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Education

  • HCS seat only contested board race

    Most local school board races will see unopposed candidates quietly take their seats, except for one Hardin County Schools board position.

    The Division 5 seat on the HCS board is the only contested school board race in the Nov. 6 election. Incumbent Suzy Broadwater faces challenger Gail Phoenix. Division 5 is in the northern end of the county.

  • Middle school shines spotlight on successful students

    West Hardin Middle School teachers were sporting face paint and costumes Friday, but it wasn’t for Halloween.

    West Hardin hosted a pep rally Friday for students who are on the A-B honor roll for this past grading period. The rally is part of a program aimed at recognizing positive behavior in students.

    Teachers dressed as characters from popular films and performed skits for students and handed out prizes such as movie tickets. Students’ excitement filled the gym as they cheered and laughed at faculty members.

  • ECTC to eulogize Poe for Halloween

    For anyone who has wished Edgar Allan Poe’s funeral hadn’t taken place 163 years ago and that they could have had the opportunity to pay their respects, a second chance has arrived.

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is hosting a “funeral” for Poe, the Gothic literary figure known for poems such as “The Raven” and short stories that include “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Doors open for the free event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Science Auditorium, and it begins at 7 p.m.

  • Sisters in sync: Hopes help Elizabethtown High School band in state title bid

    Heading into state competition this weekend, Elizabethtown High School band is full of Hope.

    It comes in the form of the four Hope sisters — senior Brandy, sophomores Brittany and Breanna, and eighth-grader Bridgett. As Brandy brings her marching band career to a close and Bridgett is just starting hers, this year is the only year all four sisters have participated in marching band.

  • Hart, Creekside recognized for Classroom of Excellence

    Tracie Dupin confessed she was nervous about her son entering preschool.

    “On the first day of school, I admit, I was worried,” she said.

    But she soon learned what the state of Kentucky now knows about the classroom of Samantha Hart at Creekside Elementary School.

    “Ms. Sam, your classroom is excellent,” she told Hart at an awards assembly Tuesday for the teacher.

    Hart was recognized for having a Classroom of Excellence, a distinction given to preschool classes by the Kentucky Department of Education.

  • West Hardin students eat 'dirt,' and love it

    West Hardin Middle School students were told to eat dirt Thursday, and they happily obliged.

    The students continued their lessons on soil by creating an edible and sugary version with a coordinator from the Hardin County Conservation District.

    The lessons on soil were included in their discussions on constructive and destructive forces and types of rock, science teacher Leslie Meredith said. It followed a day of gathering soil samples to view the different layers.

  • HCS proposes redistricting near E’town post office

    Hardin County Schools is proposing redistricting an Elizabethtown neighborhood.

    The HCS board will consider redistricting some neighborhoods near the Elizabethtown Post Office and E-town Swim & Fitness in December.

  • HCS approves 2013-14 academic calendar

    Next year’s Christmas break will stay intact for Hardin County Schools’ students whether it snows or not.

    The 2013-14 school year calendar was approved Thursday night by the HCS board at its regular meeting. The school year will begin Aug. 7 and end May 23.

    The most significant change to the calendar involves the winter break in December and January. The break for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 calendars have included makeup days to use in case of snow closures during the year. The break for the 2013-14 calendar doesn’t include makeup days.

  • Japanese School hosting Cool Japan Festival open house

    The Elizabethtown Japanese School is celebrating its quarter-century mark as part of the Hardin County community by showing how “cool” the school can be.

  • Sheeran named Outstanding Administrator in field

    After watching her department receive recognition recently, Carlena Sheeran received her own early childhood accolade.

    Sheeran, early childhood director at Hardin County Schools since 2007, has been named Outstanding Administrator of the Year by the Kentucky Association for Early Childhood Education.

    The award was presented to Sheeran at a conference held by the association earlier this month, without her knowledge she was nominated by some of her colleagues.