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  • 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.

  • Last week while on my stay-at-home vacation, I went fishing.

    For billions of people around the world, that news would be a big fat no big deal because it’s done all the time so ho hum, tell me something I don’t know.

    However, for me going fishing was a big fat very big deal because it was my first time ever.

    At 56, I had never fished before, and for months now I have been wanting to, almost to the point of it being an obsession. I don’t know why I’ve been wanting to fish so badly, only that I have.

  • 30 Years Ago (Sept. 3, 1981)
    TCHS’s 58-piece band was ranked No. 1 in Class A Marching band competition in Cynthiana. Michelle Craig was judged No. 1 Field Commander at the Saturday Band Festival in Class A high schools and she ranked highly among the 21 bands participating in the festival.

  • By Tom Eblen
    Lexington Herald-Leader columnist

    Descendants of Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s men and other Civil War buffs will gather Saturday outside the Lexington History Museum to mark the 100th anniversary of Morgan’s heroic statue being placed there.

  • (Editor’s note: Nancy Kennedy is on vacation this week. This column, one of her favorites, ran in 2005.)

    On May 30, 1978, the blood of Jesus cleansed me from all my sin.

    Actually, that happened 2,000 years before that, but I didn’t know it until that day.

    As my Jesus-anniversary present this year, I bought myself a CD of old hymns set to new music. It’s called “For All the Saints,” the third Indelible Grace project. (See www.igracemusic.com)

  • 30 Years Ago (Aug. 27, 1981)
    Bobby True has expanded his law office on Main Street in Bedford next to the Trimble County Public Library and announced that Perry R. Arnold has joined his firm and will be practicing at the new offices. Elizabeth Wentworth, who has been secretary to Mr. True for the past four years will be moving into the new offices and will act as secretary for both True and Arnold.

  • A historic event is taking shape along the Potomac River just outside of Washington, D.C. A magnificent state-of-the-art facility will be built to honor America’s soldiers, preserve the history of America’s oldest military branch, and educate all Americans about the Army’s role in our nation’s development.

    The Museum, scheduled to open in 2015, will be the U.S. Army’s national landmark.

  • Every so often my husband gets a certain look in his eye and then says, “Before you say no, hear me out.”

    What comes next almost always involves a stepladder, can of spackle, his drill and a huge mess.

    I remember the time he tore the spare bedroom apart and temporarily stored a bed in the front bathroom. For days I muttered, “There’s a bed in my bathroom!”

  • 30 Years Ago (Aug. 20, 1981)

    Lions Club annual fish fry and picnic was a success.

    A group of South African burley growers were in Trimble County this week. They met with Conservation officers and local farmers as they toured the county studying new ways to grow their burley.

  • 30 Years Ago (Aug. 6, 1981)

    Seven Counties Services, Inc. authorities came to the July meeting of Trimble County Fiscal Court to propose that the court consider passing an ordinance that would allow the electorate to vote a tax rate sufficient to help provide a full range of mental health and other services to the people of Trimble County. Dave Marye, therapist on mental health in the Bedford office said he held a total of 2,279 sessions from Sept. 1978 to March 31, 1981 for 164 residents dealing with emotionally disturbed children to drug and alcohol abusers.