• Annual college fair is Monday

    The annual Heartland Regional College Fair is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Central Hardin High School. The event is an open house that allows students to gather information about more than 40 higher education institutions, according to a news release from Hardin County Schools.

    The event is open to students and their families from all area high schools.

    It includes two financial aid sessions at 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. in the library, according to the news release.

    Featured institutions include:

    • Asbury University
  • Local teachers to be featured at state conference

    Several local educators will be delivering presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday at the annual conference of the Kentucky Association of School Councils. The conference is in Louisville.

    Susan Ryan, gifted and talented coordinator at Elizabethtown Independent Schools, hosts a session called “Building a STEM Pipeline from K-12,” according to a news release from KASC.

  • CPE report included proposal of military advocacy group

    An education group recently proposed creating a military student advocacy group to address the needs of service members and their families who are continuing their educations.

    The recommendation was one of six the Postsecondary Education Work Group to the Military Spouse Task Force of Kentucky made to the Council on Postsecondary Education recently. The recommendations presently are in draft form and later will be presented to the task force.

  • EIS approves property tax increase

    The Elizabethtown Independent Schools board approved the maximum tax rate at its Monday meeting, increasing property taxes by $28 per $100,000 of assessed value.

    The public hearing for the tax rate, held prior to the meeting, was unattended.

    The board approved a tax levy of 69.9 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate and personal property, as well as a rate of 53.8 cents per $100 of assessed value on motor vehicles. Aircraft and watercraft are exempted.

  • EIS working budget shows total funds down about $2 million

    The final draft of Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ budget shows a slight increase in the general fund.

    The EIS board approved its working budget, which is the the third version reviewed by the board. Total funds for the district come to about $24.8 million, which is a drop of approximately $2 million from last year’s budget. The decrease comes from a smaller beginning balance and a drop in state funding and grant money, according to documents presented to the board.

  • Task force addresses degree completion for military families

    A state education work group is looking to ease the road to degree completion for military families.

    Five recommendations to increase college enrollment and completion among military spouses recently were presented to the Council on Postsecondary Education by the Postsecondary Education Work Group to the Military Spouse Task Force of Kentucky. The recommendations are in draft form and later will be presented to the task force.

    The five draft recommendations are:

  • T.K. Stone students run 'No Idle' campaign

    Most people are aware of the dangers of idle hands, but four students at a local middle school are raising awareness about the risks of idle engines.

    The students at T.K. Stone Middle School are leading the charge to better the air quality in Elizabethtown with a “No Idle” campaign, which encourages parents waiting to pick up their students after school to turn their cars off, cutting off the emissions from their vehicles. Last week was “No Idle” week in the district, and the students would like to see the campaign spread through the community.

  • E'town band marches to new beat

    The Elizabethtown High School marching band isn’t competing on Saturdays any longer, but they did make the football team dance on the sideline, which is a new measure of success for the revamped program.

    As a non-competing marching band, Elizabethtown High School shows now are a project of personal fulfillment and school pride for the students. Band Director Mark Webster said he is pleased to find his marchers work just as hard for themselves and their fellow students.

  • Musgrave shares lessons from his farm kid to spaceman journey

    Story Musgrave assisted in repairing the Hubble Space Telescope, but getting coffee delivered to him Tuesday night by a college president seemed to really impress.

    He was struck when Thelma White, president and CEO of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College offered him a cup that she brewed during his presentation at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    “They got the president cooking me coffee. I have arrived!” he said.

  • FFA students advance to national competition

    The Agri-Science competition was a new venture for the John Hardin High School FFA chapter. For two members, it literally was a piece of cake.

    Taylor Doughty and Carson McCann, sophomores, are finalists in the National FFA Agri-Science Fair Food Systems Division after winning at the state level. Their project is in the final four and they will compete in October at the National FFA Convention in Louisville.