• Lemonade War becoming tradition at Emma B. Ward

    In only its second year, Emma B. Ward Elementary’s Lemonade War is quickly becoming tradition.

    Fifth-grade students read the book “The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies during summer break. In the book, a brother and sister make a wager on who’s stand can sell the most lemonade.

    After discussing the book and taking assessments, the fifth-graders, split into groups, were given the task of creating their own lemonade stands and advertising campaigns, all in an effort to raise the most money and be crowned the winning Lemonade War team.

  • Singers try out for Emma B. Ward Harmony Hive

    As 2:30 p.m. approach-ed, fifth grade students shuffled their way to the music room at Emma B. Ward Elementary School to audition for Harmony Hive.

    Harmony Hive is the honors children’s chorus. “These students not only go through the audition process, but are also recommended by their classroom teachers for being responsible model citizens,” music teacher Emily Davis said.

    It truly is an honor to become a Harmony Hive singer. However, there are only 20 slots to fill, hence the tryouts.

  • School board to decide on tax rate

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Although no formal decision on a tax rate has been made, the Anderson County School Board will consider a maximum increase in its tax rate when it meets Aug. 31, according to a legal notice issued in last week’s paper.

    If the board opts to increase its revenue a full 4 percent, the rate property owners pay would increase 3.75 percent, going from $5.86 per $1,000 in assessed value to $6.08.

    The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the district office on U.S. 127 near Emma B. Ward Elementary School.

  • Saffell Street hosts back to school bash

    Saffell Street Elementary School hosted its Back to School Bash last Friday evening.

    On the sidewalk in front of the school, students were able to take their shot at dunking teachers by tossing a ball at a bull’s-eye attached to a bucket full of water. Fourth-grade teacher Amanda Gritton was the first victim.

    Inside, students and their families were able to see the classrooms. Dinner was served in the cafeteria. The gymnasium was home to three bouncy houses, a jousting inflatable and an inflatable slide.

  • Howard wins Kentucky Blood Center scholarship

    From staff reports

    Lawrenceburg’s Arin Nikki Harvey was awarded a $500 Power of Life Scholarship by the Kentucky Blood Center, the agency announced.

    A graduate of Anderson County High School, Harvey plans to attend Kentucky State University this fall, according to a news release.

    Since 2010, Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) has awarded more than 500 scholarships to Kentucky high schools that host blood drives. The school earns the award based on the number of donations at blood drives hosted by the school.

  • School board ponders tax rate amid gloomy financial report

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The news wasn’t all bad during Monday’s Anderson County Board of Education work session, but it was pretty darn close.

    Board members heard a fairly dire review of the district’s finances as they prepare to decide on a tax rate for the coming year.

  • Fate of Glensboro Schoolhouse given extension; athletic budgets passed

    The Anderson County School Board voted to extend bid requests for the old Glensboro Schoolhouse for an additional 30 days at its regular meeting Monday evening.

    The schoolhouse, which has been sitting at the corner of the high school property since the 1990s, has sat vacant and deteriorated for years. In March, the school board was told that it is the rightful owner of the building and, in order to have the building removed, would need to, first, surplus it, then, pending the state’s approval, accept bids for its removal.

  • Home visits are a success

    When Saffell Street Elementary School Principal Todd Wooldridge decided to nix the idea of a Back to School Open House in favor of teacher home visits some questioned his decision.

    “I think some in the community were nervous about it, but the kids and the teachers were excited about it. We are continuing work on building relationships with families outside the school building,” he said. “It’s always good for kids to see us outside the school setting, get on their own turf just to break the ice.”

  • Anderson Community Education sets fall schedule

    From staff reports

    Anderson Community Education, located at 219 East Woodford St., Lawrenceburg has announced its schedule of fall classes.

    For more information or to register for classes, visit the center, call 839-3754 or email Jacque.zeller@anderson.kyschools.us.

    The center also offers community education programs including Students with a Goal for those 17 to 24 who need to further their education; Jobs Academy and workplace assessments; computer literacy; college preparation; Apple Corps; and Trailblazers volunteer opportunities.

  • Education briefs

    Robert B. Turner open house Aug. 8

    Open House at Robert B. Turner Elementary School is planned for Aug. 8.

    Kindergarten, first, and second grades will visit from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.

    Third-, fourth-, fifth-graders will visit from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.

    Parents and students will be able to visit classrooms.

    Refreshments will be served in the cafeteria.

    TIPS night at ACHS Aug. 8

    TIPS night at Anderson County High School from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 8.

    Registration begins at 6 p.m.