OPEN FOR BUSINESS. If you’re driving by a Rad­cliff or Vine Grove business and wondering if they have unlocked the COVID-19 restricted doors, just look for the “OPEN” sign many of them likely will be sporting.

The Radcliff Small Business Alliance produced 400 free signs and passed them out to northern Hardin County businesses to let the public know that the doors for business are indeed now open.

T.W. Shortt, president of the nonprofit organization, said the free sign distribution “was just a small step the board of directors felt would have a material impact on the path forward and to offer some hope.”

After seeing so many signs on doors letting the public know businesses were closed for business, seeing large “OPEN’’ signs is a move toward getting small businesses back in gear.

LONG HAIR DON’T CARE. Creativity seems to be at an all-time high during the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been new ways to celebrate special occasions, such as graduations, and some ways to help others.

Like auctioning off a first haircut when salons and shops can open next week.

To benefit Warm Bless­ings soup kitchen, organizer Rob Thompson of Andy’s Barber Shop in Eliza­bethtown initiated an auction for the first haircut he will do when he’s back open for business.

“It is fun and creates excitement when we are all bored to death and gives back to our community, it’s truly a win, win,” he said.

And others have followed his idea, including Purple Rose Salon where owner Jorga Greenwell also has been auctioning off her first cut, along with stylist Alexis Clark.

Other appointments also are going to a good cause, showing yet again, Hardin County knows how to turn a negative into something positive.

HOSPITALISTS HELP. A recent group gift of $18,000 from HMH hospitalists to the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund will go a long way to help others, who have felt the financial pinch of the virus.

The virus postponed elective surgeries and diagnostic procedures, closed HMH facilities and there were low patient volumes, leading to reduced hours worked.

The foundation created its COVID-19 fund also to provide meals and support staff while at work and to help employees in need.

More than $55,000 has been raised for the emergency fund with more than $30,000 has been donated by HMH Phy­s­icians including the hospitalists.

Community members also can offer support of frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic by donating to the fund, can go to

The editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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