• Get ready to enjoy the Hardin County Fair

    Who’s ready for some good clean family fun?

    The summer tradition of carnival rides, funnel cakes and animal exhibits is about to get under way as the 2011 Hardin County Fair and Horse Show opens Monday.

    The Fair Board has worked hard in planning another fun-filled week, jam-packed with activities and entertainment for folks of all ages. These volunteers are to be commended for making the fair a unique, entertaining experience that is diverse and inviting.

  • Celebrate the local employment picture

    The issue: Local employment
    Our view: Cheer about the report

    Often, the community bemoans bad news but seldom does it celebrate good news.

    It must be human nature. We dwell on problems and take successes for granted.

    Before last week's headlines become this week's recycling, let's pause to shout hooray about the latest unemployment figure and what it says about Hardin County. Still hampered by national economic doldrums, the local community continues to outperform this region, the state and nation.

  • NASCAR comes to Kentucky

    The issue: NASCAR Sprint Cup impact
    Our view: Thank you, Bruton Smith

    It has been a long wait but July 9 is right around turn four and the finish line is in sight.

    Finally, after years of waiting and many lawsuits between the previous owners and NASCAR, the big boys are racing at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night.

  • Good luck and god speed, chief

    TOPIC: Gardner's retirement
    OUR VIEW: He has served us well

  • Don’t let losses be in vain

    ISSUE: Afghanistan War draw-down

    OUR VIEW: Risky move

  • Area well suited to July 4 weekend

    This weekend is going to be a blast as our nation’s independence is proudly celebrated. The sights and sounds of American spirit will explode into colorful expressions across the skies of Hardin County and Fort Knox from backyards to community events. Three major community fireworks celebrations are scheduled at Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, Gloryland Harvest Church in Radcliff and Keyes Park at Fort Knox.

  • Purchasing property on its own does not mean redevelopment

    The issue: Downtown redevelopment
    Our views:  
    Invest responsibly 

    What will an extra $240,000 buy you in Elizabethtown? How about three buildings in the downtown district that very well may be the start of something much bigger for our city.

    Elizabethtown City Council agreed June 20 to purchase three pieces of property.

  • Joining chorus of praise for Saunders Springs expansion

    Expansion of the Saunders Springs Nature Preserve is a wonderful opportunity for Radcliff, Fort Knox and the entire area.

    The park off Wilson Road was described quite explicitly by Col. Rick Schwartz, the Fort Knox garrison commander during last week’s announcement of a no-cost lease allowing Radcliff access to 73 acres adjacent to the present park. Schwartz said the post-community partnership will provide additional “soft comfortable places for families to come and to enjoy the weather and the terrain.”

  • Elizabethtown revises Freeman Lake limits

    The issue: Work at Freeman Lake
    Our view: Give and take will work

  • To do or not to do on the 'dieway'

    The issue: Plan for U.S. 31W
    Our view: A possible wrong turn

    After years of study and consideration, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently released its draft of an access management plan for U.S. 31W in Hardin County. The plan is to “restrict median access” on a 10-mile stretch connecting Elizabethtown and Radcliff.