Hardin County Cham­ber of Commerce will host a return to an in-person luncheon May 12 at Elizabethtown Sports Park with a cookout-style gathering.

There will be two one-hour sessions to accommodate members while still adhering to current Centers for Disease Control health and safety guidelines. Each session will allow for 150 members to purchase tickets and attend at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m., according to a chamber announcement.

To celebrate National Tourism Month the guest speakers will be Todd Yan­cey of the Eliza­beth­town Sports Park, Mike Martin from the Gen­eral George Patton Museum of Leadership and Todd Pollard of the Elizabeth­town Tourism and Conven­tion Bureau.

Tickets for the luncheon go on sale at 2 p.m. Thurs­day at hardinchamber.com.


WKU Regents to consider raising tuition, budget cuts

Western Kentucky Uni­versity is proposing a 2 percent tuition increase and considering cuts to offset a budget shortfall of $7.8 million.

The university’s board of regents will review the proposal Friday.

Budget materials provided by the university said enrollment for the fall “is difficult to forecast due to the unprecedented closure of high schools for most of (academic year) 2020-2021 year,” The Daily News of Bowling Green reported.

It also said “communications with high school students have been challenging during the pandemic.”

The state’s public universities are waiting for a final decision from the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education about how high they can raise tuition this year. The council is expected to make that decision by mid-May.


State seeking input on federal money

The Kentucky Depart­ment of Education is seeking opinions from various people and groups as it drafts a plan for how to spend federal aid.

Officials are gathering input fas it develops plans to use more than $2 billion in from the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds, a statement from the agency said. The department is asking students, families, educators, civil rights organizations and others to take an eight-question survey that will be offered through May 7.

The survey asks about top issues students are facing and needs they have related to impacts from the coronavirus pandemic.

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