• Let's not settle for No. 19 ranking

    ISSUE: Well-being of children
    OUR VIEW: Everyone has a hand in improvement

    When it comes to child well-being, 18 Kentucky counties are doing better than Hardin County, according to Kentucky Youth Advocates, a nonpartisan and nonprofit group.

    The organization released the Kentucky Kids County’s 2013 County Data Book, which considers 16 indicators of child well-being for Kentucky’s 120 counties. The indicators fall in four categories: economic security, education, health and family and community.

  • Panel’s report makes no recommendations

    ISSUE:  First report of child fatality review panel

    OUR VIEW: Children will be at risk for another year

    The Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel has filed its first annual report. Unfortunately, it was without any specific recommendations for improvement to Kentucky’s child protection programs. Although improvement recommendations are required by KRS 620.055, the panel says it will instead focus its investigative review activities in the coming year on improving its own case review processes.

  • Great efforts, good ideas

    THREE CHEERS FOR THREE CHEERLEADING SQUADS. In just the second year being recognized as a competitive sport by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, three area cheerleading squads qualified for the state championship round and fared well Saturday in the competition in Lexington.

  • Sales tax: Phase 1

    ISSUE: Local-option sales tax concept
    Hard to disagree with right to decide

  • Deed to park is quite a gift

    ISSUE: University Drive land donated to city
    Facilities continue to serve community

    For generations, University Drive Park has been a home away from home each summer for families of Elizabethtown and neighboring communities.

    Night after night, the skies were illuminated by lights from baseball games or countless tennis matches.

    The playgrounds have provided opportunities to climb and jump and swing or simply to celebrate the energy of youth.

  • Baking spirits bright

    Kudos: Praising positives in the community

    There seems no shortage of Hardin Countians who rule their kitchens. And at Christmastime, many are eager to donate their talent to brighten others’ holidays.

    One of the most dazzling displays of charity cooking is the auction that raises money for Vine Grove’s Christmas for the Kids program. Homemade cakes were auctioned at the event, some for big money. Alta Hargan’s Italian creme cake, for example, went for $1,400.

    The auction raised $11,500.

  • Pope recognizes Elizabethtown doctor

    ISSUE:Benemerenti Medal conferred

    OUR VIEW:A well-deserving person, indeed

    The most impactful servants are often those who selflessly seek to help others without a desire for public recognition and acknowledgement. The blessing of seeing another’s need met is credit enough for them. Even so, it’s still nice to have ones’ efforts acknowledged.

    For one humble local servant, this deserving acknowledgement came all the way from the Vatican.

  • Winter brings increased risk of residential fires

    ISSUE: Winter is fire season
    OUR VIEW: Appreciate risks and first responders

    A Tuesday morning fire on Terry Court in Elizabethtown left two families — two mothers and nine children in all — without homes. No one was home when their duplex filled with flames and smoke and, fortunately, no one was injured.

    Whatever the cause, the incident brings up two important points that are rarely on our minds.

  • Basketball dream on pace for goal

    ISSUE: Update on Basketball Hall of Fame
    OUR VIEW: It’s much more than a dream now

  • Johnston paves the way for district improvement

    TOPIC: Superintendent's top honor
    Best leaders strive for improvement

    The best leaders in any profession are always looking for ways to make tomorrow better than today, constantly striving for improvement and not resting with the satisfaction of past accomplishments.

    Nannette Johnston perfectly fits that description.