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By Hilda Parrish

Years Ago (Dec. 17, 1981)
Glen Perkinson took over the duties of Property Valuation Administrator on Dec. 7. His office staff includes Shirley Ginn and Tammi Hatton.
Northbank Ski Management plans to open Dec. 16-18 depending on the weather and the snow machines. This will be the first major alpine ski slope in the Bluegrass State and it can be used at Butler State Park.

Trimble County Bands from 5th grade through high school and Jazz ensemble had a concert Dec. 13.

The first Girls Cross Country team of Trimble County came up with a successful season. The last run of the season was at the KY. Horse Park and was the state competition. Traci Brierly stood out above the rest by finishing 41st out of 141 of the states top runners. Audre Andrew and Vicki Smith also gave fine performances by finishing within the top 75 runners. Andrew holds the school record with a time of 9:45 over the 3000 meter course. Brierly is second fastest with 9:50; Tammy Taylor, team captain and the only runner to compete in all 14 meets, is third with 9:52. Vicki Smith set the first school record with a time of 12:56. Her fastest time of the season was 10:17. Other runners and their fastest time are Robin Smith 10:34; Lori McCoy, 10:35; Mary Estepp, 11:23, DeeDee Craig, 14:12, Mary Leatherbury, 15:36; Kerri McCoy 15:56; Suzanne Finley and Maria Martin were injured at the first meet but they stayed on the team as managers. Robin Wright also was a manager and Leigh Etta Staples kept stats. Coach Barnes commented he was ready for next year.

Deaths: William Isham Downey, 83, Bedford; Raymond Tilley, 74, Bedford.

70 Years ago (Dec. 11, 1941)
Following a surprise attack by the Japanese on Hawaii last Sunday, The United States passed a resolution declaring that a state of war exists between this nation and Japan at noon Monday, Dec. 8.

Bedford Graded schools will put on a Christmas play at the next meeting of the PTA.

Pouring of new concrete walks in the courthouse yard at grade level is an improvement that we have needed for a long time.

As war came to America first of the week, F.M. Herr, local Director of Civillian Defense, took steps to perfect an organization cooperation with similar state and federal units. Preparedness now is the order of the day! Get behind your Uncle Sam and help him to the limits!
Miss Violet Bell and Mr. Thurston Ashby were united in marriage by Rev. J. Bruce Benson of the Baptist church Saturday night at eight o’clock.
Bethel Womans society of Christian service will meet at Ella Hill’s Thursday, Dec. 18.
Prefect attendance at Powell Valley last month are Imogene Anderson, Virginia Clifford, Norvin Jennings, J.C. Morris, Reva Morris, Glenna Ruth Anderson, Lavon Clifford, Grover Montgomery, Joyce Anderson, Forrest Baker and Clayton Jennings.

Deaths: Co. Judge-elect W.O. Baxter, 72, Bedford; Mrs. Malissa McCarty, 84, Campbellsburg.

80 Years ago (Dec. 10, 1931)
William Berry Welty was the winner of the first annual 4-H club Tobacco Show and Sales promotion at the Henry County Warehouse, operated by the Northern District Warehousing Corporation. He was awarded the grand champion prize for the best basket of tobacco from a total of 121 crops from six counties. The highest average for the entire sale for Trimble County was $22.93 by Cleston Rowlett on 955 pounds. County Agent Orem LaMaster, who assisted in the show and sale, along with other county agents, is well pleased with the result obtained for the Trimble 4-H Club members.

A tramp, giving his name as Gowl, and saying he had come from New York, was found lying by the side of the concrete near the Joe Bray road Sunday morning by Russell Craig, who notified Sheriff J.A. Suddith. Gowl, it is reported, is an old man and has been wandering along the highways of Trimble for several days, sleeping in barns and along the roadside. He was brought here and lodged in jail Sunday and Sunday night and Monday a bunch of fellows made a pool to buy him a ticket on the bus to Louisville.

Deaths: Capt. F.A. Laidley, 90, former president & general manager of the Louisville & Cincinnati packet company, better known as the mail line and White Collar line, died at his home in Covington; Mrs. Jack Harley, 75, Pendleton; Horace Anderson, son of Mrs. Florence Anderson of Poplar Ridge, died in Pennsylvania; James Willett, 59 dropped dead across the tongue of a wagon shortly after chasing a team of horses hitched to the wagon. The wagon was broken in two and the horses ran to the barn with the two front wheels. Mr. Willett gave chase as fast as he could and had unhitched them before dying of apoplexy; Mr. Wade Hampton Luckett, 57, Indianapolis; Mrs. Josephine Snook, Chicago Heights, Ill.

Hilda Parrish is office manager of The Trimble Banner. She is an avid historian and genealogist and a long-time Bedford resident.