• J.T. Alton's great divide: School finds success in gender-separated classrooms

    Fear of embarrassment and rejection can override almost any other factor in middle school. It’s a time when school performance can become less important than impressing one’s peers.

    One local middle school has worked to remove those problems from the classroom for almost a decade.

  • ECTC to host bluegrass music event

    While international connections within eastern Kentucky might not be immediately apparent, the local community college will shed light on the topic next week.

    The free presentation “Immigrants and Community in the Coal Fields of Eastern Kentucky, 1910-1930” is the next in the series “Celebrating Who We Are — International Connections” at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. The bluegrass presentation, which includes musical performances, is at 3 p.m. Tuesday in room 112 of the Administration Building.

  • Jon Ballard looking to return to alma mater

    A product of Elizabethtown Independent Schools, Jon Ballard is excited at the opportunity to return to the district.

    Ballard is one of two finalists for the superintendent position at Elizabethtown Independent Schools. Ballard previously worked in the district and is associate superintendent of human resources for Hardin County Schools.

  • Owens enjoys EIS’ sense of community

    Mark Owens was educated in an independent school district and is hoping to make a new home in one.

    Owens is one of two finalists for superintendent of Elizabethtown Independent Schools district. He has spent the last six years as director of personnel at Daviess County Schools and has held a variety of positions throughout his 29-year career in education.

  • EHS senior a National Achievement Scholarship recipient

    A local student is one of six high school seniors in the state to receive a national scholarship.

    Brittany Stokan, a senior at Elizabethtown High School, has received a scholarship from the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Stokan will receive $2,500 from the program, part of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and was created to recognize successful black students.

    About 800 students were awarded the scholarships, which totaled about $2 million.

  • Carnival to support elementary school playground

    Area residents can enjoy family fun and support a new playground for students in Radcliff.

    A carnival is planned for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at North Park Elementary School on South Logsdon Parkway in Radcliff.

    Spring Fling is organized as a fundraiser to help pay off an estimated $4,000 debt on a playground bought for the school two years ago.

    Free events include inflatables, chalk drawing and hula-hooping.

  • Central Hardin junior earns ACT perfection

    When it comes to the ACT, Abby Hinkson is pure perfection.

    Hinkson, a junior at Central Hardin High School, scored a perfect 36 on the ACT, a feat accomplished by fewer than 800 students across the country in the graduating class of 2012.

  • Businesses show support for work ethic certification


    Hardin County Schools has received support for its proposed Work Ethic Certification program, with local businesses agreeing to interview graduates to give them experience with a job interview.

    The certification’s intent is to instill so-called “soft skills” such as accountability and preparedness in students and then show businesses that they’ve been evaluated in those areas.

    Wright said many business representatives have been passionate about the program.

  • Celebration brings fun, learning to children with special needs

    A room full of children squealed and clapped as they watched two jugglers maneuver clubs through the air Thursday at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

    They watched with interest as plate spinners from the group Circus Mojo, based in northern Kentucky, performed. They laughed and squirmed when the spinners gave them turns balancing the plates on their own fingers.

    The show was part of the Music & Arts Center of Cultural Learning’s Special Arts Festival. This year’s theme was Under The Big Top.

  • Aaron Vance: McConnell scholar

    When Aaron Vance heard his name called out over a loudspeaker in the middle of a March baseball game, he said it was “kind of shocking” to realize it wasn’t because of his performance in the game but because his parents just learned he received a McConnell Scholarship.

    “Everyone said my reaction was priceless, but I don’t remember that part,” he said.