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Guest Columns

  • September designated Preparedness Month in Kentucky

    In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, September has been designated as Commonwealth of Kentucky Preparedness Month. If the lights go out, are you prepared? Local and state officials encourage everyone to be prepared in case of an emergency.

    “Kentuckians face many challenges throughout the year, from tornadoes, flooding, winter storms to man-made hazards,” said Ronnie McCane, Trimble County Emergency Management Director. “Every household should be prepared to face these challenges at any given time.”

  • Seasons of growth

    Life unfolds in circles of reconnection. We start childhood in co-dependent bonding process with our immediate family unit and hometown. This may be a positive experience or one that creates a void. Never-the-less, as a individual gets older, there comes a time of nostalgia and a desire to return to one’s roots. The ‘seasons of growth’ is the story one creates to reveal the drama or peace within.

  • Grief mixed with hope

    When people ask me what I do at my job at the newspaper, specifically what topics I write about, I tell them the shorthand version: old people, dead people and God.

    Actually, I cover a lot more than that, but those three - old people, dead people and God - are the three areas that seem to fall to me.

  • Attacking anxiety

    I suffer from a chronic disease and recently had a flare up, albeit a mild one.

    I’m a hypochondriac, and in my case the disease manifests itself as anxiety. It started shortly after my husband had open-heart surgery six years ago
    this month. An elephant came and sat on my chest and refused to budge, and then strange, random twinges started twingeing and I could feel my heart beating, which is normally a good thing, except when I paid close attention to it, it would beat faster, which scared me, which made it beat even faster.

  • The 3 Pillars of LOVE

    By MARGIE WEBSTER, CNA-Restorative

    Special to The Trimble Banner

    Being selected as the CNA of the Year for the Rural Segment is an honor and a surprise to me! 

    My position as a Restorative Aide is important to me because I know it benefits the residents and improves their quality of life.  I take care of and treat our residents like I would want my own family treated and taken care of.

  • Wood production a $4.5 billion industry in commonwealth

    It may be cliché, but for much of Kentucky’s history, it was fair to say that most citizens literally couldn’t see the forest for the trees.

    The state’s first forester, for example, wrote a century ago that most people “wondered why anyone should be concerned about the forests.”  It was considered such a never-ending resource back then that even massive wildfires - which burned a half-million acres alone in 1880 - could not sway public opinion.

  • Close the door softly

    What does it mean to close the door softly?

    It refers to letting things have a peaceful ending. This applies whether this is about a relationship, a job, or any affiliation. When we try to force things into a certain framework or outcome, they just don’t work. Sometimes someone wants a certain individual in their life so much that he/she tries to change this person, or manipulate them. Perhaps we think nagging, bullying or yelling will be an effective motivation to change.

  • Family and faith

    Every family begins with a marriage.

    Two weeks ago, my family got together in California to celebrate our parents’ marriage with a huge party for their 60th anniversary.

    It was a 50’s party, minus the poodle skirts and black leather jackets.

    My sister transformed her garage into a 50’s-style combination soda shoppe and hot rod garage, complete with a juke box in the corner playing classic oldies music.

  • Education initiative reviewed

    It has been a little more than 15 years since the General Assembly revamped Kentucky’s postsecondary system and set a series of far-reaching goals to reach by the year 2020.

    If that seemed a long time down the road in 1997, it doesn’t seem too far now. The good news is that, in many ways, we’re well within reach of what we had hoped to achieve. We got the latest update last month, when the Council on Postsecondary Education presented a comprehensive snapshot of our progress in recent years.

  • KSP crime report analyzed

    Earlier this month, and continuing a trend dating back to the late 1980s, the Kentucky State Police issued its annual report on crime in Kentucky, giving us a much clearer picture of the impact these actions have had on our citizens.

    In one sense, the numbers from 2011 are positive when compared to earlier crime reports. When measured against 1995, there were 50 fewer homicides, 6,000 fewer burglaries and almost 5,000 fewer DUIs last year even in the face of population gains, while auto thefts and robberies were almost half of what they had been.