Today's News

  • Free paper goes to area homes today

    A special promotional issue of The Lebanon Enterprise will be sent to all homes in Marion County today. The complimentary issue to non-subscribers is made possible by Spring View Hospital and Citizens National Bank.

    A special advertisement on page B3 gives readers a chance to subscribe to the Enterprise for eight months for $20. The subscription special applies to new subscribers in Marion and surrounding counties only.

  • Marion County Country Ham Days: We're at the Crossroads of Good Spirits & Hospitality

    Mention Marion County anywhere in the state and you'll get a couple of similar responses. That they have been here and had a great time and the people were super friendly OR that they visited one of our distilleries and again, the people were super friendly. Sounds as though we are remembered for two things, good spirits and hospitality! The 2012 Marion County Country Ham Days theme reminds us of just that, The Crossroads of Good Spirits and Hospitality.

  • Court gives initial OK to hiring lobbyist

    A majority of the Marion County Fiscal Court voted in favor of hiring a lobbyist in Frankfort with a few conditions. The court wants to cap its expenses at $10,000 for a year and require the lobbyist to make monthly reports to the court.

    The court voted 4-1 in favor of hiring the lobbyist, with the intent to split the cost with the Lebanon City Council. The city council has not yet taken action on the idea.

  • GUILTY: Jury convicts Tonya Ford of killing husband; recommends 20 years in prison

    With tears in her eyes and handcuffs on her wrists, she says "I love you."

    Her family responds, "We love you, Tonya," as she is escorted by a security officer to the Taylor County Detention Center. And now, she will wait in her cell until she finds out how long she will spend in prison.

    Just minutes after being found guilty of murdering her husband, Tonya Ford huddled with her family members in a private room as they cried together.

  • Official licensed Turtleman gear available online

    Snapperlicious.net has become a very popular site of late, as fans of Ernie Brown, Jr., a.k.a. "The Turtleman," have surfed the Internet to find swag from the show "Call of the Wildman," which Snapperlicious.net, says his website is the only licensed Turtleman t-shirt supplier on the planet. That's great news for Kentuckians who want to keep the Turtleman merchandise in his home state, but it's also great for fans that want an easy and quick way to order some Turtleman gear.

  • 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.