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All Newport High School students receive new MacBook laptops to assist with studies

08/22/2016 02:37 PM

NEWPORT – Teachers and administrators at Newport High School are making sure that every student in the school becomes proficient in using technology by distributing new Apple MacBook laptop computers to every student for use during the school year. The new MacBooks are the result of a $1.5 million federal School Improvement Grant, of which $500,000 was used to purchase the laptops. In addition, all 7th and 8th grade students in the district will receive iPads, while students in grades 3-6 will... Read more 

Individualization the key with dealing with states special needs students

08/15/2016 04:33 PM

FRANKFORT – Kentucky’s special education programs in public schools have made a lot of progress, but realizing that a one size fits all model is not a valid way to go will be the key to future improvements. That that was the message from members of the Kentucky Department of Education, Division of Learning Services and directors of the Kentucky Special Education Cooperative to members of the Interim Joint Committee on Education Subcommittee on Elementary and Secondary Education on Monday. It’s estimated... Read more 

Kroger pharmacies begin dispensing Naloxone without prescription

08/15/2016 03:32 PM

The Kroger Company announced on Monday that it would begin dispensing the opioid reversal drug Naloxone without a prescription at 80 pharmacies in Kentucky. In a press release, Kroger officials said they had worked with St. Elizabeth Physicians Bellevue Dr. Jeremy Engel in developing a protocol and processes for dispensing the drug without a prescription in Kentucky. “Unfortunately, Kentucky ranks in the top five states with the highest overdose death rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Kroger wants... Read more 

McConnell says number one Hillary concern is the Clinton Foundation; Says GOP in a dog fight to hang on to the Senate

08/11/2016 07:15 PM

MIDDLETOWN – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says people should be more concerned about the Clinton Foundation rather than Hillary Clinton’s emails. McConnell, who spoke Thursday before members of the Middletown Chamber of Commerce, said that the number one problem with Hillary Clinton is the not the email scandal but the Clinton Foundation, and he questioned why it was not shut down when she became secretary of state. Clinton’s involvement in the activities of foundation donors while serving as secretary of... Read more 

McConnell chided for not talking about Trump at Middletown luncheon

08/11/2016 04:04 PM

MIDDLETOWN – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was scolded by a 72-year old woman, for not being vocal enough in support of Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, at a luncheon on Thursday in Middletown. MConnell was speaking to members of the Middletown Chamber of Commerce, when he was asked about his thoughts on Trump. Laughing to avoid answering the question, he jokingly declared it a “Trump free day.” “Here’s what I decided when I got out of bed this morning,” McConnell... Read more 

Newport teachers use home visits to build relationships with their students before school starts

08/10/2016 07:45 PM

NEWPORT – Teachers in the Newport Independent School District were out meeting their students and families face-to-face at their homes on Wednesday as part of the 4th annual Home Visit Day. All teachers and administrators in the district take part in the activity with the goal of developing relationships with the students and their families prior to the start of school on August 15. Newport Superintendent Kelly Middleton says the goal is to try to set the students up for academic success. “Every... Read more 

Hair of the dog: 136th Fancy Farm brought politics, games and tons of food

08/08/2016 04:18 PM

FANCY FARM – Despite several Democratic no shows, the 136th Fancy Farm Picnic took place on Saturday with a somewhat smaller crowd than usual. The picnic, which dates back to 1880, is known around the state as the kickoff to the political season in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. However, the picnic is also a festival and fundraiser for St. Jerome Catholic Church and and features kids games, bingo, a truck raffle, as well as 19,000 pounds of pork and mutton which... Read more 

New superintendent wants to construct a second high school in Scott County

08/07/2016 11:19 AM

GEORGETOWN – Scott County Schools superintendent Kevin Hub believes that the time is right to construct a new 750-student high school in the growing district. Hub, who began his tenure on July 1, is recommending that the Scott County Board of Education vote to levy a nickel facility tax at a hearing on August 18 which would provide more than $40 million worth of debt service payments for the construction of a second high school. The resulting tax increase would be approximately... Read more 

Kids are getting ready to go back to school, but is education in Kentucky making the grades?

08/01/2016 07:30 PM

Children across the commonwealth are gearing up for another school year, but the data points on education in the commonwealth don’t always add up. Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks says many state leaders “engage in happy talk” when it comes to Kindergarten through 12th grade education, but the results are not as good as some may lead you to believe. According to a recent nationally accredited study, Brooks says “more than two out of three Kentucky 4th graders... Read more 

McConnell says throw out the personalities and decide what kind of country that you want in choosing the next president

07/29/2016 06:13 PM

LOUISVILLE – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a gathering in Louisville on Friday that even if voters are not overly fond of either presidential candidate, they should decide what kind of country they want to see in the future. McConnell addressed members of Greater Louisville, Inc., and talked about a number of issues, but the presidential race was a hot topic with the recently completed Republican and Democrat national conventions. McConnell acknowledged that many people in the room may not... Read more 

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