• Government drops an F-bomb

    ISSUE: Furloughs for federal workers
    OUR VIEW: Long-term problems need long-term solutions

    Many private sector firms have swallowed furloughs to cut expenses. One of the benefits, some budget minders say, is spreading the burden across all employees and avoiding layoffs.

    The state followed suit in 2010, saving $24 million by furloughing employees for six days. Last year, Kentucky court workers were furloughed three days, saving $1.2 million.

  • John Hardin getting used to success

    TOPIC: Bulldogs in Sweet 16
    OUR VIEW: Program has come a long way

    When the John Hardin High School boys' basketball team rolled to the 5th Region championship Saturday night at Hart County High School, it accomplished something most teams in the region have failed to do in the last decade: Defend the region title.

  • Hemp Bill takes a political ride

    ISSUE: Industrial hemp in Kentucky
    Hemp Bill political power play in Frankfort

    Much uncertainty surrounds the viability of industrial hemp as a commercial cash crop in Kentucky. One thing is certain, however. The bill intended to pave the way to reviving hemp growth in Kentucky — and whatever processing and manufacturing jobs might come with it — has been subjected to a roller-coaster of a political power struggle in Frankfort over the past several days.

  • Multitude of local events raise awareness, money

    TOPIC: Events raise more than money
    OUR VIEW: Always something valuable going on here

    There is plenty of diversity in Hardin County Schools and Friday’s fair at John Hardin High School by the district’s revamped Community Diversity Advisory Council was just another way to showcase it.

    Visitors were able to view clay animal statuettes, poetry, drawings and food from various cultures from around the world. The displays primarily were created by HCS students.

  • United Way's remarkable campaign

    ISSUE: United Way announces fundraising results
    OUR VIEW: Incredible growth will change lives

    During a news conference last Thursday afternoon, United Way of Central Kentucky announced results of the agency’s 2012 fundraising campaign. The finally tally: $1,162,606 and a new all-time high generated through corporate contributions, small business pledge drives and individual donations.

  • Responding to mayor's idea

    ISSUE: Objectives of Radcliff First
    OUR VIEW: Support ideas with effort

    The objective is praiseworthy and important. The initial meeting was upbeat and informative. The challenge is clear and achievable.

    Radcliff First is off and running. Now the real work begins.

  • Mengel gives of himself for others

    TOPIC: Distinguished Citizen Award
    OUR VIEW: Mengel helped many along the way

    The past winners of Hardin County’s Distinguished Citizen Award have come from different walks of life such as business and the health industry.

  • Taking another look at open-heart surgery

    ISSUE: HMH's open-heart surgery program
    Re-evaluation an appropriate step

    Following a five-month hiatus in performing open-heart surgeries, Hardin Memorial Health officials are re-evaluating the open-heart program.

  • The state's best are here

    ISSUE: Statewide recognitions
    OUR VIEW: The best reside here

    While it’s not the first statewide contest, competitive cheerleading has moved to a new plateau. With recognition from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, it  officially is a sport.

  • State hears childbirth alternative debate

    ISSUE: Birthing center in Elizabethtown
    OUR VIEW: It's a matter of choice

    Birth is a hospital business. It’s indisputable.

    Laboring and delivering in a hospital gown, in a hospital bed, just a gurney ride away from emergency care, is the norm. Almost 99 percent of babies born in America are born in a hospital.