• Railroads still make commerce go

    The issue: Grants for railroad improvements
    Our view: State government addresses need

    Railroads transformed America by providing consistent, reliable means to move across this vast land.

    No longer relying solely upon waterways to connect the nations producers and consumers, the rails created millionaires and moguls. Towns blossomed along the rails in Hardin County and across the nation.

  • Local graduates net top honors

    Daniel Cameron and Chris Colonna may not be very familiar names to most in Hardin County, but that isn’t the case among their peers who recently graduated from college. At the University of Louisville and Western Kentucky University, respectively, Cameron and Colonna received their university’s top honor during recent commencement ceremonies.

    Both young men now will be recorded alongside others from the past whose names are synonymous with academic achievement and excellence.

  • 'Structurally balanced'

    The much-touted economic recovery from the Great Recession still is tricking down to Kentucky, but here in Hardin County, fiscally conservative Judge-Executive Harry Berry has presented another “structurally balanced” budget for the new fiscal year which begins July 1.

    The $29 million spending plan continues county services at current levels and leaves tax rates unchanged. The plan is, Berry says, the second lowest in 20 years.

  • Hooray for Heroes

    As May winds down, many thoughts turn to Memorial Day and the meaning behind that holiday. However, another significant holiday takes place each May, giving us another opportunity to recognize and honor our uniformed heroes: Armed Forces Day.

  • Light voter turnout equates to turning backs on freedom

    If you are one of 6,148 Hardin County residents who voted Tuesday, we salute you.

    If you were one of the 53,206 registered and eligible who avoided the polls yesterday, we encourage you to remain engaged in the election process.

    If you are one of several thousand voting-age adults who is not registered, we challenge you to take this freedom seriously.

  • Otter Creek is a treasure once again available

    The woodsy hiking area known for more than 70 years as Otter Creek Park has reopened and been rechristened as Otter Creek Outdoor Recreational Area. Besides its new name, the attraction has changed guardianship moving from jurisdiction of the Louisville park system to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
    The park closed in December 2008 because Metro Louisville cut budgets when city leaders decided it could no longer afford to maintain the 200-plus acre facility.

  • Stray animals deserve public’s best effort

    WANTED: A large building that can house Hardin County’s growing stray animal population so there won’t be another 2,300 dogs and cats euthanized like last year. Also, some land around the building to let the animals run around and have some fun would be nice as well.
    These are difficult times for the Hardin County Animal Control facility on Nicholas Street in Elizabethtown. The county’s continued growth is not without an increased pet population that needs help.

  • Paint the Town Purple builds Relay's momentum

    The issue: Paint the Town Purple
    Our view: A new way to build awareness

  • Competitive bowling could lead to lifelong activity

    THE ISSUE: High school bowling
    Game is for a lifetime

    The recent news that bowling will become a varsity sport at some local high schools is good news for student-athletes.

    In many sports, once you take your cleats, jersey and shoulder pads off at the high school level, that’s the end of the athletic journey. It’s far different with a sport such as bowling.

    The passion created can last a lifetime.

  • Offending the enemy is not justification for hiding photos

    The issue: Photographic proof of bin Laden's death

    Our view: Bold move followed by fear of photo

    The Obama administration deserves the praise of the nation with the recent announcement of the killing of Osama bin Laden. The president himself exercised the most difficult and important authoritative power of the office when he appropriately made the ultimate call giving the go-ahead for the carefully orchestrated mission.