• T.K. Stone students lead the way in engineering

    Students at T.K. Stone Middle School gathered in a hallway Tuesday to launch cardboard with rubber bands. But instead of a teacher breaking up the party, adults grouped around them, impressed by the engineering lesson unfolding in front of them.

    T.K. Stone Middle School teachers and students demonstrated the efforts of Project Lead the Way to corporate partners who helped make the engineering course possible.

  • J.T. Alton band director honored

    Byron Witham knew at a young age he wanted to be a music teacher.

    Not only is he that, but he now is one of 24 teachers in Kentucky to be recognized for their contributions to education as a winner of an Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Award. The award is given by Ashland and the Kentucky Department of Education.

    Witham is the band director at J.T. Alton Middle School in Vine Grove.

    To be considered, teachers must be nominated and complete a lengthy application that includes several essays. Witham learned last week he was selected as one of the 24.

  • North Hardin, LaRue County high schools win big in battle of the bands

    North Hardin and LaRue County high schools won the day at their respective band competitions last weekend.

    LaRue County was named grand champion in the Taylor County Marching Invitational at Taylor County High School. The Band of Hawks also received best overall guard, as well as first place, best guard and best percussion in Class AA.

  • North Hardin wins Bands of America regional

    North Hardin High School marching band director Brian Froedge was impressed with his band’s composure and poise in the face of heady competition this weekend.

    North Hardin captured the Bands of America regional championship Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. It was a repeat title for the Trojan band, which also won the 2011 regional.

    “I think the competition was a little stiffer this year,” Froedge said.

    But he said the moment never overwhelmed the group and they turned in some outstanding performances.

  • North Hardin band finds early success

    North Hardin High School’s marching band is hoping some of its “Venom” will bring success this season.

    The band began its season by being named grand champion at the South Central Kentucky Marching Band Classic on Sept. 8 at Glasgow High School  and won the Bands of America regional championship this weekend for the second consecutive year.

    This year’s show is called “Venom” and senior Travis Binyon said he hopes the band can improve after failing to reach state finals last year.

  • Thro named UK general counsel

    A former Rebel is moving back to the Commonwealth to become a Wildcat.

    Elizabethtown native William Thro has been selected to become the new general counsel for the University of Kentucky. Thro is a graduate of East Hardin High School and a Hardin County Schools’ Distinguished Alumni.

    Thro begins Oct. 15. He is coming from the same position at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. He also has served as solicitor general for three attorneys general in Virginia.

  • HCS approves working budget, includes staff raises

    Hardin County Schools expects a larger general fund, and staff will receive cost-of-living raises this school year.

    The district’s working budget was approved by the HCS board Thursday night. The general fund increased from projections of the tentative budget approved in May.

    The general fund is budgeted at $101.8 million, up from the tentative budget’s projection of about $95.6 million. Projected revenue from local taxes increased from one version of the budget to the next.

  • HCS receives $1 million grant for programs

    Hardin County Schools’ fight to reduce the dropout rate has secured more than $1 million in federal support.

    The district unveiled Thursday morning a grant of more than $1 million from Department of Defense Education Activity for its dropout prevention and credit recovery programs through a federal grant.

  • LaRue County Schools named one of state's most efficient schools

    When LaRue County residents pay their school taxes, the money is making a bigger difference than in many other counties, according to a new report.

  • EIS approves Distinguished Alumni program

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools will begin recognizing its successful graduates along with outstanding athletes.

    The EIS board voted Monday to create a Distinguished Alumni award program. The decision follows on the heels of the board’s approval of an athletic hall of fame for the district.

    Superintendent Gary French, a graduate of Elizabethtown High School, said the program was something he wanted to see for a while and he hopes to get it started this school year.

    “I’m very excited about this,” French said at the meeting.