• Veterans Day is always a special time to recognize and honor those men and women who have served our country, but this year’s holiday is particularly noteworthy because it falls on the 100th anniversary of the event that inspired it: the armistice that effectively ended World War I.

    Although the official conclusion of that conflict was still months away, all that mattered to those who had lived through it was the end of the fighting. That moment arrived on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

  • Nov. 10, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Michael Stark and Crystal Bray were crowned king and queen of the Bedford fall festival.

    Trooper Jim Mudd, public affairs officer for the Kentucky State Police LaGrange Post, retired after 31 years of service.

    Chief Charles A. “Frog” Means announced his retirement from the Milton Volunteer Fire Department. Means was with the department for 24 years and held the position of chief for 23 years.

    Deaths: Barney R. Fendley, 92.

    Nov. 7, 1968

    (50 years ago)

  • Each October, the Cabinet for Economic Development highlights an industry that can be summed up in three words: Made in Kentucky.

    It’s a phrase that can be applied to more and more products every year. The Cabinet says there are now 4,500 manufacturing facilities across the commonwealth, and they employ 256,000 people. That’s about 13 percent of our total workforce.

  • Oct. 27, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    A group of 40 people from Pendleton, New Castle, Bedford, Sulphur, Smithfield, Pleasureville, Milton and Carrollton were present at the Henry-Trimble Counties Concerned Citizens Coalition that set out to stop the expansion of the Valley View Landfill. One of the issues the group had was garbage leaking into the water table due to underlying karst at the landfill site.

  • Oct. 20, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Jim Zimmerman, Republican candidate for state representative of the 59th District, addressed a group of 20 people at a partisan gathering at the Trimble County Park. Zimmerman was running for office against Democratic incumbent Bob Jones.

  • With fall finally feeling like it has arrived, farmers across the country are in full swing as they wind down another growing season. Although we are surrounded by farmland, we may sometimes forget that, as a profession, farmers are an elite group.

    In 1880, two-thirds of Kentucky’s workforce could be found on a farm, and even 60 years later, the rate was still one in three. By the early 1990s, however, we had largely caught up with the rest of the nation and saw our numbers drop below four percent.

  • For much of our country’s history, domestic violence was an often hidden crime, with victims hesitant to report abuse and government ill-equipped to provide the services and protection they deserved.

  • Oct. 13, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    A CSX train split a tractor-trailer hauling garbage in half after the trailer’s landing gear got stuck on the track at the crossing in Sulphur. The trailer was taking garbage to Valley View Landfill. The driver from Monroe, La., said they were not aware of the 44,000 lbs. weight limit on that road. He left the truck and attempted to flag down the engineers before the train struck the trailer.

  • When the FBI released its latest annual report last week on crime in our country, Kentucky once again got great news when the numbers showed that all but a handful of states were more violent in 2017.

  • Last week, the National Conference of State Legislatures kicked off its annual “America’s Legislators Back to School Program,” which began as a one-day event nearly 20 years ago but now runs for most of the academic year.

  • Editor’s Note: Due to omission, two weeks of the Looking Back column appear in today’s issue.

    Sept. 22, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    The Milton Fire Department was scheduled to break ground on a new addition to the building Sept. 26. They were also allowing anyone to have their name on one of the blocks for a $5 donation.

  • In one way, it’s fair to say that some of the first farmers on this side of the world were Kentuckians.

    Archaeologists believe that the Red River Gorge in the eastern part of the commonwealth was one of the early places in North and South America where modern agricultural practices literally took root. Like our farmers today, these earliest settlers found growing conditions to be ideal as they domesticated such wild plants as the sunflower, whose seeds added both flavor and nutrition to their food.

  • This week, our nation is pausing to reflect on a tragedy that is known primarily by its date.

    If you are old enough to remember Sept. 11, 2001, you will never forget where you were and what you were doing when you first heard the news. It had the same impact as several other pivotal moments in our history, from the attack on Pearl Harbor and President Kennedy’s assassination to Neil Armstrong’s walking on the moon.

  • Sept. 15, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Around $1,000 of damage occurred during the Labor Day weekend at the Trimble County Park. Sheriff Howard Long said the entrance gate and section of fence were rammed by a pickup truck the night of Sept. 2. The following night, several picnic tables were turned over and some were pitched over the bank. Evidence of drag racing and four-wheelers in parts of the park was also discovered.

  • Other states may have their festivals, but few if any can compete with Kentucky when it comes to the sheer number and themes we have.

    If it’s a local product that you can eat, listen to, burn or ride, there is a good chance a community somewhere in the commonwealth has dedicated at least a weekend to it.

  • Sept. 8, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Lt. Gov. Brereton Jones stopped in Bedford for a meal at Little Town and Country. He said the state needed to focus on agriculture marketing, promoting a Kentucky food label and reducing the amount of food imported from other states. “We’ve got the capacity to raise all the beef, the labs, all the hogs,” Jones said. “We’ve got no reason to buy meat from anybody.”

  • Kentucky’s economy is surging forward. After nearly a decade of sluggish growth, Republican leadership in both Washington and Frankfort is helping encourage job creation and economic opportunity.

    This is certainly promising news. However, 84 percent of Kentucky employers also reported last year that they couldn’t find enough qualified workers to fill all the job openings that have been created. One estimate showed there are more than 248,000 annual job openings in Kentucky – many with salaries far above average – in need of skilled workers.

  • There are several holidays each year that are distinctly American – from Memorial Day and the Fourth of July to Thanksgiving – but only one celebrates the hard work that made us who we are: Labor Day.

    It is often seen as the unofficial end to the summer, but it’s important to look beyond that as we celebrate the upcoming three-day weekend.

  • Sept. 1, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Hallie Morris of Milton celebrated her 94th birthday on Sept. 1. Morris was a lifelong Trimble County resident, except for a year she resided in Florida. Morris was still doing her own housekeeping, laundering and cooking. She was a member of the Milton United Methodist, going “every time the doors were open,” said her friend Thelma McCord.

    Dave Gosman from Gosmans, Inc. in Madison, Ind. was awarded a bid to construct a shelter house at the county park for $12,400.

  • I don’t know about you, but I never had to go to summer school when I was of school age. However, I always worried about it!