• Free GED test offers valuable second chance

    ISSUE: GED is free through June 30
    OUR VIEW: Access opens doors to opportunities

    A good education is a vital foundation for a good life.

    Not everyone makes the most of their opportunities in school. For some who underestimated the value of education during their teen years, or who experienced circumstances that represented such difficulty that couldn’t be overcome at the time, life’s hard lessons often cause them to re-evaluate.

  • Capitol ideas

    Back in February, which was Black History Month, Kentucky Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo suggested that a statue of Muhammad Ali would be a good addition to Capitol Rotunda.

    The Kentuckians already honored there are President Abraham Lincoln; Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy; Vice President Alban Barkley, statesman Henry Clay and Ephraim McDowell, a pioneering surgeon.

  • Teaching a community to fish

    The issue: United Way instructional forums
    Our view: Valuable resource for agencies

  • Business decision may not be best for whale or trainers

    The issue: Tilikum returns to SeaWorld

    Our view: Questionable decision

  • Will UK freshmen stay or go?

    ISSUE: UK basketball freshmen class
    OUR VIEW: Players should do what is best for themselves

    Now that the college basketball season has ended for the University of Kentucky, the question being shouted out on message boards and talk shows is this: How many, if any, of Kentucky’s highly touted group of freshmen will exit?

    For guards Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb and forward Terrence Jones, the next few months could be filled with plenty of drama surrounding their Wildcat futures.

  • Brad Richardson capable of meeting chamber's challenges

    The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce is on a roll.
    Last summer the leadership bodies of the chambers of commerce of Elizabethtown, Radcliff, Vine Grove and West Point announced a collective goal to unite their individual organizations. Considerable time was invested following that announcement by Heartland Chambers Alliance in determining foundational details on how each group would merge into a unified body. Their work built up to a vote of approval on the merger by members of the individual chambers.

  • Building a memorial: One brick at a time

    “Rineyville Community Park is an example of what a small community can do with perseverance.”

    That’s what park board member Larry Fohl said about his community’s successful effort to create a neighborhood park where children play ball and the community gathers for festivals and other celebrations. It is a centerpiece and point of pride for Rineyvillians. It took years of effort and even more sweat equity, but they did it.

  • Radcliff is justified in census challenge

    One year ago, the legion of temporary government workers hired to count our heads was completing the 2010 census.
    When the totals were announced earlier this month, Hardin County saw what we expected: There are 12.1 percent more of us than a decade earlier.
    Population growth is a sign of economic prosperity. People like to live in areas where jobs are readily available and quality educational opportunities are plentiful.

  • Adcock works his dream, reaches the Major Leagues

    The topic: Nathan Adcock
    Our view: Hard work earned MLB spot

    When Nathan Adcock played baseball as a youngster, he never expected to one day be able to call himself a Major League player.
    Today, he can.
    The right-hander is a Kansas City Royal and when the team opens the season this week at home, he will be one of 25 players on the roster.

  • Red Cross provides valuable services near and far

    Imagine this scene: It's midnight and a family of four has returned to their home, only to find it in on fire with flames illuminating the night sky.

    As firefighters work to contain the fire and save what is left of the home, the family is in disbelief. With no place to call home, their lives are shattered.

    In the aftermath, the family will find a comforting shoulder and help in a desperate time of need in the American Red Cross.

    American Red Cross officials locally are on the scene of tragedies long before the community hears about them.