• As the community offers its appreciation this week to Vietnam veterans through an assortment of ceremonies, The News-Enterprise has committed to an ongoing tribute to veterans, public servants and others deserving recognition.

    The newspaper will display a notification on the front page when the federal or state governments announce a formal period of mourning that require the American flag to be displayed at half staff.

  • When the Pilgrims settled at Plymouth in 1620, one of the first orders of business was to organize themselves “…into a civil body politick, for our better ordering and preservation … for the general good of the colony …” The Mayflower Compact was the first document of American democracy to establish “government of the people, by the people, for the

  • Ron Harrell, chief institutional advancement officer at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, has joined The News-Enterprise's editorial board as a 13-week member.

    The board determines the editorial stance of the newspaper as it reviews, discusses and collectively formulates opinions regarding items in the news or topics of general community interest.

  • I am writing regarding the article published Tuesday, July 22, concerning dismission of marijuana charges against Jody Bingham. I have known Jody all my life and I am troubled that someone could ruin someone's life so easily.


    Apology due to Mar’riel

    Everyone was so preoccupied with the survivors of Mar’riel Lucas that I don’t remember reading any of those involved ever saying, “I’m so sorry Mar’riel.”


    Central Hardin High School

    4 p.m. June 5, Central Hardin High School Gymnasium (admission is by ticket only)

    Elizabethtown High School

    8 p.m. Friday, Charlie Rawlings Memorial gymnasium

    FAITH Homeschool

    2 p.m. June 5, Elizabethtown Christian Academy

    Hardin County High School

  • Sometimes it’s good to stop and explain why things happen the way they do. It helps me to put the logic behind decisions in writing just to see if my explanation is as clear on paper as it is between my ears.

    Each election season as the polling day draws near, journalism stresses rise. Contrary to popular belief, we strive to be fair and objective.




    Every year there are 300 to 400 abused and neglected children in Hardin County Family Court. They are in court through no fault of their own, but because their parents or caregivers cannot or will not care for them. Substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health issues, poverty, and generational patterns of abuse all contribute to child maltreatment in Hardin County.

  • As the project consultant for the Hardin County Vision Project, it is my pleasure to invite each citizen of Hardin County to join Judge-Executive Harry Berry and me by attending the upcoming Hardin County Vision Project community forum. It begins at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School, 384 W.A. Jenkins Road, Elizabeth


       By Steve Beshear

       Guest columnist


       Members of my staff who attended the recent burial of Staff Sgt. Bryan E. Bolander in Hopkinsville say the event played out in sound.


       The roar of motorcycles as Patriot Guard Riders escorted the hearse to Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West.


       The cadence of boots on pavement as a contingent from the 101st Airborne Division marched their brethren’s coffin to the committal shelter.

  • A church outing turned tragic for members of the Radcliff First Assembly of God when 27 lives were lost on that fateful night of Saturday, May 14, 1988. They will never be forgotten.

    Jennifer Arnett

    Cynthia Atherton

    Sandy Brewer

    Joshua Conyers

    Mary Daniels

    Julie Earnest

    Kashawn Etheridge

    Shannon Fair

    Dwailla Fischel

    Rick Gohn

    Lori Holzer

    Chuck Kytta

    Anthony Marks

    April Mills

    Phillip Morgan

    Tina Mustain

    William Nichols

    Pattie Nunley

  • A prayer for the innocent

    Gov. Steve Beshear proclaimed May 1 as “Day of Prayer in Kentucky.” Thank you, Governor. If I may, here is a prayer for the most innocent among us.

    “Jesus, I plead your blood over my sins and the sins of my nation. God end abortion and send revival to America.”

  • ISSUE: Primary Election Day

    OUR VIEW: Ho-hum. Why vote? 




    Why vote today, you say?

    Barack Obama, who basically has ignored Kentucky in his bid for the Democratic nomination for president, leads Hillary Rodham Clinton with 1,905 of the 2,026 delegates needed. She has 1,719. Mathematically, there does not seem to be any way Clinton can win the nomination. Maybe.

  • Unsubstantiated rumor mongering

     I was greatly disappointed in the printing of Bonnie Erbe's column "End the mistreatment of race horses" May 8 in The News-Enterprise. Her column was chock-full of horror stories depicting the worst sorts of cruelty to horses imaginable. None were documented. None correspond with my own personal knowledge of pleasure and race horses. Kentucky is horse country. The News-Enterprise should apologize to horse owners everywhere for its implicit endorsement of Bonnie Erbe's slander.

  • If the odds-makers really know what they are talking about there’s little doubt of the outcome when 13 high-strung, athletic thoroughbreds lunge from the starting gate at Pimlico shortly after 6 p. m. Saturday. Odds are 1-2 that Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown will run away with the race.

    Nevertheless, breeders, owners, racing fans, even critics, will be holding their breath anxiously the ensuing 2 minutes lest another fatal equine tragedy befall one of Kentucky’s signature industries.

  • Did we learn nothing from tragedy?

    Wednesday morning I had the opportunity to see Harold “Bubba” Dennis on Montel Williams’ show talking about his experience during the fatal Carrollton bus crash 20 years ago this month.

    Since I grew up here I remembered how hard this drinking-and-driving crash struck our community. That same crash is the worst drunken driving accident in U.S. history.

  • Among its pitiful list of failings this year, the Kentucky General Assembly left Frankfort last month without clarifying the state’s laissez faire city classification system, which has caused an uproar the last year in Elizabethtown.

    The House, at the urging of Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown, unanimously approved a resolution to create a task force of lawmakers, residents and municipal officials to study the controversy. But Senate Republicans weren’t interested in taking up such a taxing issue.

  • Think about the future

    In the April 13 edition of The News-Enterprise, there was an article titled, “Yarmuth blames Iraq for economy.” I think that statement is only partially correct and I can agree in a limited way with his statement.

  • The toll of American deaths in Iraq reached a milestone Monday: 4,000. The number is a fraction of the losses from other protracted wars, but is higher than the nation expected.

    In May 2003 when major combat actions were declared completed, the nation collectively wiped its brow and thought, “Whew. Thank God casualties were relatively few.”

  • “What are you doing?” I asked my niece, my face a little squished and I a little unsure I wanted to hear the answer. With her 3-year-old grip — the kind of grip you can only undo by prying each finger away, one at a time — she clutched the back of my neck in her hand and pressed my cheek close to hers.


    She pulled away — only inches — and blinked.