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Celebrating basketball, ECTC and USA Cares

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Editorial: Oct. 21, 2011

After a few months of posturing and generalizations, Elizabethtown city government has developed a decisive and cohesive plan to assist organizers of a new Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame in establishing the facility here.
It also ensures community interests are protected in the process of going from dream to reality.

The memorandum of understanding with the Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches outlines roles and responsibilities of both parties in creating the hall of fame.

In January, the city will loan the KABC $25,000 as seed money to start the project. The organization has committed the same amount.

The city also agreed to assist in selection of an architect and architectural planning plus help find a location for the hall of fame. It also will find office space for KABC to use.

The association will be in charge of organizing and administering all fundraisers and conducting an annual induction event for honorees. The city agreed to assist with development of events and host them.

Elizabethtown city government has worked in a deliberate manner in embracing this potential tourism destination. Selected by the KABC from a list of 16 recommended communities, Elizabethtown expressed appreciation but did not lose sight of practical considerations.

Now the two groups are moving together with a plan and clear responsibilities. This teamwork is the formula for success in basketball and in doing the people’s business.

ECTC. New successes may be more obvious but the life-changing impact of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is a continual point of local pride.

Now in its sixth decade, ECTC continues to develop leaders for this community, for our neighbors and across the nation. The latest list of distinguished alumni certainly prove the point.

The nine professionals honored this week are leaders in automobile manufacturing, banking, retailing, public service, agriculture, health care and law.

Their names will be added to the list of previous honorees in the majestic lobby of the Regional Postsecondary Education Center to inspire the current generation of learners who will become the next generation of leaders thanks to the faculty, staff and administration of ECTC.

USA CARES. Congratulations also goes out today to the continued creativity of USA Cares.

Born of a local concern for the problems of military families, USA Cares has grown in less than a decade into a nationally known nonprofit that continues to attract interest and support from various entities.

Its latest project is the Jobs for Vets initiative. The unemployment rate among veterans nationally is 12.4 percent, which exceeds the national unemployment rate of 9 percent.

The nation’s largest battery and light bulb franchise retailer, Batteries Plus is the latest partner in this process. Through its 470 stores, which includes an Elizabethtown location, the company will hold a promotion called Time to Care Nov. 5-11, which leads up to Veterans Day. Batteries Plus stores will donate $5 from each regular or lifetime watch battery replacement purchase to USA Cares and accept donations from customers.

It’s yet another sign of success that’s possible from the insight and efforts of this community.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.