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  • Despite transfers, school officials say enrollment up from last year

    School board members got some good news during Wednesday night’s meeting.

    Assistant Superintendent Jessica Wilcoxson told the board although 83 students from last year did not return, enrollment is up.

    “Currently our enrollment as of today is 1,194 students,” Wilcoxson said. “We ended the year at about 1,182. So we’re glad to see that our enrollment is up.”

    Superintendent Steve Miracle said the enrollment surpassed what the initial projects had shown for starting this year.

  • Talks stall on new ambulance purchase

    After tabling a bid last month to purchase an ambulance, magistrates revisited the matter during Monday’s fiscal court meeting.

    Only one bid was submitted by Horton Emergency Vehicles for a new ambulance at a price of $198,746 back in the July meeting. The idea has been a contentious point argued not only in last month’s meeting, but also during a special meeting by the court earlier this month.

  • Will McCoy named 'Citizen of the Year'


    The Bedford Rotary Club selects a Trimble County citizen who has demonstrated excellent “service above self,” each year. Nominated by non-Rotarians, the individual’s activities must contribute positively to various programs and organizations.

  • Friday Night Lights kicks off Aug. 31

    Although the varsity Raiders football team won’t take the field this fall at home, the Trimble CARES Coalition is working with community and school volunteers to host monthly events to keep up the school spirit.

    The new program, dubbed Friday Night Lights, will take place from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 31, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12 at the football field of the Trimble County Junior and Senior High School. The school has also made Aug. 31 a “Blue and Gold Day,” with students and the community asked to dress in blue and gold.

  • Bedford voters to decide on new mayor in November

    With the Aug. 14 filing deadline past, six local races on the ballot will be contested during the General Election on Nov. 6.

    The most contested race will be city commissioner for the city of Bedford. Of the four available seats, six candidates have filed. Jordon Dennison and William McCoy have filed to challenge the four incumbents, Tammy Liter-Scott, Johnathan Pollock, Gary “Newt” Johnson and Harold Greene. Joe Robinson and Jimmy Helm are the two candidates seeking the mayoral seat in Bedford, as incumbent Todd Pollock steps aside to run for county office.

  • Walker resigns from school board

    Trimble County school board member Tony Walker has resigned, citing complaints with the district’s direction and his business commitments.

    Walker, who began serving on the board January 2013 made his resignation effective Aug. 1 and submitted the letter to the school board’s attorney, Grant Chenoweth. During his time on the board, he also served terms as the board chairman.

    Walker said his company, TW Concrete Construction, LLC, currently does not have a foreman and that he was putting in 12- or 13-hour days.

  • Special education gets WHAS Crusade grant

    More than 200 grants were awarded this year from the WHAS Crusade for Children and Trimble County Schools was one of those grant recipients.

    The district asked for $10,000 to go toward devices for sensory needs at the elementary schools. Of the amount requested, the schools received $7,500 to help students with special needs, said Nick Easter, director of special education.

  • New roles for two at Trimble Senior Center

    Tri-County Community Action Agency has announced two new roles for employees at the Trimble County Senior Center following the retirement of long-time staff members Pamela Sage and Shirley Young.

    Vickie Newton has taken over the role of Trimble site manager. Newton, who has been with Tri-County for more than 16 years, also serves as home care coordinator for the agency. She previously served 14 years as the activities coordinator for the adult day care program and more than a year as the adult day care director.

  • Back in the classroom

    BY TEENA DRAKE | Special to the Banner

    One by one, they walked up to the line of smiling dads.

    Several fathers volunteered to greet the students at both Milton and Bedford elementary for the first day of school. These were the Watch Dog Dads. Some of the boys and girls were shy, but everyone smiled, as they high fived, one student after another. The energy was phenomenal coming from teachers, administrators, parents and students.

  • Feed the Children seeks aid from Milton commission

    Charles Reed was at Thursday’s Milton City Commission meeting with one request on behalf of the Feed the Children Coalition, a donation to help the organization resupply its pantry.

    “We are kind of strapped right now,” Reed said. “We got one more meal of totes and snacks, and it could very possibly go next week.

    “Without funds, we can’t order. And the order is around $3,000 to $4,000 each time we make an order and it lasts for six months or longer.