• Drake earns national board certification

    For Lisa Drake, LaRue County Middle School physical education teacher, the road to becoming LaRue County School District’s third teacher to gain national board certification was self-enlightening.

    “The things they required in order to become certified allowed me to step back from myself and observe how I taught as though I was someone else watching,” said Drake, in her 19th year of teaching. “It gives the teacher a good look at what she’s doing in the classroom and how she can improve.”

  • College Goal Sunday scheduled for parents, students

    College Goal Sunday, which provides free help to families applying for college financial aid, will take place at 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at 21 sites in 18 communities across the state. Each site will hold a drawing for a scholarship that can be used at any Kentucky school.

    The sites include the Hawkins Athletic Complex at Campbellsville University and Room 3030 of the Occupational Technical Building at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

  • Friends of FRYSC award presented

    The State Office of Family Resource Youth Services Center presented the prestigious “Friends of FRYSC” award Jan. 8 to the Lisa Pendleton Graham family in honor of her service and contributions to the LaRue County Youth Service Center as a member and two-term chairwoman of the YSC Advisory Council.

    The Pendleton-Graham family also received a citation from the governor commemorating Graham’s contributions to the families and students of LaRue County through her long-time service on the LaRue County Youth Service Center Advisory Council.

  • Bluegrass Challenge Academy provides assistance to at-risk youth

    It took tough love and boot camp to get 16-year-old Steven Terry’s attention.

    The teen was behind in studies, refusing to cooperate with his parents and being physically aggressive toward family members.

    After completing the 22-week program at Fort Knox’s Bluegrass Challenge Academy, the once disobedient son of Steve and Alex Terry believes he is on the right track.

    The academy, said Steven, is “a place for at risk youth of Kentucky to have a second chance at life.”

  • LaRue students get a taste of state legislation

    Twenty-three LaRue County High School students had a taste of what it is like to be a state legislator as they attended the Kentucky Youth Assembly in Louisville and Frankfort in November.

    “We got a chance to have our voices heard,” said Zach Lee, who was named one of the 10 outstanding Premier Delegates out of 300 freshmen in attendance. Some 1,300 students in grades nine through 12 from throughout Kentucky served as legislators, lobbyists, Supreme Court justices, reporters, governor and cabinet members.

  • ALES students raise money for Kelly Dean Sanders Fund

    With the return from Thanksgiving holiday comes the annual drive for the Kelly Dean Sanders Fund at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. Students and teachers get into the action by accepting a challenge for raising the most money and in return the winning class selects the recipient of an Extreme Makeover for one of the staff.

  • Two elementaries receive gifts from Dow Corning

    As a technology-based company, Dow Corning’s existence depends on the disciplines of science and mathematics. For the past several years, the company has focused its community giving on math and science education at the elementary and high school levels. During the 2008-09 school years, the funding is being focused on support for elementary school math and science programs. 

  • Speech team steamrolls the competition early

    The LaRue County High School Speech and Debate team is off to a rousing start this year with students making finals and placing at nearly every tournament they’ve attended.

  • Backpack program gets boost from ‘Idol Gives Back’

    By Angela Rutledge


    In its third year, the Backpack Program in LaRue County provides an invaluable service to area students who otherwise may have insufficient meals during weekends and other school breaks. Based purely on referrals from teachers, cafeteria personnel and family resource coordinators, students in need of food are finding relief from hunger.