• Celebrating 50 years of learning

    Nancy Lea Owen was overjoyed to be recognized as the co-chairwoman of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s 50th anniversary celebrations Wednesday at the August Chamber of Commerce meeting.

    Her late husband, James Owen, was the first president of the college, appointed in 1963, and the administration building where he worked for 24 years now bears his name.

  • ECTC begins 50th anniversary celebration

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is celebrating half a decade of educating the community.

    To kick off its 50th anniversary, representatives of ECTC will be the guest speakers at the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce meeting today at Pritchard Community Center.

  • High school smoking rate drops significantly

    High school students in Kentucky are not smoking cigarettes like they were in 2011 and even earlier.

    According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, Kentucky dropped from first place to sixth among the surveyed states in 2013 for high school cigarette use.

  • Rineyville principal looks forward to final year

    At 54, Billy Coffey considers himself an accidental principal.

    Today, Coffey begins his 13th year as Rineyville Elementary School principal and his final year in education, as he plans to retire after the 2014-15 school year. Coffey will leave Rineyville with 31 years in education under his belt.

    “Fifty-five is the magic (age) in education,” Coffey said.

  • Teachers share advice for transitioning students

    For many students, going back to school is the same routine every year. When changing schools, however, the experience is completely new.

    Stephanie Biggs, a sixth-grade science teacher at Bluegrass Middle School, created a tip sheet for her students and their parents to help ease the transition.

  • New HCS bus drivers test routes, prepare for year ahead

    Kenny Gillenwater stayed focused as he drove his school bus through the back roads of Glendale on a dewy Thursday morning. Having already gone through the route Wednesday, he worked to remember the stops, rather than finding them.

  • Open Houses meant to welcome students, put faces to names

    Before the start of a new school year, Eliza­bethtown Independent Schools and Hardin County Schools give students an opportunity to visit the place they will spend about 6.7 hours per day out of about 180 days of the year.

    These opportunities are known as open houses, because they welcome students and parents into the schools.

  • HCS buses to test drive routes Thursday

    Hardin County Schools district bus drivers will hit the roads Thursday to reacquaint themselves with school routes and become familiar with new stops in preparation for the new school year.

    Drivers will begin running buses at the approximate start time of their routes on a typical school day. Schools return to session Aug. 6.

  • HCS Summer Feeding Program sees increase in July

    Each summer, the Hardin County Schools Child Nutrition department offers free meals to all children and teenagers throughout the community.

    This summer’s program lasted from June 10 through July 25 and brought in about 22,074 children.

  • Operation Homefront gives 300 backpacks to Fort Knox kids

    About 300 children left the Hansen Center in Fort Knox with a backpack full of school supplies Monday morning.

    Jade Jackson, 5, was especially excited to get her supplies.

    “I’m going to kindergarten,” she shouted. “I just got finished with pre-K.”