• In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Sound familiar? It should!

    You learned this in school. It’s a rhyme that reminds us that in 1492 Christopher Columbus set sail from Spain to prove the world is round and to look for new worlds. Later that year he and his ships made it to the West Indies, proving that the world is indeed round and discovering new territories. This would not have in happened if in part, he hadn’t been looking to discover new truths.

  • BY STEVE MIRACLE | Superintendent of Trimble County Schools

    Recently, the Kentucky Department of Education released accountability scores for each public K-12 school in Kentucky. We wanted to take the opportunity to share some details and a snapshot of our achievement from the 2017-2018 school year.

  • In his book, Soul Detox, Pastor Craig Groeschel explains, “What you fear most reveals what you value most.” Further he states, “What you fear most reveals where you trust God least.”

    In these uncertain times we need a different perspective about worry. There are so many things we worry about: Money. Jobs. Marriage and relationships. Our health. Our kids. The future. Sometimes we worry when there seems to be nothing to worry about. We worry while waiting for something bad to happen.

  • Recently, I heard about a young dad named Dillon Moore and a Texas dentist, Dr. Kenny Wilstead.

    About two years ago, Wilstead randomly came across Moore on Facebook and noticed that he wasn’t smiling in any of his photos and offered to fix his teeth, if that was the reason he didn’t smile.

    Moore replied that he couldn’t take off work, and that was that.

  • Tragedy struck over this past weekend. Thankfully no people or animals were involved. The carpet cleaner burned up. I was attempting to rescue the carpets from the damage wrought by humans, cats and dogs; this chore was way overdue. Overdue to the point I lived in perpetual dread of having anybody coming to the house. When the unexpected person arrived I always told them, “Don’t look at the place.” A plea I learned from my mother.

  • Last week I met with Carla, a young woman who has an amazing story of how God is using her.

    But first, she had to go through a time of incredible pain and darkness. Of course, much of her darkness was the resulting consequences of her own bad choices. Still, those consequences were the very ones she needed to suffer to become the usable vessel she is today.

    I’ve heard many pastors use Oswald Chambers’ quote: “Before God can use a (person) greatly, he must wound him deeply.”

  • My household and technology have conspired to complicate time keeping in an astounding fashion.

  • For the past few years I’ve been following on social media the true-life saga of a lost child.

    The child is an adult, but he’s still a child to his frantic mother – and to God.

    The son is in his mid- to late-20s I think, and has been living on the streets off and on for a few years, depending on his drug addiction.

    When he’s sober, he works. But when he’s not, well, his mom isn’t sure how he makes his money to support his addiction or feed himself or find a place to sleep.

  • None of us live long until we discover for ourselves that not everything we encounter on life’s journey is really “real.” It doesn’t make any difference what area of life it may be, there seems to always be a counterfeit for the genuine.

  • Dear readers,

    I would like to share some very good news with you about the school district this week. The first item of good news is that Trimble County Public Schools, for the second year consecutively, has a balanced budget. It was a struggle to get there as we went through the legislative session in the spring and had more than $300,000 cut from our state revenue. Once again, however, the consolidation of our middle and high school buildings back in 2016 has been extremely helpful in allowing us to efficiently use our resources over the past two years.

  • The Trimble County Historical Society was formed in 1977. As the founding members began researching those who settled here they had to reach out to other counties to get the beginnings. The members of societies in other counties came together and decided to have an annual picnic to bond with one another.

  • Unless you talk about it or document your end-of-life wishes, most family’s will not know what you want and this can cause a lot of stress and anxiety on family members.

    Written records of patient wishes can improve quality of end-of-life care and help a person die with dignity.  Conversation Project is a public engagement campaign to promote end-of-life planning discussions.  According to AARP, the following steps may help you begin the conversation:

  • I’ve had more ludicrous surprises while driving than most people I know. Of course ludicrous surprises in any setting are my forte. I’ve become tentative at the wheel because I never know what’s coming next. What I do know is it will be unexpected.


    Recently one of my clients received in the mail a private dinner invitation from a financial advisor. The advisor claimed that he will show attendees how to keep their money safe from market declines and provide a way to receive a lifetime income that can’t be outlived.

  • Last week I spoke at a women’s luncheon at a local church.

    The woman who invited me told me that their theme was thankfulness.

    That was several months ago when the sky was blue, the humidity was low and I think someone brought in cake to work that day, so of course I said I’d love to talk about being thankful.

    After all, it’s easy to give thanks when all is well.

    And then in the weeks leading up to my talk, life just sort of fell apart. In many ways it feels like the gates of hell opened up and dumped on my family.

  • Recently, my husband came home from work and told me he was in charge of a project which involved the development and installation of a robot.

  • Sometime ago, I read a humorous fictitious manual for those who volunteer in the Peace Corps.

    There was a particular portion directed to those who would be heading to South America. The manual gave specific advice to the volunteers on how to handle an encounter with an anaconda. One of the largest constrictor type snakes in the world. The advice given comes with the heading, “What to do if attacked by an Anaconda?” Here is the list:

    If you are attacked by an anaconda do not run. The snake is faster than you are.

    Lie flat on the ground.

  • Years ago, my granddaughter Caroline couldn’t be trusted to not make a run for it in a crowd.

    As a toddler, she was notorious for breaking loose from my daughter’s grasp and taking off running. She was also fearless and overly friendly when it came to approaching strangers and, if given the chance, would follow anyone anywhere, especially if offered candy or a puppy or a sip of Diet Coke.

  • Have you seen grace lately?

    That was a question posed in 1996 by the editor of the now-defunct Virtue magazine, a Christian women’s magazine I used to write for.

    The editor, Jeanette Thomason, once spent several weeks chronicling the stopping spots of railroad tramps in Spokane, Washington.

    She’d make her way past rows of abandoned buildings and find discarded wine bottles and chicken bones, cold campfires and cardboard lean-tos.

  • BY CHARLES LISTON | Special to the Banner

    A final score of 69 (no bogies, three birdies) was good but not near good enough for the Bedford Rotary Club to bring home any trophies from Ohio Valley United Charities (OVUC) golf scramble last week at Henry County Country Club.