• Move to have military counted where they live

    ISSUE: How the Census counts military members
    OUR VIEW: Give U.S. communities credit for deployed troops

    The Census should not short change communities, especially not military communities, say U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield and Brett Guthrie.

    The three late last month introduced the Services Members and Communities Act of 2012, a move to change the way deployed service members are counted in the national census taken once every 10 years.

  • Vine Grove dismissal should be clarified

    TOPIC: Chief out, chief in
    OUR VIEW: Mayor owes residents an explanation

    The recent exit of Steve Manning as police chief in Vine Grove has left unanswered questions.

    Tops among them: Why was he removed from office?

    Mayor Blake Proffitt has taken a public stance on Manning’s firing, saying, “We don’t comment on any employment-related issue.’’

  • Berry presents balanced spending plan

    Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry Berry has presented another lean spending plan for Hardin County government to follow in the fiscal year beginning July 1.

    The budget totals $76.5 million with $42.7 million of that marked for Base Realignment and Closure projects, mostly water service projects, where funding flows through county government.

    What’s been presented includes a $30.4 million county operations budget. That’s about 2 percent more than the current budget and it balances without dipping into county savings.

  • Another batch of accolades

    ISSUE: Three interesting accomplishments
    OUR VIEW: These efforts deserve praise

    Ideas matched with skills and effort bring about accomplishments. Here’s a few more praiseworthy deeds from this community of doers.

  • Allowing principals to focus on learning

    ISSUE: Half-time assistant principals
    OUR VIEW: It makes sense

    Principals at Woodland and Vine Grove elementary schools will be retaining or regaining assistant principal positions at their schools under a policy change approved recently by the Hardin County Schools board.

  • Civil War event has great potential

    TOPIC: Sesquicentennial event
    OUR VIEW: Good start, think bigger

    Long before downtown Elizabethtown had a Justice Center, paved roads or electricity, the area was full of Civil War action.

    Last month's sesquicentennial event attracted plenty of attention downtown as area residents re-enacted — at least for a few hours — what life was like in this town in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

  • Radcliff finds appropriate balance for alcohol rules

    ISSUE: Alcohol on Radcliff public property
    Council should yield solid city property policy

  • Laurels: Inspiration comes from many corners

    When considering people worthy of praise, start with inspirational action.

    WALK TO WASHINGTON. Dan Lyons is carrying a message about respect and honor for veterans to Washington, D.C. And he's doing it by foot.

    The 62-year-old Reno, Nev., resident recently passed through Hardin County on his six-month trek to the capital. Frustrated by noncommittal answers from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who was elected from his state, Lyons asked if he could get a meeting if he walked to D.C.

  • 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.