• Kentucky schools earn ‘A’ in feedback

    Teachers depend on feedback from their students in order to best see how to help them succeed in school.

    Kentucky schools have earned an A-plus on collecting that data. According to a Kentucky Department of Education news release, the state has earned the highest marks possible for its effective collection and use of educational data to improve student achievement.

    Kentucky is the only state this year to reach that milestone and joins Arkansas and Delaware in leading the nation in making sure data is used to support continuous improvement in education.

  • ‘Go, you chicken fat, go’

    While watching an Apple I-phone commercial on television the other night, the song and lyrics I heard evoked faint flashes of memory stored somewhere in the cobwebbed crevices of my mind.

    “Touch down, every morning; 10 times! Not just now and then.”

    My memory tweeted to my mind, “You heard that somewhere, big guy, sometime long ago. Hash tag: #can you remember?”

    “Once more on the rise. Nuts to the flabby guys!

    Go, you chicken fat, go away! Go, you chicken fat, go!”

  • Teacher spearheads donation drive

    When she was a third grade student in a northern Indiana small town, Jamie Hardin’s family lost everything they owned in a fire that left their home in ashes.

    “I’ll never forget the feeling of despair,” she said. “But I’ll also always remember the kindness that the community, about the size of LaRue County, showed to us in clothes and other things we needed.”

  • Anderson distinguished at MBA Round Robin

    Over the Christmas holidays, while many LaRue County High School students were playing video games and eating leftovers, Brian Anderson suited up and attended the prestigious Extemp Round Robin at the Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • Local students graduate from CU

    Two hundred ten undergraduate and graduates students participated in commencement ceremonies Dec. 12 at Campbellsville University.

    Local graduates

    Christine Renee Bell of Campbellsville, received an associate degree in nursing. Bell is a graduate of LaRue County High School in Hodgenville, and is the daughter of Loyd Bell.

    Sarah Brooke Gilbert of Hodgenville, received a master of arts in music. Gilbert is the daughter of Richard Gilbert and Teresa Gilbert of Hodgenville.

  • Joy Bale Boone Poetry Contest to return

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is reviving a tradition. It has been a couple of years since the college offered this contest. Bestowed by Joy´s son Shelby, The Heartland Review wants to continue to honor Joy Bale Boone´s contribution to Kentucky´s exceptional literary world by reviving this poetry prize.


    • $350 First Place

    • $100 Second Place

    • $75 Third Place

  • PHOTO: Quick Recall victory
  • McDowell shines at KYA

    After participating in the Kentucky Youth Assembly last month, LaRue County High School senior Cody McDowell knows just how important the spoken word is.

    “I learned that often times a good speech can make or break a bill and that compromise is key,” said McDowell, whose bill’s topic concerned the United States ending its embargo on Cuba.

  • Schools brace for cuts to SEEK funding

    School districts will experience a midyear cut to their Support Education Excellence in Kentucky, or SEEK, funding beginning next year.

    LaRue County Schools will lose $37,715, according to superintendent Sam Sanders. According to the Kentucky Department of Education, the district will still receive $10,972,270. Sanders went on to say, though, that the district could come close to hiring an additional instructor for that amount of money.

  • PHOTO: Piggy Bank Contest Winners