• HCS receives mixed scores from kindergarten screener

    A sample of schools across the state shows many kindergarteners need additional help when starting school.

    The first set of results from a new screener for kindergarten students in Hardin County Schools show about 36 percent of students begin school without need for any additional support. The scores represent a pilot program, which will be implemented fully in every district in the state next school year.

    Overall state results reveal 28 percent of students are ready to begin kindergarten without additional support.

  • HCS names career center's first principal

    After finding a site for its new college and career center, the Hardin County Schools district has found a leader for the school.

    Dan Robbins, a counselor at North Hardin High School, has been hired as principal of the new Early College and Career Center, which is scheduled to open in August 2014.

    Robbins was selected by HCS officials and representatives from Western Kentucky University and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. Both institutions are involved in creating the new facility adjacent to ECTC’s Elizabethtown campus.

  • Teachers receive classroom support from foundation

    Teachers across Elizabethtown Independent Schools received welcome visitors bearing welcome gifts on Friday.

    The Elizabethtown Education Foundation presented $25,000 worth of grants to EIS teachers, surprising teachers in their classroom with oversized checks and balloons. The grant money is used to fund various projects and buy supplies.

    The amount given far surpasses what the foundation has been able to give in the past and the sum fits the foundation’s 25-year anniversary. Last year, the foundation raised between $7,000 to $8,000 to be used for grants.

  • Hinton earns golden apple

    One of Pam Hinton’s first lessons to her students every year is about giving full effort to their studies.

    “If you are giving 100-percent effort,” she tells them, “you’re never wrong, you’re learning.”

    The effort Hinton gives in return in her classroom was recognized Wednesday afternoon.

  • Transfer Madness for college students is Wednesday

    Kentucky college students who wish to transfer their credits or associate degree to a four-year institution will have the opportunity to connect with those institutions and ask questions during a 12-hour online Transfer Madness fair Wednesday.

    Transfer Madness is from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. EST.

    The event is the first entirely online, statewide transfer fair where students can chat online with transfer advisers, search for scholarships, download materials and have questions answered at a time that suits their schedules.

  • J.T. Alton teacher receives ExCEL golden apple

    Jeff Lowman nominated Kim Root Evans for the ExCEL award because he remembers his own experiences in music class, he said.

    “As a middle school student, I didn’t like music at all,” Lowman said.

    Now, as assistant principal at J.T. Alton Middle School, he sees students like himself enjoying and learning in Evans’ class.

    “That is what is so impressive about Ms. Evans,” Lowman said.

  • Students are the scientists at SJS science fair


    Setting one’s school work on fire isn’t usually advised, but every now and then, it’s exactly what’s called for.

    St. James Regional Catholic School held its science fair Tuesday, and students tested hypotheses on subjects ranging from music’s effect on the brain to what beverages do to teeth.

    The fair has been a staple of science classes at St. James for years. But the majority of the work is left to students to do on their own, science teacher Becky McGuffin said.

  • HCS council to host Diversity Fair

    Hardin County is displaying and celebrating its multicultural community this week.

    The Hardin County Schools Community Diversity Advisory Council is hosting a Diversity Fair at 5 p.m. Friday in the commons area of John Hardin High School. The fair allows various members of the community to share elements of different cultures. HCS students and community groups will participate.

  • MBA program comes to WKU's E'town campus

    A Master of Business Administration program that requires no travel soon will be available for Hardin County and area residents.

    Western Kentucky University’s campus in Elizabethtown will begin offering an MBA program this fall. The program was brought to the university’s Owensboro campus three years ago, and officials have decided to expand it to this satellite campus, said Bob Hatfield, associate dean of graduate programs and research at Gordon Ford College of Business at WKU.

  • Rescheduled cheer competition is Saturday

    After waiting a month because of the weather, local cheerleading teams are ready to prove their skills to the state.

    The first Kentucky High School Athletic Association Competitive Cheer Championship is Saturday at E.A. Diddle Arena at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Cheerleading squads from Central Hardin High School, LaRue County High School, North Hardin High School and Elizabethtown High School are competing.