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  • Ison: Turtle Team's handy man


    Jake Ison makes a living building houses and barns, and his construction skills have given him a special role on the Turtle Team.

    "If Ernie needs something built or needs a strong back, there I am," said Ison, 38,  of Junction City.
    Ison was introduced to Ernie Brown Jr. by a mutual acquaintance who noticed Ison had several autographs on his hat. Ison explained that he'd filmed hunts for the Outdoor Channel and people he'd filmed had signed his hat.

  • Lolly Dog in la-la land with Turtleman

    Next to the Turtleman himself, Lolly might be the most popular member of the Turtle Team.

    "She is loyal to me," Brown said. "Loyal."

    That likely has something to do with how they met.

    On Nov. 1, 2009, someone dumped a litter of puppies, including Lolly, near the Turtleman's house.

  • Live Action!

    Ernie Brown Jr. arrived at Cedarwood Restaurant, where the rest of his Turtle Team was waiting. He was carrying a brown envelope and had a smile on his face.

    "We did it. We got it," he said. "Got the cover of Rolling Stone magazine."

    For Brown - who is better known as The Turtleman - making the Rolling Stone cover has been a dream ever since he first saw a copy of the magazine when he was 5 years old.

  • 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.