• St. James first-grader wins $1,500 scholarship

    A church full of students, staff and parents rose Wednesday to applaud Madeline Hobbs as she received a $1,500 scholarship.

    Hobbs, one of nine winners of the Dream Out Loud Challenge, is only 6 years old.

    “It’s pretty amazing to be a first grader and get a scholarship fund like that,” said Matthew Hobbs, Madeline’s father. “I think it’s great that they offered this soon to start for college.”

  • East Hardin Middle School raises money for tornado-damaged areas

    One local middle school has raised thousands of dollars to help their neighbors and people they have never met.

    Students and faculty at East Hardin Middle School raised more than $5,600 for tornado relief in Hardin County and for a middle school in eastern Kentucky.

  • North’s Dennison ready for the last diplomas

    After more than a decade of leadership, North Hardin High School is saying goodbye to its principal.

    Bill Dennison, principal of North Hardin for 11 years, will spend his last day with students Wednesday. Dennison is retiring after this school year and his last work day is at the end of July.

    Dennison, who spent his entire 26-year career in education at North served longer than any North principal except Ray Story, who served in the position for 21 years.

  • WKU satellite campus to host first commencement

    Students who attended Western Kentucky University locally now can graduate locally, too.

    The WKU Elizabethtown-Radcliff-Fort Knox Regional Center is hosting its first commencement ceremony for students who attended classes at the center. The ceremony is at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    Previously, students who received degrees from the center had the option to attend the ceremony on the main campus in Bowling Green, said Ron Stephens, associate dean for the local campuses.

  • Preschools named Classrooms of Excellence

    Preschool in Hardin County Schools continues to be recognized for “excellence.”

    Preschool teachers Erin McPherson and Zola Walker received Classroom of Excellence distinctions from the Kentucky Department of Education, giving Hardin County Schools four preschool classrooms recognized with the honor.

  • North Hardin to host Night of the Arts

    North Hardin High School faculty and students are hoping to bring a love of the arts to Hardin County.

    North Hardin is hosting its first Night of the Arts from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the school cafeteria. The event features visual arts and musical and dramatic performances, all from students.

    The school has sponsored concerts and theater productions before, but faculty members in the fine arts department were looking for a new event to showcase all facets of the arts, said James Beard, head of the fine arts department.

  • HCS debates districts

    Shifts in population could result in Hardin County Schools redistricting by the 2013-2014 school year.

    During an HCS school board working session Friday, Associate Superintendent Bobby Lewis offered several areas of possible redistricting, which he said will be posted on the district’s website.

    Because the meeting was a work session, the proposals were only discussed. No decisions were made. The school system also plans to schedule public meetings to explain any change before implementation.

  • HCS ready to move forward with career center

    After making an educational trip to a Scott County technical and vocational school, Hardin County School Board members said Friday they are ready to proceed in developing the district’s college and career center.

    Over the last nine months, administrators have researched and conducted meetings regarding development of a vocational center for HCS students, said Mark Kopp, assistant superintendent for instruction. Scott County’s Elkhorn Crossing School is one of several institutions across the state HCS officials have visited.

  • HCS unveils new vegetarian lunches

    Samantha Herbig is a vegetarian, but until recently, school lunches were a challenge for the North Hardin High School junior.

    Herbig opted for a vegetarian diet last year after watching a YouTube video about how animals are slaughtered.

    “It is part of what turned me away from meat,’’ she said.

  • Outing introduces innovative career-focused school

    GEORGETOWN — A collection of more than two-dozen community and business leaders took an educational field trip Thursday to explore one of Kentucky’s more innovative schools.

    Elkhorn Crossing School near Georgetown offers technical and vocational training to more than 600 teenagers in an environment known for high expectations. Arranged by Hardin County Schools and the North Central Education Foundation, the trip sought to collect more insight and involvement in developing a similar program locally.