• Fort Knox teacher ready for 'new paths' after 43 years

    Shuffling through family photos, Berna Hester says one can be found of her in the yard of her home in Harlan. Cardboard boxes are scattered around the grass and children are sitting at them as if they were desks while she stands in the front of what is a makeshift classroom.

    “When I was 3 years old, my favorite thing to play was school,” she said.

    Decades later, school still is one of her favorite things.

  • On track to graduate, Jarvis proves the odds wrong

    California did not work out well for Tim Jarvis.

    His sophomore year of high school resulted in only two credits to carry forward into the next year. He felt the teachers did not really care whether he succeeded, he said. With a significant amount of gang activity in the school, teachers were frightened of the students. And when he would see blood splattered across the walls of the bathrooms, he was frightened, too.

    “I kind of shut down,” he said. “I just lost hope.”

  • LaRue principal to lead Garrard County schools

    The principal of LaRue County High School is moving on this summer to lead a district.

    Paul Mullins was selected as the next superintendent for Garrard County Schools. His selection was announced Thursday by the Garrard County Board of Education.

    Mullins considered leading a school district a personal goal and Garrard County was a good fit, he said.

    The school district’s size is similar to LaRue County Schools. Mullins said he feels he has experiences that could help the district.

  • Training accident kills Navy SEAL at Fort Knox

    A U.S. Navy SEAL was killed during a training accident this week at Fort Knox. Seven other service members were injured.

    Special Warfare Operator 3rd Class Jonathan H. Kaloust, 23, died Wednesday when the Humvee he was in overturned during a training exercise, according to a news release from the Naval Special Warfare Group Two.

    Seven others received minor injuries in the accident, according to the news release.

  • HCS approves tentative budget

    Hardin County Schools’ officials expect a smaller general fund for the upcoming fiscal year.

    The HCS board approved the tentative budget for fiscal year 2014 on Thursday night at its regular meeting. The district expects a reduction in state funding but an increase in local tax revenue. The tentative budget is the second step of a three-step cycle; the draft version of the budget was approved in January.

  • Police to increase presence at schools

    Following the school shooting tragedy last December in Newtown, Conn., local agencies launched a series of meetings concerning efforts to increase safety of students and faculty in all schools in the county, including private and alternative.

  • NHES principal suspended with pay

    A Hardin County Schools principal was suspended with pay Tuesday.

    Mark Thomas, principal at New Highland Elementary School, has been suspended with pay pending an investigation into “alleged actions,” said John Wright, HCS community relations director.

    Wright did clarify the “alleged actions” didn’t involve students.

  • GED test free through July

    Those looking to earn their GED can do so this summer without a hit to their wallet.

    The GED test will be offered for free beginning today through July 31. People interested in taking advantage of the free test are encouraged to contact their local adult education center now, said Janet Hoover, director of systems support for Kentucky Adult Education.

    People often need instruction before taking the test, so it’s beneficial to sign up as early as possible, Hoover said.

  • Students graduate, celebrate at ECTC commencement

    Almost 200 graduates walked the line into a new phase of their lives Monday as the school year ended at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    The commencement ceremony for ECTC took place at Central Hardin High School. There were 186 graduates who participated in the ceremony, of 898 students graduating from the college this year.

    David Wallace, retired chairman of Nabors Completion & Production Services Company, gave the commencement address. He is a 1974 ECTC graduate and was named a distinguished alumnus in 2010.

  • John Hardin principal to lead NKY district

    In 1995, Alvin L. Garrison began his professional teaching career at North Hardin High School and later took over as principal at John Hardin High School. In June, he steps into a new role as superintendent of Covington Independent Schools.

    Garrison, 42, said he was offered the job a week ago and reached an agreement with the school district Thursday. On Friday, he announced the news to the John Hardin faculty.

    During a special meeting Saturday morning, the Covington Board of Education voted 5-0 to hire Garrison, according to a district news release.