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Guest Columns

  • Honor the fallen and their families

    This weekend we honor the brave men and women who gave their lives for this great country. Originally referred to as “Decoration Day,” the holiday originated after the Civil War as Americans would decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers each year. Following WWI it took on new significance and all of America’s wars were from then on included and observed in the holiday we now know as “Memorial Day.”

  • Remember the fallen this Memorial Day

    On Monday, our nation will pause as it has for more than 150 years to remember and pay tribute to those who gave their lives protecting our nation.
    There are more than 1.2 million names on that list, about half of which were added during the four years of the Civil War.

  • Tourism is big boost to state’s economy

    Last week, state tourism leaders unveiled the latest annual study on the positive impact this industry has in Kentucky. In a word, the news was good.
    Overall, tourism generated nearly $14 billion in direct and indirect sales in 2015, a five percent increase over 2014’s total. It supported 186,000 jobs and provided nearly $1.5 billion in state and local tax revenue.

  • A beautiful broken life

    When Michelle Smith talks about God, tears trickle down her cheeks.
    A 13th-generation native Floridian, she’s selling or giving away all of her possessions to move to the Congo in central Africa, one of the most volatile areas on the planet.
    She’ll be joining a small handful of other people who feel called by God to “come and die,” as Michelle says, for the sake of the gospel of peace.

  • Study shows higher education level over past quarter century

    A quarter-century ago, Kentucky had nowhere to go but up when it came to the education levels of adults 25 and older.
    Only two-thirds had graduated from high school, and less than a sixth had earned a bachelor’s degree. No state had a lower combined percentage.

  • Some highlights of Trimble schools’ PASS test results

    [EDITOR’S NOTE: This week’s column was written by Robert Fulk, Ed.S, who is the Chief Academic Officer/Assistant Superintendent of Trimble County Schools.]

    All Trimble County students K-8 take the PASS test three times a year in reading and math. This is an in-district diagnostic test that is used to track student progress, arrange our intervention groups, and determine our readiness for KPREP testing at the end of the year. We look at a couple areas on the PASS test:

  • Rand addresses recent vetoes by Governor Bevin

    Other than constitutional amendments, which go before the voters, every bill the General Assembly passes has to clear one final hurdle before becoming law: The governor’s pen.
    The governor has the authority to sign or reject bills, or to let them become law without a signature. He or she can only approve or veto bills in their entirety – except in budgetary matters, which can be line-item vetoed without affecting the rest.

  • Funding sources for facilities presented during LPC meeting

    Dear Readers,
    At the time of this writing the Local Planning Committee (LPC) will have met one time since I last reported on the April 12th meeting. By the time this article is published there will have been another meeting as we met on Monday April 25th.  It is my intent to keep you informed so this week I want to catch you up. The April 19th meeting was conducted at Bedford Elementary School. Prior to the meeting the LPC toured Trimble County High School, after which the meeting began.

  • The sad life of my great-grandfather: what one can find out through genealogy

    By ROBERT STEWART
    Special to The Trimble Banner
    After reviewing the genealogy records of my great-grandfather, (John Williamson Stewart, 1809-1885), I realize his life must have been quite sad.

  • Rand summarizes measures passed by General Assembly

    Legislative sessions tend to be remembered for just a handful of new laws, and this year’s, which ended April 15, is no different.
    The budget was understandably the most prominent, with its chief highlight being the significant amount of new money the General Assembly put toward the unfunded liabilities of our public retirement systems.