• Jane Bell isn’t afraid to try new things.
    Last year, that included taking up gardening for the first time at the age of 64.
    “Really it has been a wonderful opportunity,” she said.
    After having some health issues and retiring from the Marion County Detention Center, Bell jumped into gardening with both feet. She said she’s fortunate to have several friends who helped her get started with container gardening.
    “The more I did the more I got interested in it,” she said.

  • Despite other intentions, homeowners often turn their garages into storage centers for random, little-used items, leaving little to no room for the tools and even vehicles that actually belong in a garage. Such homeowners may turn to sheds to store their garage overflow and keep yard equipment at the ready, but storage sheds are not immune to clutter, and homeowners may find the very structure erected to keep them organized requires a bit of organization itself.

  • With the rise of the “staycation,” more and more homeowners are turning their backyards into their own private oases. The centerpiece of many such retreats is a refreshing and inviting pool.
    Whether above-ground or inground models, pools make for welcoming spots to enjoy warm days and nights.
    A new pool can quickly turn a yard into the “it” spot to spend vacations or cool off at the end hot summer days.

  • Driving defensively is a great way for motorists to reduce their risks of accident, maintain their vehicles over the long haul and save money on their auto insurance. But driving can be habit-forming, and over time many drivers develop habits that can compromise their safety on the road.
    No driver wants to make roads less safe, and many may just need to reacquaint themselves with the following defensive driving techniques they learned way back when they first started driving as teenagers.


  • DeShaye Batts
    Lincoln Trail District Health Department

  • Residents living in and around Lebanon can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening.
    Holy Name of Mary Church will host this community event on March 18. The site is located at 3295 Highway 208 in Lebanon. Beverly Reed of Benton attended a Life Line Screening and said, “I want to thank you for saving my life”.    
    Screenings can check for:

  • Judy Bradshaw
    Special to the Enterprise
    The Marion County Arts and Humanities Council set its arts camp for children for July 13-17 during its regular monthly meeting last week at the Marion County Farm Bureau office.
    The camp will be held at Lebanon Elementary School and the Marion County Extension office. Over the next month, the council hope to establish this year’s theme and secure the teachers for the program.