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Education

  • EIS board approves new therapeutic program

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools added another support service for students at a board meeting this week.

    At its regular meeting Monday, the EIS board approved a therapeutic program in an alternative setting for elementary students. The program is funded through Communicare, which will provide staff and salary for an EIS teacher.

    Superintendent Gary French said the district has been working with Communicare to start the program for a few years.

  • Radcliff Elementary construction complete

    The cloud of construction has cleared at Radcliff Elementary School.

    The substantial completion date for the renovation of Radcliff Elementary is scheduled for Friday, but most of the tell-tale signs of construction were gone Monday.

    Renovation of the school began at the beginning of 2010, with the majority of the interior complete when school began for the 2010-11 school year. In the second phase of the project, the exterior of the building was renovated along with the gym, library and cafeteria.

  • Foundation teams up with Cause Layouts to raise money, child cancer awareness

    Helping a local cancer foundation is as easy as decorating one’s Facebook page.

    The Isaiah Alonso Foundation has partnered with the website Cause Layouts to raise awareness and money for the foundation.

    Cause Layouts creates Facebook layouts, or background images surrounding a Facebook page, for a variety of issues.

    The organization created five layouts for the Isaiah Alonso Foundation, one featuring the foundation’s logo and the others featuring families with whom the foundation has been in contact.

  • ECTC auto-diesel program creates scholarship

    Automotive students at the local community college have another avenue to ease tuition costs thanks to a scholarship using money won in a national competition.

    The auto-diesel program at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College received $2,500 for being named the top program in the southeast region in Tomorrow Technician’s School of the Year competition. The money came from WIX Filters.

    Jerry Clemons, an associate professor in the program, said there wasn’t an auto-diesel scholarship and instructors wanted a way to ease students’ costs.

  • Heartland, Lincoln Trail in running for Windstream grants

    Two Hardin County elementary schools are being considered in a national technology-funding competition.

    Heartland and Lincoln Trail elementary schools are two of 30 finalists for a competition sponsored by Windstream Communications. Schools submitted videos documenting their service projects, and the winning school receives $25,000 to spend on school upgrades.

    Voters can visit schools win.windstream.com/finalists to support their choices from the 30 finalists through Friday. Winners are expected to be announced in December.

  • Elizabethtown couple married at 11:11 a.m. on 11-11-11

    Greg Smith of Elizabethtown is happy about his wedding date.

    “Now I’ll always be out of hot water remembering the anniversary date,” he said.

    Valette Smith, whose last name was Steen until Friday, said that’s one of the reasons the couple decided to begin their wedding at 11:11 a.m. on Nov. 11, which is numerically 11-11-11.

    “We knew it would be an easy day to remember,” she said, laughing.

  • WKU-ECTC sign admission agreement

    Officials signed an agreement Thursday that allows students to apply to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and Western Kentucky University jointly.

    ECTC President/CEO Thelma White and WKU President Gary Ransdell signed the agreement, which is meant to expand the partnership between the schools and allow students easier access to a four-year degree by  admitting them to ECTC and WKU at the same time.

    Officials predict more than 300 ECTC students will transfer to WKU with its main campus in Bowling Green this academic year.

  • Toy provides building blocks for education

    Red, yellow, blue, white and black plastic Lego pieces covered several cafeteria tables and even some of the floor at Heartland Elementary School in Elizabethtown.

    Students, in small groups, consulted their Lego magazines as they built space stations and vehicles. They are part of a club that uses the toy building pieces with an eye to education.

  • North Hardin hoping to get a note from 'Glee'

    A wildly popular but fictional show choir could benefit a real one in Hardin County with the help of votes.

    The newly reorganized show choir at North Hardin High School has submitted a video application for the “Glee” Give a Note competition, which will distribute thousands of dollars to talented and financially-strapped choir programs.

  • Brother to Brother Academy starts back up this year

    A local program is working to stop a student population from falling behind its peers.

    The Brother to Brother Academy met Saturday to introduce new children and parents to the program at Vaughn Reno Starks Community Center. The academy focuses on enhancing the academics of black male middle and high school students along with their cultural and spiritual lives.