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Opinion

  • Independence Day may get most of the attention when it comes to celebrating our country’s founding, but there’s a good argument to be made that September 17th is just as important.

    It was on that day, 232 years ago this week, that the U.S. Constitution was formally signed, putting in place a charter that has guided our nation ever since and which has been a model for others around the world. In fact, ours is now the oldest and, at 4,400 words, the shortest among the major countries.

  • August 31, 1989

    (30 Years Ago)

    An informational meeting regarding the proposed expansion to the Valley View Landfill was flooded with angry protestors. Despite the wave of opposition, it has become increasingly clear that the expansion will ultimately be approved.

  • There have been just a few historic events over the years where the whole country will never forget what it was doing when it heard the news. 

    Some were positive milestones – the end of fighting during WWII, for example, and the day Neil Armstrong walked on the moon – while others were tragedies like Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President Kennedy and, 18 years ago this week, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

  • Kentucky has no shortage of fairs and festivals during the spring and summer, but like the changing color of leaves, their peak time arrives during September and October.

    Most if not all of these events center on products, people or activities having close ties to the communities hosting them.  Food is a common theme, and there is enough variety to overfill a dinner plate.

  • August 24, 1989

    (30 Years Ago)

    Louisville Gas and Electric managed to reach an agreement with the Public Service Commission regarding rates and costs of electricity that will be generated from their plant. The plant was around 80 percent complete and on track for a January opening.

  • Aug 10, 1989

    30 years ago

    Insight Cablevision announced that it has completed wiring the City of Bedford for cable television.

    Bill Croley has been named Commonwealth’s Attorney for Trimble, Henry, and Oldham Counties. Croley replaced Bruce Hamilton, who resigned from his position at the request of his doctors.

    Jeanette McCreary of Bedford won the Miss Gallatin County title at the Gallatin County Fair.

    Obituaries: Ella Mae Mahoney, 58; John Green Morgan, 50.

    Aug 17, 1989

    (30 years ago)

  • Several months have passed since the conclusion of the 2019 Regular Session, but my work as your Senator has not slowed. Between answering your questions, concerns, letters or phone calls, I have been meeting with constituents throughout our district in preparation for the Interim and the 2020 Regular Session.

  • Dear Editor,

    The Trimble County Circuit Clerk’s Office wants to say a big thank you to our generous sponsors of our recent fundraiser benefiting the Trust for Life Organ Donor Program.

  • When the United States first celebrated Labor Day 125 years ago, life on the job was anything but easy for many.  The hours were often long; safety was an afterthought, if it was thought about at all; and children as young as seven were forced to work, with some given the most dangerous tasks because of their small size.  Safety-net programs like workers comp and unemployment insurance were still decades away.

  • For 95 percent of Kentuckians, clean drinking water is as close as the kitchen or bathroom sink.  Except during a rare boil-water advisory, many of us don’t even think twice about what it took to make this critical utility so dependable.

    We should, though, because it didn’t happen by accident.  It took decades of planning and hard work, billions of dollars and a diligence to make sure every gallon we use meets the same high standards every single day.

  • Early this month, Kentucky State Police announced it was now accepting applications for what will be its 100th class of cadets, a major milestone for an agency that officially turned 70 last year.

    KSP began when state leaders decided that the Kentucky Highway Patrol, which began in the 1930s, needed to expand its scope and do more to help complement the work done by city and county law enforcement.

    There were about 200 officers who made the transition, and they earned a salary that would be the equivalent of around $20,000 today.

  • As a concerned citizen of Trimble County, and someone who has lived in a lot of other places, I want to make my pitch for planning and zoning.

    I know. It may as well be a four-letter word. But then, I like four-letter words. If you ask my husband, Patter McLaughlin, he’ll tell you that I use them. Often. But that’s beside the point.

  • To get a better understanding of where we are doing well and where we may need to improve, it can help to see how we stack up to our competition.

    For state policy makers, there’s a handy publication that comes out each year that gives us a good snapshot. Known simply as “State Rankings,” it brings together hundreds of 50-state comparisons in broad subjects ranging from education and the economy to agriculture and healthcare.

  • July 27, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    Trimble County was designated an official Bicentennial County in anticipation of its 200th anniversary, which occurred in 1992.

    Bruce Hamilton will close out a 17-year career as prosecutor for Oldham, Henry, and Trimble counties. Hamilton’s retirement comes as the result of a stroke, which left him unable to do his job. During his tenure as an attorney, he racked up a 98 percent conviction rate, and was named the state’s top prosecutor in 1985.

    Aug. 3, 1989

    (30 years ago)

  • Support for acquatics event appreciated

    Editor:

    Please accept my thank you letter recognizing the following people for all of their hard work, patience and donations to the Carroll County Pool’s “Christmas in July” event that took place Saturday, July 27. The event is now in its second year attracted over 220 people who visited with Santa and the Grinch, enjoyed an obstacle course and jousting and viewed the holiday classic “Christmas Vacation” on the big screen.

  • Relief plan offers troubling options that may lead to agencies leaving pension system altogether

    On Wednesday afternoon, and following months of debate, the General Assembly gave final approval to a law that its supporters say is a path forward for the quasi-governmental agencies and regional public universities facing steep payments to Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS).

  • July 20, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    Jennifer Marie Graham, a rising senior at Trimble County High School, participated in the 1989 Governors Scholar Program at Murray State University. Her areas of interest for the five-week session are a major in literature and a minor in “Getting the Facts: Evidence and Imagination.”

    Cheryl Andrew, wife of Aaron Andrew of Bedford, Kentucky, recently completed her master’s degree of Public Administration at the University of Kentucky.

  • Planning and zoning. It’s a three-word phrase that’s been heard almost constantly in Trimble County since things came to a head last September in a public hearing to review a proposed zoning ordinance.

    Last week, local leaders appeared to cement their intentions on Trimble County’s future by a 3-2 split vote to conduct the first reading of an ordinance to repeal the current (but suspended) zoning ordinance.

  • Friday may be the end of the workweek for most of us, but this past one turned out to be its start for the General Assembly, since that’s when Governor Bevin called legislators to Frankfort to kick off a special legislative session.

    The topic at hand is one that has dominated the legislature’s agenda since the beginning of the year: How to help quasi-governmental agencies and regional public universities with a 68 percent spike in their payments to Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS) during the current fiscal year, which began early this month.