• Dropout age to increase statewide

    A month after school districts were able to change the compulsory attendance age for students, the threshold required to implement the policy statewide has been surpassed

    As of the last tally, 107 districts had raised the age, which keeps students in school until 18. Districts began voting on the policy change at the end of June.

  • State honors local ag teacher

    A John Hardin High School teacher has been recognized for his contributions to the community.

    Jeremy Hall, an agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at John Hardin High School, was named Outstanding Teacher of the Year in Community Service by the Kentucky Association of Career and Technical Educators. Hall received the award last week at the association’s annual conference.

    Nominees are evaluated by a panel of judges. Hall learned about a month ago he was selected.

  • EHS band steps out of competition

    The response was immediate when Amber Vincent and Olivia Logsdon contemplated how this year’s band camp differed from last year’s.

    Long, loud laughter was directed at the absurdity of such an obvious question. Of course this summer’s band camp was better.

    “Everything’s a lot more calm,” Logsdon said.

    Band Director Mark Webster also has noticed a change.

    “I don’t know what it is, but they’re happy and that means the world,” he said.

  • Work begins on HCS facility

    The sun baked the blacktop of a parking lot at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, but it was a welcome sight in Thelma White’s eyes.

    “The sun is shining bright on Hardin County this morning,” said White, ECTC president and CEO, eliciting laughter from the sweltering crowd.

    Construction has begun on the new Early College and Career Center for Hardin County Schools, and community partners involved in the project celebrated Wednesday morning at a groundbreaking.

  • Morningside to pilot elementary engineering program

    Morningside Elementary School is one of just a few dozen schools in the country working with a new elementary engineering program.

    Morningside will pilot the elementary curriculum in the Project Lead the Way engineering program this school year. The school was selected as one of 44 in the nation to pilot the curriculum. T.K. Stone Middle School and Elizabethtown High School have PLTW programs.

    The district applied in May and learned a few weeks later Morningside was chosen.

  • ECTC, Twin Lakes unveil new Leitchfield campus

    The state legislature hasn’t paid for a new postsecondary facility for several years, but that did not stop community leaders in Grayson County from unveiling the area’s newest college campus Tuesday.

    The new Leitchfield campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is open and will house classes beginning in August. The building was dedicated Tuesday as the 74th campus in the Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges System.

  • ECTC, Flex Films hope to spark a 'craze' in plastics careers

    The local community college and a local business partnered this week to show area students what future career options await them.

    Students toured the Flex Films facility and met Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson on Monday, the first day of the local Career Craze camp at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. The camp introduces local youth to jobs in fields such as manufacturing, that can be had through programs at ECTC.

    The camp at the Elizabethtown campus will focus on plastics technology. A camp at the Springfield campus focused on advanced manufacturing.

  • LEGO learning is for teachers, too

    LEGO robots have long been a fixture during the summer at the local community college, but now it’s not just children who learn how to build and operate them.

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College hosted a two-day training session for leaders of FIRST LEGO League clubs in the area this past week, following a camp for students interested in LEGO robotics. The training provided information to educators on how to build and program the robots, as well as how to compete in annual competitions.

  • New Highland principal office filled

    New Highland Elementary School has a new leader to take it into the next school year.

    Daniel Mullins, a teacher at Brooks Elementary School in Bullitt County Schools, has been hired as principal at New Highland. Mullins begins today in his new role.

    Mullins was attracted to the job by the small community feeling at New Highland, he said.

    After a detour studying pediatric nursing in college, Mullins decided to pursue education. His mother was a teacher and he grew up around educators.

  • Peppers celebrate 51 years with sash, runway walk

    As David and Alice Pepper prepared to walk the stage Tuesday night as the Hardin County Fair’s Cutest Couple, Alice was asked if she could recall all 51 years of her marriage.

    “I remember them well,” she said.

     The fair award is the newest in a long line of memories.