By JOHN L. SLOAN
It was cold this morning, 20 at the house at 6. I dressed accordingly. The gray light had just started to show on the fringes at the top of the trees as I eased the Arctic Cat into the briar patch and shut it off. It looked as though there might not be much of a sunrise, just a spreading of the gray. I made a last check of my pockets, cocked the crossbow and began to ease into the cedars and push my way, using elbows only, into the middle.
By KEN BECK
Special to The Wilson Post
SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. — Just about a mile past Habeggers Amish Market in the heart of the Allen County Mennonite-Amish community, the two-lane blacktop is backed up with traffic as hundreds of cars, trucks and horse-drawn buggies wait for parking spaces in fields and on grassy hillsides.
As more than a half dozen auctioneers in different rings begin to sell off a wide variety of agricultural-related items, thousands of farmers from far and wide, many wearing straw hats, blue shirts, suspenders and black pants, pay close attention and occasionally raise a hand to make a bid. Other farmers, dressed in more contemporary farm garb and with ball caps atop their noggins, also stand rapt and either place bids or just watch the action.
The event is the 27th Annual Southern Kentucky Horse Drawn Machinery Consignment Auction, held 10 days ago, which brought together American farmers from about 15 states.
Taking place 45 miles north of Lebanon, just off Highway 100 between Scottsville and Franklin, Ky., what was basically an Amish-Mennonite consignment sale drew an estimated crowd of 7,000 to the largest horse-drawn machinery and collectible farm equipment auction in the Central South.
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By RAY POPE
This past Sunday, I was very much enjoying a wonderful meal at my mother’s house on West Spring Street. Mom had the side door open where one could hear the sounds of nature while we ate. I listened intently for what should have been a very loud song coming from the house next door. Remember a couple of years ago I was in the same spot when I heard the sounds of Purple Martins singing their little hearts out over to Mom’s east side.
Only the sounds of starlings invaded the peaceful Sunday afternoon along with the old dreaded House Sparrow. After a meal fit for a king, I wandered around the corner where I could watch the Martin Condos to see what was going on. Just two short years ago there were several families of Purple Martins raising their young, and now the place was devoid of this beneficial insect-eating machine.
Only starling and English (House) Sparrows remained. This is one of the reasons I fuss about people placing the condos out and never taking care of what wants to take over the houses. I would love to have the opportunity that was presented to the property owners about having Martins in their yard.
When it comes to starlings, I will go out of my way to forbid them access to some favorite nesting hole. Several years ago there was a hollow spot in a tree across from our old body shop where the starlings started to take nesting materials into. I thought that I would give them a hand doing this and after a few minutes there was no more room for anything else to fit into the former hollow, much less a starling.
By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post
A man suspected of robbing the Walgreens at 606 South Cumberland Street, Lebanon, on Feb. 1 was arrested by authorities in Pike County, Miss., on Saturday.
The suspect, Christopher D. Crawford, 30, of Lebanon, was charged with robbery.
Crawford entered the store and reportedly handed a note to the pharmacist demanding narcotics. The pharmacist complied, and the suspect left the store on foot.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
LEBANON -- A local senior citizen charged with growing marijuana in his home claims the drugs were for his own personal use, citing medicinal purposes, and was not grown with the intention of selling.
Jack Edward Estes, 75, of North Cumberland Street, Lebanon, was arrested and had nine marijuana plants seized from his home on Friday, April 8. Estes said the police reports and their version of his marijuana growing were simply “assumptions.”
“There are just virtually no facts, it’s all just assumptions,” Estes said in reference to an article that appeared in the Lebanon daily newspaper on Tuesday.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
It was 150 years ago when Confederate soldiers fired the first shots of the Civil War, bringing many young men in Wilson County into the fray, three of whom distinguished themselves as officers on both sides.
On April 12, 1861, southern troops stationed at Fort Johnson in Charleston, S.C., opened fire on the Federal troops in nearby Fort Sumter. They were the first shots of the Civil War, and the barrage continued for 34 hours. The war raged until April 1865, causing more than 600,000 casualties.
In Wilson County, three men stood out among all who joined the two belligerents, one of whom has a statue standing in the Lebanon Public Square.
General Robert H. Hatton and Alexander P. Stewart were prominent Confederate officers from Lebanon during the war and William B. Campbell, who lived in Lebanon, served in the United States Army.
Mt. Juliet 10, Lebanon 4
MT. JULIET -- The Golden Bears broke open a 2-2 game with a six run outburst in the bottom of the fifth inning Tuesday night and went on to defeat Lebanon 10-4 in District 9AAA action.
The two teams will square off again Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Veterans Field in Lebanon's Baird Park Complex.
Brady Cole (2-1) started and worked six innings, scattering six hits with a pair of walks. He struck out 12 Blue Devils.
Mt. Juliet's Kyle Smith drilled a long two-run homer to right center in the bottom of the fourth to erase a 2-0 LHS lead. Kyle Grace ripped a two-run double of the centerfield wall to key the big fith inning.
Cain Sloan had an RBI triple for Lebanon while Rob Bell added a two-run double. Brandon Shelton plated Lebanon's other run with a sac fly.
Blue Devil junior Dent Burger started and was hung with the loss.
Mt. Juliet improved to 11-4 overall and 3-0 in the district. LHS fell to 8-11 / 1-1.
Friendship 6, Ezell-Harding 5
LEBANON -- Tallon Mehlhoff's sixth inning home run helped lift Friendship Christian to a 6-5 victory over visiting Ezell-Harding Tuesday night.
Soph Caleb Snider (3-0) picked up the win in relief of starter of Kyle Wood.
Chris Hall added a three-run HR for Friendship while Wood and Tanner Martin each added doubled.
The Commanders improved to 8-7 overall and will travel to Murfreesboro Friday to participate in the Blackman "A" Classic. FCS will take on Huntland High in a 2 p.m. game at Blackman.