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Editorials

  • Domestic violence infects community

    ISSUE: Domestic Violence Month
    OUR VIEW: Be aware and responsive 

    October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and unfortunately the problem doesn’t seem to be going away.

  • St. James School enjoys smooth move

    TOPIC: New St. James School
    OUR VIEW: Kids, community deserves it

    Years from now when the current eighth-grade students at St. James Regional Catholic School return for a reunion or to a science fair or to drop their children off at the school, this is one thought that they could hold onto: I was part of the first graduating class from this building.

  • Farm family, young golfer, local library stand out

    ISSUE: Going the extra mile
    OUR VIEW: It’s happening here

    Ten years after they started farming in Hodgenville, Ryan and Misty Bivens and their children have been named finalists for Kentucky Farm Bureau’s 2012 Outstanding Young Farm Family award.

    On more than 5,700 acres they raise cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and grass hay. Husband and wife both have served on the LaRue County Farm Bureau board, volunteer and compete in state and national Farm Bureau contests.

  • One in a million

    When speakers at the monthly Elizabethtown-Hardin County Chamber of Commerce droned too long, Edith Dupin threatened them with her cane hook, a not-too-subtle hint to stay within their time limit.

    She will be remembered for the hook, and for a bullwhip that adorned a wall in her office which led to her nickname, “The Whip.” It didn’t hurt that her office décor also featured the skin of a bear she shot. She was famous for refusing to accept “no.”

  • Safety is the responsibility of all

     

    Fans of “The Andy Griffith Show” often point to the episode “Citizens Arrest” as a favorite. Area residents may not be making a citizen’s arrest with a new Kentucky State Police initiative, but they can help curb crime in Hardin and surrounding counties.

    A new text-tip line will allow the public to send confidential tips via cellphones.

  • A place for veterans to call home

    ISSUE: Proposed veterans nursing home
    OUR VIEW: The time is right

    One of the most difficult situations an individual or family ever faces is realizing a need for a nursing home and finding a suitable facility.

    Beyond medical care are issues of cleanliness, friendliness and amenities. A competent staff is required, but a compassionate staff is just as important in day-to-day care of patients and their families. 

  • Remembering a man of service

    ISSUE: Community champion dies
    OUR VIEW: Nelson Kelley leaves a worthy legacy

    Nelson Kelley was a mentor and a servant.

    A longtime educator, he spent much of his life helping children. As those who knew him well said he was not only teaching children, but working for them, helping them build better lives for themselves in and out of the school building.

    He was a servant to the community at large, too, having dedicated himself to the United Way of Central Kentucky and its cause.

  • Recognizing efforts to assist others

    ISSUE: Generosity deserves praise
    OUR VIEW: Noting contributions that lift the community

    Organizations and individuals dedicated to sharing the necessities of life thrive in this generous community.

    First among equals in terms of sharing is Warm Blessings soup kitchen.

    Still relatively new having been established in October 2007, Warm Blessings addresses basic needs, primarily food. It has grown to offering meals five evenings per week from a building at 609 E. Dixie Ave. in Elizabethtown.

  • Fort Knox duplicates 'green' in Afghanistan

    ISSUE: Fort Knox energy savings
    OUR VIEW: Impressive work by post public works

    Spend tax money more efficiently. Use less energy. Create a safer environment for soldiers. These three statements, while overwhelmingly agreeable, often are complicated tasks.

    Yet, one public works department is achieving all these things and attracting national attention for its efforts.

  • Don't read this while driving

    ISSUE: Traffic collision research
    OUR VIEW: Driving should be sole focus

    A detailed analysis of traffic-crash statistics in Hardin County was packed with sobering statistics.

    For example, Kentucky State Police in Post 4 responded to 864 collisions in 2011. That's more than two per day. Of those, 234 resulted in injuries including eight fatalities. Already, this year more than 400 wrecks have been reported by KSP with a third causing injuries.