• Heartland promises what can be delivered

    ISSUE: Ready for another Heartland Festival
    OUR VIEW: Re-establish a baseline for success

    The Heartland Festival will return late this summer for its 30th year.

    Over the course of its history, the event has evolved, changed and re-invented itself. It began as a community celebration and grew into a spectacle known statewide.

    For a time, the Heartland Festival was listed as one of Kentucky’s premiere events. It appeared on Top 10 lists in state tourism calendars.

  • No. 15 is a pretty healthy ranking

    ISSUE: Hardin County's health
    OUR VIEW: There’s room for improvement

    Earlier this month, the County Health Ranking listed Hardin County as the 15th healthiest of Kentucky’s 120 counties.

    Although the county dropped from its rank of 14 in 2011, there were some good nuggets — and not the fast-food kind — to be found in the report.

    For example, Hardin County’s rates for premature death, excessive drinking and motor vehicle crash deaths were lower than state averages.

  • Accomplishments that deserve recognition

     From time to time to ensure that special efforts receive their due, we stop to review accomplishments in the community and offer a few well-deserved kudos.

    PURPLE HEART EFFORTS. Irvin Lyons Jr. of Vine Grove came home from Vietnam with two Purple Heart medals but found a country critical of the war effort and taking it out on soldiers.

    When you’ve been putting your life at risk in service to your country, it’s hard to return to harsh criticism and being called baby killers.

    He has not forgotten the feeling.

  • Veterans eligible for new state ID

    ISSUE: Veterans designation on state driver's license 
    OUR VIEW: A fitting tribute and a tangible benefit

    At a time when veterans benefits are under attack in Washington and viewed as little more than bill payers for other more important programs, it is heartening to see the Kentucky state legislature take another meaningful step to recognize and show tangible appreciation for Kentucky’s veterans.

  • United Way stirs the conversation

    ISSUE: United Way’s Community Conversation 
    OUR VIEW: Pro-active approach generates discussion  

    A public screening and subsequent discussion of a documentary film centering on the current state of the education professional and its future in the United States were held locally, thanks in part to United Way of Central Kentucky. It was one of 10 taking place in cities across the commonwealth simultaneously on a Tuesday evening in March and the first of its kind for UWCK.

  • Path to consolidation easier to understand now

    ISSUE: Passage of House Bill 189
    A model of cooperation for all to follow

    An issue that surfaced during preliminary discussions about restructuring government in Hardin County has led to a revision of state law.

    House Bill 189 clarifies a legal ambiguity in previous legislation allowing voters to consider unified government.

    As revised, voters in existing cities and towns can reject the concept of governmental merger even if the county vote as a whole favors the concept.

  • Discussing baptism ban on Easter Sunday

    ISSUE: Baptism ban at county jail
    OUR VIEW: Jailer is justified in reasoning

    Today is Easter, a time of significant celebration in the lives of Christians. Believers celebrate the miraculous resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb three days following his sacrificial death on the cross. For the faithful who follow Jesus, the importance of his atoning death, burial and resurrection prophesized in the Old Testament and recounted in the New Testament of the Bible is eternal.

  • Burglary takes family's possessions, legacy

    ISSUE: Burglary during funeral
    OUR VIEW: A cruelty of the worst kind

    Losing a loved one is an emotionally taxing experience we all must endure at some point. As we go through the traditions of a funeral and burial and in the days that follow, we might find comfort in our memories, our families and our friends. We can mourn.

    We ought to be showered in compassion in such times as we come to terms with a loss.

    That wasn’t the case for those who loved Richard “Lanny” Skees.

  • Dump unwanted medication before an issue arises

    ISSUE: Medication disposal at EPD
    OUR VIEW: Big step toward resolving big problem

    Law enforcement officials implement many tactics to combat crime, especially drug-related offenses.

    It is no secret Hardin County has its share of drug crimes as evinced by 21 warrants recently served in an area sweep or a student arrested for distributing medication at school. These cases remind us that in addition to illegal narcotics, the area has a problem with trafficking in prescription medication.

  • Kentucky's eighth title is only part of state's status

    TOPIC: UK wins No. 8
    OUR VIEW: Cats and Cards represented state well

     We knew for some time that a school from Kentucky would be in Monday night’s men’s national championship basketball game with Kentucky and Louisville advancing to a national semifinal showdown in New Orleans a week earlier.

    To have a program from our state celebrating as a national champion of college basketball is a magical time for fans.