• Local schools keep routines

    Local schools returned to class and to normalcy Monday, but administrators and teachers were prepared to deal with student questions and concerns following the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Friday in which 20 children and six adults from Sandy Hook Elementary School were killed.

    Local school districts sent out One Call messages over the weekend to reassure parents about school safety procedures and to make parents aware of counseling services available to students.

  • McKendree University’s Radcliff campus has new director

    The Radcliff campus of McKendree University has new leadership.

    Christian Blome is the new executive director of the McKendree University campuses in Radcliff and Louisville. Darrel Hardt, the former executive director, now is director of the university’s doctoral program at the campus in Lebanon, Ill.

    Blome previously served as director of admissions at Vincennes University in Vincennes, Ind.

    Blome said in a McKendree news release that it was a “blessing” to join the university.

  • West Point among Race to the Top money recipients

    Shortly after its finalist status was announced, the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative learned it is part of a small pool of groups to receive federal money.

    The cooperative will receive a portion of the 2012 Race to the Top money. West Point Independent School is one of the districts that will benefit.

  • More than horsing around

    A team that’s just three years into its lifespan already has brought Central Hardin High School success.

    For the second year in a row, Central’s equestrian team has placed second in the state. The team was formed three years ago after students pushed to bring their interest in horsemanship to the school.

    The state competition at Murray State University is the only event the team attends every year, as there aren’t a lot of equestrian competitions for schools, Coach Jayna Thompson said.

  • Students get close look at local careers

    Skipping the normal reading and writing for a few hours, students on the north end of the county spent part of their school day Wednesday trying on a few careers for size.

    The first of three career exploration fairs for high school students in Hardin County Schools was at North Hardin High School. Eighth-graders and freshmen attended sessions in which they learned about a variety of careers, from industrial maintenance to culinary arts.

    Freshman Armon Haynes started with a robotics session.

  • Matt Wyatt looks to learn on EIS board

    The Elizabethtown Independent Schools board will have at least one new face among its members in the upcoming year.

    Matt Wyatt will be filling a seat on the Elizabethtown Independent Schools board in January after winning an uncontested election in November. Board members Dianne Cooper and Tony Kuklinski didn’t seek re-election to the board.

  • HCS to host career fairs for eighth-graders, freshmen

    The days of seniors in high school contemplating their futures in March are gone. Now, middle-schoolers are being presented with options for post-graduation life.

    Hardin County Schools is hosting three career exploration fairs this week for eighth-graders and freshmen. The fairs will assist students in finding fields of interest and could set them on a career pathway while in high school.

  • West Point closer to education grant

    Districts looking to create student buy-in in the educational process are one step closer to federal funding for the program.

    The Green River Regional Education Cooperative is one of 61 finalists for a Race to the Top grant from the U.S. Department of Education. West Point Independent School is one of the districts participating in the grant proposal, and could benefit if the grant is awarded to the cooperative.

  • ECTC urges retention, completion

    The local community college is taking part in a statewide effort to draw students who have left school back into the halls of Kentucky postsecondary institutions.

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College officials have started a program to assist former students in re-enrolling and finishing up a degree or diploma. The college started the program with a mini-grant of $5,000 it received from the Council on Postsecondary Education. The college matched the grant with its own money.

  • ECTC band, RES students to perform holiday show

    Students across the age and education spectrum are coming together to show that holiday cheer knows no generation.

    The ECTC Band “EleCTriC” will be performing, along with the Radcliff Elementary School choir, a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Student Center on campus. This is the first year for the band to perform its own holiday concert.

    Band director Kevin Shank said his students were eager to have their own holiday showcase. Shank requires the band to perform at least twice in a semester and this will be its sixth show.