• John Hardin marching band aims high for new season

    With more than half of the John Hardin High School marching band new members, the young group is moving full steam ahead with this year's show, "Above the Clouds." 

    Director Brian Ellis said the band consists of about 90 students with 50 woodwind and brass players, 25 color guard and 15 percussion.

  • Local 10-year-old invited to national acting workshops

    Ever since Key’Andre Strand, 10, watched the Disney channel movie “High School Musical” a few years ago, he has aspired to become an actor. This November, Strand will have the opportunity to hone his talents at a prestigious workshop in Texas.

  • 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.

  • School bus issues guaranteed for first day

    About 11,900 students in Hardin County depend on school transportation each weekday to get them to or from school. With that many students, new routes and a few new drivers, officials say issues are bound to arise on the first day of school.

    Between the two local school districts, about 40 students got on a wrong bus Wednesday.

  • HCS distinguished alumni to be honored Aug. 28

    Ten people will join Hardin County Schools' group of distinguished alumni at a celebratory luncheon on Aug. 28 in Nannette S. Johnston Hall at the HCS Early College and Career Center.

  • First day of school emotional for kindergarten parents

    Andy Moberly took his daughter, Rachel Moberly, to school Wednesday at Panther Academy and stayed with her through breakfast before leaving for work. Moberly has two older sons who already went through kindergarten, but found this day to be a new experience.

    “It’s very different,” he said. “She’s more shy and doesn’t want me to leave.”

  • 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.