• Will of voters settles any alcohol questions

    ISSUE: Two alcohol vote petitions
    OUR VIEW: Elections could be simultaneous

    As Hardin County’s three largest cities welcome new liquor stores and become accustomed to beer sales in groceries, pharmacies and convenience stores, interest continues to surface regarding additional alcohol sales options.

  • Closing of two schools creates new adventures

    After a long school year of early mornings, pop quizzes, homework, testing and more testing, most students, parents and educators look forward to the last day of school.

    It’s a time of celebration: The completion of another year of learning and growing and the unofficial start of summer.

    However, the faces probably won’t be very jubilant Wednesday in Muldraugh or Battletown when the bell rings for the very last time at two community elementary schools in Meade County. After more than 150 years of service, these two schools will close permanently.

  • ECTC has a sporting chance

    TOPIC: Athletics at ECTC
    OUR VIEW: Opportunities for students always a good deal

    Today is Mother’s Day. How would you moms like to one day be able to go see your sons play college baseball at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College?

    It could happen and very soon.

    The rapidly growing school is making a serious push to meet the needs of students by offering intercollegiate athletics for the first time since 1981.

    Teams could be fielded as early as this fall.

  • Laurels: From millions to pennies, from cars to carrot sticks

    Today, let’s recognize four efforts deserving of praise.

    UNITED WAY FUNDING. It’s not hard to spend money — even hundreds of thousands of dollars disappear quickly. Spending it wisely is another question.

  • Something's got to give

    ISSUE: Proposed water and sewer rate increases
    Hit can't be avoided

    Elizabethtown Mayor Tim Walker summed it up succinctly: “We’ve kicked the can down the road until we’ve kicked it against the wall.”

    He was talking about Elizabethtown’s publicly owned water and sewer utilities.

    New wastewater projects are needed and the cash on hand slowly has evaporated over the last several years.

  • 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.