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Columns

  • LTADD marks 50 years of strengthening communities

    We have a great deal to be proud of in the Lincoln Trail Region. Our economy is strong. Our communities are regularly recognized on the national stage for any number of things – tops in start-ups, among the safest, a great place to do business, an ideal spot to retire, and much more. 

  • Road plan update, honoring teachers and state employees

    One of the most important functions of my job as your state representative is to fight for funding for key road and bridge projects in our communities.

  • Men and women of honor

    We hear so much bad news at times that it crowds out the good. We begin to think there are no honorable people going out of their way to make our communities a better place to live in and to be proud of. You would be wrong to feel that way. There are good people and organizations still out there. One such group is called the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard.

    Today I want to tell you about these honorable men and women.

  • One size does not fit all

    I always know spring is here and summer is coming because suddenly everyone starts panicking about being “summer body” ready. Suddenly everyone wants to shed a couple pounds and tone up for the summer. Me, too. Sometimes, I find myself comparing my body to other women before I even realize what is happening, and when I finally realize it, I feel pretty lousy. 

  • Final thoughts before I leave Marion County

    Dear Marion County, I would like to thank you for being such a welcoming home to me this past year and a half. 

    I have accepted a new job, which is a big adventure, with the Army in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. I will be writing for their newspaper and covering the military story. If you remember, I got my start as a journalist interning for the U.S. Army, so this will be a huge honor to return to. My last day at The Enterprise was yesterday. 

  • When life throws you a change up

     July 7 marked my 17th year working at The Lebanon Enterprise.

    I know it’s such a cliché, but time truly does fly. I can’t believe I’ve been working at the newspaper for nearly two decades. 

    Imagine how my coworkers, Eva Jo Nugent and Mary May, feel having worked at the newspaper for 41 years.

    We are a rare breed.

  • Good luck, Emily

     Around Thanksgiving 2017, Publisher Stevie Lowery told us that she had a young lady interested in taking the job as our reporter at The Lebanon Enterprise. She said she had just graduated college and that she and her mom were coming for a visit. By January 2018, she was hired and began a career in community journalism.

  • Lebanon Elementary School’s students, parents could face a heavy burden

     As the time for a final recommendation to the Kentucky Department of Education by the Local Planning Committee will soon be upon us, I find myself still desiring the answer to a number of questions. Following is a partial list of some of those questions coming to mind:

    • Have students of Calvary Elementary and Lebanon Elementary been in the discussions?

    • Have parents, guardians, God parents and grandparents been considered in the recommendation?

    • Are greater hardships being placed on students of one school over another?

  • When did we become like this?

     “When did we become like this?” my friend was referring to the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas.

    We had been reminiscing about college days, “way back when.” We couldn’t help but compare that era to where we are today, and recent events prompted the question. 

  • Country mouse and city mouse

    Remember visiting a farm or being around piglets just a few weeks after they were born? They soon venture out of the pen and go everywhere with an enthusiastic curiosity. Children find them almost irresistible to approach and sometimes befriend. If Aesop doesn’t mind, for this story the country mouse will be Mr. Mc and the city mouse Mr. Jones. And let’s include a collie for good measure.