• 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.

  • Two seniors maintain perfect attendance through high school

    Going 13 or more years without missing a single day of work is a tall order for most adults. Hardin County Schools seniors Clotie Simmons and Zachary Wagner, however, were up to the challenge at school.

    Simmons, a senior at North Hardin High School, pushed through illness and pain from mouth surgery to main­tain her flawless attendance record. She attended Vine Grove Elementary, James T. Alton Middle School and then North Hardin, and never received a single tardy.

  • Hughes hired as principal at Hodgenville Elementary

    The Hodgenville Elementary School site-based decision-making council has selected Eric Hughes to be the next principal.

    Hughes taught physical education at Hodgenville Elementary before becoming assistant principal at LaRue County Middle School.

    The council’s principal selection members are Sam Sanders, superintendent and chairman; Jennifer Price, vice chairwoman and teacher representative; Mitzi Allen, teacher representative; Billie Webb, teacher representative; Maria Thurman, parent representative; and Katie Cooper, parent representative.

  • 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.

  • 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.