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Opinion

  • This year’s legislative session may have seemed like it was just about public-pension reform and budget-related matters, but the General Assembly approved a considerable number of other laws as well. Since most take effect 90 days after the final gavel, barring an emergency or specific enactment date, that means nearly all of them became official this past Saturday.

  • July 21, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Trimble County’s Jeanette McCreary was crowned Miss Shelby RECC over 19 candidates from three counties. She also received a $1,000 scholarship for earning the title.

  • Firefighters, EMS lend a hand to help 4-H campers

    I just returned from 4-H camp. We went from 7/9 to 7/13. The pool was down but our wonderful firefighters and the equally awesome EMS staff took their day off and brought down two water bouncy houses so that the kids could have some fun water activities. They did this without pay or charge of any kind. I just wanted to let people know how much the kids enjoyed themselves on them.

    Mark W. Miller

    Letter to the editor policy

  • To get a better understanding of the size of Kentucky’s state budget, it may help to compare it to revenues earned by Fortune 500 companies. In that scenario, we’d be about 83rd this year, putting us ahead of Coca-Cola and American Express but a little behind Facebook and Best Buy.

  • In this issue of the Banner and last week, you’ve had the opportunity to meet four pastors who have accepted the call to become leaders of Trimble County’s spiritual community.

  • July 14, 1988 (30 years ago)

    A crowd of 1,400 to 1,500 people gathered at the Trimble County Park for Fourth of July festivities. Entertainment consisted of a 40-minute fireworks display, the Kentucky Drifters Cloggers and Patty and the Twilighters.

  • While the calendar tells us that summer technically began about two weeks ago, the truth is that it feels like the season is halfway over by the Fourth of July, since that is roughly the mid-point between school years.

    Our country’s “birthday,” of course, is one of the first history lessons our students learn. We declared our independence 242 years ago this week, when we formally decided we no longer thought of ourselves as 13 colonies but a nation in our own right.

  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are the values on which our great nation was founded. Written in the Declaration of Independence, these words ring true for all Americans and have held fast for more than two centuries. Ratified on July 4, 1776, the Declaration has long been held in the hearts of the American people as a source of hope and inspiration to protect the freedoms we hold so dear.

  • July 7, 1988

    (30 years ago)

  • The number of students in seats is absolutely essential in all forms of education, whether it’s in a county school district dependent on SEEK funding or a regional university that has to keep pleading a case for funding during the General Assembly each biennium.

  • For those of us who opposed this year’s public-pension bill, the court ruling that struck it down last Wednesday was cause for celebration. It also re-affirmed something even more important: The people of Kentucky should never be shut out of the legislative process.

    Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd’s opinion is just the latest – but not the last – step in a saga that has been going on for more than a year. The Kentucky Supreme Court will ultimately decide the law’s fate in the weeks ahead.

  • June 30, 1988 (30 years ago)

    Jeanette McCreary, the daughter of John McCreary of Bedford and Diana McCreary of Lebanon Junction, was crowned Miss Madison Regatta. As Miss Regatta, she had the honor of presiding over the week of events, helping judge parade floats and presenting the trophy to the winning hydroplane driver.

    The Trimble County Board of Education, following the recommendation of J.W. Sachleben, voted to increase classified salaries 20 cents per hour to each level, with 10 cents per hour added between levels.

  • BY RICK RAND

    We may not think of mid-summer as tax season, but it’s something to keep in mind as an array of major changes in the state tax code is just days away from officially becoming law.

  • June 23, 1988 (30 years ago)

    Jeana Beth Powell was crowned 1988 Miss Trimble County. The 17-year-old daughter of Suzanne Powell and Billy Joe Powell was chosen from among seven other contestants. Master of Ceremonies for the contest was WHAS personality Fred Wiche.

    A record crowd attended last week’s “Best of Kentucky” Trimble County Fair. The event drew 557 at the gate Tuesday, 606 people Wednesday, 702 Thursday, 950 Friday and more than 932 people Saturday.

  • The Eighth Commandment may call on us not to steal, but the unfortunate reality is that there have always been those who don’t hesitate to rob others. In today’s electronic age, when the thief doesn’t even have to be in the same country as his victim to commit a crime, that has become easier than ever.

  • June 16, 1988 (30 years ago)

    Jim and Jo Ann Markham started “The Plantings” interdenominational retreat center off Barebone Road. The couple said they wanted to provide a serene place for family members to deal with small problems before those problems grow more severe. The couple was seeking help with physical labor at the 81-acre site.

    Singh Point won the third race at River Downs on June 11. Gus and Beth Wagner, Mrs. Thoke and Liz Carbine, all of Bedford, owned the horse. He returned to Thoke’s farm in Bedford for a week of rest.

  • While much of the public’s interest in the General Assembly’s work is understandably focused on the first few months of the year, when new laws are adopted, most of the remaining weeks on the calendar play an important role as well in the legislative process.

  • June 9, 1988 (30 years ago)

    The U.S. Army Reserve Center at Bowman Field in Louisville was renamed for Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler, a Louisville resident formerly of Trimble County. The 70-year-old was commander twice of the division, which had nearly 4,000 members across the state. Petitioners to rename the building sought help from Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Romano Mazzoli after the initial request was turned down by Pentagon officials, citing that regulations usually called for buildings to be named in memory of a deceased hero.

  • There likely won’t be any cake involved, but on Friday this week, our commonwealth will celebrate its 226th birthday.

    We were the 15th state to join the Union, arriving about four-and-a-half years after the first – Delaware – and four years before the 16th, which was Tennessee.

    It’s no overstatement to say we’ve seen a lot of history over the years. We have 30 National Historic Landmarks, for example, and those range from Churchill Downs and the Old State Capitol to battlefields in Perryville and Mill Springs.

  • June 2, 1988 (30 years ago)

    The Country Store purchased the former Jay’s Market building on Main Street. Owner James “Eck” McCane said he hopes to provide a full line of groceries to better serve the community. Employees had three days to get the building ready and move all of the stock from the store’s building on West Street.

    Joe K. Ginn, a Trimble County resident, was named supervisor of the month in March at the Kentucky State Reformatory.