• Ivy Tech names dean’s list students

    More than 120 students were named to the dean’s list for the Fall 2018 semester at the Ivy Tech Community College Madison campus.

    The college names to the dean’s list any degree-seeking student who has accumulated 12 or more earned credit hours, is enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours during the term involved, and earns a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The following area students, listed by their hometowns, were among those named to the dean’s list.

  • I recently had LASIK done on my eyes. It was a Christmas present from my husband who was tired of watching me squint, lose glasses and be a hazard to myself and others when driving at night.

  • BY CHARLES LISTON | Special to the Banner

    To many of us “older” library users, which sort of defines many of our Rotary Club members, heading to the library usually means taking advantage of only a very limited set of offerings to advance our education.

  • Years ago, I wanted to write a book called “When Pigs Fly,” but the publisher would be stuck putting a pig with wings on the cover and people might think it was a tutorial on barnyard animals in flight.

    The book was going to be about stories, about how people are themselves stories and how sometimes on the way to the happy ending the stories get hijacked and the characters end up gasping for air and grasping for meaning.

  • We are nearly two weeks into 2019. How are your resolutions?

    Are you still going strong? Have you given up already? Did you even consider any resolutions this year? Resolutions are a good thing. They cause us to reflect on who we are, what we’ve done and what we want to change this new year. We often make resolutions to become healthier and maybe shed a few pounds. Sometimes we make resolutions to get out of debt and save more money. We make a resolution to read more, perhaps travel more, or some other effort at self-improvement.

  • With each and every new year, we have the opportunity to start fresh by re-evaluating our past and deciding how to more efficiently move forward without making the same mistakes and refocusing on what we deem important. Most of us know this process as making New Year’s resolutions. Now before you stop reading, I am just as aware as you are that by February, 80 percent of people are no longer following their resolutions.

  • I always enjoy the promise of the new year. Like so many I see it as a time to make positive changes, meet some goals and simply go through my days without everything around me dissolving into a state of unrelenting chaos. Unfortunately, it was not in the cards.

  • BY CHARLES LISTON | Special to the Banner

    Rotary members engage in many, very diverse professions and disciplines. Each club is encouraged to assemble a membership that represents the local community at large in various business and professional endeavors.

  • Apostolic Pentecostal hosting concert Saturday

    Mark Bishop will perform in concert at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of the Living God, 124 Smith Lane in Bedford. Love offering only. For more information, call 502-255-7510.

  • When you walk through a graveyard you will notice several things. First, you will notice people. People visiting deceased love ones and remainders of those they are visiting. Second, you will notice tears, sad faces and even a facial shadow of a fond memory. You might notice many other things, but the one thing that visibly states it is a graveyard are the tombstones.

  • I like to read psychological thrillers with twisted plots and even more twisted characters.

    In the last thriller I read, the main character, Emily, was tied up in a room about to be murdered by her crazy stalker. He goes out of the room and Emily starts thinking back on her life, pretty sure she only has hours or minutes to live. She remembers back to what she learned as a girl from a teacher at her Catholic school: When you’re in trouble, look for the cross. Once you find one, you’ll see them everywhere.


    A founding member of The Trimble County Historical Society in 1977 has devoted her life to research of her family and the families that helped create Trimble County. She has gleaned material from the four corners of the United States and foreign countries to compile books on the settling of Trimble County and Kentucky.

  • In Matthew 2, we read about the Magi, more commonly known as the Wise Men.

    These men traveled a great distance because of a bright, shining star. They knew that this star was shining because a King had been born in Israel and they wanted to worship this newborn King. When they finally arrived in Bethlehem they went to the house where the star stood over and worshipped the young child Jesus. They gave expensive gifts to the family in honor of Jesus.

  • This Christmas Eve of 2018 marks the bicentennial of the first performance of “Silent Night,” the Christmas carol beloved by millions around the world.

    Many legends have circulated down through the years about the origins of this Christmas hymn — that it was written in one or two days by two men, first performed with guitar accompaniment because church mice had destroyed the bellows of the church organ and largely forgotten for many years after its first performance.

  • When I was a kid, my family observed Advent, lighting the candles on a traditional evergreen wreath.

    Because there’s four of us kids, we each got to light one of the four candles, one candle for each of the four weeks in Advent.

    The first candle represents hope; the second, peace; the third, love and the fourth is joy. A center candle is the Christ candle — Jesus, the light of the world.

    My dad made the base of the wreath, because he’s awesome and can make anything, and he’d read prayers out of a booklet as we lit the candles.

  • If you’re like me, you think this is the best time of the year. After all Christmas is here. That means there will be gifts, and great food, Christmas music, gifts, visiting with family, gifts, Christmas movies, gifts, Christmas trees, gifts...Come on, we all know Christmas is special because of gifts. It’s the time of year when the toy companies bring out the best toys. But what is the best gift?

  • During Advent, one of the first Christmas carols we sing at my church is “O Come O Come Emmanuel.”

    It’s a melancholy song of Israel’s lament, of their crying out to God for relief from bondage and slavery, begging God to come and free them.

    But then the chorus goes: “Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.”

    Rejoice — to feel and/or show great joy or delight.

  • Hovering, floating, spinning and drifting, helicopters are sailing through the sky.

  • Wow! I can’t believe we are already into the month of December and we are now halfway through the season of Advent.