News Briefs for Sept. 14

September 14, 2004

Casey school construction progressing

MIDDLEBURG - Jones Elementary School is under construction. Footers for the gymnasium and cafeteria are being put in place.

"It's two weeks ahead of schedule," Superintendent Linda Hatter told the Casey County Board of Education Monday night. A construction meeting is scheduled Friday.

The new elementary school that will consolidate Middleburg and Garrett Elementary schools next year is being built on Ky. 70 East.

The renovation and construction project on air conditioning and heating at the middle school is almost finished with the exception of an air quality test. One unit in a hallway has to be checked first, Hatter said.


The board agreed to pay contractor D.W. Wilburn Inc. $217,620 on the Jones Park project and to pay Doss & Horky Inc. $11,802 for the middle school project.

Middleburg "Good Citizens" named

MIDDLEBURG - Good Citizens in each class at Middleburg Elementary School received trophies Monday from the Casey County Board of Education. Named by class, they are:

Kindergarten, Jacob Harris and Jesse Buis; first grade, Logan Todd, Evelyn Moore and Nicole Luttrell; second, Raven Haggard and Kellen Gentry; third, Wesley Howard and Brandon Robinson; fourth, Katie Carman and Taylor Leigh; fifth, Jerika Durham, Jamie Harmon and Collis Brooks; and sixth, Bradley Myers and Caleb Chansler.

Casey board denies transfer of student

MIDDLEBURG - Casey County Board of Education Monday declined to allow a student to attend a Lincoln County school, but did allow a Lincoln student to attend a Casey school.

A parent of a second-grade student had requested that her child be allowed to attend Waynesburg Elementary, but the board agreed a couple of years ago for financial reasons to stop Casey students from going to out-of-the-county schools. The district receives state average daily attendance funds for each child, but if the child attends another school the money also goes to another district.

The board agreed, however, to allow a Lincoln student to attend kindergarten at Liberty Elementary.

In other matters, the board approved $6,000 in grant applications. Stacy Beeler, who helps write grant applications, has submitted requests for $3,000 each for a service learning grant and Learn and Serve Institute grant. The service learning grant will fund a mock presidential election in the fifth and sixth and 11th and 12th grades.

The other one will provide money to host a Regional Learn and Serve Institute for teachers and students.

The board also approved a mentoring program to promote a positive relationship with a student, encourage the student to be successful in and out of school and to reinforce the student's success. Volunteers will come to a school once a month to have lunch with the student and talk about school.

The board also approved a Gifted and Talented Arts Academy that resource teacher Laura Fox has been in charge for two years. The board agreed to donate $3,304 for the program that serves more than 100 students.

Church to sell food

St. James AME Church, 124 E. Walnut St., will have a fish fry and bake sale at 11 a.m. Friday. For deliveries, call (859) 236-3241.

No quorum at Hustonville meeting

HUSTONVILLE - A special meeting called by Mayor Larry "Pup" Doss ended Monday night before it could begin.

Only three of six council members attended Monday's discussion on planning and zoning. Without a quorum of four, the meeting could not be held.

Doss called the meeting to discuss the city's joining of countywide planning and zoning. He had vetoed the council's decision last week that would have helped instigate it in the city limits.

The special meeting has not been rescheduled.

Walking horse show planned

HARRODSBURG - The Kentucky Walking Horse Association will sponsor "The Kentucky Celebration" Wednesday through Saturday. The event is the largest walking horse show in the state.

Exhibitors will come from several states, and the event will benefit the Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Admission is $3 on Wednesday and Thursday and $4 on Friday and Saturday. A four-day pass costs $10.

The Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped is a non-profit organization that provides horseback riding for therapeutic, social and recreational purposes.

For more information, call (859) 792-4141 or (859) 734-2216.

Students offered reduced ticket prices

West T. Hill Community Theatre is offering a discounted ticket price for students after 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Students of any age can purchase tickets to that night's performance of "Dancing at Lughnasa" for $5. Students should arrive by 7:45 p.m. to ensure seating, if available, by 8 p.m.

For more information, call (859) 236-1310.

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