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Editorial: Nov. 13, 2012

TOPIC: Good news all around
OUR VIEW: From shredding to recognitions, good things happening

Until you have been victimized by identity theft, you really don't know the lasting impact that it places on daily lives.

An event organized last weekend by the Elizabethtown Police Department was one way of being proactive to keep identity thieves away from critical personal information.

A-Plus Shredding set up mobile shredding equipment at Walmart along with Securitas Security Services USA.

Residents were encouraged to shred away any documents that are no longer needed that may information that could lead to problems if in the hands of the wrong people.

The Better Business Bureau suggests shredding unnecessary documents, which carry personal information, as an effective means of combating identity theft. Criminals have been known to rummage through trash to collect discarded documents with Social Security information, credit card numbers or similar data.

This event doesn't guarantee that you will never become a victim of identity theft, but it helps. Even if you didn't participate this time, it's a friendly reminder to get documents with vital information cut up.

STATEWIDE POST. Tourism is Sherry Murphy's business.

And now the executive director of the Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau has a statewide position to boot. She recently was named chairwoman of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association Board of Directors.

Murphy said her role as chairwoman of KTIA, an 850-member association, is much like her ETCB duties but on a broader scale.

She will hold the position for a year.

She now has a seat at the table where KTIA and will be made aware of changes and initiatives at the state level early on.

This is good news for Murphy, but also has the potential to give an edge to Elizabethtown.

WHITE MILLS BRIDGE. Residents of White Mills and Hardin County celebrated the re-opening earlier this month of the White Mills bridge, built in 1899.

It is a landmark in this western Hardin County town.

The bridge has been closed since the summer of 2011 after defects were found in the bridge. It took more than $500,000 to repair the bridge, but it is now open for traffic.

Local resident Spurrier Graham also was honored during the re-dedication for his efforts to keep the bridge active.

DONATION TO BARRACKS. The Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau's $2,500 contribution toward the restoration of the last surviving World War II barracks at Fort Knox was not only a nice gesture but one that signifies the importance of maintaining history in our military rich community.

It is a worthwhile project and it was good to see ETCB make a donation.