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  • James: Songwriter and secretary

    Neal James was at his home in Stanford trying to write the next hit country song when he was invited to write something for the Turtleman, Ernie Brown Jr., instead.

    "Ernie wanted a theme song. I wrote him one," said James, 49.

    Before he met Brown, James worked at ATR Wire and Cable Company in Danville. After years of working there, the cumulative effect took its toll on his back, causing James to hurt a disc in his back.

  • Squirrel is more than just Team Turtle's funny man

    David "Squirrel" Brady has a hybrid role within the Turtle Team, at least, that's how Neal James describes Brady.

    "I'll say this about Squirrel. Squirrel is a tough man-slash-comedian," James said.

    Ison agreed that Squirrel is a funny guy.

    "Squirrel's the only guy that can make you pee your pants on the couch," Ison said.

    "If we ever get down, Squirrel has always got a joke to save the day," James added.

  • Visitor interest in Turtleman brings many to Lebanon

    Nicky Reynolds was at a meeting downtown recently when she noticed a van from Alaska. As the executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission, she was curious why a van from so far away was in town.

    It turns out they were looking for Ernie Brown Jr., the Turtleman.

    Visitors are coming from all over the United States in hopes of meeting Brown in his hometown.

  • 'Turtle Mama'

    Lola Brown, a.k.a. Turtle Mama, grew up in Bardstown, near Nazareth.

    She remembers her family would walk to church every Sunday morning at 6 o'clock, and coincidentally, it was walking home from church where she first met Ernie Brown Sr., the Turtleman's father.

    Lola was 16 at the time, and she had been in Holy Cross visiting her sister, who'd given birth three months earlier. While her husband stayed home with the baby, Lola and her sister went to church.

  • City council to hold special-called meeting Aug. 27

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to have a specia-called meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27, at city hall.

    The items on the agenda are as follows:

    - A noise variance request by the Generation Gap from Aug. 30 through Sept. 2 for the annual Block Party. The Generation Gap has also requested closing M.L. King from Depot Street to Proctor Knott Avenue during this event.

  • Tonya Ford found guilty, jury recommends 20-year sentence

    By Calen McKinney
    Central Kentucky News-Journal

  • State police seeks Adair jail escapees

    From the Kentucky State Police

    On Wednesday, the Kentucky State Police Post 15 Columbia received a call at 11 p.m. of two escapees from the Adair County Regional Jail Class D Minimum Security Facility. Trooper Chris Saunders responded to the facility to discover Antonio Howard and Ira Boles had walked away.
    Boles age twenty six is from Florence described as a white male, 6'1, 150 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes.  He was last seen wearing a red shirt, dark shorts, and dark shoes.

  • Sanitation worker from Loretto injured in Nelson County

    From The Kentucky Standard
     
    A sanitation worker was tossed in the air and landed on his shoulder as he was trying to cross Louisville Road/U.S. 31E Wednesday.
    According to a Nelson County Sheriff’s report, James V. Devine, 39, of Bardstown, was traveling northbound on Louisville Road. A garbage truck was stopped in the southbound lane.
    Robert E. Clark, of Loretto, was crossing the northbound lane of Louisville Road on foot.
    Devine stated that Clark walked into his lane of travel, according to the report.

  • Fiscal court to meet at 4 p.m. today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will hold a special-called meeting at 4 p.m. today, Aug. 23, in room 201 of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Public hearing on county's five-year solid waste management plan

    - Resolution to designate Marion County as a "Single County Waste Management Area"

    - Resolution and agreement on road resurfacing using "flex funds"

  • Library film club to start Sept. 15

    The Marion County Public Library's Film Club will meet Sept. 15 to watch the movie "The Children's Hour" in the large meeting room at the library.

    Adults 18 and older are welcome to participate in the Film Club. The meetings will show thought-provoking and entertaining movies worth spirited discussion.

    Participation in the club is free. Anyone who would like more information, can contact Terry Brockman at the library, (270) 692-4698.