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News for September 14

Grayson County: 2 juvenile girls found safe in middle Tennessee

The weekend began with Grayson County officials announcing the abduction of two juveniles, and it ends with their recovery.

Officials announced the recovery of the two girls on Sunday following a traffic stop in middle Tennessee. Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins said authorities had attempted to track the location of Ellen Maples, the suspect in question, throughout the weekend, finally pinging her location to Grundy County, Tennessee.

Chaffins said Maples had to be tasered multiple times before she was detained, with deputies having to call in backup. Chaffins said the two girls were safe, and were awaiting social workers to bring them back home.

Hardin Co. native, KSP Trooper killed 5 years ago

This weekend marked 5 years since the death of Hardin County native and Kentucky State Trooper Joseph “Cameron” Ponder. Ponder was conducting a traffic stop in Lyon County in 2015 when he was fatally shot by the driver of the vehicle he had pulled over. Ponder was just 9 months into his career with Kentucky State Police. Ponder was a graduate of North Hardin High School, and will soon have a roadway leading to KSP Post 4 named after him.

Elizabethtown Independent returns to classroom Monday morning

After starting school online in August, Elizabethtown Independent will return to in-person instruction today. The district’s Board of Education voted two weeks ago, August 31st, to have students and staff return to school buildings on September 14th.

EIS Superintendent Kelli Bush

Bush said the district will operate on a hybrid schedule, with students attending either on Monday and Tuesday, or Wednesday and Thursday. Those who opted to will remain in online learning through Panther Academy.

ECTC students get expanded mental health options with new partnership

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has entered into an agreement with Spalding University to help with the mental health of students.

Chief Student Affairs Officer Dale Buckles says that Spalding University reached out to the college, asking ECTC to partner with their doctoral program in psychological counseling. ECTC accepted, and Spaulding’s students will be used as an online counseling service for Elizabethtown students. Buckles says this is necessary, due to the increase in mental health issues among college students over the last five to ten years.

Chief Student Affairs Officer Dale Buckles

The program will allow for nearly immediate service, and will all be done via telehealth, meaning students will not have to make the drive to Louisville. The service is available now, and more information can be found on the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College website.

Kendra Stewart Scott tapped for HCCC leadership role

The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce has found its new Vice President of Operations, as last week Kendra Stewart Scott was announced to be taking on the role. Stewart Scott also says she is looking forward to continuing to improve the work and image of the chamber.

Stewart Scott says that she hopes to see the Chamber become the most dynamic they can be for the Commonwealth.

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