• Economic report card shows great promise

    ISSUE: Latest rankings for E'town MSA
    OUR VIEW: Opportunity requires action

  • Warm Blessings takes to the road

    ISSUE: Warm Blessings begins home-deliveried meals
    OUR VIEW: Program provides nourishment, social interaction

    Warm Blessings in Elizabethtown seeks to extend its reach beyond the soup kitchen meal offerings. According to Executive Board Chairwoman Linda Funk, its meal-service organization is recruiting an initial team of five to 10 volunteers who will deliver a warm, prepared meal to elderly and shut-in residents twice weekly across the community.

  • Addressing realities of health-care market

    ISSUE: HMH buys, closes Acute Care
    Free enterprise at work

    There are forces at work in Hardin County — market forces and they are keeping capitalism alive and well.
    Hardin Memorial Health, the county-owned entity that operates Hardin Memorial Hospital among other things, recently purchased Acute Care, an independent urgent care business on Ring Road in Elizabethtown.

  • Solutions often begin as a dream

    All great ideas start with a dream that transforms into reality.

    For the Rev. Towanda Hope, her vision for a homeless shelter in Hardin County will serve an unmet need in our community. She should be applauded for taking on the immense challenge and going in a direction that others have avoided or overlooked.

    Recently, ground was broken on the Heart of Hope Homeless Shelter, which will be in the basement of Powerhouse of Praise & Deliverance Center in Radcliff — Hope’s church. She hopes the shelter is operational by early next year.

  • The start of a new tradition

    ISSUE: Founders Day 2012
    OUR VIEW: E'town, volunteers put together a successful event

    On the lawn at Freeman Lake Park, residents of Elizabethtown and beyond lounged in camp chairs and on blankets. At the end of a brutally hot day, dark was setting in. Families and friends chatted and kids played or absent-mindedly twirled glow sticks.

    As live music faded, park visitors set their eyes to the sky, anticipating fireworks blasting over the lake.

  • Fifth-graders earn praise for policy

    TOPIC: Students change policy
    OUR VIEW: Youth rewarded for effort, creativity

    Ever wonder what the changes our youth can have on society? Take a look then at last year’s fifth-grade students at Meadow View Elementary School in Radcliff.

    The students recently earned the school’s second straight Project Citizen state championship and took it upon themselves to change school district policy in the process.

  • Oh, the irony of it all

    ISSUE: Supreme Court ruling on ‘Obamacare’
    Decision had something for everyone

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 decision upholding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was, in a word, ironic. Moreover, it provides the Obama administration, his Oval Office challenger Mitt Romney, and congressional politicians on both sides of the aisle what they wanted — at least for now.

    First, the irony of the court’s ruling.

  • Good deeds

     Cooling off in a warm-hearted way. Last week, several local officials took to the Colvin Community Center Pool in Radcliff to raise money for the Radcliff Elementary Memorial Playground, being built in honor of Isaiah Alonso, a 6-year-old student who died of cancer two years ago.

    The event was a festive one, as music played and grown men and women dove fully clothed — some in suits, one in fire department gear — into the pool.

  • A vital health issue in decline


    First, the positives.

    The health of Hardin County children is improving overall. That statement is based on 2012 data compiled by Kentucky Youth Advocates in its latest Kids Count report.

    The specifics about Hardin County show several areas of significant improvement:

  • 'We hold these truths to be self-evident'
    • Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive. — Henry Steele Commager
    • This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. — Lyndon B. Johnson
    • We sleep peacefully at night, cradled by the big, strong hands of America. — Val Saintsbury