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News for August 12th

McGrath makes stop in Elizabethtown

U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath made a stop in Elizabethtown yesterday. The retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel held a meet and greet with prospective voters at the Elizabethtown Nature Park Tuesday afternoon. McGrath says the chance to get out and see supporters is something she looks forward to.

McGrath won the Democratic primary in June, and faces longtime Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November’s general election.

Longtime LaRue County official announced retirement

A chapter of LaRue County history will close at the end of this month. Judge-Executive Tommy Turner announced Tuesday morning that he will be retiring at the end of August, bringing his 34-year run as the county’s leader to a close. 

Turner says Governor Beshear will appoint a replacement to serve until the next election, with one of the magistrate to serve in between retirement and appointment, if needed.

Hardin Co. School Board to vote on district’s start options for upcoming school year

Parents and students of Hardin County Schools will know later today what course of action the district will take with the beginning of the school year.

The Board of Education will meet tonight in a special called meeting to discuss whether or not to begin school as planned or to begin the year with NTI on August 24th. On Monday, Governor Beshear had only made a recommendation to postpone in-person instruction, not a mandate.

The virtual meeting can be viewed tonight at 6 p.m., and can be viewed on the Hardin County Schools website.

HCS Students to receive lanyards for masks, ID’s

Whenever students do return to in-person instruction, they’ll have special lanyards waiting for them. Hardin County Schools was gifted with around 17 thousands lanyards Monday, representing students within Central, John, and North’s systems. The items, provided to the school system by an area insurance agency, are beneficial for a student’s new “normal”. 

District spokesperson John Wright also said that elementary school students will receive school ID cards this year, as a way to promote more touch-free options in the district.

‘Blessing Box’ now available for Hardin County community

What started as an idea from one Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputy is now a resource for the community.

Officials with the office have unveiled the Blessing Box, a resource for those in the community who might face various food needs, outside of the Hardin County Government Building. Brooklynne Stillwell, a clerk with the sheriff’s office and a volunteer with the project, says the idea arose from the experiences of Deputy Rusty Johnson.

“He came into contact with people who were in need,” Stillwell says. “He figured that if he could help them out by getting them food… then we should have something central [for everyone].”

Stillwell says the entire process, from idea to finished product, took roughly a month to complete.

“He [Johnson] came to our financial supervisor and said ‘Hey, I’ve seen this this going around!’ It’s been around a month or so since we started working on this.”

The box is stocked with non-perishable items, a way to make sure that the food people are looking for is good at whatever time their need arises. Donations for the box are welcome, keeping in line with non-perishable standards.

Those who wish to donate non-perishable items to the location can do so by placing it inside the box or by dropping them off at the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office. An official dedication si expected at a later date.

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