• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Local high school graduations to stream online

    Family and friends of Hardin and LaRue County high school seniors are able watch their loved ones graduate in the comfort of their own homes this year.

    Hardin County Edu­cational and Community Television is streaming four of the high school graduation ceremonies in Hardin County live on the Internet. These ceremonies include Central Hardin, John Hardin, North Hardin and the GED high school graduations.

  • John Hardin FFA plants organic garden

    FFA students from John Hardin High School spent their primary election day tilling and planting a garden at the new Magnolia Farms LLC development, but it isn’t your typical garden.

    “The unique thing about this garden is that it’s completely organic,” said FFA Chapter President Vasiliki Wilk. “No pesticides will be involved in growing the produce and there is a pond next to it for irrigation.”

  • EHS alum lands internship with CMT

    When she found out, she wanted to scream.

    Halle Pinkham, a 2012 Elizabethtown High School graduate and Murray State University junior, said she would “do whatever it takes to get to the top,” which included landing a three-month internship with Country Music Television.

    “I was so excited,” the TV production major said. “I was sitting in one of my TV classes when I found out. I had no idea what to do. I wanted to scream, but I didn’t. I just ran out of the class.”

  • HCS offers free summer meals

    After school is dismissed for the summer, children still will be provided meals as Hardin County Schools offers free lunch and breakfast options throughout June and July through the Summer Food Service Program.

    The federally funded program has been in Hardin County between 12 and 15 years, said Mary Kuhn, child nutrition director for Hardin County Schools. It helps ensure children eat well even though school is not in session.

    Meals are free for anyone age 18 or younger, regardless of school district, race, sex, disability or household income.

  • HCS, EIS students prepare for testing

    It’s that time of the year again.

    Local schools have been gearing up for K-PREP and end-of-the-year assessment testing over the past week. In order to motivate and excite students for the annual review, educators got creative.

    Woodland Elementary School held a pep rally Friday to train its students on perseverance. Their K-PREP theme this year was “Woodland Strong,” which plays off the U.S. Army slogan, “Army Strong.”