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By Dave Taylor

Jan. 20, 1983 (30 Years Ago)

Twenty-one-year-old Melinda Bray is Trimble County’s first lady firefighter. She has been a member of the Bedford Volunteer Fire Dept. for nearly four months now, having completed her probation period. At the last fire department meeting Melinda was elected Secretary. She is a qualified emergency medical technician and works as a medical assistant for Dr. Rod MacGregor in Bedford.

At the meeting of the Bedford Town Board Mayor James Black said he had been contacted by the Kentucky State Police and the local sheriff’s department concerning speeders on Highways 42 and 421 through the center of town. Areas especially involved are on 421 near Cooper’s Clinic and near the cemetery on 42. The Kentucky State Police are going to be using radar speed detectors to enforce the 35-mile per hour speed limit. New 20 mile per hour speed limits will take effect on city streets other than the major highways passing through when the new signs are installed.

Hubert Stark was recently selected as the Bedford Rotary Club’s “Rotarian of the Month.” Stark maintains a 34-year perfect attendance record and has served as the club’s secretary treasurer for the same number of years.

Deaths: Howard Egerton, 82 of Bedford, died Jan. 10, 1983 at the Homestead Nursing Home in Lexington, Ky. Nettie Mae Devine Goode, 84 of Bedford, died Jan. 6, 1983 at the Baptist East Hospital in Louisville.

Jan. 17, 1963 (50 Years Ago)

The Trimble County Board of Education at its initial, regular meeting of the year, re-elected Virgil Welty chairman and Dr. Carl C. Cooper vice chairman for the year 1963. Other members of the board are Harry Cutshaw, Thurston Ashby and Glenn Fisher. Fisher was elected at last fall’s election replacing Oscar Lynch who chose not to seek re-election after 12 years of service on the board. C.A. Hollowell remains the school superintendent.

The Bedford Loan & Deposit Bank and the Farmers Bank of Milton will be closed on Jan. 19, in observance of the birthday of Robert E. Lee.

Vehicle negligence contributing to the death of C.L. Dunaway resulted in the biggest award of money agreed to by a jury in circuit court action in this judicial district in the time that Judge Coleman Wright has been on the bench. The jury returned a verdict in the amount of $50,000 against Kocolene Company, Inc., and R.R. Barnett dba Barnett Lumber Company.

Monday, Jan. 7, the Trimble County Future Farmers of America held their annual green hand initiation. The following boys were initiated into the chapter and received the traditional green hand and the green hand pen: Rodney Ashby, Jim Calvert, Robert Hall, Lee Jackson, Stuart Jennings, Doug Jones, Barry Joyce, Gary Liter, Paul Poe, Billy Joe Powell, Ben Sabie, Raymond Smith, Wayne Smith and Dennis Staples.

Deaths: John Parker Gammons, 82 or Bedford, died at his home on Jan. 14, 1963.

Jan. 20, 1938 (75 Years Ago)

Hugh Martin, age 23, Oil City, Penn., is being held here under $2,500 bond pending the investigation of a coroner’s jury in connection with the accidental deaths of Arron LaMar Wheeler, age 12, and Gene Taylor, age 10. The accident occurred at the intersection of the lane which leads to the Taylor home and U.S. 42, and is about 300 yards north of Swing Inn, which is operated by Mr. and Mrs. Alton Wheeler, parents of the dead boys.

The distinction of being the first girl to fly in this part of the country goes to Miss Neva Willis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Willis, near Milton, and teacher at Pleasant Retreat school. Her solo flight took place recently at Clifty-Madison Municipal Airport, of Madison.

The Milton Panthers have gone undefeated in a high school basketball game since February 1936 and have won 13 consecutive games this season. They have scored 638 points to the opponents’ 274. They defeated English 64-22 and 59-8; Liberty 63-10; Worthville, 65-18; LaGrange 62-10; New Castle, 42-24; New Liberty, 48-11 and 33-15; Trimble County High School, 59-14; Campbellsburg, 36-27; and Carrollton, 21-20 and 22-13. Ten games remain on the schedule. This group is composed of “Pig” Carder, Jimmy Powell, “Shike” Shelley, Charley Luckett, “Romeo” Harmon, “Baney” Bayne, “Gee” Neal, Johnnie Hancock, Chuck Tandy and Paul Shelton. Coach is F.D. Wilkinson.

Deaths: Judge George W. Peak, LaGrange and formerly of Bedford, a former Trimble businessman and later judge of Oldham County died on Jan. 13, 1938. Justin Callis, 56, died Jan. 7, 1938 near Sligo.