• By Kris O'Daniel

    Guest Columnist

    Is climate change still taboo? The road to economic success is through solving the human and climate crisis.

    The next Global Climate Action Summit will meet on Sept. 23 in New York City, an attempt to boost the Paris Agreement on climate change and demonstrate massive movements in the economy that supports the agenda. 

  • 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.

  • In the 17 years I’ve worked at The Lebanon Enterprise, I’ve definitely grown thicker skin. It’s a necessity in this business, especially in the age of social media. While I admit, criticism can still sting, I’ve learned how to brush it off more easily. However, I can’t begin to imagine how my father would have handled critical comments about the newspaper on Facebook or Twitter. Maybe he would have ignored the critics, but after reading a column he wrote in October of 1979, I have to wonder.

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  • Kentucky is a state enriched with interesting history, heritage and numerous fall festivals. Every weekend seems to bring a fun event celebrating a Kentucky tradition rooted in music, arts, food, spirits, sports or the outdoors.

    The Kentucky Bourbon Festival may be our best-known Central Kentucky event. But if you thought it was just a local event, think again. It is an international event. Visitors from around the world visit Bardstown for this celebration of the Kentucky bourbon industry and the traditions so closely tied to it.

  • Parts of this story have been around for years and it resurfaced several times since 2014. The folks who shared it are among the most respected citizens in the area, and I have no reason to doubt their detailed accounts. After researching the public enemy era for a while, maybe we can cross reference the timeline and see what happens.

  • By Julie Brown

    The construction industry is ripe with opportunities for career seekers — so much so that it has identified as one of five fields with the highest demand in the Lincoln Trail region. There’s no better time for motivated individuals who enjoy working with their hands and having variety in their day-to-day routine to consider entering a career as a skilled tradesperson in the construction industry.

  • 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.

  • In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, September has been designated Preparedness Month in Kentucky. Kentucky’s Office of Homeland Security and Kentucky Emergency Management urge Kentuckians to “Be aware – Be prepared – Have a plan.”

  • Submitted by the Feeding Kentucky Board of Directors

    Hunger is a reality for nearly 700,000 Kentuckians, including one in five children. They live in every single county and legislative district in the Bluegrass state.

  • Community Service Center needs food donations

    The Community Service Center has been a part of the community for more than 25 years, through the generosity of the local churches, a grateful community and caring volunteers. This past year, the center has seen an increase in the need in the community. It has been difficult to keep food stocked on the shelves to serve those in community who are in need. We are encouraging any community club, group or individual to keep the center in mind to donate any non-perishable food.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How many times over the past and present years have we heard of mass shootings with assault weapons? I’ve never heard of anyone from Washington D.C. to Frankfort, Kentucky say there needs to be a total ban on assault weapons. Nobody wants to take away your hunting guns or guns for your personal protection.

  • 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. 

  •  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.

  •  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.

  • I would like to take this opportunity to commend Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty, Magistrate Craig Bishop, the Marion County Road Department and the Marion County Fiscal Court for the great work they did on Bickett Road in Raywick. It has needed it for a long time as the school bus drivers can attest to. I often hear people complain about government but I rarely hear them thank the people who are great stewards of our tax money. So again, Marion County should appreciate them for the good work.

    Robbie Bickett



  •  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?” 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. 

  • 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.