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Column

Low voter turnout is a shame

By SAM HATCHER

Sure it was a presidential primary.

And yeah, there wasn't a lot of interest on the part of Democrats since only one name appeared on that side of the ballot.

And of course the one that counts, the presidential election, will be in November, but surely we can muster more than 18.5 percent of our registered voters to go to the polls and vote.

Tuesday's election turnout was disappointing.

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Letters to the Editor

Reader: someone stole from local chapter of Vietnam Vets of America

To the Editor:

On Saturday morning, February 25, several members of the Vietnam Veterans of America organization (V.V.A.), Chapter #1004 of Lebanon, Tennessee, visited our storage facilities at 6920 E Old Murfreesboro Road, Lebanon, Tennessee, and discovered that our building had been burglarized. Among the stolen items are a cooking unit, various pieces of metal, boxes of paper products and food items.

We are a non-profit organization which assist disabled and needy War Veterans including, but not limited to, the Vietnam Veterans, their dependents, the widows and orphans of deceased Veterans. We aid veterans by supplying them food, clothing, appliances, utility/property tax bills and transportation to the area V.A. Hospitals. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons, we donate food packages to needy veterans.

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General News

Daylight-saving time begins Sunday

Its time to spring forward, fall back as daylight-saving time begins at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 11.

Remember to move your clocks ahead one hour before you retire for the evening on Saturday.

While the change allows more time for outdoor activities such as sports, cookouts and such, it also means one hour less of sleep.

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Growth Boundary plans to face public hearings in April

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

A final plan for changes to local urban growth boundaries is drawing near with several public hearings planned for the first week of April, but Wilson County Urban Growth Boundary Committee Chairman Phil Smartt said the new boundaries do not change any city limits.

This is not an annexation plan, Smartt pointed out, noting there are some misconceptions about the growth boundaries.

The committee is looking to change growth boundaries, which Smartt explained as cities looking at where they think current population and business growth will push their boundaries in the future.

Any changes made does not mean local municipalities are planning to annex portions of the county that are not within city limits.

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Store owner charged in alleged synthetic drug sales

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

A Lebanon store owner was arrested and charged with selling illegal synthetic drugs on Wednesday, after authorities visited seven locations to conduct controlled buys.

Of the seven locations, only one sold the synthetic drugs, said Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen.

Arrested was Antwan Khalil, 36, of Antioch, owner of Discount Tobacco and Beer, 617 North Cumberland Street, Lebanon. He was charged with Possession and Sale of Illegal Synthetic Drugs, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and cited for violation of the Lebanon City Ordinance for the Sale of Illegal Synthetic Drugs.

He is to appear in General Sessions Court on June 12.

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TN Beef Agribition returns to Ward Center

By JENNIFER HORTON
The Wilson Post

If you are in the market for cows, bulls or equipment for your cattle, make plans to visit the 24th Annual Tennessee Beef Agribition this weekend at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.

The three-day event, which begins today and continues through Sunday, is the second year it has been held in Lebanon at the Ward Ag Center. It had been held for a number of years previously at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

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Wilson Co. government wins transparency award

By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post

Wilson County was recognized Thursday for providing its citizens with outstanding access to information on the local government website, winning an award from the Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization.

The Sunshine Review, dedicated to government transparency, hands out awards each year to the most transparent government websites in the nation. Wilson County received one of 214 awards out of 6,000 websites judged.

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General Sports

CU hosts Lyon in TranSouth series Saturday & Sunday

Cumberland's baseball team returns to action Saturday and Sunday with a three-game series at Ernest L. Stockton Field against TranSouth Conference rival Lyon College.

Saturday's doubleheader begins at 12 Noon followed by a single nine-inning game Sunday at 1 p.m. Cumberland's out-of-town fans cankeep up withall the action online at www.gocumberlandathletics.com.

CU (12-9) finished up a production five-game trip to Florida earlier this week with a pair of wins Wednesday in Daytona Beach.

Cumberland scored eight runs in the first four innings and Lebanon lefty Cody Ferrell worked into the seventh inning in an 8-3 win Wednesday night over No. 5 Embry-Riddle.

Earlier Wednesday, the Bulldogs defeated Aquinas College, 2-1 behind a strong performance from Mitch Rainer.

"We had a couple of really good pitching performances by Cody and Mitch Wednesday," said Cumberland coach Woody Hunt. "our offense came alive a little. We'll need to keep it up with a big conference weekend coming up."

The Bulldogs pounded out 12 hits in the first four innings against Embry-Riddle (17-6).

Ferrell (2-1) worked into the seventh and did not allow a hit until the sixth. He was effectively wild, walking four, hitting two batters and throwing two wild pitches, .

Earlier Wednesday, Rainer (1-0) tossed six shutout innings and Keith Kirby recorded the final two outs in a 2-1 victory over Aquinas College (2-4). Rainer allowed just two hits through six innings before running into trouble in the seventh. He walked one and struck out four in his first start of the season.

Sports Editor Tommy Bryan may be contacted at tbryan@wilsonpost.com.

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Medley to lead Smith Co. Schools

By TOMMY BRYAN
The Wilson Post
Former Lebanon High football coach Mark Medley will be the new Smith County Director of Schools. Medley, coach of the Blue Devils for seven seasons (1987 1993), was appointed by the Smith County Board of Education in a meeting held Tuesday, March 6.

A native of the Hickman Community, Medley will take office July 1 upon the expiration of the contract of Roger Lewis who was Smith Countys first appointed DOS 12 years ago.

The other finalist for the position was Smith County native Dr. Benita Bruster, a professor at Austin Peay State University.

The Blue Devils went 64-18 during Medleys tenure at LHS (a .780 winning percentage) with seven consecutive berths in the TSSAA playoffs including a trip to the quarterfinals in 1993.

Since leaving Lebanon, Medley has worked as classroom teacher, assistant coach, elementary principal, athletic director and principal of Gordonsville High School.

Sports Editor Tommy Bryan may be contacted at tbryan@wilsonpost.com.

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