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Education

  • Project Princess uses dresses as community outreach

    Girls trying to avoid seeing dollar signs as they readied themselves for prom had the perfect alternative this weekend.
    Project Princess, a program through which girls can borrow a free prom dress for the night, returned Saturday and reached out to a larger number of schools this time around.

    Coordinators Tiffany Gilpin and Brittany Hawkins contacted local schools as well as those in Grayson, LaRue, Meade, Nelson and Breckinridge counties to let students know about the opportunity to save money on formal attire and accessories.

  • County could earn Bucks for Bright Ideas

    While most everyone thinks they should get paid for their good ideas, Hardin County residents have a rare opportunity to make that happen this spring.

    The Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center at Western Kentucky University is accepting applications for this year’s Bucks for Bright Ideas competition. The center, which has a branch in Hardin County, is taking ideas for potential products or services from residents in 26 counties. Applications will be accepted through April 18.

  • Buddhist monk returning to speak at ECTC

    A popular visitor to the local community college is making a return visit this week.

    The Venerable Tsering Phuntsok, a Buddhist monk from Bir, India who visited Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, is returning to speak to students and the community about the Dalai Lama.

    Phuntsok will be at ECTC at 3 p.m. Thursday in Room 112 of the Administration Building. His talk is called “The Dalai Lama: His Life and Teachings.”

  • Photos: Meeting of the minds
  • Bland appointed to equal opportunity council

    A local attorney will be promoting diversity among all public higher education institutions in the state.

    JoAnne Wheeler Bland  has been appointed to a two-year term on the Council on Postsecondary Education’s Committee on Equal Opportunities. The council provides oversight to the Statewide Diversity Policy followed by public postsecondary institutions and will work to create a diverse student body and pool of employees at colleges and universities

  • EIS board changes grade policy for end-of-course exams

    Grading policies for the new end-of-course exams have been altered in Elizabethtown Independent Schools.
    The EIS board voted to make new high school end-of-course exams count for 10 percent of a student’s grade, as opposed to the 20 percent originally planned. As of now, the decision only impacts exams that will be taken in the 2011-2012 school year.

  • Elementaries make Black History Month count

    Elementary students around the county have been taking part in lessons for Black History Month during the past few weeks, with teachers ensuring lessons begin at an early age.

    One fourth grade class at Morningside Elementary School made models of historical black figures who have been featured on  postage stamps. Students had to learn about the person and give a presentation on the subjects’ lives, teacher Roseann Thrush said.

  • Central Hardin graduate to direct band at new high school

    By TOM DEKLE, Landmark News Service

    Shawn Robinson, an accomplished musician, music teacher and conductor, will be the first leader of the Thomas Nelson High School music program.

    “He’s a very successful conductor. He’s a very dedicated musician, and first and foremost, he is intent on making great things happen for kids,” Principal Wes Bradley said Thursday.

    Thomas Nelson High, a new high school in eastern Nelson County, opens this fall.

    For Robinson, the position will amount to somewhat of a homecoming.

  • Tentative budget plans show potential staff loss at HCS

    Tentative plans for school funding show most Hardin County schools possibly losing some money for staff for the next school year.

    The Hardin County Schools board approved tentative allocations at its meeting Tuesday, which showed most of the schools would be losing staff if the final allocations are set as they are now.

    Superintendent Nannette Johnston said Thursday staffing for teachers needs to adjust to enrollment, which is down in some places.

  • Chuck Campbell to be inducted in BOA Hall of Fame

    Chuck Campbell has been widely and fondly remembered in the Hardin County community, but next month, his mark on the world of music education will be recognized nationally.

    Campbell, former band director at North Hardin High School, will be posthumously inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame. The award for Campbell, who died in July of pancreatic cancer at age 70, will be accepted by his wife, Judy, a former counselor at North Hardin.