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Editorials

  • Plan for efficiency and a future of growth

    ISSUE: New county government building
    OUR VIEW:
    Only one chance to get it right

    Included in its budget for next fiscal year, Hardin Fiscal Court approved a recommendation from Judge-Executive Harry Berry to invest $500,000 in plans for a new county government building.

    Much of the public conversation has been directed at the plight (or perhaps the word is flight) of Elizabethtown’s downtown. It seems the focus instead should be directed toward what that half-million should accomplish.

  • The kids are all right

    TOPIC: Learning experiences for youngsters
    OUR VIEW: They arrive in various ways

    The kindness of children often can leave you speechless, but we will try on this one anyway.

    A group of young softball players in the South Hardin Sports Little League are rallying around one of their own as Laekin Risinger undergoes treatment for leukemia.

    Team members and parents of the Thunder have found various ways to help raise money for the family and to show support for their teammate.

  • Minimum-security area of jail fortified

    ISSUE: Detention Center fortifies perimeter
    OUR VIEW: Beefing-up barriers to escape was needed 

     Following the jail breaks of four inmates on two separate occasions in the past six months, additional measures have been implemented to beef up security at the Hardin County Detention Center.

  • Schools prepare for financially bleak year ... again

    ISSUE: School funding gets tighter
    OUR VIEW: Educational and economic issue needs new solutions

    Hardin County and Elizabethtown Independent school districts recently adopted draft budgets, showing drops in Support Education Excellence in Kentucky money, the main source of revenue for Kentucky’s school districts. These SEEK funds will drop this year from $3,903 to $3,833 per student.

  • Habitat expansion creates hope

    TOPIC: Habitat for Humanity expansion
    OUR VIEW: Good news for Radcliff, LaRue County

    The fine work of Hardin County Habitat for Humanity has been evident for years in Elizabethtown and many parts of the county.

  • Restaurant tax games

    ISSUE: Hodgenville considers a restaurant tax
    OUR VIEW:
    Local governments need more revenue options

     Hodgenville’s City Council recently took a first step toward enacting a restaurant tax in the city. Not that they really want to. The public pool is in disrepair and, without additional money, could become just a big hole in the ground.

  • Hooray for those who honor heroes

    TOPIC: Hooray for Heroes and more
    OUR VIEW: We have plenty to celebrate

    Those who serve and have served in our armed forces never can be thanked enough. Same for those folks who spend their lives as emergency first responders protecting us.

    But we try and say thank you often, like recently at the seventh annual Hooray for Heroes event in Radcliff at Stithton Baptist Church.

    From activities and food to words of praise, the festival is in place to honor the armed forces and emergency responders.

  • Time to consider election reform

    ISSUE: Low voter turnout
    OUR VIEW: Alternatives must be studied

    What if we held an election and no one showed up? It almost happened Tuesday.

    With presidential primary decisions settled weeks ago and only one local contested race impacting less than half of Hardin County’s precincts, most voters stayed away Tuesday.

  • Elizabethtown nixes late-night fireworks

    ISSUE: Fireworks in Elizabethtown
    OUR VIEW: New policy supports practicality, politeness

     Chances are you’ve been there. In your home, settled in after a long day, enjoying the quiet or getting some sleep. And then, a screech, a boom and a fizzle.

    Fireworks.

    Maybe it’s a short-lived annoyance, maybe it goes on for a while, maybe you have a skittish dog or a light-sleeping baby and your night is ruined. In any event, such racket in the middle of the night is rude and unwarranted.

  • Covers under the stars

    ISSUE: Summer concert series
    OUR VIEW:
    The Almost Tour

    The summer concert series at Freeman Lake is back on, but is moving to fall, which may prove a better option than in the heat of the summer. The potential for an enjoyable evening at Freeman Lake won’t be related to just the weather, but to the music.