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  • Remembering a historic figure from Elizabethtown

    ABOUT THIS COLUMN
    Saturday will mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Ben Hardin Helm, a Confederate general from Elizabethtown, who was remembered in a local ceremony last weekend. This is an excerpt from the speech given by Kentucky author and historian Kent Masterson Brown at the event.

     

  • Senior employee shares meaning of plant and its family

    Being the most senior employee at Dow Corning’s Elizabethtown site, I was asked to share my thoughts as to what Dow Corning means to me. 

    I began my career at Dow Corning in March 1981, just a few months after my 21st birthday. The E’town plant would have been about 17 years old, so you could say that we have grown up together. 

  • Dow Corning plant's impact spans 50 years

    This is an exciting time for both Dow Corning and the Elizabethtown plant. Our company is celebrating its 70th anniversary and the Elizabethtown plant is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Dow Corning is the world leader in silicone products and the Elizabethtown plant focuses on silicone polymers, coatings and sealants production. 

  • President and Congress can work together with less heartburn

    As Washington swirls with proposals, counter-proposals and political brinksmanship in response to diplomatic efforts on Syria, the situation has a lot of people scratching their heads.

    Couldn’t President Obama and Congress have handled this differently?

  • Truly a multipurpose building

    Buildings can be much more than bricks and mortar or drywall and plumbing.

  • Enjoying the prime of your life

    Usually when someone makes a positive comment about a picture I’m in, I take it because it doesn’t happen often. Mr. Photogenic I am not.

    So when a dear, saintly lady in my church complimented the “wonderful” picture of my son Dave and me taken during this year’s vacation Bible school, I had to take a second look at it because there was something about it I didn’t like.

  • Ring Road extension is piece of puzzle

    Standing on the exit ramp pavement to dedicate the Ring Road extension and its new interchange with Western Kentucky Parkway, state Rep. Jimmie Lee made his vision clear. This is not the end of the road.

    The 76-year-old legislator is devoted to the Elizabethtown loop reaching Interstate 65. Standing on the pavement for Thursday’s ceremony, highway officials were well aware that the interstate is less than a mile from where Ring Road now ends.

  • Fudging figures is no way to solve public-pension crisis

    It’s no secret that Frankfort’s bureaucratic bean counters possess quite the penchant for manipulating socioeconomic data to make their preferred agency’s performance appear as rosy as possible.

    Within the sphere of Kentucky’s six retirement funds, this fact is all the more troubling. That’s because the best arithmetic acrobatics our number crunchers could pull off still resulted in a reported unfunded public-pension liability of $34 billion, which ranks close to the worst in the nation.

    Could that actually be rosier than reality?

  • Sunrise has long history of serving children

    In our efforts to help the children of Kentucky, Sunrise Children's Services has, for nearly a century, relied on Hardin County to play a vital role in our work.

    At Sunrise, our legacy involves not only our past history of caring for children, but also our ability to change and adapt so we can continue to serve those needs today and in years to come.

  • When lonely, lost facing a blown tire, put on the Ritz

    I was remembering an old story the other day about a businessman barreling through the countryside in his Lincoln Town Car. The guy is hopelessly lost and stops in a little one-horse town, pulling into a service station in the days when service stations were actually service stations.

    The attendant saunters out, chewing on a straw, and asks the man what he needs.

    “I’m lost,” the businessman confesses.

    The gas station attendant squints at the driver and asks, “Do you know where you are?”