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Dr. Marianne Sheroan eased her patient’s fears of a cavity treatment by telling her that she was receiving “princess fillings.” And they were indeed pretty special, because for the patient, they were free. More than 60 children received free dental work in the past few weeks as part of the Smile Kentucky program. The program in Hardin County screens every third grader and relays the assessments of dental needs to parents. But for about 70 students, the needed treatment is provided free by dental professionals who volunteer with the program.

Central Kentucky superintendents were pleased to learn Kentucky is one of 10 states allowed flexibility under Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind laws. Instead of receiving testing data for NCLB and the state accountability system, schools will receive data from one source this year. President Barack Obama and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan set provisions last year for the way states could receive waivers from NCLB mandates, according to a news release from the Kentucky Department of Education. States had to show progress in efforts to close achievement gaps and prepare students for colleges and careers.

For many students, choosing and applying to colleges often comes down to dollars and cents. How to pay for college often is one of the first things students begin to contemplate when the college application process begins. One of the main components in seeking aid is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The application for 2012-13 funding became available Sunday and can be found at That’s the best way to determine a family’s financial situation when it comes to paying for college, and what other means they need to find, said Michael Barlow, the financial aid director at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. Barlow encourages students to complete the document by the end of January, because one fund, the College Access Program, typically is depleted by mid-February.

The local rape crisis center is working on a proactive approach to violence along with all other centers in the state. The Advocacy and Support Center in Elizabethtown is taking part in the statewide research of the violence-prevention program Green Dot. The program, which asks bystanders of violent or potentially violent situations to intervene in safe and possibly non-confrontational ways, is being studied for its effectiveness at the high school level in decreasing the amount of incidents like bullying and dating violence.

A musical performance at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School viewed by only a few Tuesday morning will be watched by millions this spring. G.C. Burkhead will be a part of the official DVD of the Concert for Music in Our Schools Month. The concert is sponsored by the National Association of Music Education and footage is aired across the country on the second Thursday of March, when children in music classes watch and sing along. The student body performed a song called “Discussin’ Percussion” and it features several students playing percussion instruments such as the tambourine and drums.

With the amount of shopping and purchasing Americans do from Black Friday through December, the holiday season makes for a natural time for a variety of scams to surface. The Better Business Bureau warns of a number of scams that can have a bigger impact during the consumer-driven winter months. Internet scams in the form of fake websites offering deals on merchandise are popular, said Reanna Smith-Hamblin, the vice president of communications for the Louisville-area Better Business Bureau.

A local legislator has filed an education bill aimed to correct what he feels is inequality in the education system. State Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown, filed legislation that gives students with disabilities the opportunity to receive an alternative high school diploma instead of a certificate of completion they currently receive. The issue came to his attention after learning his own daughter won’t receive a diploma upon her completing high school.

Even miles away from home, teacher Andrea Meyer still is a presence in her Elizabethtown classroom. Lt. Col. Meyer of the U.S. Army Reserve, a special education teacher at Lincoln Trail Elementary School, has been deployed to Kuwait for 400 days, but still is keeping tabs on her students by Skype, an online video call service, like she did on Monday. Her school, in return, will be working on a service project for the entirety of her deployment.

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A recipient of the highest military award given by the United States government shared his less-than-award-winning moments Thursday with students at Fort Knox High School. Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Patterson, a Medal of Honor recipient, visited the post school to speak to the entire student body as well as visit with JROTC members. Patterson encouraged students to stay in school and avoid the “stupid things” he had done in his life.

Carrollton bus crash survivors lent their voices Tuesday to the opposition of expanded alcohol sales. Lincoln Trail Baptist Church and two survivors of the 1988 Carrollton bus crash held a news conference opposing the pursuit of expanded alcohol sales in Hardin County. A special election to vote on the issue is Oct. 4.

Fort Knox’s memories of Sept. 11, 2001, now are set in steel. A monument set with a portion of a steel beam from the World Trade Center was unveiled at a ceremony at Fort Knox Firehouse 1 Sunday morning, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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As the world stopped 10 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, frozen in the aftermath of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, educators in Hardin County juggled watching with guiding classrooms of children through an event some were too young to understand. Wynna Mabe, a teacher at Lincoln Trail Elementary School, said she felt many of her students saw the crumbling towers as a scene from a movie, instead of realizing it involved real people. It was hard for elementary students to comprehend the enormity of the attacks, she said.

Kentucky community colleges are looking for a tuition increase to offset a portion of a budget gap. Tuition rates for new students to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, for example, will increase to $135 per credit hour from $130. The Board of Regents for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System approved the rate increases for the colleges as part of the 2011-12 budget last week.