By SAM HATCHER
Learning of the death of Col. J.B. Leftwich has caused I’m sure many former students, as I, to stop and reflect on days long gone by that were spent on “The Hill” under his guidance.
“The Hill” at Castle Heights Military Academy was not only the highest point in the city of Lebanon (there’s a bronze marker there that speaks to this), it was also the center of all operations for this private school that opened in 1902 and closed some 84 years later.
To the Editor:
I was sincerely disappointed to read in the Lebanon daily newspaper the bold quote by my Ward 6 Councilor Kathy Warmath, “We’re down to the nitty-gritty…I’m voting against the whole friggin’ thing.” Not only is this unprofessional, but does not represent the attitude or leadership we expect of our elected officials.
This lack of intellectual problem solving to meet the strategic needs of a city that is growing and needs to stay competitive to attract new businesses and homeowners demonstrates a lack of strategic and fiscal accountability. Every citizen gains by creating and keeping a competitive city to potential businesses and homeowners through new tax revenue and strong property values.
There were a lot of “I won’t support” quotes, but I didn’t read any “let’s examine how our property taxes compare to surrounding cities and municipalities” or “what do our neighboring cities charge for sanitation fees,” “what do other fiscally healthy cities keep in reserve as a percent of their total budgets,” or “how do our city departments expense budgets compare to like size cities and/or age of infrastructure, etc.”
Instead we read about postponing decisions and drawing down reserves or diversion topics such as city employees driving vehicles, neither of which gets at the strategic needs of the city of Lebanon.
Mayor Philip Craighead understands the strategic issues and needs the council members to take the time and initiative to quickly get up to speed so they can be the partners in problem solving we expect of all of our elected council members, rather than roadblocks to getting a budget approved.
From Post staff reports
LEBANON -- The Eli Young Band, a Republic Nashville-signed music group, will play a free, post-race concert immediately following the conclusion of the July 23 “Federated Auto Parts 300” NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway.
The race is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and the post-race concert is free to all ticket holders. Riding the success of their chart-topping single “Crazy Girl,” the Denton, Texas-based Eli Young Band has launched itself into the country music scene in a big way this year
The song was the No. 1 most added single at “Billboard” and the No. 2 most added at Mediabase. It also topped the iTunes Country Singles chart, with the “Crazy Girl EP” climbing to No. 1 on the iTunes charts as well in the Country Album category.
The full album that features “Crazy Girl” was produced by Mike Wrucke and is due out in stores on Aug. 16, 2011. The Eli Young Band has been tirelessly touring during the past 12 months leading up to the album’s release, and is generating acclaim from “People” magazine, “USA Today,” “Billboard,” “The New Yorker” and many other media outlets.
Historic Lebanon Tomorrow’s third annual Tomato Festival will be held Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. Join local farmers at Lebanon Farmer’s Market on South Maple Street for this free event celebrating the humble tomato.
Local bluegrass band One Way Out will provide entertainment. At 11:30 a.m., the tomato contest will be judged. Entries for the contest will begin at 10.
Categories are Most Perfect Tomato, Largest Tomato, Smallest Tomato, Ugliest Tomato and Tastiest Tomato. For more information, call Kathy Adams at 934-7927.
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
If Woody Hunt has learned anything in over three decades as the head baseball coach at Cumberland University, it’s patience. The Hall of Fame coach is in the midst of a waiting game over the services of shortstop Yhoxian Medina, a first team All-American honoree out of Southeastern (Iowa) Community College.
Medina, known as “Chippy to his teammates and pals, was the 2011 Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year, the ICCAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 -- leading the Blackhawks to a record of 86-33 in his two years as the starting shortstop.
Medina is bound for Lebanon, provided he doesn’t sign a professional contract. Drafted in the 38th round by the Cleveland Indians (1,148th overall) the 5-10 native of Caracas, Venezuela is presently sitting at home waiting for an initial offer from the Indians.
“The longer it goes, the better it is for us,” Coach Hunt said during a break in his final week of summer camp.
Medina is coming off a sophomore season that saw him hit .404 with 15 doubles, five home runs, two triples, and 50 RBI. He was near perfect on the bases, stealing 47 bags on 48 attempts.
He also posted 34 bases on balls, and nine hit by pitches while only striking out 13 times. While his offensive numbers are impressive, Medina’s glove work will go a long way toward improving Cumberland’s awful defensive numbers from last season.
The Bulldogs went 46-16, despite 102 fielding errors -- including 68 miscues divided among five regular infielders.
Cumberland University's storied baseball program has finally landed a player in the big leagues. Luis Martinez has been called up to the major league roster of the San Diego Padres to take the place of injured catcher Nick Hundley.
Hundley will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow and will be placed on the disabled list. Martinez, who is hitting .313 with Triple-A Tucson, will join the team in Los Angeles tonight for a series with the Dodgers.
"I'm so proud for Luis," said CU's Hall of Fame baseball coach Woody Hunt. "He was very easy to coach, a very skilled receiver. He's worked awfully hard to get there."
Prior to playing professionally, Martinez attended Coral Park High School in Miami, FL and then Lebanon's Cumberland University where he starred for the Bulldogs. He was originally drafted by the New York Mets in the 11th round of the 2005 amateur draft, however he opted not to sign. He was next drafted by the Padres in the 12th round of the 2007 draft, beginning his professional career that year.
HP men’s invitational -- Hunters Point Golf Course will host its 34th annual Men’s Invitational tournament Saturday and Sunday, July 30 & 31. Entry fee is $90 or $85 if paid by the entry deadline of July 29. Entry fee includes green fees for practice round as well as two tournament rounds (carts not included), prizes, and dinner Saturday night. Plans call for the tournament to be pre-flighted. For information or to register call the Pro Shop at 615-444-7521 or visit the web site at www.hunterspointgolf.com.
MJHS softball tryouts -- Mt. Juliet High will hold tryouts for the 2012 softball team July 11, 12 and 13 at Mt. Juliet Middle School. A second session will be held July 25, 26 and 27 at the Mt. Juliet High softball field. Players should come equipped to play with cleats, glove, etc. Tryouts will begin each day promptly at 3 p.m.
Lebanon Jr. Pro Football -- The City of Lebanon will hold Saturday sign-ups for the 2011 Junior Pro Football League July 9 and July 30 between the hours of 9-11 a.m. at the Harold Dean Greer Recreation Building, 416 Baird Park Circle. The registration fee is $30. Children must be 5-years of age by August 1, 2011 and cannot turn 12 on or before August 1, 2011. Those playing on a 5th or 6th grade team are allowed to participate in this league, but those on a 7th or 8th grade team can not. Early registration will be accepted at the Greer Building between the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (closed 11-12 for lunch) Monday through Friday. For more information, call Nancy Lee at 449-0303.
Dixie Youth fall ball -- The Lebanon Rotary Dixie Youth baseball league will again hold a fall instructional schedule during the months of August and September. Play is instructional and score is kept but not standings, with official umpires. Cap and shirt will be provided by the league. Players ages 9-10 will play in the minor league division, while players 11-12 will play in the major league division. Ages of players, for each division, will be as of April 30, 2012. A $75 registration fee will be required for all players. Fall league play will start in August and run until September 30. Please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
LYSA fall soccer signups -- The Lebanon Youth Soccer Association (LYSA) will have recreational soccer sign-ups for the fall season for children 3 years of age and up:
- Saturday, July 9, 16, 23 and Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Byars Dowdy Elementary, 906 Hickory Ridge Road, Lebanon
- Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. at Dick’s Sporting Goods at Providence MarketPlace in Mt. Juliet.
Boys and girls divisions are available in most age groups. Registration fee is $80. For more info visit www.lysatn.com or call 443-4833.
LGSA fall softball signups -- The Lebanon Girls Softball Association (LGSA) is now accepting fall league signups through Saturday, July 9. Registration is available at the LGSA clubhouse Saturday, July 9 between 9 - 11 a.m. or at www.lebanongirlssoftball.com. The fee is $30 per player. Contact Mike Sesnan, 308-4705 or Wayne Oakley, 305-4590 for more information.
MJ fall ball signups -- Onsite registration for the Fall 2011 season of the Mt. Juliet League will be Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park office. Cost is $85 per player for baseball leagues PW 6 and up, and for softball leagues T-ball 5/6 and up. Cost for the baseball T-ball league is $55 per player.
LHS hoops sets golf tourney -- The Lebanon High boy’s basketball team and basketball cheerleaders will host a benefit golf scramble Saturday, Aug. 20 at Pine Creek Golf Course. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee is $75 per player / $300 per four-person team. Cash prizes will be awarded for first and second place as well as prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin. Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for info.