• Reviewing the review panel

    ISSUE: Child fatality group requests state funding
    OUR VIEW: Money only part of needs to succeed

    It has been no easy first year for the Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel. Tasked through a 2012 executive order by Gov. Steve Beshear, this 17-member panel is charged with making system improvement recommendations based on the review of case files of children killed or who nearly died as a result of abuse or neglect while in the state’s child protection system.

  • Project United's extreme impact

    TOPIC: United Way's building makeover
    Work of many benefits many

    It really doesn’t matter that nobody is outside of the building and screaming, “Move that bus.”

    The United Way of Central Kentucky’s Project United makeover is just as significant, and likely more, than what was accomplished for a number of years on the television series Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

  • Good things come around

    ISSUE: Honors for Elam

    OUR VIEW: Well deserved salute

    John Hardin High School senior Matt Elam entered rarified territory recently. He received an official invitation to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in San Antonio, Texas. He is the first player from Hardin County selected in the game’s 14-year history.

    He received an official jersey in a ceremony in front of a school-wide assembly. Elam calls it a “crazy opportunity.” That’s crazy in a good way.

  • Access to leadership

    ISSUE: Legislator visits middle school students
    Lee makes impression on community

    Across Kentucky, students are handling their textbooks with care. That’s because more and more of the books are about to fall apart and teachers have warned the tattered copies must last.

    Thinking of battered books, sixth-graders at T.K. Stone Middle School put to practical use what they’ve learned about democratic government, specifically voicing concerns to representatives.

  • Ethical matters

    ISSUE: Complaints and countercharges
    OUR VIEW: Lessons from Bennett’s experience

    Two separate complaints related to two separate allegations against Elizabethtown Councilman Bill Bennett were resolved on consecutive days. The local ethics board issued a written reprimand and a state review board found Bennett guilty of some campaign finance violations leveled against him.

    Although neither decision generally would be described as favorable, Bennett seemed pleased and perhaps even vindicated by the findings.

  • Al Rider leaps into a new role

    ISSUE: Al Rider steps down as foundation leader
    A passionate voice for philanthropy, education

    “Sometimes you have to leap without knowing where you’re going to land.”

    In a January 2012 interview with this newspaper, Al Rider reflected on that statement as the wisest advice he ever received. Before a room filled with business and community leaders early last Friday morning, it appeared as if Rider will be acting upon this advice once again, taking a new leap in the coming months.

  • Next time, err on safety’s side

    TOPIC: Candy and threatening weather
    Should have moved trick-or-treat day

  • Veterans Tribute is available daily

    ISSUE: Celebrating Veterans Day
    OUR VIEW: Tribute site is year-round venue

    It has been nearly a year since a grateful and tearful community dedicated the Hardin County Veterans Tribute in the Elizabethtown Nature Park. Many in the community will return there Monday morning to again celebrate Veterans Day.

    In case you haven’t visited since, not much has changed at the park.

  • Let voters decide if ex-felons may vote

    ISSUE: Restoring voting rights of ex-felons
    OUR VIEW: Put question on the ballot


  • Financial practices remain conservative

    ISSUE: County makes hall of fame donation
    OUR VIEW: Contribution is economic development effort

    Hardin County government has joined in the financial support of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame, contributing $5,000 to the cause and considering the money an investment in economic development.

    After Hardin Fiscal Court approved the contribution, Mike Pollio, who is leading hall of fame fundraising efforts, said the support is appreciated because the county doesn’t regularly make such contributions.