• In the Feb. 6 edition of The Lebanon Enterprise, there was a mistake in the story about David Ray Clarkson Jr.’s struggle with mental illness. The story stated that in Kentucky if you have a Medicaid card it will pay for mental health treatment or substance abuse treatment, but not both. Actually, Medicaid pays for mental health treatment, but not substance abuse treatment.

  • For the first time in 11 years, Lynn Farris and Mike Thacker are bringing tuna back. (Not to be confused with bringing sexy back.)
    They are older.
    They are wiser (allegedly).
    And one of them has lost practically all of his hair.
    But, they’ve still got “it” on stage.
    I spent an hour with them Saturday and laughed with them (and at them) the entire time.
    So, what made them decide to bring the play “Greater Tuna” back to the stage?

  • In a 30-day “short session” like this year, it’s difficult for both chambers to fully consider the hundreds of bills that have been filed. However, over the last two weeks, the Senate has taken early action on major legislation, giving the House more time to study those bills.
    This week the Senate passed important bills addressing school safety, the state’s General Fund debt, economic development and healthcare.

  • It was with dismay, I took in the full reality of the headline’s forboding – “Maker's Mark cutting alcohol volume in its bourbon.”
    My first reaction was one of disbelief, hoping against hope this was a joke, a prank, an effort by some online troll to foment rebellion and insurgency inside the Commonwealth.
    Well, turns out, this was not the case – this was a reality, a reality I could hardly believe. Apparently, dropping from 90-proof to 84-proof was going to increase the marketable product by six percent.

  • First of all I would like to say I’m very grateful to Tammy and April Lawson for having the courage to step up and tell their story of their loved one David Ray Clarkson Jr. I am truly sorry for their loss.
    My story is a lot like their story. I have a family member who is going through the same thing as David did. There seems to be no help for them out there. We don’t have facilities for the mentally challenged and they definitely need help. They don’t just need to be thrown into jail, which only makes it worse. They need to be rehabilitated.

  • For those who regularly follow the General Assembly, this past week in the Kentucky House of Representatives offered a little bit of nostalgia, given that several of the bills we voted on have been through the chamber before.



  • Mary Clyde (Wilson) Bettge, a native of Bradfordsville and well known to many in Marion County passed away recently on Dec. 12, 2012 in north Virginia. Her passion was genealogy and that’s how we met in 1996. It’s ironic that my “letter to the editor” in October of 1996 thanking the community of Lebanon for their assistance and friendliness, when I was stranded for a long weekend due to car trouble, caught Mary Clyde’s eye. 

  • I am writing to congratulate the Marion County High School Lady Knights basketball team and to wish them the best of luck for the remainder of the season. This has been a spectacular season for the Lady Knights and their fans.

  • There are some stories that just need to be told.

  • What could bring visitors to Lebanon from as far away as Canada and Texas in January?

  • Kentucky is blessed to have not one but several “signature” industries, those areas of the economy where few, if any, states have a bigger impact.


  • While most legislative sessions are often remembered for one or two major accomplishments, there are always other new laws that may not be as publicized but are important as well in their own right.

  • As you know, the General Assembly is in recess until Feb. 5, but during this time we are busy preparing for and attending committee meetings, reviewing bills, and meeting with constituents in our districts. 

  • President John F. Kennedy once said, "One person can make a difference and every person should try."