• GED, Hardin County High graduates reach goals

    To some, graduation means completion of a degree or diploma after days and nights of studying. To others, the word simply means to prevail or overcome an obstacle.

    Melissa Grimes spent her years in school with learning disabilities that caused her to be in special education classes. After becoming ill, Grimes said her mother pulled her out of public school.

    At 18, Grimes gave birth to a set of twins who ultimately altered her focus from school to family.

    “I kind of put everything on the back burner,” she said.

  • Mother, son to earn GED together

    Nielda Rappleyea dropped out of high school in Chicago at 16 when she became pregnant with her first child, Jasper, in 1987. Rappleyea then moved to California to start a new life with her new family.

    At 20, she gave birth to her third son, Nathan Collazo. At that point, she was struggling to escape drugs and violence.

    After living in California for about 16 years, Rappleyea and her family made the move to Kentucky to stay with family and have a fresh start.

    One thing Rappleyea always wanted, she said, was an education.

  • Lakewood students, teachers explore various interests through clubs

    All work, no play doesn’t apply to Lake­wood Elementary School.

    Every other Friday this year during the final 30 minutes of the day, students at Lakewood took part in a club to explore new interests with their teachers.

    Throughout the year, students had an opportunity to join 40 different clubs. Not always typical school clubs, students could join Zumba, checkers, knitting, student council, woodworking, winter guard, Legos, board games, dulcimer, Little Soldiers, iPad apptastic and healthy habits clubs, for example.

  • Bringing learning to life: Montessori students plant garden

    Washing their tiny hands and putting on bright garden gloves, the 2- to 5-year-olds at Heartland Montessori in Elizabethtown were eager to plant their annual garden this week.

    For the past three years, the early childhood school has planted a small vegetable garden behind the building so students can learn about where food and plants come from.

  • 529 Day reminds families to plan for college saving

    Tuition, textbooks and student housing costs build up quickly at any college or university. To avoid high interest rates and student loan bills, Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust advises being smart about saving money early for college expenses.

    Today is known as 529 Day according to the trust — a day to remind families to begin or add to their child’s college savings fund.

  • Area students win national scholarships

    Two area high school seniors have been named College Sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners.

    T. Robert Bell from Fort Knox High School and Abi­gail Hinkson from Central Hardin High School were announced Tuesday as two of approximately 2,500 nation-wide winners in the prestigious program. Both students will receive a scholarship from the college or university they plan to attend.

  • Hardin County natives earn Fulbright scholarships

    Three recent college graduates from Hardin County — Johanna Yun, Angelika Masero and Jon Hendrie — will spend a year in another country to teach English or conduct research through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

    A spring 2014 graduate of the University of Louisville, Yun received the English teaching assistantship from Fulbright. She will spend a year in South Korea teaching English beginning July 5.

  • Rineyville Elementary preschool earns KDE Classroom of Excellence

    A Rineyville Elementary School classroom is the latest member of Hardin County Schools to earn the Kentucky Department of Education honor known as Classroom of Excellence.

    Jennifer Arnold, Tammy Herrin and Greta Thompson comprise the team of instructors for the classroom.

    “It’s a privilege to have this title,” Arnold said. “Our kids are getting a quality experience that’s a little bit above and beyond a normal classroom.”

  • Lakewood preschool to reopen in August

    Two years after Lake­wood Elementary School’s preschool class was moved to Creekside Elementary, the class will return to its original home.

    In 2012, Lakewood grew to having more than 600 students in the school which created an issue with space. Now, the school is at less than 600 again and teachers and administrators are ready to bring the 3- and 4-year-olds back to the building.

  • CKCF helps graduates reach their goals

    The Central Kentucky Community Foundation knows a little bit goes a long way.

    Prior to May 13, Tay­lor Cobb was considering getting a third job before starting college in the fall. It was that night at her FFA awards banquet she realized she would not be needing a third job anymore.