It still is about people

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Editorial: July 24, 2012

ISSUE: Coming together
OUR VIEW: Helping defines communities

Victimizing a family in grief by burglarizing their home while they attend the funeral of a loved one is a ruthless act, and it’s happened at least twice in recent months. But members of one community have taken action to keep it from happening again.

Grayson County resident Clydean Cooper, with support from some county officials, initiated Looking Out For Each Other. Her heart aching after hearing about a burglary that took place while the homeowners attended their son’s funeral in June, Cooper set out to form a group of volunteers who will house sit during funerals. The group plans its second organizational meeting for 6 p.m. CDT July 31 at St. Joseph Parish Hall in Leitchfield.

This volunteer service surely will give some families peace of mind, and the group’s mere existence might deter a would-be burglar. In the wake of such cruelty, it’s refreshing to see people come together to look out for each other.

Honoring veterans. On Veterans Day, an awe-inspiring place will open. The Hardin County Veterans Tribute will feature six bronzed sculptures – one for each branch of the military and one for civil service.

Donations large and small are bringing the tribute, part of the Elizabethtown Nature Park, to life.

Hardin Fiscal Court recently donated $1,000. A paver representing county government will be placed at the site. In a community so mingled with the military, it seems fitting the county, and, by extension, its residents take part.

Supporting the tribute on a larger scale, Elizabethtown Tourism Commission expects to release its $100,000 pledge early, helping the Veterans Tribute Committee meet construction expenses. The commission, which first planned to make four $25,000 donations, will give the full amount as long as it doesn’t jeopardize cash flow. Officials didn’t think it will. It’s commendable the commission will do what it can afford to keep the project moving.

There’s still time for others to be a part of the tribute. The committee is selling $250 bricks and $500 pavers for the site. It’s possible markers ordered by Aug. 1 will be ready in time for the opening ceremony.

Providing family fun. This month, the Hardin County Community Fair and Horse Show again delighted visitors of all ages with shows, contests and midway action. It was a time to show off and reward talents, from baking an incredible dessert to navigating a demolition derby. It was a time for families and friends to have a little fun.

Despite a little wet weather, more than 20,000 people attended, Hardin County Community Fair President Larry Jaggers estimated. Kudos to organizers and other volunteers and competitors.

Construction begins next month on a new pavilion at the fairgrounds, and Jaggers said fair board members already are discussing how to improve the fair experience in 2013. It seems another enjoyable fair week is in the making.

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