• Heartland again provides high-energy, fun weekend

    The 2011 Heartland Music Festival was a success for our community. Even with changes to the date and name and reworking the venue, it was a success.
    Hats off to the festival committee for doing an outstanding job in anticipating potential hurdles and handling issues in advance.
    Or as Hardin County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brad Richardson said at Monday’s meeting of the Elizabethtown City Council: “Everybody did their job and more. It was great.”

  • Showcased at the highest level

    TOPIC: Central State bound
    OUR VIEW: Baseball, softball teams have been dominant

    School is out for Central Hardin High School, but that is not stopping the baseball and softball programs at the school from representing their school, county and region at its highest level in Kentucky.

    Both teams are playing in the State Tournament.

  • Celebrating good news about Relay for Life gifts

    The issue: Relay for Life
    Our view: Another success fuels the fight

    Organizers, relay team captains and participants involved received terrific news last week when learning the donation goal had been surpassed for the 2011 Relay for Life fundraiser event in Elizabethtown.

  • A helping hand that needs help

    To donate to the American Red Cross, go to www.redcross.org

    TOPIC: American Red Cross
    OUR VIEW: Time to help here at home

    In Alabama, a wave of tornadoes ripped through town after town, scattering everything in their path.
    Along the Mississippi River, heavy and relentless downpours left the river swollen and unable to handle the massive amount of rainfall, sending overflowing water into towns.
    In Joplin, Mo., building after building was shredded by a devastating tornado, leveling homes, businesses and schools.

  • Graduation: One of life's most significant transitions

    As the Class of 2011 takes its first steps into a new world of challenges, congratulations are in order.

    For the graduates, it seems like a relief. The hours of classroom study, homework and research are in the past. No more tests, no more term papers and no more textbooks.

    But the true tests and the real work lies ahead.

    Consider this: Thirteen years ago when most of this year’s high school graduates were anticipating their first tentative steps into kindergarten, other hopeful young people were celebrating graduation.

  • Heartland's new date brings new challenges

    It’s hot here in August.

    It’s also when the Kentucky State Fair is held, and, traditionally, Hardin County’s Heartland Festival.

    People faced the dilemma of attending the festival or the fair, but often, we suspect, sought air-conditioned diversions.
    So the decision to move the Heartland Festival to the first weekend in June seemed ideal.

    The average high in June hovers around 82 degrees. But this is not a typical weather year. The heat seems to be following the festival.

  • Drive smart this summer

    The issue: Driver awareness
    Our view: Use caution and slow down

  • A gift more than money

  • With our neighbors in war zones, we remember

    The issue: Memorial Day
    Our view: Even more meaning this year

    What are your plans for celebrating Memorial Day? Will you relax, visit friends, have a picnic or take in the Louisville Bats game Monday afternoon? All are enjoyable things to do, but don’t miss the importance of this observance.

  • Freeman Lake Park serves many purposes

    The issue: Allowing motorboats on the lake
    Our view: Policy change includes restrictions

    Freeman Lake Park becomes a spotlight of activities the next two weeks.