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Columns

  • Teacher has students ‘oink’ at boy

    By Donna Carman

    Landmark News Service

     

    There was a time in years gone by if a teacher had told students to “oink” at a classmate in hopes of shaming him into cleaning up his messy desk, nothing would have been said about it. It may even have been funny, and may have accomplished what the teacher hoped.

  • The face of child abuse

    It's been more than 10 years, but I can still see her face.

    Her name was Megan.

  • Learning to live with our divisions

    This year, the United States will mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. While we as a nation will commemorate this event, I hesitate to call it a celebration considering more Americans were killed in that conflict than in both World Wars combined.

  • If you have diabetes protect your eyesight

    By Mechelle Coble
    Special to the Enterprise                                           

  • Procrastination and maybe a political future

    By Lisa Tolliver

    Landmark News Service

     

    I haven’t done my taxes yet.

    It’s April 10 and time is ticking down. But I’m not in panic mode yet. I still have a week and a day — that’s a lifetime. Since April 15 is on a Friday this year, the tax deadline has been extended until April 18. I’m not sure the reason behind the extension but I’ll take it. 

  • Get ready for 4th annual Family Bike and Hike

    Imagine getting up earlier on a beautiful day and going somewhere where everyone is excited and in a great mood. The atmosphere is uplifting, knowing you are about to do something fun that is also wonderful for your health. The sense of accomplishment that you will feel at the end is amazing! And anyone can do it! 

  • Day to remember

    March 10, 2003, was the most important date in the history of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.

    April 11, 2011, may just be the second most important.

    In 2003, Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw broke a tie that allowed the commission to be created. On Monday, the city council could take a step that will effectively end that commission.

  • Running and racing with my rug rat

    “Hey, momma. Wanna race?”

    It’s a question my four-year-old son, Owen, is asking me constantly these days.

    It doesn’t matter if we’re in the hallway of our house or waking into school - Owen wants to race!

    And, he gets it naturally.

  • Higdon: Hold public officials accountable

    Last week, I reported that both the House and the Senate voted for a responsible approach to resolving the Medicaid budget shortfall. Unfortunately, late Friday, the Governor vetoed all the key accountability provisions and is now left with an open checkbook combined with an unlimited credit card funded with your tax dollars.

  • Don't be afraid of autism

    Sitting in the gymnasium at Lebanon Middle Thursday afternoon waiting for a school assembly to begin, I watch as Trent Higdon helps the sound technician with the microphone. He's doing the mic test, making different sounds and saying different words, trying to perfect the volume.

    Soon, Trent spots me with my fancy camera and reporter's notebook. He comes over to me and immediately starts asking me questions.

    "Are you a newspaper reporter?"