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Editor's Desk

  • Higher education a necessity for Kentucky's future

    I’ve kept in contact with some very good friends at my alma mater, Eastern Kentucky University. Some friends have gone back after completing a degree to serve there and influence the next generation’s experience while others complete graduate degrees to enhance their post-college prospects. Although I couldn’t be on campus with them, I recently watched from afar at the prospect of cutting the budget...again, the third time in five years.

  • A nickel tax clarification

    The old adage goes, “The only two things certain in life are death and taxes.” Recently, I got a lesson on the tax-side of that saying.

    In the Jan. 11 edition of the Banner, Trimble County Schools Superintendent Steve Miracle wrote a column seeking opposing opinion to the nickel tax with a survey. In this article, he discussed how the nickel tax would apply in certain situations, such as farms, for example. He also provided his source information to the Banner.

  • The first page of a new chapter

    If you told me when I graduated college in the spring of 2015 that I’d be sitting here as the editor of my hometown paper, I would’ve called you crazy. Yet, here I am writing this from the managing editor’s desk.

  • Heading to the dock

    My good friend, the late boat racing legend “Wild Bill” Cantrell once related to me how in 1967 at the age of 59 he knew when the time had come to hang up his racing helmet and head for the dock.

  • Some observations on college basketball

    Why do we get so bent out of shape over sports in general, but especially college basketball?

    We are so quick to be proud supporters of one team and villify other teams and supporters of other teams. Often the verbage disintegrates into hateful language. Hey, we’re all God’s people here and we’re supposed to be neighbors and friends. But I have seen so much verbal denigration and trash talk on social networking during March Madness that I am beyond ready for something else to take our focus.

  • 12-12-12: 3 dozen favorite Christmas recordings

    The rare occurrence of the 12th day of the 12th month of the year 2012 offers an opportunity for all of us to think for a day in terms of dozens. Here are three-dozen of my favorite recordings at Christmas time. Some of these selections reflect that I am extremely nostalgic (and perhaps getting old), others reflect an eclectic taste and acceptance of some of the modern musical artists of this age.

    12 secular favorites

  • Roots of the Thanksgiving Day holiday in America

    Sometimes in this busy land of plenty we need to stop and review our national and spiritual heritage to remind us how we got to where we are today.

    Throughout history mankind has celebrated the harvest with ceremonies of thanksgiving. Harvest festivals and thanksgiving celebrations were held by many cultures: the Hebrews, the ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese and Egyptians.

  • ‘A time to mourn...’

  • Banquet promises to be an evening of laughs and memories

    Alas, the final planning meeting for this weekend’s Trimble County Alumni banquet came and went last Saturday with one solitary soul in attendance--me.

  • Lady Raiders deserve better in postseason play

    Another stellar season for the Trimble County Lady Raiders has come to an abrupt, premature end at the hands of a strong team of giants from Oldham County.