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By Hilda Parrish

30 Years Ago (Aug. 5, 1982)
Bedford residents were shocked Saturday morning, July 31, 1982, when a two-truck crash just outside of Bedford took the life of Michael W. Schmidt, 28, Bedford. Steven Lee Taylor, 22, Bedford, driver of the other vehicle, sustained substantial injuries and was taken to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison by the Trimble County Rescue Squad.

Perry Arnold has been appointed Trial commissioner of the 12th District Court covering Trimble County all the time and Oldham and Henry counties on a limited basis. He also serves as corporate attorney for the City of Bedford.

The Bedford City commissioners met Monday evening, Aug. 2 at Bedford City Hall. The main topic of discussion was centered on the financial needs of the city. The council discussed the possibility of a tax raise if possible because they are coming up short on their budget. They will ‘think about it for awhile and get the opinion of the people.’ Arnold, corporate attorney, asked permission to move his office into city hall temporarily because it is necessary to move his office from Bobby True who is county attorney as the two offices will become incompatible. Commissioners agreed to this arrangement.

Opening day of school for students in the Trimble County School System will be Friday, Aug. 20.

Deaths: James Connell, 86, Costello Terrace, Estel A. Miller, 73, Sulphur; Michael Schmidt, 28, Bedford; Harold T. Hamilton, 79, Madison, Wood Consley, 77, Milton.

70 Years Ago (July 30, 1942)
The families of W.L. Harmon and Charles S. Branch received letters this week. Newly inducted are J.R. McCord and Hansel Thompson.

Birthday celebrations were for Bing Barnes, John Heveline, Catherine Bell, John Stark, and Jackie Wood.

The tire ration board for Trimble County composed of R.E. Clem, B.A. Hutcherson, both of Bedford and Orville Adcock of Milton, resigned their positions due to regulations of the OPA. It is reported that the commissions for this board are appointed in Frankfort. Therefore, it is expected that a new board will be selected in the next few days.

Fire destroyed the Tom May House on the hill above Patton Creek Wednesday night of this week. Everything was lost.

Deaths: Mary Bentz Hamilton, wife of Carroll Hamilton, 18, Milton.

80 Years Ago (Aug, 4, 1932)
It is not too late to plant or seed an extended garden. There is time before frost to plant 90 day corn, Ky wonder beans, summer cabbage, Irish cobbler potatoes, and black-eyed peas among other vegetables. Don’t let your garden go to weeds; fill the needy larders in the county. If the ground is very dry holes should be dug and filled with water late in the afternoon or at night and seeds or plants should be soaked in water overnight and planted early in the morning.

Charlie McCain, Harry Cutshaw and Miss Margaret Shelton were coming home after visiting Miss Mary Louise Taylor in Princeton and two miles out of West Point on Hwy 31 were hit head-on. The three occupants in the approaching Studebaker were apparently intoxicated and there were found liquor bottles at the scene. No one was seriously injured. E.B. McCain, Joe Frost, C.H. Kidwell and J.K. Garriott took the Bedford Garage wrecker to the scene and towed the McCain car to the Terrell Bros. Garage here, a distance of approximately 65 miles. The front of the Ford sedan was considerably damaged.

Deaths: Emerson A. Burkhardt, 25, died from carbon monoxide and ioxide gas in a manhole in Belleview while trying to save William Leonard, 50, a fellow employee. They were 20 feet underground searching the source of cable trouble for the Cincinnati & Suburban Telephone Co.

Hilda Parrish is office manager of The Trimble Banner. She is an avid historian and genealogist and a long-time Bedford resident.