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March 9

By Hilda Parrish

30 years ago
March 5, 1980

Specializing in the theft of Datsuns for dismantling in ‘chop shops,’ James Ison tried unsuccessfully to register a car at Bedford. After being detained, he ‘made a break’ for fleet footing freedom, with Sheriff David Craig in hot pursuit. He got in his car and wheeled out quickly to leave, but Sheriff Craig shot his tire down. Ison was turned over to Federal authorities and was eventually sentenced on numerous charges. He was considered one of the ‘biggies’ in car theft operations. Statistics go to show that 1,141,077 cars were stolen in the country in 1980 with many taken by professionals who are part of a $4 billion-a-year national car theft business. Only 14 percent of the vehicle thefts end in the arrest of the offender.
T.L. Powell reported to Sheriff David B. Craig that thieves returned again Feb. 24 and “made a big haul” of tools from his farmstead on Pendleton rural route in south Trimble. Thieves had virtually “cleaned out” the hand tools he had a little more than a year ago on Christmas Day. 
Deaths: Bart N. Peak, 87, Orlando, Fla., a Trimble native; Kenneth Gene Teague, Campbellsburg.

70 years ago
March 13, 1941

Trimble County High School staff and students sent out a thank-you to all who made the 31st District Basketball Tournament in the TCHS gymnasium Saturday afternoon and evening a big success. The Demons did not have an easy row for Dame Fortune placed them in one of the hardest brackets and the long way through before she would smile on the squad from TCHS. Of the ten teams competing in the semi-finals were two Trimble County teams and everyone in the county was glad to see the honor bestowed on TCHS for the district. Teams consisted of Sulphur, Liberty, New Castle, LaGrange, Pleasureville, Crestwood, Bedford, Campbellsburg, Eminence and Milton. In first round play, Sulphur won over Liberty, LaGrange over New Castle, Bedford over Campbellsburg and Milton over Eminence. Semi-finals, Bedford was strong over Milton and LaGrange beat out Sulphur. And at 9 p.m. on Saturday night Bedford beat out LaGrange 37-29 and went to Shelbyville to play in the Regionals. TCHS Demons took on Bagdad in the first round winning 37 to 26 and will face Dry Ridge on Saturday night. ‘Coach Cantrell’s Demons, rated as one of the dark horses of the meet, has outstanding performers in J. Tingle, Buck Callis and Hayward Tingle with Jean Hayden, Craig and Spillman-a team that can match any team in the state on offense’ as reported in the Courier-Journal.
Deaths: Kenneth Ray Jones, just 22 days old son of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Jones of Coopers Bottom.

80 Years ago
March 12, 1931

This issue of The Trimble Democrat was printed in our own building, and on our own press, for the first time since the fire, which destroyed our plant, last July 20th.
Nearly 300 high schools throughout Kentucky have student groups lined up in the State-wide Bible Study Project of the State YMCA and KY Committee YMCA, which work cooperatively on this, one of the biggest enterprises of the year in the program of both organizations. The boys and girls of TCHS are entered in these bible classes. In past years students of the local school have won several trophies in the competition, the boys winning first place in one year.
“Way Out West” will be the last movie shown at the Florence Theater. After the showing Saturday night, the doors here will be closed forever. The Florence, which was originally opened some fifteen years ago here by the late Prof. A.L. Voiers, was purchased five years ago from Prof. Voiers by Louise B. Logan and Keith Hood. The building now has been purchased by the Standard Oil Company and the decision to close was made under their management.
County spelling bee was held Monday afternoon at TCHS. The names of the spellers and their respective schools follow: Homer cook Goode, Antioch; Eddie Burkhardt, Baltimore; Mark Callis, Barebone; Vreeland Clifford, Branch; Louis Pyles, Buck Creek; Mildred Bird, Carmel; Denzil Hall, Gatewood; Edward Mahoney, Jackson; Marie Kruze, Liberty; Doris Craig, Middle Creek; Jewel Ball, Millers Branch; Viola Lynch, Mt. Pleasant; James Underwood, Mt. Tabor; Grace Mary Ogden, New Hope; William Barnes, Norfolk; James Proctor, Pierce; Virginia Nowlin, Pleasant Retreat; Gladys Barnes, Poplar ridge; Ruth Wheeler, Powell Valley; Thelma Pyles, Providence; Eugene Davis, Totten; Ruth Lynch, Wilson;, Dorothy Butler Milton; Wilbert Perkinson, Bedford. Mildred Bird was the spelling champion, defeating Viola Lynch after half hour of spelling between the two. The complete bee took three hours and ten minutes and was attended by a huge crowd. Mildred will go on to represent the county at the State Spelling Bee in April.
Deaths: James W. Handlon, 80, Bedford; Henry Adcock, 78, Hickory Grove; Barclay Taylor, LaGrange, from complications of an appendicitis operation.