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Emma B. Ward Elementary students thrive in 21st century model of learning

No desk, no problem

By Ricki Barker

As you walk into Mrs. Crystal Darnell’s brightly colored classroom, you will quickly notice that something is amiss.


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High school, kindergarten enrollment declines

By Ricki Barker

School traffic might be a little easier to navigate this year if early attendance numbers are any indication.

According to information provided by school officials, early enrollment figures show a slight drop in enrollment for Anderson County schools.

The most significant decrease in enrollment numbers is within kindergarten and high school, said Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.

Kindergarten enrollment is down by 39 students and the high school is short by 37 students compared to last year’s attendance records.


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Math teacher offers students education abroad

By Ricki Barker

Jennings Barnett, a math teacher at the Christian Academy of Lawrencebug, said sometimes the best education a person can get is outside the confines of a classroom. It is for this reason he has designed an educational trip to Costa Rica that is open to all students in Anderson County.


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Kindergarteners settle in for their first day back at SECC.

A super start to a first day of kindergarten

By Ricki Barker

“Look, momma, Superman!” exclaimed one five-year-old this morning as he walked with his mother to the entrance of the Ezra Sparrow Early Childhood Learning Center for his first day as a kindergartener.

The young boy was describing the bright blue Superman-style ‘S’ on the t-shirts of the smiling teachers and staff who were there to greet students and parents this morning.

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Ward Elementary unveils new 21st Century library

By Ricki Barker

When students return to Emma B. Ward Elementary on Wednesday morning, they may notice their school’s library looks a little different. It still has books, but this library is far from traditional.


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Parents can now be charged with educational neglec

School board OKs stiffer penalties for truancy

By Ricki Barker

Thanks to an approved change in the district’s code of conduct manual for the 2015-2016 year, parents or guardians of habitually truant students could face a charge of educational neglect if students continue to remain absent from school.

Anderson County Schools Director of Student Services Derek Shouse requested the board approve the change last Monday night as another option the school system can implement to prevent chronic absenteeism.


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Two attend KFB Institute

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Anderson County high school juniors Adam Sanderson and Chance Wayne recently returned home from Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders (IFAL).


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Carpenter selected as Governor’s Scholar

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Brooke Carpenter, a junior at Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg and a daughter of Dale and Melissa Carpenter, has been selected to participate in the 2015 Kentucky Governor’s Scholar program this summer. Carpenter was one of nearly 1,000 students in Kentucky selected from a rigorous application process.


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EKU announces grads, honor students

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Eastern Kentucky University conferred three advanced degrees and eight baccalaureate degrees to 11 local students at the conclusion of the spring 2015 semester.

Courtlyn A. Adams, MAED School Counseling

Markus M. Brown, BS Criminal Justice

Daniel Carlisle Goodlett, BS Criminal Justice

Amanda M. Gritton, MAED Instructional Leadership

Angel Dawn Hudson, BS Criminal Justice

Gina Marie Lee, BSN Nursing

Garrett Daniel Makowski, BA History Cum Laude

Steven Paul Marraccini, BA History


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Students participate in Barr’s youth program

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Congressman Andy Barr’s Youth Ambassador Program has come to a close for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Over 120 high school juniors and seniors from all 19 counties across the Sixth Congressional District participated in the leadership development program’s inaugural year.


Local students participating included Chayse Abrams, a junior at Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg, and Hannah Wampler, a senior at Anderson County High School.


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