• A crash course about DUI

    Jordan Burleson ran over several traffic cones but knew the damage he caused could have been worse.

    Much worse.

    “I could have caused all kinds of damage or even hurt people,” Burleson said. “One day when I have kids, I’m going to tell them not to drink and drive.”

  • ECC launches new learning programs

    The Ezra B. Sparrow Early Childhood Center in Lawrenceburg is one of 11 statewide launching new early childhood learning programs this fall with funding from Toyota manufacturing operations in Kentucky and United Way of the Bluegrass.

    A series of workshops at Sparrow Early Childhood Center about the program are free and include a meal for participating families to enjoy together. Workshops will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Sparrow Early Childhood Center, 1154 N. Bypass, on the following dates:

    Thursday, Sept. 17

    Thursday, Oct. 22

  • Help select next Miss ACHS

    The next Miss Anderson County High School will be crowned Sunday, Sept. 20, and everyone can now have a say in who wins.

    The event this year will feature the new People’s Choice Awards, organizer said, which allows those who attend to place a vote.

    The event is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. at the high school auditorium.

    The public is welcome to come out and support “some of Anderson County’s brightest young ladies,” organizers said in a news release.

  • Lemonade War at Emma B.

    War broke out in earnest last Friday afternoon at Emma B. Ward Elementary School — a lemonade war, to be exact.
    Fresh off their summer assignment to read a book titled The Lemonade War, fifth grade reaching teacher Lisa Hudson’s students used what they learned in the book to not only figure out how to best sell lemonade, but how to effectively market it, draw the biggest crowds and earn the most money.

  • No desk, no problem

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

    There are no desks.

    Well that’s not entirely accurate, there are about three traditional school desks scattered around the classroom. The rest is a hodge-podge of couches, stools, cushioned crates and stylish Adirondack chairs surrounded by plush carpets and pillows.

  • High school, kindergarten enrollment declines

    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.

  • Math teacher offers students education abroad

    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.

    The trip will consist of eight days and six nights and the group will travel around central Costa Rica taking in the sights and guided tours with experienced guides.

  • A super start to a first day of kindergarten

    “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.

  • Ward Elementary unveils new 21st Century library

    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.

    Over the summer, contractors renovated the library into what school officials call a 21st Century learning space.

    Gone are the large, hulking shelves crowded with stacks of books and organized rows of desks topped with desktop computers. Instead, the space is open and completely transformable.

  • School board OKs stiffer penalties for truancy

    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.