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John Sloan - Outdoors

OUTDOORS - It is a little early

Its hot but not that hot. Its early but not that early.

At 40-yards, the arrow is just under the dot. I can live with that. In fact, along with the shots at 15-20-30-35, it suits me just fine. I am ready to go and in about two months, I can.

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Telling Tales

Back to school basics

By Angel Kane
Wilson Living Magazine

One Thousand Three Hundred Twenty Hours...(this is how long my kids have been out of school.)

One Hundred Sixty Eight Hours(until peace is restored to my life!)

The countdown has begun in the Kane household and Brody and I are thrilled, thrilled, thrilled that in one short week, our lovely, adorable children will be back in school.

Dont get me wrong, who doesnt love driving kids around all day long between work, tennis camp, soccer camp, art camp, Wendys and the pool?

But all good things come to an end and the end, my friends, is in sight!

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Ask Ken Beck

Adam Sandler to voice Dracula in Hotel Transylvania

Dear Ken: When does the animated movie Hotel Transylvania open at theaters and who are some of the voice stars?

The film opens Sept. 21 and is set at a resort run be Dracula where monsters go to get away from it all. The plot involves a normal kid who flips for Dracs daughter. The voices include Adam Sandler as Dracula, Kevin James as Frankenstein, David Spade as the Invisible Man, Jon Lovitz as Quasimodo and Cee-Lo as the Mummy. Other star voices include Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Andy Samberg and Molly Shannon.

Dear Ken: In what town did Robert Redford direct The Milagro Beanfield War? I love that movie and would like to visit the location.

The 1988 film was shot in Truchas, N.M., a town halfway between Santa Fe and Taos, N.M.

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General Lifestyle

Lebanon's 'Iron Man' umpire

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=65|imageid=446|displayname=0|float=left}By KEN BECK
The Wilson Post

If Barry Hardy, whos been umping Lebanon Rotary and Kiwanis baseball games since the 1980s, could make the final call, hed like to be laid to his eternal rest beneath home plate.

Hes more at home on the baseball diamonds where Lebanon youngsters ages 9 to 12 play the great American pastime than practically anywhere.

I been buried in the ground up at the ball park, Hardy, 59, said. All the kids see me. They know me. Thats reason I love the game. I love the kids.

Lebanons Iron Man of umpiring baseball games grew up in Gladeville and played cornerback on the Mt. Juliet High School football team in the early 1970s. The victim of three heart attacks has attempted to retire two or three times from his job behind the plate, but his devotion to the youngsters keeps him coming back to call more balls and strikes, more fair and foul balls, more safes and outs.

The best he recollects, Hardy umpired his first baseball games at 17 or 18 in Mt. Juliet. Joining the U.S. Army out of high school, he served for 14 years as a cook and mechanic. While stationed at the Army base in Schweinfurt, Germany, he began calling games in military leagues.

When he took a stateside leave in 1980, the Army paid his way for three weeks worth of training at an umpire school in Panama City, Fla. There he tutored beneath Eric Gregg, one of the major leagues pioneer African-American umpires.

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Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends - July 25

{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=20|imageid=445|displayname=0|float=left}By RAY POPE

Some of you might wonder why in the world I put my mailing address at the bottom of my bird articles. Even in this fast-paced world of computers and 4G gadgets, there is still several people that choose not to partake in this scientific bliss. If there were not any alternative methods of communication, besides e-mail, I would lose out on close to 1/4 of my readers.

I received a very nice card from Mary Nixon, who resides in Hickman, Tennessee, who wanted to share with me some of the critters and our feathered friends that reside at her home. My favorite part of her message had to do with a snake that was heading toward the house, until a Mockingbird drew the line in communal friendship. The Mocker must have been very brave as it actually chased the snake away. Some birds have been known to attack snakes that seem to be climbing toward their nest by pecking it on the head repeatedly. Mary said that the snake was, "moving on," sounds like an old Hank Snow song.

I was out in the back yard next to my Bluebird house when I noticed that the Bluebirds were raising their 4th brood. It seems that the strange early spring must have really messed with the Bluebird's hormones, and jump-started them into nesting over and over. This pair has already fledged twelve babies from this one house. It is in a better location than last years nest as it is out of sight of my house and the only times that they were disturbed was when I sat out back watching the Tree Swallows.

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"My Bid" by Joe Biddle

Paterno chose not to act

By JOE BIDDLE

The NCAA dropped the hammer on Penn State football this week.

The sanctions will cripple the football program for at least 10 years.

Everything the late Joe Paterno built came crumbling down. His statue at Beaver Stadium was dismantled and hauled away.

If only Paterno and those above him had taken a stand. If only they had moved to stop former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, a convicted sexual predator whose victims were young boys from broken homes.

While the 68-year-old Sandusky will live out his life in prison, his victims are burdened with the stigma he caused forever.

Hindsight being 20/20, Paterno should have acted on evidence that Sandusky was involved in a sordid world of child sexual abuse.

Instead, he ignored it as he and Penn State administrators tried to cover it up. Their wrongful decisions cost the university dearly. They will spend years digging out from under the NCAA punishment.

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Column

Negative political ads still influence elections

By SAM HATCHER

Here we are only a few days from the Aug. 2 election and once again were all asking the same question.

Why dont they (candidates) stop all the negative advertising?

They wont stop it because it works.

And it works because of us, the voters.

Despite what we might say and what we might think, negative advertising influences the final decision we make at the polls.

It may turn us off or turn us on, but one way or the other negative advertising has a dramatic impact on how each of us votes.

If we just knew the truth, it would make a big difference.

But the truth is something that many times is left out of politics.

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Guest Column

Means to help producers impacted by drought

By Secretary TOM VILSACK
United States Department of Agriculture

This week, we continued to see historic levels of drought grip much of our nation, impacting thousands of farm families. Although the hard work and innovation of our producers has fueled a strong farm economy in recent years, President Obama and I understand the major challenges this drought poses for American agriculture.

As of July 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 1,055 counties across the country as disaster areas due to drought. Significant portions of many crops are impacted for example, according to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor report, 88 percent of our nations corn and 87 percent of our soybeans are in drought-stricken areas. Rising grain prices are threatening livestock and dairy operators with high input costs.

Our farmers and ranchers are no strangers to uncertainty but its even harder to plan for the future when we dont know how much more severe the drought will be.

Over the years, American producers have constantly innovated to meet new demands and adapt to new conditions, embracing new methods and utilizing new technology. The same innovative spirit that has positioned American agriculture as a global leader has helped to reduce the impact of the drought.

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Twisting among witty ways

By ANNE DONNELL

Miss Anne, have you ever run across a book called Memorable Quotations from Famous Witty People? I thought its just what youd like. I recommend it to you and anyone else who has a sense of humor, although as I remember it from school, yours is a little twisted! LOL-Student in the Eighties

I am confident that todays QP of T (Question Person of Today) signed off in a reference to the 1980s and not to his or her age. It is possible that I have a living former student aged 80 or more, though, as some of the students I had when I taught at our local university were older than I.

[ATA older than I is using the correct case of pronoun. The than I is considered an elliptical phrase, a whittled down sentence which in full would read than I am old. Obviously, the subject is nominative (I) and not accusative (me). Its OK to say objective for accusative.]

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General News

Authorities seek whereabouts of alleged child sexual predator

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Law enforcement agencies are looking for the publics help in finding information that would lead to the capture of alleged sex offender and fugitive Stephen Eugene Beck, who faces a 35-count indictment in Wilson County for rape and sexual exploitation of a minor and has been on the run for a year.

Wilson County Sheriffs Deputy Bob Harrison led a press conference Wednesday morning at the Judicial Center on South College Street in Lebanon, hoping that more public awareness will help authorities in the investigation.

Its our purpose to ask the medias help to get information out about Beck and we hope the publics knowledge will help find new leads, Harrison said.

WCSD is working with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force to apprehend Beck, who failed to appear in court on July 25, 2011.

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Book tells of Sheriff Ashe's career

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Wilson County Sheriff Ashe has seen quite a lot during his 30 years as Sheriff, and with the help of author Terri Merryman, hes telling some of those stories as well as sharing many trying times in the book, Ashes of Bluebird.

Ashe said the new book is a collection of his own personal experiences as a law enforcement officer in Wilson County, including stories of politics, murders, triumphs and tragedies.

The upcoming book conveys many of Ashes personal experiences in dealing with local gangs, drug dealers and organized crime networks since he first began a career in law enforcement after serving in the Vietnam War.

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Chancellor says lawyer's order 'not correct' in Zelenik deposition

By SAM HATCHER and PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Campaign rhetoric in the 6th District Congressional Republican Primary has moved from exchanges between candidates to a contest of allegations between two lawyers engaged in a lawsuit over the sale of a newspaper.

Lebanon attorney Keith Williams, representing Kathryn Belle in a lawsuit filed against Belle by District 17 State Sen. Mae Beavers over the sale of The Macon County Chronicle,portrays 6th District Congressional candidate Lou Ann Zelenik as a key witness in the lawsuit.

Williams and Zeleniks attorney, Lee Davies, over the past several days have given two different versions of a ruling issued last week by Wilson County Chancellor C.K. Smith about the availability of Zelenik for a deposition.

On Monday the judge made it clear to both parties as to what his ruling was.

In Smiths own handwriting he wrote not correct and void on the interpretation of his ruling filed as an order to the court last week by Davies.

But the order filed by Williams, as his interpretation of Smiths ruling, was upheld.

Davies had said in his order that the chancellor will take no action against his client for failing to appear at a deposition before her election on August 2, 2012.

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Chris Price Memorial Benefit set Saturday

By NICHOLE MANNA
The Wilson Post

The 3rd Annual Chris Price Memorial Benefit and Scholarship Fund will be held on Saturday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Wilson County Bank & Trust Track Field, 623 W. Main Street, Lebanon.

Price was killed on a motorcycle ride in Atlanta, Ga. on Aug. 6, 2009, while riding his infamous Harley Davidson Motorcycle named Da King. He was an athlete and played baseball for the MTSU Blue Raiders and played professional baseball for the Kansas City Royals.

All the proceeds from the event will go toward awarding a monetary scholarship to children who have lost a parent to a motorcycle ride.

Registration for the benefit stars at 8:30 a.m. and the ride leaves at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $15, which includes the ride, a Chris Price Memorial T-shirt and a meal ticket.

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Day of Prayer for Schools Sunday

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Lebanon announce plans are under way for the 14th annual observance of A Day of Prayer for Our Schools throughout Wilson County on Sunday, July 29.

The purpose of this annual community service project is to help foster an environment throughout Wilson County in which our children can begin a new school year safely.

Kiwanis members invite all churches in the community to participate in this communitywide effort. The Kiwanis Club hopes that every church in Wilson County will devote a portion of their worship time on Sunday to special prayers for the safety of children, teachers and all others involved in the operation of schools as a new school year begins during the next few days. Members believe that the concerted prayers of the people of the community will have a positive influence on the start of a new school year.

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Early voting total reaches more than 3,300

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Wilson County has shown a better turnout for early voting for the Aug. 2 election as compared to 2008 with more than 3,000 people casting their votes through Tuesday afternoon.

Monday saw the highest turnout so far after 10 days of early voting with 421 visiting the polls. Administrator of Elections Phillip Warren said that 374 people voted yesterday, bringing the overall total to 3,319.

Warren said two new polling locations opened in Watertown and Gladeville, which gives voters in those areas more convenient places to vote until early voting ends on Saturday, July 28.

The two new polling stations had 67 and 60 votes cast on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

While the number of voters coming to the polls early this year is likely to increase over the 3,237 who voted early in 2008, Warren said the change in population likely means the percentage will remain the same.

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Former Watertown mayor passes

WATERTOWN -- Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, July 27 at the Hunter Funeral Home for former Watertown mayor Robert Beckwith, 92. Retired from the US Postal Service and a decorated US Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Beckwith died Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at Lebanon's University Medical Center.

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Jordans named 2012 Fair Old Timers

Wilson County Fair recognizes select local senior citizens who have made major contributions to the community by named them as Old Timers, and this years honorees have long-time connections to the area and to the fair: Claude and Virginia Sullivan Jordan.

The Old Timer Award is sponsored by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. and will be presented during the Business Before Hours meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 a.m., at the Fiddlers Grove Pavilion. It is hosted by Wilson County Promotions and the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.

Virginia Sullivan Jordan was born on her familys farm in the Leeville Community where her family lived for generations. She is the daughter of Howard Young and Katy Callis Sullivan and attended Leeville School and Lebanon High School. She is a life-long member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church and is also a member of the Leeville fce Club where she serves as treasurer.

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School stores to open Friday

From Post staff reports

A local church and a community center are gearing up this weekend to help get students ready to return to school.

College Hills Church of Christ and Wilson County Civic League will be hosting school supply stores to help those less fortunate students get the necessary supplies they may need to begin classes.

The event at Wilson County Civic League will be from 5 until 7 p.m., Friday, July 27, at 321 East Market Street, Lebanon. Free backpacks with supplies will be available at the event which will be hosted by J.C. Hellum Funeral Home and Lebanon Church of God.

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General Sports

CU inducts 4 into Sports HoF

Cumberland University Athletics announced its 2012 Hall of Fame class Wednesday, July 25, which includes former All-Americans Doug Binkley, Renae Williams and Chuck MacFarlane as well as former coach Rick Reeves. The group is part of the 26th Hall of Fame Class and will be inducted during a dinner on Friday, October 5 on the CU campus.

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