Welcome home is one praise point

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Editorial: Jan. 15, 2013

TOPIC: Good news abound
OUR VIEW: There's something for everyone to applaud

As wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, sons, daughters, moms, dads and grandparents anxiously waited Saturday, about 200 soldiers were just as anxious, just minutes away from an emotional return to their loved ones.

The 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command is back at Fort Knox following a nine-month deployment.

A packed Natcher Physical Fitness Center welcomed the soldiers back with an array of signs, smiles, tears, kisses and hugs.

The 3rd ESC deployed to take command of Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan at Kandahar Airfield in April 2011. There, the 3rd ESC managed moving soldiers and equipment from Afghanistan and controlled the day-to-day logistics operations in its area and prepared the country for post-surge life.

For instance, the 3rd ESC delivered more than 15 million pounds of ammunition and more than 19 million pounds of mail.

The 3rd ESC returned intact from the deployment — casualty free.

When the curtain was released, a wave of emotion was unleashed Saturday as loved ones were together once again.

So to the 3rd ESC, welcome home on another job well done.

ECTC DENTAL CLINIC. Preventive dental care is available at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College at a lower cost to area residents.

The patients aren’t the only ones benefiting from the clinic. It’s a great learning practice for ECTC students in the dental hygiene program by providing hands-on training.

Through the end of the spring semester the clinic is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients can receive cleanings, X-rays, fluoride, sealants and exams by a dentist.

The cost to adults is $45 for the services, while ECTC students and faculty, seniors and children ages 12 and younger can be seen for $35.

The clinic has been at ECTC for more than 10 years.

Appointments can be set up by calling (270) 706-8568.

SCHOOL HALLS OF FAME. Duke Burnett is doing what many others already have done at area high schools by trying to keep the legacy of student-athletes alive in the Elizabethtown Independent Schools District.

The Elizabethtown resident is working on developing an Elizabethtown High School Athletic Hall of Fame. North Hardin High School has the most active Hall of Fame among area high schools with inductions every year.

A Hall of Fame can be important to schools, and especially to the inductees, their families and the student-athletes they have coached and played with.

For many, it is the proverbial “icing on the cake” of their athletic achievements.

Thanks to hard-working people with a vision like Duke Burnett, EHS soon will be among those schools who will find a way to honor its athletic heritage.

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