• Drop and give me 20

    After completing state exams, local elementary students were ready for a different kind of test.

    Elementary school students from across Hardin County gathered Monday at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School to participate in the Marine Youth Physical Fitness Test. Twelve students each from a number of HCS elementary schools competed in push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and the long jump.

  • HCS board approves new positions

    With an eye on improving instruction, Hardin County Schools changed some of the makeup of its Central Office staff. The HCS board voted Thursday to establish two new positions during a special meeting at Central Hardin High School.

    The new positions are a program/data consultant and an instructional consultant. The program/data consultant will analyze programs used in the district for effectiveness as well data from assessments taken throughout the year. The instructional consultant will help implement programs in schools and assist with teacher training.

  • The chemistry is right for ECTC, Fort Knox

    Building a new science lab on Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s Fort Knox campus illustrated just the kind of chemistry the college and military post have with each other.

    ECTC opened its science lab in the U.S. Army Learning Center in January, and this week hosted an open house for the facility.

    The lab is part of an extensive renovation of the building that included adding a nine-classroom wing.

  • ECTC graduates attain degrees, diplomas at commencement

    They had probably heard it played for others, but Monday night’s “Pomp and Circumstance” was all for them.

    Monday night 187 graduates of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College walked the line at Central Hardin High School, representing about 700 of the total graduates who completed a degree or diploma in the 2010-11 school year.

  • Sometimes it pays to ‘Dream Out Loud’

    Sophie Mitchell is proof that when one dreams out loud, those dreams can become a reality.

    Mitchell, a fourth-grader at Heartland Elementary School, was awarded a $1,500 college savings account through the Dream Out Loud Challenge sponsored by the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust, part of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority.

    Heartland Elementary also received $500 for Mitchell’s award.

  • ECTC graduates balance school, family

    After a total of 19 years working at Intertec Systems LLC, Bardstown resident Glen Ballard lost his job when the factory shut down.

    “You’re loyal to those factories, but you never know when they’re going to leave,” he said.

    Ballard decided he wanted to be more marketable.

    “Hopefully, I won’t be in the same position ever again and I will be able to provide for my family,” he said.

  • ECTC auto/diesel program recognized nationally

    The auto/diesel program of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has been named one of four top programs in the country by Tomorrow’s Technician, a trade magazine for automotive programs at secondary and postsecondary schools.

    The program, along with South Seattle Community College in Seattle, Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colo., and Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, will learn which one will be tops sometime this month.

  • Area students to perform a song with Foreigner

    Central Hardin High School students will have the chance to perform this summer alongside some jukebox heroes.

    The Central choir will perform May 27 with Foreigner at the Heartland Music Festival at Freeman Lake. They are to receive $1,000 for their program from the band.

    Foreigner has been asking for local school choirs to perform with them for about a year, Elizabethtown City Councilman Kenny Lewis said. The band asked Lewis to find one for them.

    “I told them I didn’t think that would be a problem at all,” he said.

  • College tuition ceiling raised

    A step that likely will lead to tuition increases for new community college students was taken at a local meeting of the state higher education board.

    The tuition ceiling for Kentucky Community and Technical College System was set at a 4 percent increase from current rates by the Council on Postsecondary Education on Thursday at its meeting at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

  • Graham hired as Pre-K principal

    The new preschool and kindergarten center in Elizabethtown Independent Schools doesn’t have a completed building yet, but it does have a leader.

    Kelly Graham, EIS instructional supervisor, has been hired as principal of the center.

    The new position and Graham’s selection were approved by the EIS board Tuesday at a special meeting.

    After serving as a district administrator for six years, Graham was ready to get back into a school building.

    “Bottom line, I really miss the kids,” she said.