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Feb. 23

By Hilda Parrish

30 years ago –
Feb. 19, 1981


A bid of $18,454 was accepted from Drennen Education Equipment Co. for library furniture and shelving for the Milton Elementary School library. All is ready for students to occupy the new addition with in two weeks. Purchases for the high school have been made through the Kentucky State Price Contract and do not have to be bid by local governmental units. Jim Drake, building inspector for Trimble County Board of Education, indicated that all was on schedule.
The Trimble Raiders are going through a tough time. They lost 72-55 to Oldham County on Tuesday; Thursday, they lost to Kentucky Country Day 61-35 for their 13th loss of the season; and Friday to Owen County 64-58, leaving Trimble at a record of 4-14 for the season. Varsity girls beat Owen Co. 48-36 Friday and last Monday lost to Oldham 45-35.
Deaths: The Rev. L.A. (Lemuel) Garriott, 84, Bedford; Bismark H. Turner, 95, Newport, Wash.; Mary E. Rowlett Coombs, 91, Smithfield.

70 years ago –

Feb. 27, 1941

Bedford Chief of Police James Kirby posted signs to warn home-folk and travelers of the new 25 mph speed limit in town.
A large portion of the Trimble County Strawberry Growers met last week with Mr. Magill and County Agent Wallace Campbell to discuss their 1940 experiences and to make plans to avoid such difficulties in 1941. Trimble county farmers are located ideally and soil is suitable for a large acreage here in the county. Between 200,000 and 300,000 plants will be set in the county this spring.
Asking for a speedy trial, a local 15-year-old was sentenced to the Juvenile Detention Home at Greendale for a period not to exceed his 21st birthday. Trial was held Monday and he was taken to the home early Tuesday morning by Sheriff Carroll Miles and Deputy Harry Cutshaw.
It was Friday night, and townspeople were aroused from slumber by five reports from a revolver, accompanied by shouts and sounds from hurrying feet.Investigation by hurriedly dressed inhabitants disclosed that Scotty Newman and Mrs. Frances Powell had been the victims of a daring hold-up at the corner of West and Church Streets, near the rear of the post office. With the arrival of Sheriff Miles and Police Chief James Kirby, a hunt was launched to ferret out the known perpetrator of the crime. The hunt lasted well past one o’clock and was halted only by the appearance of the juvenile, who upon questioning produced $40 of the $125 taken.
Newman stated he was accosted by the demand of a masked armed figure to set the box he was carrying down and keep moving. Recognizing the voice and the figure from the glare of a pocket flash light held by Mrs. Powell, Newman, calling the boy by name, asked if this was a joke and moved toward the boy only to be stopped by a firmer demand to do as told. Complying, Newman set the box down and moved away.
The figure approached the box, retrieved it, Newman moved in and was stopped by a bark from the gun. Newman then sought shelter behind the maple tree near the town pump. He stepped from behind the tree again only to be greeted by another spit of lead, which embedded itself in the tree at head height. The figure fled around the corner of the C.B. Cook home with Newman in hot pursuit and three more shots were fired by the fleeing figure. Knowing he was losing the battle, Newman last saw the figure disappear into the alley beside the Red Men’s hall. Following directions from the juvenile during questioning, the gun, property of Newman and the rest of the money was recovered.
This could have been your son as well as not. Times have changed now, things and actions move faster, no one thinks of his neighbor, if we had thought, this would not have happened. Keeping the minds of our children occupied is a community liability, we must keep them engaged in some instructive manner. We can’t let them roam the streets, seeking entertainment where they will, as it eventually leads to some kind of devilment, maybe not as rational as this, but never the less it’s devilment.
Some form of supervised entertainment must be found and it is the liability of the community in whole to devise this diversion. We must keep the minds and hands of our children employed or your son or daughter may be the next to fall.

Hilda Parrish is office manager of The Trimble Banner. She is a long-time Bedford resident.