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Coleman’s Life at Hilltop Grocery

Following the school day, most students at PHS return to their home for rest and comfort. This is the case for senior Jarrett Coleman, but in a slightly different way.

At the conclusion of the school day, Coleman ventures to his home of Hilltop Grocery. Coleman’s family has owned and operated the Hardinsburg gas station and grocery store for 18 years and counting. A house is directly attached to the store, which is Coleman and his family’s living area. One might imagine all the perks of living practically inside of a grocery store, such as receiving free or discounted food, drinks or gasoline. However, owning a grocery store comes with some heavy responsibilities for Coleman.

“I mainly work as a cashier, but I also cook, clean and stock the shelves when needed,” said Coleman.

Coleman strives to be a great employee and go above and beyond. Not only does he enjoy working at Hilltop, but he has also learned some valuable lessons he can carry with him into his future. Responsibility, respect and problem-solving are some skills Coleman has acquired throughout his years of working at Hilltop. However, to Coleman, the most valuable skill he has obtained is the ability to work with people

“In the real world, you will always have to work with people. Working at Hilltop has really taught me some people skills that will really benefit me in any career path I choose,” said Coleman.

Of all the benefits Coleman receives by working at Hilltop, his favorite would have to be receiving free things he would otherwise have to buy. His labor accounts for the payment of the various things he decides to get without purchase. Despite the many benefits of living and being employed at Hilltop Grocery, Coleman is certain he will not be continuing ownership of the store following his parents retirement.

“Sadly, I do not plan to continue to run the store as a career path. While it is a fun place to hang out, I plan on either going to law enforcement or just finding a good job,” said Coleman.

Even though Coleman does not plan to continue the legacy of Hilltop, he realizes all the valuable life lessons he has gained. He has been learning lessons daily for 18 years. Coleman knows he will always give thanks to the small store in Hardinsburg where he was raised.

“I will forever be thankful for what Hilltop has provided me, other than an income for me and my family. I will carry the life lessons I have learned for as long as I live,” said Coleman.


Story by Jace Ingle

e-Learning Days Pre-Approved

The winter season is here, so snow days may soon be on the radar. This occurrence of cold weather could lead to the first e-Learning day of the year. To prepare for this possibility, the administration set aside two days to be used as “built in snow days.” One day has already been used due to a school power outage, but one day is still available. As of right now, Paoli Schools will not be in attendance at school on April 19 unless there is a school cancellation before then. If there happens to be more than one school cancellation, then up to four days can be used for e-Learning days.

The state has approved for us to use up to four e-Learning days. The use of those days must be approved by the School Board. I have some teachers presenting to the board this month about e-Learning days and how they work. Any additional days would be added to the end of the year,” said Superintendent Greg Walker.

As winter continues, the waiting game has now begun to determine if students will have to attend school past May 17.


Story by Maggie Vincent

2019-2020 Calendar Approved

On Monday, January 14, the Paoli School Board voted to approve the school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. Mark your calendar with the dates below.


Thursday, August 1, 2019………..…………………..Professional Development Day 1

Friday, August 2, 2019…………………………………Professional Development Day 2

Monday, August 5, 2019…………………………….First Student Day

Monday, September 2, 2019………………………..LABOR DAY – NO SCHOOL

Friday, October 4, 2019………………………………First Grading Period Ends (9 Wks) – 44 days

Friday, October 11, 2019…………………………….Professional Development Day 3

Monday-Friday, October 14-18, 2019………………FALL BREAK – NO SCHOOL

Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29, 2019………THANKSGIVING VACATION – NO SCHOOL

Friday, December 20, 2019…………………..…….Second Grading Period Ends (9 wks) – 46 days

Friday, December 20, 2019……………….……….Students dismissed at the end of the day for CHRISTMAS VACATION

Thursday, January 2, 2020…………………………Classes Resume after Christmas Vacation

Monday, January 20, 2020…………………………Professional Development Day 4

Friday, March 6, 2020………………………………Third Grading Period Ends (9 wks) – 46 days

Monday-Friday, March 23-27, 2020………………SPRING BREAK – NO SCHOOL

Friday, April 17, 2020………………………………No School – Snow Make-up Day (if needed)

Friday, May 15, 2020………………………………Fourth Grading Period Ends (9 wks) – 44 days Last Day for Students

Saturday, May 16, 2020………………………….Graduation

Monday, May 18, 2020……………………………Last Day for Teachers Professional Development Day 5

Grading Periods Days in Attendance Student Instructional Days

Teacher Days Student Days

1st Grading Period August 1 – October 4       46      44

2nd Grading Period October 7 – December 20       47      46 First Semester       93      90

3rd Grading Period January 2 – March 6       47      46

4th Grading Period March 9 – May 15       45      44

Second Semester       92 ___________90

Year      185    180

phsCancelled student instructional days will be rescheduled April 17, 2020; or after the last scheduled student instructional day (after May 15, 2020); depending upon the number of days cancelled.


School Board Meeting Tonight at 6

The Paoli Community School Corporation will be holding a school board meeting starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 14 in the Conference Room located in the Superintendent’s Office.

The meeting will start with the Executive session, followed by the Board of Finance session, which will start at 6:30 p.m. or at the conclusion of the previous session. During this time, a Board of Finance will be organized by electing a president and a secretary. Superintendent Greg Walker will also share his Presentation of Investment Policy. After the Board of Finance session will be the Regular session, which is open to the public. During this session, Bill Hoke, Doug Pittman and Lila Tucker will issue the Oath of Office. Following, Principal Chad Johnson will share the Paoli Jr. Sr. High School Presentation.

We are going to have the board come down and look at our new barn in action since it has been completed and is now working,” said Johnson.

They will also be signing the school bus route contracts, which is where bus drivers will sign a contract with the school stating their hours and pay. Following these events, there will be a reorganization of the school board, where a new president, vice president and secretary will be elected. Then, they will appoint a legislative liaison and a policy liaison.

Finally, there will be the first reading of the Athletic Council Policy, a presentation from Hoosier Hills PACT and a presentation about e-Learning days by the teachers.


Story by Gracie Walls

Patton Continues to Recover

This past summer, freshman Bladen Patton was involved in an ATV accident resulting in a broken ankle and arm. Though it has been a road full of ups and downs for him and his family, Patton remains hopeful for the future.

On his path to recovery, Patton is going to rehab two days a week. His ankle is now fully healed, but his arm is still having some difficulties.

“I am now able to straighten my elbow out and my fingers more. The feeling in my fingers is gradually coming back,” said Patton.
Though doctors have not given him any time frame for his full release, Patton’s goal is to be back playing sports by this spring.

“I plan on returning to play baseball, basketball and football my sophomore year,” said Patton.

Going through something traumatic can be damaging both physically and emotionally, but Patton never lets his head hang.

“Recovery has been a challenge, and it’s really all about staying positive. The biggest challenge of all is definitely not being able to play sports. Before the accident, sports were my life. Staying positive about all of it and not having mental breakdowns is on top of my list for sure. I could’ve very easily given up by now, but that’s not me. I want to get back to doing the things I love,” said Patton.
Even though it may not seem like it at times, Patton has learned a lot from this rough experience.

“I look at life in general quite differently now. I understand that anything can happen so fast and change your life, but I know God always has a plan,” said Patton.

To raise money to help with Patton’s medical bills, “Superman” bracelets were sold. Around $1,000 was raised by this fundraiser.

“It’s good to know people care. I’m glad to have so much support through all of this. I know God has a plan for me, and I’m going to stick to it in the future to get back to my normal lifestyle,” said Patton.


Story by Gracie Walls

Construction Class Builds Counselor’s Home


Guidance counselor Brandi Kerly has excitedly accepted Jon Shellenberger’s proposal for his construction class to build her new home.

The students who have helped with this project are freshmen Chase Conn, Sven Gehl and Braxton Knight; sophomores Tyler Ash, Craig Couch, Samuel Giles, Keeghan Jones, Mason Laws, Blain Marshall and Triston Robbins; juniors Adam Abounnaaim, Dylan Beck, Cole Crawhorn, Tanner Cole, Isaiah Holland, Anthony Lowe, Dawson Lynn, Ian Lynn and Kenneth Wadsack and seniors Joel Robinette and Dylan Beck.

“I am confident in these students’ abilities, dedication and work ethic. I visited the house they built last year before we started my build, and they did an amazing job. I was so impressed with the quality,“ said Kerley.

Kerley’s favorite part of this whole process is getting to work with this group of students.

“With Mr. Shellenberger’s direction and leadership, the construction classes work hard and pay attention to detail. They are also very energy conscious and are making sure my home is well insulated so utility bills will be low,” said Kerley.  

So far, the students have finished the foundation, concrete walls, roofing, shingles, framing of the walls inside, doors, windows, drywall, lighting, electrical, HVAC and painting. They plan to begin installing cabinets, lights, countertops and vinyl siding soon as well as finishing the flooring and porches.

“I’m excited to finish the flooring because once it gets done, you can really start to see how the house is coming together,” said Lowe.

Kerley has been involved in the entire decision making process that goes into building the house, especially the interior. She has ordered cabinets and countertops of her choice and has also picked out flooring to order.

As the house nears completion, Kerley is very excited to begin decorating. Her son Gage’s room will be painted Boston Celtics green, and his playroom will be painted navy blue to represent his travel baseball team and the Boston Red Sox. His bathroom is bright red, also to represent the Boston Red Sox. Kerley’s living room, kitchen and cabinets will all be white to go along with her beach theme. The island in the kitchen will be gray, and the countertops will be white with grey and black mixed in. The floors and her room will be gray.

It has been predicted that the house will be finished in April, and Kerley is eagerly awaiting the reveal of her new home.

I am so excited about all of it. It has been an extremely cool experience, and I am forever grateful,” said Kerley.


Story by Makiya Russelburg

Seniors’ Futures Being Displayed

With second semester beginning, many seniors are starting to plan for life after high school. In the window of the high school library, guidance counselor Brandi Kerley has decided to display senior acceptance letters from colleges to recognize their accomplishments.

Mrs. Manship saw the idea on social media and tagged me in the post. We both thought it was a great idea and that we should also celebrate and display acceptance letters. We are extremely proud of our students, and it is fun to see where seniors are being admitted,” said Kerley.

There have been many acceptance letters already turned in, and there should be many more to come.

“I welcome all seniors to give me a copy of any documentation of a post high school opportunity they are considering. Every path to success is different, and it is exciting to see all the doors that are open to our students,” said Kerley.


Story by Faith Wilder

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