• We celebrate the act of giving

    TOPIC: Christmas giving
    Helping others is what it's all about

    Maybe you were standing outside of a business, ringing a bell and watching strangers reach into their pockets and purses for some loose change or a few dollar bills and drop it into a kettle.

    Or maybe it was selecting a name on a Christmas tree with a wish list that was more about a child's clothing needs for survival than entertainment, and the way reaching out to help someone you will never know, felt good.

  • Another look at recent honorees


  • Statistics say, Sports Park is a hit

    TOPIC: First full year of operation
    A big success but issues still remain

    At the time, the 8-year-old boys carrying their bat bags into the Elizabethtown Sports Park this summer didn’t know it at the time. The 8-year-old girls with pink jerseys running around the complex’s soccer fields in the fall may not even have cared. But the facility where they played won't be paid off until they have their own children old enough to be able to carry bat bags into the park or kick a soccer ball.

  • PAWS Foundation makes an impact

    ISSUE: New animal control shelter
    OUR VIEW: Efforts reflect well on community

    With no profit to be made and much more effort than praise, a caring group of local volunteers sank their hearts and souls, bank accounts and backaches into the new Hardin County Animal Shelter.

    It’s difficult to fully appreciate or recognize the devotion involved in this project without having worked side-by-side amid the fundraising, negotiations, planning and oversight involved in the accomplishment.

  • Let's not settle for No. 19 ranking

    ISSUE: Well-being of children
    OUR VIEW: Everyone has a hand in improvement

    When it comes to child well-being, 18 Kentucky counties are doing better than Hardin County, according to Kentucky Youth Advocates, a nonpartisan and nonprofit group.

    The organization released the Kentucky Kids County’s 2013 County Data Book, which considers 16 indicators of child well-being for Kentucky’s 120 counties. The indicators fall in four categories: economic security, education, health and family and community.

  • Panel’s report makes no recommendations

    ISSUE:  First report of child fatality review panel

    OUR VIEW: Children will be at risk for another year

    The Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel has filed its first annual report. Unfortunately, it was without any specific recommendations for improvement to Kentucky’s child protection programs. Although improvement recommendations are required by KRS 620.055, the panel says it will instead focus its investigative review activities in the coming year on improving its own case review processes.

  • Great efforts, good ideas

    THREE CHEERS FOR THREE CHEERLEADING SQUADS. In just the second year being recognized as a competitive sport by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, three area cheerleading squads qualified for the state championship round and fared well Saturday in the competition in Lexington.

  • Sales tax: Phase 1

    ISSUE: Local-option sales tax concept
    Hard to disagree with right to decide

  • Deed to park is quite a gift

    ISSUE: University Drive land donated to city
    Facilities continue to serve community

    For generations, University Drive Park has been a home away from home each summer for families of Elizabethtown and neighboring communities.

    Night after night, the skies were illuminated by lights from baseball games or countless tennis matches.

    The playgrounds have provided opportunities to climb and jump and swing or simply to celebrate the energy of youth.

  • Baking spirits bright

    Kudos: Praising positives in the community

    There seems no shortage of Hardin Countians who rule their kitchens. And at Christmastime, many are eager to donate their talent to brighten others’ holidays.

    One of the most dazzling displays of charity cooking is the auction that raises money for Vine Grove’s Christmas for the Kids program. Homemade cakes were auctioned at the event, some for big money. Alta Hargan’s Italian creme cake, for example, went for $1,400.

    The auction raised $11,500.