• Whenever my husband starts a sentence with, “Before you say no, hear me out,” I know I’m headed for a heart attack or two.

    It’s usually about an idea he has for a change around the house, from knocking down a wall to rearranging the furniture.

    No matter what the change is, I immediately hate the idea only because I hate change of any kind.

    I’ve had the same hairstyle for 30 years, the same job since 1992, the same husband since 1975. The furniture in my house hasn’t changed since we moved in 16 years ago.

  • “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

    Recent events in the course of our daily lives create worry and stress to fill our minds. News reports of violence, hate, and anger create a sense of anxiety in us.

  • Bedford Baptist Church is hosting a simulcast of “Paul, Apostle of Christ” at 7 p.m., Sunday in the Sanctuary.

    The simulcast includes a guest appearance from the actor, Jim Caviezel. The movie will appear in theaters starting March 23.

    Everyone is welcome to attend.  

  • Dear Readers,


    The Trimble County Public Library has recently announced public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla.

  • Livestock

    March 7, 2018

    Cattle receipts: 615

    Last week: 318

    Last year: 701

    Compared to the previous sale: Feeder steers were mostly study to $4 higher; feeder heifers were mostly steady to $5 higher. Slaughter cows sold with a lower undertone, while bulls were mostly steady. All comparisons are based on a limited test.

    Feeders: 556

    Slaughter: 39

    Replacements: 20

  • Once upon a time I was content with one pillow. This solitary pillow was sufficient to cradle my head through the nighttime hours. I spurned extra pillows and throw cushions because it just seemed redundant. After all, I only had one head so why on earth was it necessary to own more than one pillow? I found the body pillow to be creepy and intrusive. Yes, I was more than content with the lone pillow.

  • Have you ever thought about how certain events, words, situations, people, etc. are able to greatly encourage us?

  • A number of years ago a woman called me at work, wanting to tell me her story.

    She wanted to tell someone who would believe her and not laugh, someone who believes that God can and does do strange and wonderful, impossibly improbable things.

    She had heard that I believe that God makes pigs fly.

    That I do, although I haven’t seen any in a very long time, but I’m praying that I will.

  • Do volatile markets cause you sleepless nights? Are you to the point that you want to pull the plug on your investments?

    You’re not alone. Many investors want to disregard all logic and, unfortunately, make bad decisions when markets are turbulent. However, making investment decisions based on emotion, rather than good judgement, is usually the absolute worst thing you can do for your family’s financial future.

    Special to the Banner

    The printed word is still popular and valuable.

    Each year, the Bedford Rotary Club presents all third graders in county schools with personalized dictionaries for them to use throughout their school years. These are not just full of word definitions, but contain many important facts about our country, such as our state geographies, a listing of our presidents, and the U.S. Constitution. Students have expressed how they have valued these books many times in past years.

  • Livestock | Feb. 28, 2018

    Cattle receipts: 318

    Last week: 314

    Last year: 202

    Compared to the previous sale: Feeder steers and heifers sold steady to 2.00 higher with the most increase on grass-type cattle. Slaughter cows 3.00-4.00 higher, bulls 2.00 higher.

    Feeders: 281

    Slaughter: 28

    Replacements: 9

  • In James 1:19-20 the biblical writer tells the readers, “You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness” (NRSV).

  • Several years ago I began a column: “The other day a co-worker posted on Facebook that it had been the ‘week from hell.’

    “We had all felt it. It was as if a black cloud hovered over us, raining down all kinds of bad. We had made mistakes. Tempers flared. Fingers pointed.

    “Cranky people called, which didn’t help our own crankiness. We scowled. We sulked. We wished we were anywhere but here.

    “It was one B-A-D week.”

    That could be said of the past several weeks, locally and globally.

  • Murray State University

    Murray State University has announced its dean’s list recipients for the fall 2017 semester. The list recognizes the academic accomplishments of the University’s undergraduate students.

    “We take great pride in our students’ academic achievements,” said Mark Arant, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “This recognition is a testament to their hard work, dedication and excellence during the fall 2017 semester.”


    I’ve lived by the river for six years. Of those six years, three have involved flooding. I understand that rivers will flood. I’ve lived near the river my entire life.

  • This past Valentine’s Day, the newspaper ran a story I wrote about Harry and Charlotte Austin who have been sweethearts since Charlotte was 10 and Harry was 11.

    They recently celebrated their 70th anniversary.

    I’ve written about them before – they sit behind me in church on Saturday nights.

    For the past five or so years Charlotte has had dementia, and in 2015 she had a stroke that affected her left side.


    It’s been my experience that some of the most beautiful things in the world have a dark side – a very, very dark side. One of the most strikingly colored snakes is highly venomous. The Coral Snake is banded with yellow, red and black stripes. Unfortunately, to be bitten by one of these pretties would prove to be an extremely disappointing way to get close to nature.

  • Jaclynn Waugh came to Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Trimble County Adult Education to get her GED. Although Waugh expected the process to take a while, she accomplished it in a short amount of time and with very little assistance. Walking through the doors of Adult Ed was the “start of a new life to success,” Waugh said. Getting her GED feels like a weight has been lifted and Waugh said she could now move on with her life. She wanted everyone who is thinking about getting a GED to know about her experience with the Adult Education program.