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Guest Columns

  • First Responders Day commemorates sacrifices of 9/11

    On Sunday morning, our nation will pause to remember and reflect upon the tragedy known primarily by its date: 9/11.
    Those of us old enough to remember that Tuesday in 2001 will never forget where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. It had the same impact as such other pivotal moments in history, from the attack on Pearl Harbor and President Kennedy’s assassination to Neil Armstrong’s walking on the moon.

  • Scenarios envisioned if the school nickel tax vote is successful in Nov.

    Dear Readers,
    In the past week I have continued to hear of questions regarding the Nickel tax and urgent needs funding. It is my goal to answer those questions in this week’s article. The questions asked are:
    •What if the nickel tax does not pass? What are the consequences?
    •What if the tax passes but the legislature does not give Trimble any urgent needs funds?
    •What is the cost to the citizens of Trimble County should the nickel tax pass?
    •Why should renters care?

  • Kentucky should add scholarship tax credits to its back-to-school list

    By Charles H. Leis
    As students across Kentucky begin a new school year, many cannot wait to see their friends and reunite with their favorite teachers. Some are excited to continue learning in the classroom. In some cases, however, students are returning to an education that is not working for them or their families.
    Each student has an education situation unique to themselves. As it stands, our education system leaves some students behind. Our current system can lock students into a school that does not match up with the type of education they want or need.

  • Labor Day: A time to celebrate jobs in the Commonwealth

    At their core, the major American holidays are bound by a common thread: They remind us of who we are and what we stand for, each and every year.
    While the Fourth of July celebrates our founding and freedom, Memorial Day and Veterans Day call on us never to forget the high price paid for those enduring gifts. Thanksgiving gives us a moment among loved ones to appreciate the many good things in our lives, and on Labor Day, which arrives this weekend, we pay tribute to the hard work that made our nation what it is today.

  • Without the nickel, TCPS cannot request Urgent Needs Funding

    By Steve Miracle

    Superintendent, Trimble County Public Schools

    Dear Readers,

    Last week there was an article entitled Rand: ‘Urgent Needs’ $$$ ‘not guaranteed’ appearing in the Trimble Banner.

  • God of our storms

    It was 10 years ago.

    The bride’s name was Emily and her wedding, according to the sign in the lobby, was scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, on the veranda of the beachfront hotel where we were staying.

    Barry and I had gone to the beach for a long weekend before his open-heart surgery on the 29th.

    The weather had been Chamber of Commerce perfect — until Saturday morning. On Saturday the sky stayed gray and it rained off and on, mostly on, all day.

  • The Quilting Bee

    By Bruce Walker

  • 1979 tax, school impact on economic development addressed by superintendent

    Dear Readers,
    In last week’s edition of The Trimble Banner there was an article regarding the 10 cent tax that was passed back in 1979. I have some additional information on that to share this week and then I hope that discussion can be put to rest.

  • Analysis of state’s traffic accident trends offered

    About a decade ago, Kentucky started to see a welcome trend as the number of highway fatalities began a steady decline.
    Totals that regularly exceeded 900 a year before 2007 dropped to 638 in 2013, a figure not seen in the commonwealth since the 1940s.
    Unfortunately, that was as low as it would go. The number of fatalities on our roads last year was almost a fifth higher than the benchmark set just two years earlier, and through the first seven-plus months of this year, it’s eight percent ahead of where it was last August.

  • Superintendent addresses ‘stream of misinformation’

    Dear Readers,