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Education

  • Emma B. Ward Elementary students wage war over lemonade

    What started as a summer reading assignment two years ago has turned into one of the largest lemonade stands to hit Anderson County.

    Last Friday, students at Emma B. Ward Elementary School took part in the school’s second-annual Lemonade War, during which they competed against one another to see who could earn the most money.

  • Twin sisters fulfill dream of teaching at same school

    Twin Sisters Meghan Drennan and Mackenzie Durr knew their goal in life by the time they were 8 years old.

    Growing up, the two women wanted nothing more than to become teachers and eventually be blessed enough to teach together at the same school.

    This year they got that wish.

    Now not only are both woman teachers at Robert B. Turner Elementary School, but they were lucky enough to land positions on the same team, teaching the same grade, with classrooms just one door down from each other.

  • Sobriety group casting a wider net by including middle school

    A high school youth group dedicated to teaching sobriety has expanded its reach into Anderson County Middle School.

    The S.O.S. Youth Coalition meets every other month for 20-minutes at the high school, normally with the same 10-15 students in attendance.

    The group held an anonymous survey at the high school during its first year, saying results they were good, but also shocking.

    “The things that really stood out that we adults did not think about was the number one cause for alcohol and drug use was stress,” said Donna Drury.

  • Saluting the youth

    Four Anderson County students are among the 843 Kentucky students honored in this year’s Youth Salute.

    Those receiving awards from Anderson County are as follows: Anderson County High School student Cory Vaughn, $4,000 in scholarships provided by Eastern Kentucky University; Anderson County High School Student Lydia Fuqua; $4,000 in scholarships provided by Transylvania University; Anderson County High School student Anna Leigh Boyles; high school leaders; Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg Chanda Nicole Burton; high school leaders.

  • District presents scholarships

    The Anderson County Conservation District recently presented scholarship awards to three students.

    Buddy Smith, the organization’s vice president, presented scholarships to Robert Bird, a freshman at Georgetown College and a 2017 graduate of the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg.

    Smith also presented a scholarship to Michala Frederick, a student at Western Kentucky University who is studying veterinary medicine.

  • Olmsted attends VAMPY

    From the end of June through early July, Western Kentucky University hosted its 34th annual Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth.

    In order to qualify for attendance, students are required to earn a qualifying score on their SAT or ACT.

  • District taking suicide statistics ‘very seriously’

    A recent survey found that 8.2 percent of Kentucky high school sophomores, about 1 in 12, have attempted suicide in the last 12 months.

    “Anderson County staff takes suicide prevention very seriously,” said Anderson County Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.

    “We have two high school councilors, a social worker and a school psychologist on staff at Anderson County High School. They work closely with the staff to provide recourses for students as recommended by Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.”

  • Family Fun Night is Thursday at ACMS

    The 16th Annual Family Fun Night is scheduled for this Thursday at Anderson County Middle School where 800 backpacks will be stuffed and handed out to help the children get a jump start on their back-to-school supply lists.

    The event will be 6-8 p.m. and is open to all Anderson County students, from preschool to twelfth-grade to attend with their parents or guardian.

  • Higher prices, more choices

    The Anderson County Board of Education voted last week to increase the price of school lunches by 10 cents for the upcoming school year.

    Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said the increase is due to federal requirements, which the district must adhere to. School breakfast will not see a change, she said, as the price will remain the same as it has for the last few years.

  • Asbestos removal approved at Saffell Street Elementary

    The Anderson County Board of Education called a special meeting last Tuesday, where it discussed maintenance plans and asbestos removal at Saffell Street Elementary School.

    The board voted to remove and replace assumed asbestos tile in four of Saffell Street’s classrooms, as well as update several items throughout the campus.