• A soldier's surprise

    Gwen Yocum’s mouth fell open in shock Wednesday afternoon at the sight of her father in the doorway of her classroom at Meadow View Elementary School in Radcliff. Surprise gave way to tears as she and her dad embraced amid her classmates’ applause.

    Staff Sgt. Adam Yocum of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, returned to Fort Knox in the early hours Wednesday after a six-month deployment.

  • 'Rescue dolls' find home at New Highland

    When Carla Repp began shopping at Goodwill, she noticed a number of dolls in the store, in need of an outfit and an owner. She began taking them home, cleaning and dressing them, and now many have found a home with students at New Highland Elementary School through her sister, Bonnie Turner.

    “We call them rescue dolls,” Turner said.

  • WATCH D.O.G.S. lend a helping hand to Panther Academy

    In a room full of furniture made for small children, Mitch Irwin, sitting in a tiny chair at a tiny table, stuck out. But making sure his presence was noticeable was part of the point behind a new program at Panther Academy.

    The school instituted a program this month called WATCH D.O.G.S., which stands for Dads of Great Students, that invites fathers and other male relatives and family friends into the school to serve as positive male role models for students and as extra helping hands for the school’s staff.

  • Lincoln Trail student recognized in national essay contest

    A local elementary student has been recognized nationally for her writing skills.

    Holly Haas, a fifth-grader at Lincoln Trail Elementary School, was selected as one of 10 winners in a national essay contest for Storyworks magazine, a Scholastic publication used by teachers. Holly and her teacher, Alana Wooldridge, submitted Holly’s essay on a play involving mythical hero Hercules.

    The magazine offers contests in every issue; Wooldridge’s class also had a winner last year.

  • John Hardin hosts first Renaissance Fair

    Lunch tables were moved to accommodate sword-fights and archery Saturday at John Hardin High School. The swash-buckling in period costume was part of the school’s first Renaissance Fair.

    The fair was sponsored by John Hardin staff and students, many of who participate in the choir and drama programs and took part by dressing the part and giving presentations.

  • Local schools give students push toward college life

    College Application Week is all about setting expectations and giving kids the push they need to pursue higher education, John Hardin High School Counselor Kim Case said. And students will rise to that challenge.

    “Kids will meet whatever expectations you set, nine times out of 10,” Case said.

    This week, local schools participated in College Application Week, a statewide program run by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority that  encourages students to seek higher education.

  • Local teachers named Educators of Distinction

    Two local educators were named Claes Nobel Educators of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars.

    Angela Cannon, a teacher at North Hardin High School, and Jesse Cantrall, a teacher at Central Hardin High School, were nominated for the awards by students who are members of the national society.

    The award recognizes teachers who serve as role models and those who encourage and motivate their students.

  • Cabinet report reveals hits, misses in college success

    A new report shows local schools exceeding the state in high school graduates who enroll in college, but those graduates are falling behind in terms of completing a full course-load during their first year in higher education.

  • JHHS Renaissance Festival will take ye back in time

    Visitors to Saturday’s Renaissance Festival at John Hardin High School will be taken back to a time that most can only dream about.

    The festival is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the school’s commons area and features an array of activities, including vendors and choir and drama performances. The event is free.

    It’s the school’s first attempt at the event.

    “We’re hoping this is something that we can continue to do and get more vendors,” said John Hardin English teacher Elizabeth Lanham.

  • WKU recognizes local scholars

    After being treated to lunch, Tiffany DeLoach’s feelings about Western Kentucky University have strengthened.

    “I love it,” the North Hardin High School senior said about the university’s Scholars Luncheon. “They’re already at the top and now they’re just in their own category.”

    DeLoach was one of many high school seniors of local districts recognized for their achievements Tuesday at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown. WKU hosts seven luncheons across the state.