• Security tightened at schools

    LaRue County’s middle and high schools have tightened entrance security another notch.

    Visitors must push a buzzer at the front door and identify themselves before being allowed into the buildings. Then, they must sign in at the front office before proceeding farther.

    Office staff monitor multiple camera feeds, including one above the main entrance so they can see who is buzzing in.

    “We’ve had the system in operation since the second week of November,” said Rip Collins, director of pupil personnel.

  • PHOTO: Hoedown
  • ECTC going tobacco-free

    On Sept. 4, Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear issued an executive order to ban all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, on properties owned or leased by the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, effective Nov. 20, 2014. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System, including Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, will follow this executive order.

    ECTC will fully implement the ban on Jan. 1, 2015.

  • Fitch enters doctoral program at San Jose State

    Betsy Fitch, the principal at Taylor Elementary in south San Jose’s Oak Grove School District, has a lot of diplomas — a marketing degree and an MBA along with a teaching credential and a master’s degree in administrative leadership, both from San José State.

    Now the 43-year-old is back in the college classroom while also continuing to work full time.

  • Speech team travels to Chicago

    Five members of the LaRue County Speech team traveled to Chicago on Nov. 21-23 to compete in the prestigious Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament hosted by several area high schools in North Chicago.

    The students included seniors Brian Anderson and sophomores Jacob Thomas, Trevor Mather, Zoie Webb and Symone Whalin.

    Anderson advanced to semi-finals in extemporaneous speech and prose/poetry and several of the others just missed advancing to quarterfinals in their events by a small margin.

  • PHOTO: Hat Day
  • And the band played on ...

    Starting in mid-July, long before the regular school year has begun, the steady ticking of a metronome can be heard throughout Hodgenville. The raucous clicking quickly replaces the twittering birds and the heavy hum of traffic that were once the soundtrack to easy, lazy summer mornings.

  • Personnel Changes

    The LaRue County School Board heard the following personnel recommendations at its Nov. 17 meeting:

    Employment of:

    • Karyn Brey as gifted and talented coordinator for LaRue County Schools

    • James Kinslow as substitute bus driver

    • Brittany Pruitt as instructional assistant at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School,

    • Opal Howard as adult education instructor

    Resignation of:

    • Ann Morrison as bus monitor

    • Bill Hawkins as adult education instructor

  • Don’t overpay for college

    Many students spend more for college than they should by making some common mistakes when seeking financial aid. Follow these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to make sure you get the help you need.

    Some people don’t bother to apply for financial aid because they don’t think they’ll qualify. But they should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to find out if they’re eligible for state and federal student aid programs. Not filing may hurt their chances of getting more free money for college.

  • AP courses are hard work for students and teachers

    Summer Garris is one of two English department teachers providing Advanced Placement instruction to LaRue County High School studentsa.

    She teaches 51 seniors in AP English Language and Composition. Because the rigor of the work is college level, Garris said her students experience a “taste” of those skills they will use in future academic endeavors.