Today's News

  • Donating blood helps save lives in the emergency room

    May is Trauma Awareness Month and the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood or platelets to help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for trauma patients and others with serious medical needs.
    Each year, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions in the U.S., according to the National Trauma Institute. A single car accident victim can need as many as 100 units of blood.

  • Hardin County barns being stripped of wood by thieves

    By Greg Thompson
    Landmark News Service

    How much wood would a wood thief pluck if a wood thief could pluck wood?
    That’s the question Hardin County Sheriff John Ward is trying to answer as he and his deputies continue to investigate a rash of thieves stripping wood from barns throughout Hardin County.
    Ward has received several calls in the last few months about wood being stolen, he said.
    “We’ve had about 10 reports around the county about stripping barns,” Ward said.

  • She’s got heart

    Have you ever met a person who has gone through so much during his or her life that you can’t comprehend how they’re still standing, let alone smiling?
    Well, Lori Caldwell is one of those people.
    Nearly 19 years ago, she had a heart transplant.
    She had been diagnosed with post-partum cardiomyopathy after having her daughter, Cameron, on July 2, 1996. The left side of her heart no longer functioned, and doctors didn’t know what caused it.

  • Three months out for double-transplant recipient

    By Terri Likens
    Special to the Enterprise

    Kevin Hamilton had an unusually deep support network when he went in for liver and kidney transplants in January. His brother Kenny, who got a new heart in 2010, was able to give him a firsthand perspective.
    Now, along with the usual brotherly conversations, the two talk about rejection drugs, their medical teams and even how to live from the perspective of someone who has been given a second chance at life.

  • Jude Hamilton's $32 heart beats strongly

    By Terri Likens
    Special to The Enterprise

    Jude Hamilton’s heart had been through the wringer.
    He suffered from the same congenital heart condition that took his father at age 39, and shortly after he passed that age himself, his own problems began to set in.
    Around the year 2000, the Loretto resident began a long series of surgeries and procedures for his own heart failure — stents, two different bypasses and the installation of a pacemaker/defibrillator device.

  • Stories of Hope

    The Lebanon Enterprise is committed to educating the public about the importance of being a registered donor so that others may live. Currently, more than 123,000 men, women and children in this country are awaiting organ transplants to save their lives. Thousands more are in need of tissue and cornea transplants to restore their mobility and sight.

  • Family's loss wasn't in vain

    By Terri Likens
    Special to the Enterprise

    Inherent in the month of April is the promise of life.
    Redbuds and dogwoods paint hillsides transitioning from winter’s drab, and even on cloudy days, Central Kentucky’s bluegrass seems to shimmer with its own light.
    It’s the month that Marion County native Terra Yates Gillispie was born, on April 27 — a birthday she shares with her mother, Lisa Yates.
    It’s also the month that Gillispie unexpectedly lost Yates four years ago.

  • Seven attempts got Richardson a kidney

    By Terri Likens
    Special to The Enterprise

    For Carlotta Richardson of Lebanon, organ transplantation is a second-generation thing.
    Her mother suffered from Bright’s disease, also known as nephritis, a chronic inflammation that damages the kidneys. That set her up to be an early kidney transplant recipient in 1979.
    Her mother lived 10 years more with the donated kidney.

  • A second chance at a normal life

    This time last year, Kevin Rogers was a walking dead man.
    After dealing with chronic high blood pressure for years, Kevin, 41, suffered from renal failure in July of 2011, and his long four-year wait for a kidney began.
    It took a toll on Rogers both physically and mentally.
    His life – and his family’s life – revolved around his dialysis treatments.

  • Just keep breathing

    “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” - Vivian Greene
    That quote is prominently displayed on a wall just above where Cara Brahm sits in her living room in her newly purchased home in Lebanon. It’s a quote Brahm, 39, can definitely relate to after struggling with cystic fibrosis since she was 10 years old.