Laura Hammack

Brown County Schools Superintendent Laura Hammack has joined the regional board of trustees for Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus. She will serve through June 30, 2021.

“We are thrilled that Dr. Hammack has joined our board of trustees,” Chancellor Jennie Vaughan said. “Ivy Tech Bloomington began serving the Brown County community officially in 2017 through the college’s restructure project, focused on better serving students and the state’s workforce needs by aligning with communities at the campus level. It became important for us to add a representative from Brown County to the board.”

Hammack has served as a classroom teacher, school principal, central office administrator and superintendent. She took over as superintendent of Brown County Schools in July 2016.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at DePauw University, a master’s degree in special education at Indiana University and a doctorate of philosophy in educational leadership at Indiana State University.

“I am excited and thankful for the support of the state board of trustees. I am looking forward to further directing my efforts towards the activities of students, schools and the communities we serve, together with Chancellor (Jennie) Vaughan, the regional board and Ivy Tech Bloomington,” Hammack said. “It’s a gift to be part of this incredible team.”

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Brenda Ely

Helmsburg Elementary School teacher Brenda Ely was one of 10 people selected to serve on the Indiana Department of Education’s 2017-18 Teacher Advisory Council, led by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick.

The council is made up of one teacher from each of Indiana’s nine congressional districts and one at-large member. Its purpose is to serve as a forum for teachers to discuss education matters impacting local schools, the state and the nation.

Matthew Hatchett

INDIANAPOLIS — Nashville native Matthew Hatchett was issued his patrol car at the Indiana State Police Youth Education and Historical Center in Indianapolis on Feb. 6.

Hatchett is a probationary trooper from the 77th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy class. He graduated from the Indiana State Police Recruit School on Oct. 19.

He is assigned to the Indiana State Police Bloomington Post and will start solo patrols in the district, which covers Monroe, Owen, Greene, Morgan, Brown and Lawrence counties.

Hatchett recently completed a three-month field training period with veteran troopers. Probationary officers will serve a one year probationary period before attaining permanent status as a trooper.

Hatchett is a 2012 graduate of Brown County High School. He spent one year at Ivy Tech Bloomington and one year at the University of Southern Indiana studying exercise science. He previously served with the Indiana Capitol Police and the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department.

He will primarily patrol Brown County, according to the ISP.

Josh Hawley

FRENCH LICK — Josh Hawley, water and grounds superintendent for the Cordry-Sweetwater Conservancy District, was named the Indiana Rural Water Association’s 2017 Operator of the Year.

His nomination, submitted by CSCD Manager Stacy Wethington, stated, “I knew when we interviewed him that he would be a perfect fit for our needs.”

Since becoming superintendent, Hawley has managed several improvements to the district, including a $2 million project. It consisted of water main replacement, supervisory control and data acquisition system improvements, booster station replacement, water meter replacement with new automatic reading meters, and water storage tank improvements. Within one year, he researched and presented a package to his commission and board that was approved and put out to bid. He worked closely with the engineer, contractors and staff to ensure successful completion.

Wethington’s nomination said: “(Hawley) has taken time away from his family to attend meetings with various commissions, after hours emergencies, etc. As manager, I want him to know how much I appreciate all that he does to continue to improve Cordry-Sweetwater Conservancy District on a daily basis.”

Brenda Young

Nashville Clerk-Treasurer Brenda Young is getting face time with United States senators and representatives in her role as president of Accelerate Indiana Municipalities.

Young went to Washington, D.C. in mid-February to talk to congressmen about Indiana’s infrastructure needs, including high-speed internet and roads. She told the Nashville Town Council that she’ll go back again in March, and asked for suggestions of things they’d like her to bring up in meetings.

Town council members also will get a chance to speak face-to-face with legislators and the governor at a dinner which Young will emcee this spring, she said.