• Summer Feeding Program begins

    The Hardin County Schools Summer Feeding Program began Tuesday at five area schools including John Hardin, North Hardin, Central Hardin, G.C. Burkhead and North Park. The program allows children to be fed lunches throughout the summer while school is out of session.

    Lunches are served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays through July 25 at the locations. G.C. Burkhead also provides breakfast from 8 to 8:30 a.m. on July 14-17 and July 21-24.

    No meals will be served on July 4.

  • Hardin County Public Library brings science to summer reading program

    For about 200 children signed up for the Summer Reading Program at the Hardin County Public Library, learning doesn't stop when the school year ends.

    Prior to each summer, the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives invites librarians and program coordinators to vote on a summer reading program theme for the upcoming year. The majority vote for the 2014 program theme was science, which led to this year's theme name: "Fizz, Boom, Read!"

  • EIS recognizes retirees

    The Elizabethtown Independent School district honored their five retiring staff members Thursday morning at the Performing Arts Center in T.K. Stone Middle School.

    Superintendent Jon Ballard addressed an audience of EIS teachers, staff members and their family and friends with a brief pep talk to end the school year.

    “I would challenge you this summer first of all to relax,” he said. “Then when you have that chance to think about things, think what is one thing that maybe for next year that you personally could do better.”

  • EIS district searching for Tradition of Excellence nominees

    The Elizabethtown Independent Schools district is seeking nominations for its Tradition of Excellence alumni award.

    The deadline to nominate is noon June 30.

    A link is available on the EIS website, www.etown.k12.ky.us, under links and find the Tradition of Excellence alumni award. Information such as the purpose of the award, criteria for selection, nomination guidelines and eligible nominees can be found on the site.

    A nomination application form also can be found there.

    An award ceremony is Sept. 20 at Elizabethtown Country Club.

  • First-graders learn proper pet care at local field trip

    Howevalley Elementary School first-grade students were all smiles Tuesday as they visited the Hardin County Animal Shelter for an end-of-the-year field trip.

    “We wanted to expose them to this nice facility that we have,” said Carla Scott, a first-grade teacher.

    After a brief introduction, Scott and Lesley Bone’s classes split up and started the visit with a lesson on dog safety and the shelter’s impact on the community.

  • Heartland fifth-grader surprised at graduation by military father

    After nearly one year of not seeing her father, Heartland Elementary School fifth-grader Grace Reyes was not expecting him to surprise her at the awards ceremony this morning. Maj. Julian Reyes arrived home from Korea late Tuesday just so he could surprise Grace.

    Maj. Reyes had been in Korea since July 2013, which was the last time Grace, her mother and two sisters saw him in person.

  • Homeschooled sisters win essay contest

    Two homeschooled Elizabethtown sisters placed first and second in the middle school Kentucky Ses­qui­centennial Commission on the Civil War’s essay contest.

    Emma Ingalls won first place for her essay, “Brigades of Bravery: Kentucky’s African American Sold­iers in the Civil War.”

    “It was hard to find stuff specifically about Kentucky,” Emma said.

    Both girls studied the Civil War for five weeks in a recent school unit. The essay opportunity piqued their interest.

  • Five teachers awarded for excellence at Campbellsville

    Five teachers from local schools were recognized and awarded the Campbellsville University Excellence in Teaching Award.

    From Elizabethtown Independent Schools, Karla Buckingham, Erica Frierson and Corey Yates received the award. From North Hardin Christian School, Kimberly Bishop and Peterson Johnson were honored.

  • 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.

  • 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.