• Prepare yourself to act when weather strikes

    The vicious spring weather season has brought countless weather watches and warnings. Often in April, Hardin County found itself simultaneously on the alert for severe thunderstorms, possible tornadoes and flooding.

    Thanks to advances in radar detection technology, the National Weather Service is able to provide much more lead time when issuing alerts. During some storms this spring, warnings have been issued before the first raindrops reached the county.

  • United Way spends your contributions well

    Everyone is stretching dollars these days.

    Money and resources only go so far, whether being spent by a businesses, an agency or an individual. The United Way of Central Kentucky is no exception.

    Each year, the organization has the responsibility of putting campaign money raised where it can meet the greatest needs of the community in the most efficient and effective manner.

  • Army searches for ways to trim

    The issue: Eliminating Accessions Command
    Our view: Financial cuts have personal impacts

    In general, pressures to tame the massive federal deficit meet with approval from the average taxpayer.

    But when specifics arrive and pain accompanies spending cuts, the public outcry often takes another tone.

  • Closing of Schmidt Museum impacts entire community

    The issue: Family chooses to sell collection
    Our view: Regretting missed opportunity to enjoy it

    In some form or fashion, the Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia has been part of the local landscape since 1977.

    The family’s decision to close the attraction and auction its treasures has been greeted by a sense of regret by many. A major part of the disappointment is a form of guilt: We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone.

  • Strike up the Army Band

    The issue: 113th Army Band's concert series
    Our view: Great Family Entertainment
    The 113th Army Band (Dragoons) at Fort Knox will host its first summer concert of the season at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Fort Knox Eastman Amphitheater. The concert is free and open to military families and members of local communities.

  • Local students make community proud

    The topic: High achievements
    Our view: Local youth shines through

    Rebecca Hinkle and Kayla Doyle go to different schools, but they are linked by this common denominator: They are high-achieving high school students in Hardin County.

    Hinkle is a junior at Elizabethtown High School and Doyle is a senior at Central Hardin High School. Their recent accomplishments in and out of the classroom are worth recognizing by all.


  • A little help for our friends

    The issue: Sister city earthquake assistance
    Our view: Time to return the favor

    Sisterhood: It’s a special bond that can’t be broken, undone or denied. Sisters laugh together, cry together, give advice to one another and share a unique, timeless friendship.

    Most of all, sisters celebrate the good times together and support each other when life is difficult.

  • It's all in the head

    Earlier this month, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration announced that the number of traffic fatalities last year was at the lowest level since 1949.

    Other data released by the federal agency show the death rate has dropped 25 percent since 2005.

    The rate from 2009 to 2010 fell just 3 percent; but because drivers traveled 21 billion miles more last year, even 3 percent is astounding.

    These figures are not rates, but actual numbers, and they are staggering.

  • Similar, not equal

    The issue: Ron Ortiz returning to Central Hardin
    Our view:
    Law protects jobs of Reservists

    When announcing the posting of Ron Ortiz as principal of Brown Street Alternative Education Center, Hardin County Schools Superintendent Nanette Johnston said, “It all fit perfectly, honestly.”

    Ortiz said he looked forward to working with the staff and students at Brown Street. But considering the outcome of an investigation following a federal labor department complaint,

  • Every 'powerhouse' needs to have balance

    The concept of a “powerhouse entity” to coordinate all aspects of local economic and community development surfaced more than a year ago by way of the Hardin County Vision Project, a federally financed goal-setting survey of local leaders.

    Despite its ominous label, the concept basically is establishment of a one-stop clearinghouse for all things aimed at development.