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  • Our precious loss: DUI statutes toughened, judicial tolerance lowered

    If a Kentucky resident was found driving under the influence on intoxicants in 1988, there was no mandatory jail time or alcohol and drug education. According to officials, license suspension was significantly reduced or waived if an offender sought treatment.

    Locally, one out of five motorists who were presumed to be under the influence of alcohol in 1988 received lesser charges than a DUI, according to The News-Enterprise archives.

  • Our precious loss: 25 years after the bus crash

    Some days, without warning, Darrin Jaquess is taken back to that dark place on Interstate 71 late on a Saturday night in May, nearly 25 years ago, after a fun-filled, memory-making day at King’s Island.

    Harold Dennis, Carey Aurentz Cummins and Ciaran Foran Madden are reminded of that night with a look in the mirror or when they get out of bed each day.

     Jaquess remembers the smell from the burning school bus that had carried 67 people to the amusement park and the start of the return trip to Radcliff. Only 40 would make it home alive.

  • Our precious loss: Impact resonated through Meadow View Elementary

    It was Friday the 13th, 1988. The last bell rang at Meadow View Elementary School and fourth-grade students Robin “Jill” Williams and Patty Nunnallee were the last two students in the classroom.

  • Carrollton: One night, one action doesn't define town

    CARROLLTON — You can find many of the characteristics of Carrollton in most towns across Kentucky and around the country.

    Off Interstate 71 at exit 44, motorists are greeted by Taco Bell, Burger King and McDonald’s restaurants. Drive downtown along U.S. 227 and you pass a Subway, a few banks, the Family Worship Center and a Wal-Mart.

    Along the streets near the Ohio River, you can find a few residents on their front porches on a spring day and a man mowing his lawn after a few days of rain.

  • Loss remains so very precious

    ISSUE: 25 years after the crash
    OUR VIEW: A life-alerting moment

    You want it all to mean something. So much horror and so much pain. There must be a higher purpose, lessons to be learned.

  • Safety is legacy of bus tragedy

    ISSUE: Reactions to the bus crash
    Lasting legacy of safety improvements

    Signs standing on the shoulders of Interstate 71 in rural Carroll County mark the site of one of our country’s most deadly bus disasters. Flowers, crosses, messages and other items can be seen around this sign, left as tokens to honor the lives lost on this stretch of highway.

  • Drunken driving scars run deep

    TOPIC: Alcohol dangers
    OUR VIEW: Scars don't heal from drinking and driving

    The scars on Harold Dennis and Ciaran Madden never will heal.

    The part of the leg Carey Cummins lost never will return.

    The smell that finds a way in and out of Darrin Jaquess, the nightmares that have led to many restless nights and the heartbreak of loved ones lost in a cruel way remain.

    Time doesn’t heal all wounds, especially the deep ones.

  • Man injured in motorcycle wreck
  • Guthrie: Credit downgrade 'embarrassing' for U.S.

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, said the United States’ credit downgrade from AAA to AA+ by Standard & Poor’s is an embarrassment for a country that has allowed its debt to spiral out of control.
    Guthrie sat down with The News-Enterprise on Friday to discuss the debt ceiling agreement and recent stock market fluctuations.
    America now holds credit worthiness lower than France, Guthrie said, but the downgrade is more of a failure by the U.S. to meet S&P’s desire to see a larger reduction in the national debt.

  • Nov. 17, 2010 editorial: Hospital acquires PSC

    Hardin Memorial Hospital recently announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Surgical Specialists PSC, a physician-owned private practice of five general surgeons, three urologists and support staff located in Elizabethtown. Hospital trustees approved the $3.5 million purchase during a late October board meeting. HMH President and CEO David Gray said that although the acquisition is an unbudgeted agreement, the hospital would be making the purchase with available cash on hand.