Hardin County

A man who escaped from the Hardin County Jail has been captured. WAVE-TV didn't provide details, but said 23-year-old Robert Wilson was back behind bars.

Hardin County Schools will use a $1 million  grant from the Defense Department to bolster dropout prevention efforts. The grant announced Thursday in Elizabethtown will pay for counseling programs for at-risk students, extended school services, and random drug testing at the district’s alternative school for troubled students.

The couple told police they went shopping at Walmart. Police found the two-year-old and 11-month old children home alone after being called by a witness who saw the man and woman leaving.

The excessive heat and drought in Kentucky this summer have drawn natural disaster area designations for seven counties. Surrounding counties are also affected as well as two counties each in Indiana and Tennessee.

Kentucky's teachers are being pushed to find more resources online as more and more textbooks become outdated and are not being replaced. The problem comes from an unforgiving state budget that has not allowed for full funding of textbooks in several years.

Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell is urging White House Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske to include Hardin County in the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. That would mean more federal resources to combat illegal drugs in an area that has seen a significant increase in drug related crimes.

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