Editor's Desk

  • News does exist outside the left vs. right vacuum
  • Wet weather hasn't doused the community flame

    Has anyone kept a tally on how many events this year have been impacted by rain, storms and/or wind?

  • New pastors eager to work with local community

    In this issue of the Banner and last week, you’ve had the opportunity to meet four pastors who have accepted the call to become leaders of Trimble County’s spiritual community.

  • To the class of 2018

    As we knock on the door of summertime, there’s still one more annual community ritual that needs to take place, one with Pomp and Circumstance.

  • Higher education a necessity for Kentucky's future

    I’ve kept in contact with some very good friends at my alma mater, Eastern Kentucky University. Some friends have gone back after completing a degree to serve there and influence the next generation’s experience while others complete graduate degrees to enhance their post-college prospects. Although I couldn’t be on campus with them, I recently watched from afar at the prospect of cutting the budget...again, the third time in five years.

  • A nickel tax clarification

    The old adage goes, “The only two things certain in life are death and taxes.” Recently, I got a lesson on the tax-side of that saying.

    In the Jan. 11 edition of the Banner, Trimble County Schools Superintendent Steve Miracle wrote a column seeking opposing opinion to the nickel tax with a survey. In this article, he discussed how the nickel tax would apply in certain situations, such as farms, for example. He also provided his source information to the Banner.

  • The first page of a new chapter

    If you told me when I graduated college in the spring of 2015 that I’d be sitting here as the editor of my hometown paper, I would’ve called you crazy. Yet, here I am writing this from the managing editor’s desk.

  • Heading to the dock

    My good friend, the late boat racing legend “Wild Bill” Cantrell once related to me how in 1967 at the age of 59 he knew when the time had come to hang up his racing helmet and head for the dock.

  • Some observations on college basketball

    Why do we get so bent out of shape over sports in general, but especially college basketball?

    We are so quick to be proud supporters of one team and villify other teams and supporters of other teams. Often the verbage disintegrates into hateful language. Hey, we’re all God’s people here and we’re supposed to be neighbors and friends. But I have seen so much verbal denigration and trash talk on social networking during March Madness that I am beyond ready for something else to take our focus.

  • 12-12-12: 3 dozen favorite Christmas recordings

    The rare occurrence of the 12th day of the 12th month of the year 2012 offers an opportunity for all of us to think for a day in terms of dozens. Here are three-dozen of my favorite recordings at Christmas time. Some of these selections reflect that I am extremely nostalgic (and perhaps getting old), others reflect an eclectic taste and acceptance of some of the modern musical artists of this age.

    12 secular favorites