kentucky Department of Education.

    Witham is the band director at J.T. Alton Middle School in Vine Grove.

    To be considered, teachers must be nominated and complete a lengthy application that includes several essays. Witham learned last week he was selected as one of the 24.

  • North Hardin, LaRue County high schools win big in battle of the bands

    North Hardin and LaRue County high schools won the day at their respective band competitions last weekend.

    LaRue County was named grand champion in the Taylor County Marching Invitational at Taylor County High School. The Band of Hawks also received best overall guard, as well as first place, best guard and best percussion in Class AA.

  • North Hardin wins Bands of America regional

    North Hardin High School marching band director Brian Froedge was impressed with his band’s composure and poise in the face of heady competition this weekend.

    North Hardin captured the Bands of America regional championship Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. It was a repeat title for the Trojan band, which also won the 2011 regional.

    “I think the competition was a little stiffer this year,” Froedge said.

    But he said the moment never overwhelmed the group and they turned in some outstanding performances.

  • North Hardin band finds early success

    North Hardin High School’s marching band is hoping some of its “Venom” will bring success this season.

    The band began its season by being named grand champion at the South Central Kentucky Marching Band Classic on Sept. 8 at Glasgow High School  and won the Bands of America regional championship this weekend for the second consecutive year.

    This year’s show is called “Venom” and senior Travis Binyon said he hopes the band can improve after failing to reach state finals last year.

  • Thro named UK general counsel

    A former Rebel is moving back to the Commonwealth to become a Wildcat.

    Elizabethtown native William Thro has been selected to become the new general counsel for the University of Kentucky. Thro is a graduate of East Hardin High School and a Hardin County Schools’ Distinguished Alumni.

    Thro begins Oct. 15. He is coming from the same position at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. He also has served as solicitor general for three attorneys general in Virginia.