• It's customary for this newspaper to write an editorial the week after Marion County Country Ham Days to praise the Chamber of Commerce and the countless volunteers that make the annual fall festival such a huge success.

    Looking back in our archives, it's interesting to see how the festival has continually grown.

  • It's customary for this newspaper to write an editorial the week after Marion County Country Ham Days to praise the Chamber of Commerce and the countless volunteers that make the annual fall festival such a huge success.

    Looking back in our archives, it's interesting to see how the festival has continually grown.

  • By Charlie Pearl

    Last fall I said I wouldn't be doing this again.

    I changed my mind.

    Along with 50 others, I'm participating this week in the ninth annual Governor's Autumn Bicycle Ride Across Kentucky.

    Starting Thursday, GABRAKY is a four-day, 250-mile journey going from Carrollton by the Ohio River to Dale Hollow Lake State Resort on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

  • There was an error in the news story analyzing local ACT scores in last week's edition. The informational graphic showed that the average math score for Marion County High School seniors was 19.6, which is actually 0.2 points higher than the state average.

  • I'm a little dismayed that it's news that two restaurants have been turned over to the county attorney. I guess the first thing I'm dismayed about is the tourist and convention commission is depending on restaurants collecting and sending taxes to promote their endeavor. Restaurants have the greatest fail rate of any small business in the USA. They already have an 80-hour-a-week job without collecting taxes.
    So you're giving the county attorney $100+ an hour to follow-up.

  • Update: Since the Sept. 26 print edition went to press, the Enterprise has confirmed that a Gravel Switch Historic District is also on the agenda of today's meeting in Springfield of the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board. Both the Loretto and Gravel Switch historic district proposals are part of a proposal to create historic districts in Crossroad Communities in Marion and Washington County. The Washington County districts include Mackville and Willisburg.

  • The people of Marion County have big hearts.
    I've witnessed that firsthand on many occasions.
    It's just one of the reasons I'm proud to live and work here.
    But, I have to get something off my chest that has been bothering me for the past several years.
    I'm disappointed in Marion County's support, or lack thereof, of the March of Dimes.

  • A news item in the Sept. 12 print edition should have read that the Marion County Fiscal Court approved hiring a part-time employee to assist with cross-referencing mapping information that is required for the county to be eligible for E911 service. This will be an employee of the fiscal court, not the PVA's Office, although the PVA Office's is also assisting with the mapping.

    A news brief about the United Concerned Citizens early bird collection for its annual Thanksgiving Dinner should have read that Thanksgiving will be on Nov. 22 this year.

  • Rivalry games always inspire emotions, and that makes that game a little more special for players and fans on both sides.
    That's true of the Louisville-Kentucky rivalry. The Marion County-Washington County rivalry is no different.
    But that's not an excuse for vandalism, and unfortunately, that's what happened at both high schools last week. On Friday morning, we learned that the football fields at Marion and Washington counties had been defaced.

  • On behalf of the Loretto Community, I publicly state that Loretto strongly supports the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011 (SB 1258) sponsored by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, (D-NJ).

  • Parents and their children exercising... together!
    I witnessed that very thing Saturday at the seventh annual Family Fitness and Safety Day at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon.
    It was a welcome sight to see.
    I watched children and their parents compete in sack races, run through obstacle courses and they even humored me and did some of my "Girls on the Run warm-up exercises," which included squat jacks.

  • By Ken Begley

    There aren't many things that annoy me as much as when we travel in our van as a family. We have seven people in our family and the van holds exactly seven. It doesn't matter how close we are to where we're going, someone is always unhappy with the seating positions.
    Cindy and I are always up front.
    The rest of the seats are a free-for-all.

  • Anyone who has spent any time in Marion County knows that the end of September is a busy time. I learned that the hard way when I moved here seven years ago - on the Friday of Ham Days weekend.
    But the 2012 festival may be unlike anything Lebanon has seen.
    Ham Days always brings a crowd on its own, but people will have even more reasons to visit than the ham breakfast, contests and the Pigasus Parade this year.

  • By Joberta Wells

    As I get older I am more aware of the seasons and things that define them. Songs of the burgeoning fauna fascinate me, especially after a long hard winter.
    In late February or early March we begin to hear one of my favorite songs, the song of the spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer), otherwise known as frogs. They inhabit every pond, every ditch, and every low-lying marsh and they inhabit my heart with joy.  I love these little guys and their song.

  • An item in the Public Record of the Aug. 29 edition contained incorrect information.

    A traffic case involving Angela R. Stickle, 154 Hilltop Street in Springfield should have read that she was charged with failure to wear a seat belt, failure to use a child restraint and failure to notify address change to Department of Transportation.

  • By James Roberts

    Landmark News Service

  • Last week, the Republican party held its national convention. This week, the Democratic party is holding one, too.
    Once upon a time, the conventions meant something. The parties sometimes did not know who their candidate would be until the week of the convention. Today, the nominees are known several months ahead of the conventions, and that turns the conventions into nothing more than glorified infomercials.

  • The first time I met Ernie Brown Jr., a.k.a. Turtleman, he swept me off my feet.


    He does that to many women, apparently. In fact, it's become one of his signature moves. And it's just one of the many reasons why he's become a worldwide sensation.

    Sure, he catches snapping turtles and other wild creatures with his bare hands, but I've discovered that his fans love him for many other reasons besides his turtle catching abilities.

  • Overcoming obstacles can be a challenge for anyone. Creating them, well, that's something else all together.

    Yet, that's exactly what Marion County JROTC students were doing this past weekend. On Saturday, students and their instructors constructed the first part of what they plan to be an obstacle course.

    They started with a 15-foot rope climb, a low crawl, a balance beam series and a six-foot wall. The plan is to add another dozen obstacles before the course is complete.

  • With deer season starting soon there are many does with fawns so young and small that they still have soft spots and some are even newborn. Deer season should be postponed or killing these does banned.

    Also, there is no bear season in Marion County, so if a bear is seen, do not kill it. They are harmless anyway.