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Today's Features

  • BY CHARLES LISTON | Special to the Banner

    Helping today’s students prepare and apply for post-secondary training and college is a major challenge in the ever-changing higher education world.

    Kyle Helton, in his new position this year as academic dean at Trimble County Junior/Senior High School, works with the high school students to guide them college and post-high school application processes, including letters of reference, resume development and type of college-level course selection.

  • Last week I spoke at a women’s luncheon at a local church.

    The woman who invited me told me that their theme was thankfulness.

    That was several months ago when the sky was blue, the humidity was low and I think someone brought in cake to work that day, so of course I said I’d love to talk about being thankful.

    After all, it’s easy to give thanks when all is well.

    And then in the weeks leading up to my talk, life just sort of fell apart. In many ways it feels like the gates of hell opened up and dumped on my family.

  • We are all overwhelmed these days. We are focused on what happened yesterday and what is going to happen tomorrow. We often forget to stop and focus on the present moment we are in. When we try to focus on the present we feel inspired and happy. It is not an easy journey. Here are some ideas to move forward along this path.

  • Sometime ago, I read a humorous fictitious manual for those who volunteer in the Peace Corps.

    There was a particular portion directed to those who would be heading to South America. The manual gave specific advice to the volunteers on how to handle an encounter with an anaconda. One of the largest constrictor type snakes in the world. The advice given comes with the heading, “What to do if attacked by an Anaconda?” Here is the list:

    If you are attacked by an anaconda do not run. The snake is faster than you are.

    Lie flat on the ground.

  • Years ago, my granddaughter Caroline couldn’t be trusted to not make a run for it in a crowd.

    As a toddler, she was notorious for breaking loose from my daughter’s grasp and taking off running. She was also fearless and overly friendly when it came to approaching strangers and, if given the chance, would follow anyone anywhere, especially if offered candy or a puppy or a sip of Diet Coke.

  • Recently, my husband came home from work and told me he was in charge of a project which involved the development and installation of a robot.

  • Everyone has heard, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” While there is no actual scientific evidence to support this saying, there is evidence that apples are a healthy snack.

  • BY CHARLES LISTON | Special to the Banner

    A final score of 69 (no bogies, three birdies) was good but not near good enough for the Bedford Rotary Club to bring home any trophies from Ohio Valley United Charities (OVUC) golf scramble last week at Henry County Country Club.

  • BY CHARLES LISTON | Special to the Banner

    For many of us attending and enjoying the Trimble County Apple Festival, we remain unaware of the great deal of volunteer work that goes into creating this successful, annual activity.

  • Have you seen grace lately?

    That was a question posed in 1996 by the editor of the now-defunct Virtue magazine, a Christian women’s magazine I used to write for.

    The editor, Jeanette Thomason, once spent several weeks chronicling the stopping spots of railroad tramps in Spokane, Washington.

    She’d make her way past rows of abandoned buildings and find discarded wine bottles and chicken bones, cold campfires and cardboard lean-tos.