• Early Childhood Council receives state grant money

    The Hardin County Early Childhood Council was one of 21 to receive state money to pursue projects for children ages birth to 5.

    The local group, which applied for the grant, received $25,000 through the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood, part of almost $600,000 distributed around the state to Community Early Childhood Councils.

    Hardin County’s council is composed of professionals in fields such as preschool and child care.

  • E’town schools to display completed construction projects at open houses

    New building projects for Elizabethtown Independent Schools will be on display next week for those curious to see the results.

    An open house for community members to view newly renovated Helmwood Heights Elementary School and recently built Panther Academy will take place from 5:30-7 p.m Tuesday at the schools.

    Superintendent Gary French said district officials decided to host the open houses because of interest expressed in seeing the buildings.

  • Vine Grove again names new principal

    Vine Grove Elementary School is ready for a new school year with a new leader.

    Greg Sutton, who worked as assistant principal at J.T. Alton Middle School, has been hired as principal of Vine Grove Elementary.

    Sutton replaces Lonnie Dennis, who was hired as principal at North Hardin High School. Carlena Sheeran originally was selected to replace Dennis but later decided to remain in her position as director of early childhood education.

  • HCS taps 8 for its 2012 Distinguished Alumni class

    Hardin County Schools will recognize its newest class of Distinguished Alumni at an Aug. 30 luncheon at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    The group includes several members of the military, two journalists and health care workers.

    Candidates are chosen through an online nomination process, and a three-member committee sifts through forms to choose honorees, HCS spokesman John Wright said.

  • Atria sponsoring school supply drive

    A group of senior citizens are showing their concern for school-age children through an upcoming school supply drive.

    Atria Senior Living is sponsoring a school supply drive from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at the assisted living facility in Elizabethtown. Items will go to students in Hardin County.

    An employee at Atria recently toured some of the schools as part of a leadership program, Atria Executive Director Cindy Bratcher said. She made Atria administrators aware of the need students have for supplies.

  • HCS nets $1 million in debt service savings

    Hardin County Schools recently saved more than $1 million on debt service after selling bonds this month.

    The district approved refunding bonds in February and decided to wait for an opportune time to sell. The decision to wait proved to be a good one, as the district saved about $1.1 million instead of the $863,000 estimated in February.

  • Sharpening school skills: Education program teaches woodwork

    A woodworking class this week at the local Extension Service office was for the birds.

    Students and teachers in Hardin County Schools’ Migrant Education Program participated in a 4-H woodworking class Thursday at the Hardin County Cooperative Extension Service. The youngest students worked to create footstools while older students built birdhouses.

    Holding several classes during summer, the migrant education program assists children of families who frequently move to ensure they do not fall behind in school.

  • Sheeran to remain in HCS Central Office

    Vine Grove Elementary School once again is searching for a new principal after family circumstances changed for the school’s new hire.

    Carlena Sheeran, director of early childhood education for Hardin County Schools, has decided to stay in that job instead of taking the principal position she accepted last week.

  • Hardin County pertussis rates normal

    The Lincoln Trail District Health Department coverage area so far has not seen an uptick in the number of cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, though Kentucky and the United States as a whole have seen a large increase in reported cases.

    Health department officials have seen a normal amount of cases in 2012, but Kentucky has had approximately 179 cases as of Monday, a two- to three-fold increase from the number of 2011 cases, said Wendy Keown, public information officer at the health department.

  • EIS Board approves athletic hall of fame

    Past athletes and coaches in the Elizabethtown Independent Schools system soon will be honored through a new district hall of fame.

    EIS board approved creating an athletic hall of fame at their board meeting Monday, per a suggestion of community member Duke Burnett. Burnett has gathered several Elizabethtown High School graduates to serve on a committee to get the project started.