• Y or Y not?

    ISSUE: Site selected for YMCA in Hardin County

    OUR VIEW: Private project offers opportunities

    After five years of meetings, research and laborious study, a 16-member steering committee has moved forward on establishing a YMCA in Hardin County.

    At the close of a bus trip to two YMCA facilities in Louisville designed to help community leaders “catch the vision,” the group displayed its choice for a site.

  • A matter of class

    ISSUE: Legislature reclassifies Kentucky's cities
    OUR VIEW: Change has little immediate impact

    Through a constitutional amendment, Kentucky voters authorized the General Assembly to reform its complex and outdated city classification system.

    It only took 20 years to complete the assignment.

  • Pipeline debate suspended

    ISSUE: Bluegrass Pipeline halts operations
    Victory for opposition, but for how long?

    Effort to secure property for the development of the controversial Bluegrass Pipeline has been halted, at least for the time-being. Officials with Williams Company and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners of Houston announced recently they have suspended further investment into the project until further notice.

    The decision comes as welcome news to organized and outspoken opposition to the contentious pipeline.

  • A rare honor for Trojan Band

    TOPIC: NHHS band to Macy's
    OUR VIEW: Band always in select company

    NorthHardin High School’s marching band has a long history of success, whether it be in state competition or in the prestigious Bands of America events in Indianapolis.

    But Wednesday afternoon’s surprise announcement that the marching band will take part in the Thanksgiving Day staple Macy’s Parade in 2015, is just about as good as it can get for a high school band.

  • Learning to live financially

    ISSUE: Financial literacy in high school
    OUR VIEW: Training in critical skills should be mandatory

    In education today, secondary schools put a significant emphasis on preparing students for life after graduation. It’s often expressed as ensuring every child is college- or career-ready.

    That concept creates an ideal definition to focus the educational process. It offers a promise of developing productive individuals and not just people who manage to slip through by meeting minimum graduation requirements.

  • Derby daze

    ISSUE: 140th running of America’s greatest race

    OUR VIEW: Derby is a time to be safe

    The Kentucky Derby is here. What an exciting time it is for all Kentuckians as we celebrate the 140th running of the Great American Race.

    The Derby is a lot more than a horse race at Churchill Downs. The annual festival brings us steamboats and aerial shows, fireworks and the Pegasus Parade. Louisville is abuzz with celebrities and celebrations.

  • Big honors for local students

    KUDOS: Recognizing positives in our community

    The area will be well represented in June at the annual Kentucky-Indiana high school basketball series.

    LaRue County High School senior Ivy Brown was an automatic choice after her selection earlier this spring as Kentucky’s Miss Basketball. She will have the honor of wearing the No. 1 jersey.

  • Work Ready Communities

    ISSUE: Kentucky Work Ready Community certification
    Added value for new employers

    Worker skill certifications are important. Any human resources recruiting executive will confirm this fact. Whether the certification is intended to measure proficiency with soft technological or hard trade-related skills, an employee who has achieved such documented qualification and ability more often than not is viewed more favorably as a potential new employee than those who have none.

  • Honoring Isaiah and Addison Jo

    TOPIC: Legacies of children continue to grow
    OUR VIEW: Work of families serves as inspiration

    Addison Jo Blair was just 3 years old when she died in May 2011 from cancer.

    Isaiah Alonso was 6 when cancer claimed his life in 2010.

    Their courage in the face of nightmarish illness was and continues to be an inspiration. Driven by the legacy of their children, the families still strive daily to better our community.

  • Bevars, HMH, Richardson get their due with honors

    KUDOS: Praising positives in our community

    During his high school coaching career, former North Hardin High School boys’ basketball coach Ron Bevars won 805 games and led the Trojans to 12 state tournament appearances, including a state runner-up finish.

    In Wyoming this summer, he will receive the honor of being inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame at Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole in recognition of a long and successful coaching career.