When we started working on the new county-wide Battle of the Books last fall, there was a lot of initial interest, but not every school was able to field a team. Even so, there will be seven teams competing in our first program this Tuesday evening, March 22, at Memorial Theater, starting at 6 p.m. Two schools--Columbia and St. Vincent--will each have two teams in the competition, while Centerburg, Columbia and Danville each have one team. Admission is, of course, free. The kids and their coaches have been working hard to get themselves ready, and we expect this to be a lively, fun and entertaining event. It's our hope that in succeeding years more and more schools will be able to join us, and like its Mount Vernon-only predecessor, the new Knox County Battle of the Books will become bigger and better and more enthusiastically received each year. Please join us for the program. We're all looking forward to it with great anticipation.