News Briefs for Aug. 11

August 11, 2004

Casey tries to improve attendance

LIBERTY - A plan to improve attendance in the Casey County schools can profit the schools.

The county Board of Education agreed Monday to offer money as a way to keep students, teachers and other employees in school. The board will give $200 to schools with the best student, certified and classified attendance each month. Schools that get the money can use it for instructional supplies or field trips or save it for something else.

A school could earn up to $600 per month, said Superintendent Linda Hatter. The incentive will cost $5,400 annually, but the payback for better attendance could be much more, she said.

The board agreed to try the plan this school year.

Food drive to benefit seniors

Gentiva Health Services, a home health agency at 105 Citation Drive, is starting a food drive to benefit senior citizens' meal programs in Boyle, Lincoln, Mercer and Garrard counties. Grocery bags for collecting canned goods or nonperishable food items will be placed in doctor's offices and at Gentiva's office. Items will be collected through Aug. 18. The items will be given to the counties in which they were received. For more information, contact Nancy Pollard at (859) 236-2193.


Hospital to offer nurse's aide class

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center is accepting applications for Medicaid nurse's aide class.

Completion of the course offers opportunities for a promising career field, including advancements in the healthcare industry.

The course will be Sept. 7-29. Classes will meet from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday the first three weeks and on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the fourth week in the Flexner Room at the hospital.

Enrollment is limited to the first 14 people who pay the enrollment fee. Participants must have a high school diploma. The cost for the class is $450, which includes a book and workbook. Upon completing the course, students must take their state boards, which cost an additional $75.

To apply or for more information, contact the Associate Education Department at (859) 239-1600.

Tour offered for senior citizens

Travel America is offering to Boyle County senior citizens a three-day, two-night tour of the Beale Street area in Memphis. The trip is planned for Oct. 18-20. For more information, call Jackie Sims at (859) 236-2070.

Bring a cow to Dairy Queen

To celebrate the kick-off of state fair season, Dairy Queen invites customers to bring their favorite cow - the authentic, living, four-legged bovine variety - to any participating Dairy Queen or DQ Grill & Chill location nationwide from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 24 for a coffee break, and receive a free MooLatt, Dairy Queen's newly-introduced frozen blended coffee beverage.

"We wanted to do something different and totally fun to celebrate MooLatt," said Michael Keller, executive vice president of marketing for International Dairy Queen Inc. "We're expanding our customer base with new products like MooLatt. And, with this promotion, we've added a new twist."


Bate Middle School Council - 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the school. Contact the school for more information at (859) 238-1308.

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