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Columns

  • Time to take a more vocal role

    By Marion County Superintendent Taylor Schlosser

    For months, I’ve listened during Local Planning Committee (LPC) meetings, providing input when asked, but primarily allowing the LPC to work through its process. As most are aware, I am a member of the LPC, but I am not a voting member.

    At the most recent LPC meeting, I felt it was time to take a more vocal role -- there is certainly plenty to say.

  • Old-fashioned neighborliness on Sallie Ray Pike

    When I reminisce about my childhood, I immediately think about the little brick house I grew up in on Sallie Ray Pike in Raywick.

    I made so many memories there with my mom, dad, twin sister, family pets, neighbors and my extended family – the Lee family. My twin sister, Rachel, and I made many trips to and from Donnie and Linda Lee’s house to see their daughters, Trena, Michelle and Dana. They were the very best babysitters a set of twin girls could ever have.

    My childhood on Sallie Ray Pike was ideal. Or, at least, that’s how I remember it.

  • First impressions

    I started thumbing through the archived editions of the Enterprise recently, looking for something specific, and I soon found myself enthralled in so many interesting stories, photos and opinions. It’s so neat to go back and look at what this community was like, specifically during the eight years my dad, Steve Lowery, was editor/general manager at this newspaper.

  • Committees hear testimony on child welfare, state finances and more

    By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    I spent most of last week at the capitol building as interim joint committees met to hear from agencies and members of the public about state programs. I have mentioned before how valuable these meetings can be as we prepare for the 2020 regular session. These committees spend time closely examining issues that may come before the General Assembly and are critical to understanding legislation I may have to vote on during the 2020 legislative session.

  • 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.