• Nobody loves eating doughnuts more than my great-niece, Lily.

    At 3, she eats them face-first, right into the top of the pink frosting and sprinkles (her favorite kind).

    Lily says, “I like them because they’re yummy.”

    What else is there to say?

    My niece Jennifer, Lily’s mom, sometimes posts videos of Lily eating a doughnut on Instagram, and as I watch I can’t help but think that God gets as much, maybe more, pleasure watching her as I do, or as Lily does eating.

  • Childhood trauma, or Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), causes adult onset of chronic disease. It was determined by a group of neurobiologists at Harvard University and Rockefeller University that the toxic stress of chronic and severe trauma damages a child’s developing brain. It essentially stunts the growth of some parts of the brain, and fries the circuits with overdoses of stress hormones in others.

  • Much like a gunslinger, I react quickly giving minimal thought to whatever triggered the reaction. Sometimes it works, most time it explodes in my face. My vision statement is to make quick decisions because waiting means forgetting and things forgotten are seldom remembered. Unfortunately, rapid-fire decision making fails to factor in possible consequences, hence the potential facial detonation.

  • A few years ago, I learned that somewhere in Citrus County Jesus was in a tree.

    Not literally, but a woman had called the newsroom to say she could see an image of Jesus in a tree that was in her yard.

    Lots of people think they see Jesus in stuff. Just Google “things that look like Jesus” and you’ll see photos of the face of Jesus in everything from pieces of toast and cloud formations to slabs of marble or rust stains on the surface of an iron.

    Some items are even for sale on eBay.

    People see Jesus everywhere.

  • The late J. Edgar Hoover, first director of the F.B.I. said, “The cure for crime is not the electric chair, but the high chair.” He obviously understood that the treatment a child receives from the beginning of their life, highly impacts their behavior patterns throughout their life.

  • Is there anything more terrifying than a button?

  • LEXINGTON – The board of directors for Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI), the Kentucky Department of Insurance, and Franklin Circuit Court approved a plan to return $4.77 million to the Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust Workers’ Compensation Fund (KSBIT). The refund is a result of effective management by KEMI to control claims costs.

  • Items published in court news are public record.

    The Trimble Banner publishes all misdemeanors, felonies and small-claims judgments recorded in district court, as well as all civil suits recorded in circuit court. Juvenile court cases are not published.

    Crime reports are provided by local law enforcement agencies. Charges or citations reported to The Trimble Banner do not imply guilt.

    The following cases were heard the week of March 25 by the Honorable Judge Diana E. Wheeler.


  •  My niece, Jennifer, has three daughters, Leah, Emma and Lily.

    Last year I bought them a book, “Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing,” by Sally Lloyd-Jones. It’s a children’s devotional book that simplifies Bible stories and concepts — I highly recommend it for all my adult friends.

    Theology sometimes makes grown up people a bit crazy because we tend to take the simple and straightforward and make it ridiculous and complicated.

  • Research shows that the adversity we experience as children can affect us into adulthood. Challenges children face in school, life – and ultimately with their health – are often the symptoms of Adverse Childhood Experiences and toxic stress.

    The good news is, the earlier we can identify that a child is experiencing ACEs and toxic stress, the sooner children and families can be connected to the services they need to prevent or heal the effects.

  • Dementia is the most common neurodegenerative condition affecting older people. In recent years, the scientific understanding of dementia has shifted from that of a late-life disease that cannot be prevented to that of a lifelong disease process, where factors such as diet and education impact risk from the earliest stages of life.

  • One day I was attempting to assemble a black lacquer vanity. The directions made it look simple enough.

    I should have paid heed to the “some assembly required” message printed on the box. However, I was feeling ambitious that day and chose to ignore the warning. Will I ever learn? Several hours later I had completed the assembly. I now had a beautiful black lacquer vanity that I had put together myself…upside down. No, I wasn’t upside down, nor did I build the vanity while hanging from the ceiling or standing on my head.

  • I love bad jokes.

    One of my favorites involves a house painter who used to cut corners by thinning his paint with turpentine.

    As he was on a job, up on a scaffold, the skies opened up and a torrential downpour washed away all the thinned paint on the building he was painting. Next, a crash of thunder knocked him off the scaffold and into a puddle of thinned, worthless paint on the ground.

    The painter, believing it to be a message from God, cried out, “God, forgive me! What should I do?”

  • Recently I was with some friends talking about church when one said, “At my church it’s almost a competition as to who is the most broken.”

    He was joking. Sort of.

    But he was also saying something very beautiful, that at his church the members freely talk about the broken places in their lives instead of covering them up.

    In some churches, the members don’t dare share their true, broken selves -- too risky.

  • Second grade was a memorable year.

  • Have you ever had everything seem like it’s going your way then out of nowhere you get blindsided by the worst news you can think of? Some of you are there right now. Some parts of your life are really good, but something is weighing it down. So where is God in those valleys?

  • BY CRYSTAL CAUDILLO | The Trimble Banner

    Presentations were in abundance from second and fourth grade students in addition to the junior/senior high Student Technology Leadership Program, the junior high student council and BETA Club at the Trimble County Board of Education’s March 5 regular meeting at Bedford Elementary.

    The local AARP Grandparent of the Year essay winner Raven Nutgrass read her essay to the board and audience members.

  • EKU announces fall 2018 graduates

    Eastern Kentucky University recognized 1,072 graduates at the conclusion of the fall 2018 semester.

    The graduates were honored at separate academic college commencement ceremonies Dec. 14 at Alumni Coliseum.

    Local EKU graduates include: Allison Glenn Fornash, of Carrollton, Bachelor of Science in psychology; Laura Elizabeth Rich, of Richmond, Bachelor of Fine Arts in art; Micah Hess, of Arlington, Ind., Bachelor of Science in recreation and park administration.

  • BY CHARLES LISTON | Special to the Banner

    Spring is coming soon, so I hear. It’s been a long winter, but recent sunshine and warmer air stirs the blood, and watching the daffodils growing again generates much anticipation for coming beautiful flowers and fruitful gardens. The search will soon be on for evidence of active pollinators (butterflies, bees, moths hummingbirds) again doing their annual work, free of charge, in assuring bountiful supplies of heathy human foods.

  • LEXINGTON – More than 250 Kentucky women in agriculture gathered in Lexington this past weekend for the Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Women’s Leadership Conference at the Embassy Suites in Lexington.

    The Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) Women’s Leadership Conference provided Kentucky women involved in agriculture a chance to network, hear from KFB leadership about a number of topics, and participate in informative workshops. It was also an opportunity to celebrate KFB’s centennial and the history of women’s engagement in agriculture in our state.