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March 5, 1987 (30 Years Ago)
The Trimble County birthday party, held Sunday afternoon to celebrate the county’s 150th anniversary, drew a crowd of close to 200 persons in spite of the cold drizzling rain outdoors. Entertainment included the Wright Brothers—Neal and Joel, with Dennis O’Neal on drums, Mrs. Chris Perry on saxophone and vocalist Lisa Wright; soloist Dave Taylor accompanied by the Wright Brothers; and the Berea Festival Dancers. The Trimble County High School cheerleaders, dressed in beautiful formal evening gowns, served the cake and punch. The girls included: Jennifer Moore, Tonya Long, Amy Blood, Angie Smith, Melissa Smith, Andrea Vilinskis and Tricia Edwards. The 150th birthday party was just the beginning of celebrations scheduled for this year.
River levels raised faster than expected Sunday, causing two barges to break loose from their anchors on the Kentucky River. One of the barges was loaded with a crane and struck the Kentucky River bridge—between Prestonville and Carrollton—near the center. Traffic was closed on the bridge for about three hours after the crash was reported at 6:30 a.m. Bridge inspectors declared the structure safe and the span was reopened to traffic at 10:00 a.m.
Trimble’s boys fell to Eminence in the final home game of the season. Heath Taylor scored 33 points and Matt Gross tallied 12. The Raiders proved victorious in their last regular season game, defeating Western Anderson on the road by a 60-59 score. Heath Taylor led all scorers with 32 points. Jarrod Mahoney added 16.
Trimble County’s Lady Raiders closed out their regular season with three wins during the past week. Trimble topped Williamstown, 29-23; Western Anderson, 36-23; and Eminence, 44-27.
March 9, 1967 (50 Years Ago)
Numerous meetings are scheduled throughout the county this month relative to the school building program proposed by the Trimble County Board of Education. Five organizations in the county have already gone on record supporting the issue. Already on record officially endorsing the bond issue are the Chamber of Commerce, Bedford Rotary Club, Bedford Elementary P.T.A., the Trimble County Ministerial Association and the Bedford ByKota Club.
Oldham County’s Colonels seemed to be doing all the right things in last Thursday night’s 31st District Tournament opener, as they raced out in a high scoring game to claim a 91-78 victory over the Trimble County Raiders. Mike Taylor was the top gun for Trimble with 28 points. Joe Tingle contributed 13. It was quite the free throw avalanche, as Trimble hit 40 free throws and Oldham hit 29. Trimble was whistled for 25 personal fouls while the Colonels committed 33 fouls.
Ron Howard, age 25, a most recent graduate from the Kentucky State Police Academy, has been assigned to Trimble County. A native of Breathitt County, Howard served with the military police while in the U.S. Army. Not since the resignation of Trooper Jim Mudd last fall has Trimble had two troopers. Trooper James Livingood has been the only regularly assigned trooper working the county since Mudd’s resignation.
March 5, 1942 (75 Years Ago)
By nosing out the Milton Panthers 50 to 40 on the local hardwood Friday night before one of the biggest and most excited crowds of the season, Coach J.C. Cantrell’s Trimble County High School Blue Demons closed a most successful season, although they were deprived of the North Central Kentucky Conference championship by reason of a heart-breaking loss by two points to Valley High School. The Valley loss was the only loss suffered by the Demons during their 22 regular season games. Members of the varsity squad who have been most active this season include Hayward Tingle, Vernon Craig, Jack Tingle, Gene Hayden, Leonard Spillman, Jimmie Black, John Russell Bowman and Glenn Lee Hutcherson.
Approximately 150 farmers met with the county agent and a representative of the tomato canning factory last week to discuss the production of tomatoes this year. It is projected that about 500 acres of tomatoes will be planted this year. This will mean approximately $50,000 in income to the farmers of Trimble County, figuring the average production at 6 tons per acre and a price of $17.50 a ton.
Private Quentin Harmon, serving with the U.S. Army 759th Tank Battalion, writes from Camp Bowie, Texas: “We have been moved about 508 miles from Fort Bliss and are right in the center of Texas. It sure is cold down here, too, and we have been sleeping in tents. There are two other tank battalions here. I don’t suppose we will be here very long, though. They don’t sell beer or whiskey in this town or in camp and there isn’t any pool hall. There isn’t much to do here except go to a show. I like the southwest and I don’t think there is anyplace like it. I may make my home there some day.”