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Today's Features

  • By CHARLES LISTON
    Special to the Banner

    Global activities for the recycling of used materials to reduce waste and transform it into useful products have accelerated the past several decades. This is part of a global effort to lessen the human footprint on our planet.

  • If you were to have an experience like George Bailey in the 1946 Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” what would you discover to be the real meaning and purpose of your life on planet Earth?

    Living a life of purpose reflects who you are deep inside, your beliefs, values and passion for living. It is about following your heart and doing what you love to do with passion and purpose.

  • It’s been a while since my neighbor lady has wreaked havoc on my life.

    However, this past week she made up for lost time.

    To bring you up to speed on who my neighbor lady is: She’s my evil twin, my alter ego, an overbearing, intrusive buttinsky mother who has trouble remembering that once the umbilical cord is cut moments after birth, it should not and cannot ever be reattached and it is futile and foolish to even try – although she’s been trying for more than 40 years.

  • When I watch movies, I enjoy the action/adventure genre. One of my favorites involves a tsunami. Apparently, it is possible for watercraft to survive the crushing force of the wave, if the boat can make it over before it crests. The movie showed several small boats racing toward the monster to scale its surface. Sure enough, our dauntless heroes rocketed ever upward as the smaller boats discovered that gravity is a harsh mistress. Falling back into the trough of the wave, they were soon pulverized when it crested.

  • By THOMAS CIFRANIK
    Special to the Banner

    To start the new year, the Trimble County Public Library and the Trimble County High School partnered together to create scientific experiments.

  • By CHARLES LISTON
    Special to the Banner

    Chartered Rotary International clubs are required to demonstrate interests beyond the borders of local communities when able. Clubs and districts apply for grants to help provide better living conditions, health and education in developing countries.

  • By STEVE MIRACLE
    Trimble County Schools Superintendent

    Dear Readers,

  • During the snowy and icy months, a person’s risk of falling increases. Typical injuries include broken ankle, hip, arms and shoulders as well as head and back injuries. LIM College recommends the following safety steps to help you be careful in the winter:

    Walk like a penguin—flat footed and take short steps.

    Wear footwear that provides traction, such as flat and waffled rubber soles versus heals or leather.

    Step down, not out from curbs so that your foot does not slide.

  • By CRYSTAL CAUDILLO

    My family traveled to Arizona to see family. During the drive, it occurred to me that I couldn’t remember Arizona’s state motto. Despite bullying my memory to give up the goods, the answer stubbornly remained in hiding. In true Grinch fashion, I decided, “If I can’t remember the motto I’ll make one instead.” After making this decision the rest came easy. None of these are intended to mock Arizona or Arizonans. Some of my most beloved people live in this fascinating state.

  • Whenever I need big-time prayers, I go to the big guns: my 6-year-old great-niece, Leah.

    This past summer when Hurricane Irma was about to decimate Florida, Leah prayed for the “hurricane to go away” and especially that her “Tee Tee Nancy” wouldn’t be scared.

    Irma didn’t go away, but it did decrease enough in strength that at least my house didn’t blow away.

    So, I put that in the win column for Leah’s answered prayers.

    Plus, I wasn’t afraid, so that’s two wins for Leah.