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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.