• Photos: Central Hardin hosts mock car crash
  • EIS teachers surprised with grants

    As D. Dee Shaw put it Thursday morning while walking down the halls of T.K. Stone Middle School, the Elizabethtown Educational Foundation was playing the role of “prize patrol” for educators.

    Members of the foundation surprised more than half a dozen Elizabethtown Independent Schools teachers during classes with innovative teacher grants, which are intended to help improve classrooms through the purchase of books, supplies or equipment for instruction.

  • Schools show growth in most areas on EXPLORE, PLAN

    The yearly release of schools’ EXPLORE and PLAN test data showed growth in a majority of subject areas for the 2011-12 school year. PLAN test data, in particular, revealed success for most local high schools.

    The EXPLORE and PLAN tests are precursors to the ACT and cover the same four subject areas — English, math, reading and science. The EXPLORE is taken by eighth-graders and the PLAN is taken by high school sophomores.

  • Project Princess uses dresses as community outreach

    Girls trying to avoid seeing dollar signs as they readied themselves for prom had the perfect alternative this weekend.
    Project Princess, a program through which girls can borrow a free prom dress for the night, returned Saturday and reached out to a larger number of schools this time around.

    Coordinators Tiffany Gilpin and Brittany Hawkins contacted local schools as well as those in Grayson, LaRue, Meade, Nelson and Breckinridge counties to let students know about the opportunity to save money on formal attire and accessories.

  • County could earn Bucks for Bright Ideas

    While most everyone thinks they should get paid for their good ideas, Hardin County residents have a rare opportunity to make that happen this spring.

    The Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center at Western Kentucky University is accepting applications for this year’s Bucks for Bright Ideas competition. The center, which has a branch in Hardin County, is taking ideas for potential products or services from residents in 26 counties. Applications will be accepted through April 18.

  • Buddhist monk returning to speak at ECTC

    A popular visitor to the local community college is making a return visit this week.

    The Venerable Tsering Phuntsok, a Buddhist monk from Bir, India who visited Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, is returning to speak to students and the community about the Dalai Lama.

    Phuntsok will be at ECTC at 3 p.m. Thursday in Room 112 of the Administration Building. His talk is called “The Dalai Lama: His Life and Teachings.”

  • Photos: Meeting of the minds
  • Bland appointed to equal opportunity council

    A local attorney will be promoting diversity among all public higher education institutions in the state.

    JoAnne Wheeler Bland  has been appointed to a two-year term on the Council on Postsecondary Education’s Committee on Equal Opportunities. The council provides oversight to the Statewide Diversity Policy followed by public postsecondary institutions and will work to create a diverse student body and pool of employees at colleges and universities

  • EIS board changes grade policy for end-of-course exams

    Grading policies for the new end-of-course exams have been altered in Elizabethtown Independent Schools.
    The EIS board voted to make new high school end-of-course exams count for 10 percent of a student’s grade, as opposed to the 20 percent originally planned. As of now, the decision only impacts exams that will be taken in the 2011-2012 school year.

  • Elementaries make Black History Month count

    Elementary students around the county have been taking part in lessons for Black History Month during the past few weeks, with teachers ensuring lessons begin at an early age.

    One fourth grade class at Morningside Elementary School made models of historical black figures who have been featured on  postage stamps. Students had to learn about the person and give a presentation on the subjects’ lives, teacher Roseann Thrush said.