• BY CHARLES LISTON | Special to the Banner

    One could easily suggest our greatest treasure in Trimble County is the local library, with its many free programs available for young and older citizens year round.

  • Have you noticed that we seem to be living in an age of perpetual offense. Everybody is offended about something. In Matthew 24:10 Jesus is describing the end times to his disciples and he warns them of false Christs, war, famine, disease, earthquakes, persecution and tribulation. But then Jesus says something interesting. He says, “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.”

  • Sometimes I jokingly say I hate hope, but I’m not joking.

    Recently, I learned that I’m not alone, and that hating hope a real thing.

    On his podcast, The Place We Find Ourselves, Christian counselor Adam Young talked about our war with hope.

    He said we hate hope because it causes an inward groaning, an agonizing longing for something we want from God.

    It’s especially agonizing when the longing is for something deeply important — far beyond hoping for good weather for your picnic.

  • Members of the Bedford Rotary Club display the banner and photos from the 2019 Kentucky State Fair booth.

    The club thanks all of the community supporters for helping to showcase Trimble.

  • LOUISVILLE – Bray Fruit of Trimble County is one of the 80 markets across the Commonwealth accepted into the 2019 Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Certified Roadside Farm Market Program.

    In joining the KFB Certified Roadside Farm Market Program, Bray Fruit, has committed to offering quality products and service to their customers. Acceptance by Farm Bureau tells customers that this market meets the highest standards of quality, freshness, and marketing appeal.

  • You or someone you know might be struggling. You are not alone! There are many supports, services, and treatment options that could help. Changes in behavior or mood might be the early warning signs of a mental health condition. These should never be ignored. There are many different types of mental illness. It is not always easy to tell the difference between expected behaviors and the signs of a mental illness. Unlike diabetes or cancer, there is no medical test that can accurately diagnose mental illness. Each illness has its own symptoms. However, there are some common signs.

  • In most, if not all, 12-step recovery programs, a common mantra is “sharing our experience, strength and hope.”

    Members don’t (or aren’t supposed to) give advice or pontificate. Members don’t tell other members what to do.

    Instead, they share their own experience, strength and hope.

    It’s a way for those who are sharing to remind themselves of the progress they’re making, of the way God is at work, making them better, giving them strength to do the right things, the better things, the hard things.

  • Currently, my church is going through a sermon series about “sacred practices,” returning to the ancient paths, pushing back against the current age and culture as hard as it pushes against us.

    The pastors are challenging us and themselves to rethink our daily practices and routines, to purge or change those which distract from what’s better or best and to embrace — and do — those which lead to better and best.

  • With the fall season upon us, it is the perfect time to make a trip to your local farmers market or orchard to pick up some apples. Not only are apples a great option for a healthy snack, but there are tons of different recipes to use them for.

    There are many different varieties of apples around this time of year. Some of the more popular seasonal apples include Gala, Golden Delicious, Cortland, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, and the delicious Honeycrisp apple.

  •  In Kentucky 4-H, we want our youth to grow up to be happy, productive adults who positively contribute to their communities. We strive to offer programs that help them get career and college ready, so it’s no surprise that many college-bound young people receive their first glimpse of college life in 4-H.

    4-H offers many programs that build upon what young people are learning in their classrooms. Through the Cooperative Extension Service, we also provide research-based information that young people may use to complete 4-H projects.

  • Parental involvement during the early years of school, such as reading aloud, has been shown to improve academic success in children. But is that still the case when students reach middle school and beyond? 

  • Part of my job at the newspaper is writing Postscripts, tribute obituary stories about local people who have died.

    I go to a lot of funerals.

    Of all the things I write for the paper, Postscripts are my favorite.

    Many times the families call me after a death -- sometimes even before, when a death is imminent -- but not always. Sometimes I learn of a death in an obituary or on social media.

    Sometimes I have to hunt to find family members and friends to talk to, or I call the funeral homes and they put me in touch with people.

  • BY CHARLES LISTON | Special to the Banner

    The importance of a 2020 accurate U.S. Census (required every 10 years) was well described by Michelle Elison from the U.S. Census Bureau at a recent Rotary meeting.

    Elison, a Kentucky partnership specialist for the Philadelphia Regional Census Center, Also noted was how each of us can assist, and possibly snag a good paying job throughout the upcoming process.

  • Recently, I attended a leadership summit with a slate of world-class, successful leaders as speakers.

    Most, if not all, talked about their failures and how they value them.

    Bear Grylls, a British former SAS serviceman and survivalist who once climbed Mt. Everest, talked about how he failed his first attempt at joining the elite SAS and how it only made him work harder and made him a better soldier.

  • Foodborne illnesses and food recalls due to contamination are constantly in the news. Each year, 48 million Americans get sick from eating contaminated food.  While you cannot completely prevent foodborne illnesses, you can reduce your risk by practicing good food safety at home.

  • For the past several months I’ve been helping out a friend by posting inspirational content on a Face-book page she started called A Place of Grace, for people who struggle with drug addiction and also for their families.

    Every day I search the internet for messages of hope and encouragement for those who feel especially hopeless and discouraged, words and images that might help broken and struggling people.

  • Darrell and Lisa O’Neal will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 9.

    They were married by the Rev. Clayton Rock at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church. They have two children: Darrin O’Neal and Carolee Kunkel. They also have six grandchildren: Brennan, Evan and Kinley Kunkel, and Mason, Peyton and Sophie O’Neal. 

  • I’ve been following a spirited discussion among several of my newspaper’s anonymous “Sound Off” callers.

    If I’m following this correctly, it started with someone being appalled that people drink mimosas (champagne and orange juice) in a restaurant at 9 a.m. on a Sunday.

    Another caller is appalled that the first caller is appalled and says that caller should be in church and not in a restaurant anyway.

  • I am not athletic. I had a few things I could do in the past with a reasonable degree of proficiency. Unfortunately, as with so many things, age has had its way with whatever degree of coordination I once possessed.