• Friends earn matching National Merit Scholarships

    Mary Ann Downs knew exactly what her son needed to do to get the best college scholarship possible.

    “When I got into high school, my mom said, ‘The goal for you is to try to get a National Merit scholarship,’ ” said Davis Downs, a recent Bethlehem High School graduate who received a $500-per-year National Merit scholarship after being named a finalist. Danny Manion, another Bethlehem student and Downs’ friend, earned the same scholarship.

  • Teens continue hospital volunteerism with summer assignments

    Maggie Piles and Lydia Sandefur straightened their ID badges and smoothed their shirts as they headed to their assigned locations. Piles sorted through books as she waited for patients to come to the third-floor activities room. Sandefur cleaned up a vacant infusion room at the cancer center.

    Most days the tasks are simple, but the summer volunteer opportunity is important for the hospital.

  • Community meetings for Nelson County Schools continue today

    Nelson County Schools hosted the first of a series of community meetings Tuesday morning and evening to discuss concerns within the district.

    Those meetings continue today with sessions at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in Thomas Nelson High School’s media center. The Wednesday topic is academic achievement.

    There will also be sessions at the same time and location on Thursday to discuss school culture.

  • TELL Survey: Some educators unhappy with school environments

    Teachers at Old Kentucky Home Middle School feel they have no support from the community, parents or school leadership, and the students do not follow the rules of conduct, according to a recent survey of educators in the Nelson County School District.

    Those results are drastically different from two years ago, the last time the survey was conducted, when a majority of respondents gave those classifications high marks.

  • Twenty local juniors taking part in GSP this summer

    The Nelson County area will have good representation this summer at college campuses as 20 local juniors have been selected to take part in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program.

  • NCHS names new principal

    Nelson County Schools has a new principal for the coming school year, but she is not a new face to the building. Tanya Jury has served as an assistant principal at the high school for two years.

    “We are very happy that Ms. Jury’s commitment to our students and our community has led her to the role of head principal at Nelson County High School,” Superintendent Anthony Orr said in a press release distributed Monday.

  • Reding graduates from Benedictine College

    James Reding, of Howardstown, was part of the largest graduating class in the 159 year history of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Reding earned a BA in Evangelization & Catechesis and Theology.

    In addition to a diploma, each of the 440 graduates received a Fatima medal blessed by Pope Francis. The medals recognized the 100th anniversary of the first appearance by the Virgin Mary to the shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal, on May 13, 1917.

  • Local students graduate from Centre College

    Local students graduated from Centre College during the 194th Commencement ceremony held on campus, May 21.

    Graduates included:

    Hannah Welch, bachelor of arts in history. She is the daughter of Fred and Kathy Welch, of Bardstown, and is a graduate of Bardstown High School.

    Marthianne Hassell with a bachelor of arts in environmental studies. She is the daughter of Kurt and Wilhelmina Hassell, of Cox’s Creek, and is a graduate of Nelson County High School.

  • McKendree honors class of 2017

    McKendree University held its 177th commencement exercises on May 13 in Lebanon, Ill., campus for students who completed their degree requirements in December 2016, May and July 2017. Graduates at the Radcliff and Shepherdsville campuses receive their diplomas on June 3.

    Local graduates are:

    Teanna M. Allen, New Haven, BBA magna cum laude, business administration.

    Morgan M. Gerage, Bardstown, BSN, nursing.

    Tessa A. Smith, Springfield, MBA, business administration.

  • WKU recognizes top students at commencement

    Western Kentucky University recognized top students during undergraduate ceremonies of its 181st Commencement.

    In the College of Health and Human Services was Nicky Williams of Cox’s Creek, a communication disorders major and Mahurin Honors College graduate. She is the daughter of Jamie and Tony Williams.