• ‘I have cancer, but cancer doesn’t have me’

    James Neal Clark was known for his positivity and his sayings, which he would often repeat on a daily basis.

    “Dad had lots of mottos,” said Clark’s daughter, Natalie Kiser. “One of his mottos that we constantly say is, ‘Make an A.’ … He would drop us off at school and say, ‘Make an A.’ ”

  • Bethlehem seniors named National Merit Finalists

    When they received final word that they had been named 2015 National Merit Finalists, Catherine Terrell and Colton Stinger said it felt like a metaphorical weight had been lifted off their shoulders.

    “It’s just nice to finally be done with it and know that we finished on top,” Stinger said.

    Terrell added, “It’s pretty relieving that it’s all over.”

  • County schools set final day of school, graduation date

    Nelson County Schools have approved Friday, May 29 as the last day of the 2014-2015 school year.

    The decision stemmed from discussion at the Nelson County School Board regular session earlier this month when Superintendent Anthony Orr mentioned using extra instructional time the district acquires by having school days that exceed state standards in length.

  • Beshear signs bill to enhance training of educators on child abuse

    Gov. Steve Beshear signed a bill into law earlier this month that will require training of educators in schools to help protect children from abuse and neglect.

    Senate Bill 119 will ensure educators receive information on recognizing signs of abuse and how to report it.

    “With an average of 49 kids each day experiencing abuse, over half of them school age, it’s important for all professionals who regularly interact with children to be equipped to keep kids safe,” said Terry Brook, executive director for Kentucky Youth Advocates, in a statement.

  • Who stole the cookies?

    What is Red Riding Hood hiding in that basket? Where was Alice during the time of the theft? Were the treats “just right” for Goldielocks?

    Students at New Haven School became detectives for the night as they and their families attempted to solve the mystery of the stolen cookies.

    The event was part of the school’s Family Literacy Night, promoting literacy in children through parent participation and creativity.

  • Nelson County Schools’ technology plan looks forward in digital learning

    Nelson County Schools are examining data gathered through a recent survey to further develop a district technology plan.

    The plan is aimed at increasing learning levels of students, individualizing instruction and providing professional development opportunities for staff through the use of technology.

    The Clarity Survey — sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education — was customized for each grade, parent and teacher levels and looked at the use and perception of technology in the classroom and at home.

  • Bloomfield mentor group empowers young women

    Students gather in a classroom after school at Bloomfield Middle as Dayna Parrett talks about the important and sometimes-difficult decisions she faced in life to get to where she is today.

    Parrett, county extension agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, said she was able to own her own home at the age of 22 by saving her money when she was younger.

    Parrett was a guest speaker Tuesday for the meeting of the S.I.S.T.E.R. empowerment group at the local middle school.

  • FFA student mentors kids with after school agriculture projects

     Payton Carter, a senior at Thomas Nelson High School, not only juggles her own schoolwork, but also meets with students at Boston School in the afternoon to lead lessons in science and agriculture.

     I’m in FFA and took and Ag Leadership class through Murray (State University) so I could be a student aid in one of the ag classes,” Carter said. “One of the requirements for the class was for me to have a teaching experience.”

     After completing that experience, Boston school hired Carter on to help with after school lessons.

  • Bardstown eighth-graders bring home several awards from regional Future City Competition

    Bardstown Middle School was well represented at the regional Future City Competition in Lexington this year with a total of 55 students in 11 teams participating. This is the second year students from Bardstown have participated in the competition.

  • Scholarship available to those providing early childhood education in Kentucky

    Kentucky’s child care providers and those who train child care providers may be eligible for the Early Childhood Development Scholarship to further their college education.

    The application deadline for summer classes is April 15. The deadline for fall classes is July 15.

    The scholarships are available to those who work at least 20 hours per week or provide training in early childhood development at least 12 times per year for an approved organization. Kentuckians employed as preschool associate teachers in state-funded preschool programs are also eligible.