• Florida shooting case should not alter laws here

    ISSUE: 'Stand Your Ground' laws 
    OUR VIEW: Kentucky law should remain intact 

  • Offering up fresh goods, fun

    ISSUE: Hardin County Farmers Market Inc.
    OUR VIEW: A unique opportunity

     The Hardin County Farmers’ Market Inc. opened earlier this month, ready to put a personal touch on food shopping.

    Setting up a few weeks earlier this year, market members saw a demand for foods that don’t depend on the growing season and thought a head start would help build lasting interest in the market.

  • Motorcycle collisions: A universal issue

    ISSUE: Motorcycle safety
    OUR VIEW: The responsibility is everyone's

    In 2011, 715 people lost their lives on Kentucky roadways, according to the Kentucky Fatality Analysis Reporting System. Of those 61 were motorcyclists including 34 not wearing helmets. The previous year, national statistics show 4,502 people died in crashes involving motorcycles.

  • Shouts heard across Kentucky

    ISSUE: 2012 General Assembly
    OUR VIEW: Politics in the way, again

    It’s all over but the shouting.

    Rarely has an adage been so fitting. The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2012 session ended April 12 on the statutorily mandated 60th day. Outwardly, it seemed to be without much of the snarkiness and maneuvering that have been Capitol hallmarks in recent years.

  • Laurels: Enough praise to go around

    Area farmer honored with award. Farming has been a big part of Kerby Grey’s life.

    Recently, the Cecilia man was recognized for his commitment to the industry when he was selected as the Kentucky Young Farmer Member of the Year.

    Grey started farming following high school graduation and spent time raising tobacco even before then. This year, he and some relatives will farm about 2,100 acres.

    He said about farming, “You get to do the things you love to do.”

  • College comes free to lifelong learners

    ISSUE: ECTC's Lifelong Learning
    OUR VIEW: Take advantage of free studies

    Some might suggest that college is wasted on the young.

  • Cancer study volunteers considered local heroes

    ISSUE: Cancer research locally
    OUR VIEW: Participants deserve praise 

    Cancer touches each of us in some form or fashion, either through a friend, relative or neighbor or personally. At some point in our lives, we will deal with this disease directly or indirectly.

  • Heartland promises what can be delivered

    ISSUE: Ready for another Heartland Festival
    OUR VIEW: Re-establish a baseline for success

    The Heartland Festival will return late this summer for its 30th year.

    Over the course of its history, the event has evolved, changed and re-invented itself. It began as a community celebration and grew into a spectacle known statewide.

    For a time, the Heartland Festival was listed as one of Kentucky’s premiere events. It appeared on Top 10 lists in state tourism calendars.

  • No. 15 is a pretty healthy ranking

    ISSUE: Hardin County's health
    OUR VIEW: There’s room for improvement

    Earlier this month, the County Health Ranking listed Hardin County as the 15th healthiest of Kentucky’s 120 counties.

    Although the county dropped from its rank of 14 in 2011, there were some good nuggets — and not the fast-food kind — to be found in the report.

    For example, Hardin County’s rates for premature death, excessive drinking and motor vehicle crash deaths were lower than state averages.

  • Accomplishments that deserve recognition

     From time to time to ensure that special efforts receive their due, we stop to review accomplishments in the community and offer a few well-deserved kudos.

    PURPLE HEART EFFORTS. Irvin Lyons Jr. of Vine Grove came home from Vietnam with two Purple Heart medals but found a country critical of the war effort and taking it out on soldiers.

    When you’ve been putting your life at risk in service to your country, it’s hard to return to harsh criticism and being called baby killers.

    He has not forgotten the feeling.