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  • Schools stay open despite flooded roads in county

    As several state and county roads incurred flooding, Trimble County Schools officials had to weigh the decision to have classes for Monday or opt to close. A neighboring district decided to close for three days as their main roads were affected. Meanwhile, Trimble stayed open with minimal impacts.

    “We were watching that closely since Friday, knowing that the weather was coming,” Superintendent Steve Miracle said.

  • Beshear: Kentuckians protected against price gouging during state emergency


    FRANKFORT – Now that a state of emergency has been declared in Kentucky, Attorney General Andy Beshear is asking Kentuckians to report price gouging to his office.

    Beshear said due to recent storms and flooding, anyone with information regarding possible price gouging should contact the Office of the Attorney General at 888-432-9257 or email consumerprotection@ky.gov.

  • Fiscal court helps Community Day for event's 2nd year

    The Trimble County Fiscal Court stepped up for the second year and unanimously approved a $500 donation to help with the second annual Community Day event April 14 at the county park.

    Last year’s event drew an estimated crowd of more than 500 people, said Shawna Jent, coordinator for the Trimble County Family Resources and Youth Services Center. More than 40 service providers also had booths at the event, held in conjunction with Trimble County Little League’s opening day, Jent said during the fiscal court’s regular meeting Feb. 20.

  • Fiscal court approves up to $30K for new tractor, rail mower

    The Trimble County Fiscal Court discussed and ultimately approved the purchase of a new tractor and mower for county road crews.

    Judge-Executive Jerry Powell presented magistrates with several photographs of a John Deere 7130 tractor and rail mower that was being surplused by the state highway department garage down in Spencer County.

    In addition to the 7130 model, Powell received a call from someone at the state’s surplus department that they believed a tractor even better than the one being looked at by magistrates would be available, he said.

  • District is taking threats to student safety seriously

    School districts throughout Kentucky have faced threats in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting that claimed the lives of 17 people. Trimble County has faced two threats of its own.

    Superintendent Steve Miracle said the district has had two threats in the last two weeks, both at the high school. He said the first step is to get local law enforcement involved immediately.

    “The district takes the direction of law enforcement as credibility is assessed,” he said.

  • Board approves 2018-19 calendar, recognizes student artwork

    Special to the Banner

    The Trimble County Board of Education approved the calendar for the 2018-19 academic year during its regular meeting Feb. 21.

    The first day for students will be Aug. 9 while the opening day for teachers will be Aug. 8. The calendar allows for four weekdays of flexible professional development prior to the opening day for educators.

  • After a flood: Protecting property while doing so safely

    The following are guidelines for the period following a flood:

    Listen for news reports to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink.

    Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.

    Avoid moving water.

    Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.

    Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power company.

  • Flood safety tips from Kentucky emergency management

     Kentucky Emergency Management

    Kentucky Emergency Management activated its State Emergency Operations Center in support of heavy rainfall and flooding conditions throughout Kentucky forecasted over the next several days. The SEOC has activated at a Level 4, which consists of KYEM personnel monitoring the weather system and damage reports from affected counties.

  • Ohio River forecast to reach moderate flood stage

    This story will be updated as needed.

    Update No. 14 (10 a.m. Wednesday): KY 36 has reopened to traffic and KY 1848 (Corn Creek Road) has also reopened, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Both roads reopened overnight after being closed due to flooding.

    Update No. 13 (9 p.m. Monday): The Ohio River crested earlier this morning. The Clifty Creek gauge had the river level at 457.3 feet, just above moderate flood stage.

  • Rising river to crest Saturday

    Editor's note: The National Weather Service has updated its river level forecast since the information provided at press time. The weather service now says the river will crest at 52.9 feet Saturday morning. A flood warning is in effect for portions of Trimble County along the river while the remainder of the county remains under a flood watch.