• Students learn texting and driving isn’t easy

    The crash had a distinct sound, like scraping metal, screeching tires and breaking glass. It repeated, over and over, as student after student settled into the driver’s seat only to climb back out minutes later after they had run off the road, hit a car or ran into a pedestrian crossing the street.

    Fortunately, this wasn’t driver’s ed.

    North Hardin High School hosted a texting and driving simulator from AT&T on Wednesday to highlight to some of its seniors how dangerous sending a message can be while maneuvering a car.

  • Taxes increase for EIS

    The  Elizabethtown Independent Schools board voted  Monday night to raise its annual tax rate at its monthly meeting.

    The board voted unanimously to raise the rate on real and personal property to 67 cents per $100. Last year’s tax rate was 65 cents per $100 of property.

    The new rate gives the district a 4 percent increase in revenue from the previous year, and was the maximum rate the board could set for the year. The rate will give the district about $5.6 million in revenue, an increase of almost $167,500 from last year.

  • HCS moves toward electronic textbooks

    Hardin County Schools are turning a budget challenge into an opportunity to move toward the forefront of education technology.

    The state no longer funding textbooks would mean the district would have to absorb about $1 million in costs every year if every student got one new book, said Tim Maggard, the district’s director of technology.

    The state once replaced books on a six-year cycle. Even that meant books in ever-changing subjects, such as science and social studies, rarely were as up-to-date as they could be, he said.

  • HCS bus crash protocol includes calling schools

    When a Hardin County Schools bus ran off the road and struck a tree Tuesday afternoon, administrators from the students’ schools went to the wreck  to ensure the kids were safe.

    The actions of West Hardin Middle School Principal Jon Thomas and Lakewood Elementary Assistant Principal Jonathan Williams were not necessarily per protocol, said HCS spokesman John Wright, but “just an extra thing that they did.”

  • Combating crowded classrooms: HCS enrollment up, teachers needed

    After a drop in enrollment last year, Hardin County Schools has rebounded this school year with more than 14,000 students in the district.

    Enrollment at HCS is more than 300 students more than projections for the school year. With the transition the district has seen in the past few months, it actually represents several hundred new students attending the district, with even more expected.

  • Daughter’s one-woman show celebrates comic Don Knotts

    The Historic State Theater is welcoming the daughter of one of Mayberry’s most famous residents.

    Karen Knotts, daughter of Don Knotts, will perform a one-woman show, “Tied Up in Knotts,” about her father at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Historic State Theater.

  • HCS board moving on plan for new building

    Despite the wait for a new elementary school in western Hardin County, Hardin County Schools is going forward with as much of the construction process as is possible.

    The HCS board is considering early construction documents for the school that will replace Howevalley Elementary School at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

  • Fall semester begins at ECTC
  • Layson earns two gold medals at FCCLA national conference

    Before any athletes earned a gold medal this summer, Anley Layson already had earned two of her own.

    Layson, a recent graduate of John Hardin High School, was awarded two gold medals in July at the National Leadership Conference for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

    Layson completed several projects with No Kid Hungry National Outreach Project, and submitted a website and a display board outlining the work she did.

    She is the first John Hardin student to reach the national level, FCCLA adviser Jo Million said.

  • Local graduation rates rise

    Highlighted by a 20-percent improvement at North Hardin High School, 2011 graduation rates increased for each local high school, according to state data released this week.

    North Hardin’s graduation rate for 2011 was 89.9 percent, up from 69.5 percent in 2010. Elizabethtown High School’s rate was 83.4 percent, up from 74.5 percent.