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By Dave Taylor

Nov. 3, 1983 (30 Years Ago)
District Court Judge Julia Fields ruled Tuesday that the Bedford firehouse is a public place. She said that she believed that the public use and public function with volunteer firemen overrides the private ownership interest in the firehouse. The point of whether or not the firehouse was a public place or a private one had been brought up in the defense of a young fireman who was cited for drinking beer in a public place after  Kentucky State Police Trooper Phillip Marshall passed by the firehouse on May 22 and saw the beer.

The Trimble County High School computer literacy class has recently received five new Apple computers. Four of the new computers are 64K, which is the amount the memory can hold, and the other has 48K. In the computer literacy class, a semester class for juniors and seniors, the students will learn basic knowledge about and proper operation of these computers.

The Trimble County Raiders played their last game of the high school football season Friday night at home against the Carroll County Panthers. Trimble County scored its only points of the night when David Leach connected with Chris Liter on a 56-yard touchdown pass. The final score was Carroll County 34, Trimble County 6. Trimble County ends its season with a 1-9 record.

Milton residents have dug deep into their pockets to save the fire department’s pumper truck and retain the city’s insurance rating. A total of $10,617 has been raised in the effort.

Oct. 31, 1963 (50 Years Ago)
The grand opening fanfare of Bedford Garage Company has been hailed a huge success. Patronage of the gala event was tremendous. Owners of the Bedford Garage are Roy Callis, Dallas Moore and Buck Callis. The facility features the complete Standard Oil line of products.

Bedford firemen answered a call Saturday night at the property of Helen Smith where a fire was making destructive progress in a bedroom of the residence occupied by the Benny Hackney family. Chief Carroll Morgan said the fire commenced in a bedroom, apparently igniting in some way on a mattress. There was considerable damage to the bed, window and sill, and the interior was damaged some by smoke.

On Oct. 22, 1963, the senior class of Trimble County High School very aptly presented their adaptation of “I Remember Mama” with a cast of 23 students. We in Trimble County should be very proud of our youth. Many plays have been presented here, but this year’s play was indeed one of the best ever presented. It would be impossible to say who did the best acting because each student quoted lines and moved around the stage as though they were professionals. Mr. James Quisenberry did a fine job of directing and should be commended for his capable handling of the program.

Nov. 3, 1938 (75 Years Ago)
The peaceful demeanor of the county was greatly interrupted, as was that of the nation Sunday night with the realistic radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ story entitled “Invasion by Men from Mars,” which was broadcast over the Columbia Broadcasting System. Innumerable radio listeners within the bounds of the county and throughout the nation were thrown in virtual hysteria, so realistic was the presentation of the radio. In Bedford one family who admitted that they were greatly excited, rushed to the home of a minister and inquired if it would not be a good idea to call the town folk together for prayer. Others rushed wildly into neighbors’ homes urging them to prepare for war with an unknown enemy from the skies. At Milton it is reported that one resident became frightened and rushed to the church where services were being held, confessed his sins and forthwith placed his name for membership on the church rolls. Numerous residents in the county became alarmed over the broadcast, but realizing they would be safer at home than anyplace else stayed by their radios and heard the program through. They state they felt very silly when they realized that the affair was only make believe.

Dud Bell saw four deer on his place one day last week. They were feeding with his cows. When he first saw them at a distance he thought that some cattle had got in among his. There was a buck, doe and two small fawns. As most people know it is a law in the State of Kentucky that there is no open season on deer. So, please, if you sight these deer do not kill them and maybe in a few years we will have plenty of deer in Trimble County.