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AUGUST 1, 2015

BES Students are Ready! School starts Wednesday...

The gym was full of excitement as the first day of school quickly approaches.

Meet the teacher, classroom meetings, school supplies and more…

Blaine Elementary students were able to meet their teachers, visit their classrooms and snag some school supplies Friday afternoon at the annual Readyfest. 

A large crowd of students along with their parents/guardians visited the classrooms and met with their teacher who went over basic classroom procedures, communication methods, attendance policies, testing standards and much more. 

Parents and students gathered supplies sponsored by local businesses.“Communication is the first big one,” said first grade teacher Sarah Arrington who has been at the school for seven years. “Email, a note, phone call…all are ways you can get in touch with me about your child should you have any concerns. Don’t hesitate to contact me whenever you need to.” 

After classroom meetings attendees were permitted to enter the gym where a variety of businesses and organizations were stationed to hand out various school supplies, all free of charge. Tickets were handed out to both adults and students for door prizes while games such as ring toss were set up to keep students entertained. Cains Creek Church handed out snacks and refreshments. 

Businesses/organizations that participated in the event which is hosted by Blaine Elementary Family Resource Center include: Food City, Pathways, Grayson RECC, Blaine PTO, Wal-mart, Smile Savers, Cash Express, Lawrence County Public Library, Northeast Community Action, US Army Corp of Engineers, Kentucky Community of Sharing, Home Place Clinic, Appalachian Wireless, Foothills, Kentucky Home Place, Three Rivers Medical Center and JJ Jordan Geriatric Center. 

School begins for Lawrence County on Wednesday, August 5th

JULY 31, 2015


Former Board member registers to run


Jobe said the education commissioner will not appoint a temporary member since the election is so near. "Whoever runs will be running the the remaining three years of the office," Jobe said. 

Applicants have until August 11 at 4:00pm to register for District 1 school board member which includes the Meades Branch, Clifford, Richardson, and Cherryville precincts, Jobe said.

Longtime Board member Madelynn Roberts registered to run July 29, Jobe said. She lost to Goble by only 12 votes last November 398-386 with third candidate Harold Doug Vaughn getting 106 votes.  

Goble served just over six months of his term before resigning to become interim Supt. of Martin County schools. He signed a six month temporary contract soon after then Martin Co. Supt. Steve Meadows resigned that position. 

Ms. Roberts also served as vice-chairman of the BOE for two terms. Vaughn has run two times for the job. He could not be reached for comment on whether or not he will be a candidate. 

JULY 28, 2015


Last Chance for ACTC Fall Applications

There’s still time to start classes at Ashland Community and Technical College in August. New student applications will be accepted through August 3, and classes start August 17.  Applications are on the web at ashland.kctcs.eduand can be submitted electronically. For more information, call the Admissions Office, 606-326-2000.

Students who have completed the admissions process or returning from 2015 spring or summer terms can register for fall classes weekdays through August 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the College Drive and Technology Drive Campuses.

Students can get registration information from their advisor or come to the Advising Center in Room G114 at College Drive or Room 157 at Technology Drive.  Registration appointments are preferred.  For an appointment, call 606.326.2040.

Fall Humanities Courses Offer Enriching Experiences

Need a creative outlet this fall? Many courses offered at ACTC explore humanity’s cultural and creative expressions.  These elective courses provide a broad view of the human experience, and many may be used to satisfy general education requirements for degrees and diplomas.

Intro to Art (ART 100) is an overview of the visual arts primarily designed for non-art majors. Painting I (ART 220) and Painting II (ART 221) provide hands-on learning of color theory, materials, paint application, and image making. Drawing I (ART 110) and Drawing II (ART 210) cover basic skills and concepts including line, value, space and composition.

Appalachian Studies I (HUM 202) is an inter-disciplinary introduction to Appalachian history, economy, geography, politics, and culture.

Intro to Music (MUS 100) develops an awareness and understanding of musical styles from the Middle Ages to the present and is designed for non-music majors.

Creative Writing: Playwriting (ENG 207) is offered both online and on campus and involves experience in writing monologues and short plays.  The best writings will be presented in ACTC’s Festival of One-Act Plays next spring.

Intro to Theatre: Principles and Practice (THA 101) looks at the processes and products of theatre, while Acting Techniques (THA 127) works on physical techniques for stage productions. Students in the Production Practicum (THA 190) and Performance Practicum (THA 191) will be prepared to participate in the ACTC Theatre production of A Christmas Carol in December.

Survey of American Literature (ENG 251) covers significant writings from the Colonial era through the Civil War.

Intro to Philosophy (PHI 100) introduces philosophical studies with emphasis on issues of knowing, reality and meaning related to human existence.

Religious Studies courses explore different aspects of religious experience and expression, Choices this fall are Intro to Religious Studies (REL 101) and Intro to Comparative Religion (REL 130).

Cultural Diversity in the Modern World (ANT 160 online) introduces the diversity of human cultural experience in the contemporary world.

History courses focus on social, economic, cultural, and political developments that provided a foundation for today’s Western societies.  Fall choices are History of the US through 1865 (HIS 108), History of the US since 1965 (HIS 109), History of Kentucky (HIS 240), History of the British People (HIS 202) and History of Europe to the Mid-17th Century (HIS 104).

To take these classes, new students must apply by August 3.  Area residents who would like to take the class for personal enrichment can apply as non-degree seeking students.  Applications are on the web at and can be submitted electronically. Classes start August 17, and current students can get registration information from their advisor or the Advising Center at 606.326.2400.

Apply Now for ACTC Transfer Programs

For students who want to earn a bachelor’s degree, starting at ACTC offers many advantages.

Saving money is one advantage. Tuition at ACTC is considerably less than at universities and four-year colleges in the region.  Those eligible for financial aid often find that Federal Pell grants and other aid can cover all or most of their tuition expenses.

With smaller classes than larger institutions, ACTC makes learning the important foundation freshman and sophomore classes easier.  These general education classes are the same as those required at four-year institutions and will transfer into more than 100 bachelor degree programs offered by four-year colleges and universities throughout the region. 

Being on small campuses helps with the transition to college, with people who know your name and a variety of easy-to-find services. These services include tutoring, student support services, and math and English labs staffed by faculty.

“ACTC helped me each step of the way, and it has been such a wonderful experience,”  said Kayla M. Bond, a 2009 Greenup County High School graduate who earned an AA degree at ACTC and is now a student at Morehead State University.

Another advantage is quality instruction. ACTC’s instructors are paid to teach, not to do research.  Their goals are student learning, and they are available for one-on-one discussions and to help understand class assignments.

Jeremiah L. Maynard, a 2015 graduate from Louisa, credits ACTC’s faculty and staff for helping him earn his associate degree. “I don’t know that I could have come this far without ACTC, and I know my experiences here will carry me into the future,” he said. He is starting this fall in the Mechanical Engineering Program at the University of Kentucky.

And finally, ACTC is close to home, which is an advantage to many students who want to stay close to family or job responsibilities.

“I would highly recommend ACTC to other students. Attending college here has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” said Mackenzie Gerber, 2013 GCHS Graduate and business student. “Everyone is so helpful in helping me achieve my main goal of furthering my education.”

“As a non-traditional student, I was intimidated and a little scared that I wouldn’t be able to do this whole college thing,” said John C. Chapman, an education student from Catlettsburg. “The advising team, financial aid staff, and professors guided me through the process and made me feel like I belong here.” He plans to transfer to Morehead state University for Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

Phlebotomy Class Starts August 18

A Phlebotomy class at ACTC this fall will prepare students to collect blood from patients or donors in hospitals, blood banks and clinics for analysis or other purposes.

Job opportunities are available in hospitals, clinical and medical offices, and phlebotomy jobs are expected to increase 27% nationwide from 2010 to 2020 by the US Department of Labor. The average mean wage for phlebotomists in May 2014 ranged from $28,470 to $29,840.

Students will learn to become integral members of the health-care team, with attention to standard procedures, standard precautions, record keeping, vital signs and therapeutic communication skills.

 The course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, Aug. 18 to Dec. 5, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Technology Drive Campus. This is a six-credit hour class, and the fee based on ACTC tuition rates is $930. For more information on Phlebotomy, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Robin Harris, at 606-326-2252.

Intermediate Excel

Take your Excel skills to the next level in this hands-on class at ACTC. Participants will learn timesaving Excel tools and features such as charting, PivotTables, Slicers, Sparklines, VLOOKUP and conditional formatting.

Instructor Sharon Fields is certified in Microsoft Office 2000 and 2010.  She works for the Kentucky Educational Development Corporation and is proficient in teaching all aspects of Microsoft for business and personal use.

The class will meet Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the computer lab at the Roberts Drive Campus. The fee is $79. Registration is online at: or enroll through ACTC Workforce Solutions, 606.326.2130, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..