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  • Perhaps the best thing about writing a column is having a forum to work out what I believe.

    It’s also a great place to air my petty beefs and hope that somehow I can find a nugget of truth about God and his kingdom to help us all.

    But mostly I just like to publicly tattle about people who irritate me.

    For example, people who invade my personal space. This happens mostly at Walmart while at the register waiting for my grocery total.

  • 30 Years Ago (Oct. 29, 1981)
    Milton firemen and Emergency Medical people had a pitch-in Halloween supper and party Saturday night.  They played a game called “bag-it” where three bags with wearing apparel were passed around to the players. When the music stopped, the person with the bag had to take out an article of clothing and put it on. Without a doubt, it was a festive occasion, one jolly well worth a niche in memory.

  • 30 Years Ago (Oct. 22, 1981)

     The Bedford zoning commission opened their public hearing Wednesday night with the swearing in ceremony of Charles Cochran. A KIPDA planner was there to answer questions on the 2-mile subdivision regulations from the 25-30 people who attended.

    Carl Cooper Jr. has maintained a quarter century of membership and service in the American Academy of Family Physician-the nation’s largest medical specialty organization.

  • Tachycardia is a dangerously rapid heartbeat, arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat and dead is no heartbeat at all — and I had all three recently.

    That may be a slight exaggeration and a bit of melodrama, but the truth is I experienced severe panic recently.

    I lost my camera.

    And by “my camera” I mean the one the Chronicle gave me to use and not mine to keep.

  • 30 Years Ago (Oct. 15, 1981)
     A spirited Trimble County Marching Raider Band brought home two trophies for first placements and a second place laudation from participating Saturday at the Adair County Mark Twain Marching Invitational at Columbia, Ky. They will compete Oct. 24 in the Moore High School Invitational at Louisville against 14 Class A bands.
    The Trimble County Marching Raiders Band will hold a chili supper Friday evening, Oct. 16 at the TCMS Cafeteria.

    Eldred Fisher had a community cookout and hay ride Saturday night, Oct. 10.

  • My daughter Alison writes a blog, “The Neurotic Housewife” (www.neuroticalison.wordpress.com).
    Recently she fumed about a woman named Beverly who, unknowingly — or maybe not — “stole” her spot at the gym. Alison wrote:

  • 30 Years Ago (Oct. 8, 1981)
     Vincent Oakley cut the ribbon to officially open Shelba’s Country Inn in Milton.

    In special session Friday, the Trimble county Fiscal Court accepted the bid of Kief-Con, Madison, Ind., to install fuel tanks at the county maintenance barn.

    Southern Health Services in Atlanta, Ga. are soliciting the people of Trimble County to help approve certificate of need for 120-bed hospital in Oldham County.

  • When Mary Ann came into my office that first time, she had a tired, harried look on her face and seemed nervous. She related that she had no time for herself between the duties of her part time job as a nurse, the responsibilities to her ailing mother and the duties of being a wife and mother of two pre-teen daughters. With the holidays approaching, she felt added stress and found it hard to calm down and get a good night’s sleep.

  • When I was a kid we used to listen to a record album of silly songs.

    One song went: “Glory, glory, hallelujah. Teacher hit me with a ruler. She bopped me on the bean with a rotten tangerine….”

    I can’t remember the rest. But even all these years later, whenever I hear the word “glory” that stupid song pops into my head. (And now it will pop into yours.)

  • 30 Years Ago (Oct. 1, 1981)
    W.R. Abbott received a 25-year silver plated postmaster’s service pin Monday morning. Next spring Mr. Abbott will receive his 35-year gold pin, which will be representative of the total credible years of service as carrier-postmaster, etc.  
    County sanction is sought for a $10 million hospital near LaGrange to serve Oldham, Henry and Trimble counties.

    LG&E have moved in their sign and have a huge crane to lift it into position, giving it a prominent fixture of attraction to the plant.

  • Forty-one years ago, Steve Starnes played football alongside Al Cowlings and O.J. Simpson as the Buffalo Bills fifth-round draft pick out of the University of Tampa.

    He also played for the Green Bay Packers and the (former) Boston Patriots.

    He was big and burly. Then he injured his neck and his professional football career, the dream of many little boys and grown men, was cut short. Five years ago a stroke nearly took his life.

  • 30 Years Ago (Sept. 24, 1981)
     Trimble County Marching Band continued their winning streak in Alexandria Ky. on Saturday by placing second out of eight bands. They recently received a superb first place trophy at Harrison County. They will continue their contest at Adair Co. on October 10 and at Moore on October 24.

  • Betty had what is called “a just grievance” when she came to me.   She had been treated with disrespect and broken promises in a relationship. I asked her how much time each day she spent thinking about the injustice and venting about the way she had been treated. Betty had worked herself up into a frenzy and her stress level had risen considerably. I asked Betty if she was constructively taking responsibility for what she could do to become more at peace with the situation by what she was saying and thinking, or was she dwelling on the betrayal.

  • A few months ago, I got a letter from someone I’ll call “Emily.”
    She wrote to ask for my encouragement, which is always humbling and I take these requests seriously.
    Emily said she and her husband are both Christians, but right now neither is close to God. She said her husband is depressed and that makes her anxious and afraid, unsure of when and if it will end, and what will happen because of it.

  • 30 Years Ago (Sept. 17, 1981)
     Dr. Rod MacGregor is in his new doctor’s office and is taking patients. His staff consists of Melinda Bray and Kathy Drake.

    Trimble County Saddle Club won first place of all horse clubs entered in the Carroll Co. Tobacco Festival parade. The club had 25 riders.
    Milton elementary and Trimble County Middle School are holding organization meetings for cub and boy scouts clubs.

  • In the continuing saga of my ongoing battle over household décor with my husband, this time it’s the back sliding glass door.

    But before I get to that, let me back up to say that in the first 30 or so years of our marriage my husband rarely expressed an opinion about how to decorate the house except for one hard and fast rule: I could choose any color to paint the walls as long as it was antique or Navaho white.

    Other than that I had free reign — and I love to reign.


  • 30 Years Ago (Sept. 10, 1981)

     W.R. Abbott, Bedford postmaster, presented Coleman Sibley and Glenn Allen Fisher pins representing at least 25 years of service for the Federal government not only as postal service but military service and other federal civilian service.

    School started September 1, and students returned to all new facilities this year. Trimble County took advantage of federal funds and passed a tax levy to become one of the few places in the nation to build a new school plant.