• FarmStart meets needs of tomorrow’s producers

    ISSUE: Extension FarmStart program
    OUR VIEW: Investment worth making

    Investing in the future makes sense.

    Through a year-long program called FarmStart, the Hardin County Extension Service is striving to build the knowledge of novice farmers and ensure a brighter future for the agriculture sector of our economy.

  • Mayor ready to lead downtown renovation

    ISSUE: Downtown Elizabethtown rejuvenation
    OUR VIEW: Walker leading effort realistically

    A downtown development program outlined by Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker has much to praise. That’s because there’s a lot to it.

    In a cover letter to City Council members, it’s contrasted with projects and programs of past years as being a “comprehensive redevelopment” and the mayor promises a continuous, consistent process directed by his office with key assistance from a full-time director of the Heritage Council.

  • At unity celebration, governor introduced message of discord

    The issue: Mixing politics into speech
    Our view: Not the best venue

    Using a nautical theme, the newly formed Hardin County Chamber of Commerce launched into a new era March 10 with the maiden voyage of its consolidated monthly luncheon. The venue chosen to christen the beginning of the Hardin County Chamber was Severns Valley Baptist Church. As expected the facility was packed with the who’s who of the business community.

  • E'town faces key decision in picking park director

    The issue: Elizabethtown Sports Park operations director
    Our view: Much hinges on this hiring decision

    The countdown continues to tick away the days before the gates open at Elizabethtown Sports Park. As site preparation at the St. John Road location progresses, the park’s projected completion deadline of the summer of 2012 might seem far off.

    In reality, that doesn’t leave an abundance of time for all that needs to be done before the first pitch crosses home plate in its opening game.

  • Here's hoping Project PASS results in educational TDs

    Radcliff is in the national spotlight today.

    Some major players are visiting North Middle School off Ky. 313 to kickoff Project PASS, which is designed to improve the success of students and increase high school graduation rates. Those are two vital goals toward improving individual lives plus Kentucky and the nation as a whole.

  • Rik Hawkins: Short tenure, big accomplishments

    TOPIC: Rik Hawkins
    OUR VIEW: A job well done

    If Rik Hawkins had a checklist of things he helped the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and other chambers around the county accomplish during his 14-month stint as the organization’s executive director, it would be full.

    Hawkins led the way for significant progress with the chamber of commerce arena in Hardin County and played a key role in many of the superb events we have seen here.

    Like Cruisin’ the Heartland in downtown Elizabethtown.

  • Local government, community should embrace Hall of Fame

    The Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches delivered a gift to the doorstep of Elizabethtown City Hall. Designed to honor premier players and coaches responsible for developing the statewide passion for high school basketball, a proposed Hall of Fame wants to set up shop in Elizabethtown.
    Local government would be wise to treasure its new tourism present and aggressively seek buy-in from the entire community.

  • KCTCS' Super Sunday is important emphasis

    THE ISSUE: Super Sunday
    OUR VIEW: A great idea

  • ExCEL winners bring honor to educational profession

    ISSUE: Award-winning teachers
    OUR VIEW: Their efforts improve lives

    Great things happen daily in local schools. Dedicated teachers are responsible for most of those accomplishments.

    The ExCEL awards provide an opportunity annually to access and honor the best of the best.

    A love for teaching and connections with children are obvious in the most basic of conversations with this year’s honorees, Laureen Laumeyer and Thad Elmore.

  • Jimmie Lee has his own day

    TOPIC: Jimmie Lee honor
    OUR VIEW: Deserving award for his dedication
    This much we know about state Rep. Jimmie Lee: He is passionate about mental health issues.
    We have known that here in Hardin County for a long, long time. Now, the rest of the country does as well after he was named the recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Award for public service this year. He was presented the award Wednesday during a ceremony at the State Capitol.