• The General Assembly hit the ground running this week as it began the continuation of the 2019 Regular Session. The Senate Majority is excited to move forward with its legislative priorities and pass laws that benefit the Commonwealth.

  •  There’s never been a better time to consider a career in the healthcare field. This diverse and growing field offers long-term stability, high earning potential and the personal satisfaction that comes with making a real difference in people’s lives. Time and again, people with even the slightest inclination to care for others — whether it’s at the bedside or in a behind-the-scenes role — find the perfect career fit in healthcare. 

  • Charles Mills asked The Lebanon Enterprise to print a correction regarding a statement he made in last week’s story about his crematorium. The story should have stated that local funeral homes use a crematorium in Louisville.

  •  We are all still thawing out after last week’s polar vortex, which hit the U.S. with brutally frigid temperatures that led to canceled flights, closed schools and dangerous conditions. Many states hit new all-time cold records last week, including -33 in Aurora, Illinois.


    But, let us all be thankful that last week’s polar vortex didn’t include ice.

  • Getting involved in farming in Kentucky seemed to me a natural option, after retiring from extensive traveling on the other side of the globe. 

    I didn’t hesitate and soon I was dividing a growing “black angus” herd into fall and spring calving, selecting great bulls, ear-tagging, banding bull calves, selecting good looking heifers and saving calves in tough winters. That’s how I learned to milk by hand and that beef cattle kick real hard! 

  •  Confession: I didn’t do very well on the ACT exam when I was a Marion County High School student.

    In fact, I scored so low on the math portion of the exam that I was almost forced to take a remedial math course in college, which I wouldn’t have received credit for completing. But, being the stubborn “I know I can do it” person that I am, I elected to take a college freshman-level math course. I passed with an above average grade, and received college credit for completing the course.

    The point I’m trying to make is two-fold:

  • Politicians are always looking for something popular to support. And, most of them do want to make a positive difference in the lives of their constituents, especially children.

    So in a day and age where it seems increasingly difficult to find common ground, there is something lawmakers in Frankfort could do that would be supported by possibly three out of four Kentuckians.

    They could vote to tax e-cigarettes.

  •  I would like to commend Senator Julie Raque Adams for sponsoring a bill to end animal sexual assault in Kentucky. Kentucky is one of only five states that hasn’t made it illegal to sexually  

    assault an animal. Since these acts cannot be prosecuted here, it hinders the work of law enforcement to bring the perpetrator to justice.

  •  A few weeks ago, I declared a break from social media. 

    I felt like a zombie and I wanted… no… needed a break. It was nice to have what was about a month long breakup from it. A month, because, well yeah, I’m back on it again. 

    It happened slowly, but soon enough I was checking it and posting online again, but this time around feels a little better. I’m not logging in as often, and I try to limit myself and be more mindful about it. On the weekends, I really try to go without. 

  •  When Frances Irene Finley Williams took her last breath on Nov. 21, 2018, her family wanted it known that, while Donald Trump didn’t kill her, he certainly accelerated her demise.

    An 87-year-old spitfire of a lady who had a voracious appetite for news and strong opinions about the direction of the country, she told her daughter about six months before her death, “If I die soon, all this Trump stuff has had an effect.”

    So when her heart and her lungs gave out the day before Thanksgiving, her daughter, Cathy Duff, knew what she had to do.

  • More than 50 cities and counties in Kentucky have passed bans on smoking in public places, and we believe Marion County needs to add its name to that list.

    To be honest, we’re pretty darn close to being on that list already.

    Almost all businesses and restaurants in the city and county have made the decision to go smoke-free on their own.

    The final step is for our local leaders to pass a smoke-free workplace ordinance.

    By doing so, they would be making Marion County a healthier place to live and work.

  • Sen. Danny Carroll gave new meaning during the first week of this year’s General Assembly session to the adage “better late than never” by pulling a bill he presented as protecting the personal information of law enforcement officers, judges, social service professionals and even firefighters from criminal crazies seeking retaliation but instead would have greatly increased the burden for law-abiding citizens seeking vital information about their own government. 

  •  As we look forward to the opportunities and possibilities of a new year, many will resolve to improve their career outlooks in 2019. As is the case for any New Year’s resolution, such as eating healthier or saving more money, careful reflection, research and support are critical to your success. 

  •  The start of the New Year - Jan. 3 to be exact - officially marks one year I’ve lived and worked in Lebanon and Marion County.

    One year of writing. More than 250 stories. Thousands of pictures. And many, many people who have invited me into their homes, their businesses, and a few dairy barns, and most importantly, into their lives. 

  • As we usher in the New Year and the 153rd Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly, I’m honored to once again represent our district. 

  •  I will not let the bah humbug get to my Christmas spirit.

    Tis the season of caring and sharing and I feel so fortunate to live and work in an area with so much of that, not only at Christmas but all year long.

  •  The start of the New Year - Jan. 3 to be exact - officially marks one year I’ve lived and worked in Lebanon and Marion County.

    One year of writing. More than 250 stories. Thousands of pictures. And many, many people who have invited me into their homes, their businesses, and a few dairy barns, and most importantly, into their lives. 

  •  Jackie Wicker and Steve Masterson cast their final votes as magistrates on the Marion County Fiscal Court this past Thursday.

    They have been serving this county for 16 years. 

  •  As 2018 comes to a close, I’d like to extend warm wishes and sincere hope that you and your loved ones enjoy a holiday season in good health and full of happiness. I would like to take a moment to say Merry Christmas and happy new year to each of you and your family. My Christmas wish is that we all remember the reason for the season. Peace on earth and goodwill to all.

  • In 1897, Virginia O'Hanlon, who was then 8 years old, wrote a letter to The New York Sun. What follows is the letter and the reply that appeared in the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the Sun.


    DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

    Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'

    Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?