• 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


    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.

  • July 6, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    Jeana Beth Powell, the 18-year-old daughter of Billy Joe Powell and Suzanne Tucker, was crowned Miss Madison Regatta. She was the only contestant from Trimble County and it was the third pageant she had one, previously taking the titles of Miss Trimble 1988 and Miss Carroll County 1987.

  • Most members of the General Assembly returned to the Capitol last week – not for a special legislative session expected to be called any day now, but for a busy round of committee meetings that is part of our regular monthly schedule this summer and fall.

    While no laws are passed during this time, the information my fellow House and Senate members and I gather will help quite a bit when we do file and then vote on hundreds of bills and resolutions early next year.

  • June 22, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    Lynn Comeaux took over Wheeler’s Dairy Freeze on U.S. 42 West in April. Comeaux bought the business after the founder Kathryn Wheeler died in 1988. Wheeler had owned the business for more than 25 years prior to her death. Comeaux retained the name of the dairy freeze’s founder because “people are going to call it Wheeler’s anyway.”

  • Summer vacation may well be underway, but for a select group of middle and high school students, their education continues as they attend one of several long-standing programs that take classroom learning to a new level.

    The foundation for these weeks-long events can arguably be traced back to the early 1980s, when Western Kentucky University served as home to one-day summer workshops for teachers of gifted students.

  • Since the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the Fourth of July has been observed as a day for patriotism and unity. It is on this day that exemplary visionaries dared to create a new form of government for a new people — a country in which freedom reigned. It is with celebration, reflection, and remembrance that we observe this Independence Day. “We, the people of the United States, have faced insurmountable odds since our young country’s conception but continue to fight for our God-given rights unique to the United States of America..,”

  • As we celebrate the Fourth of July this week, it’s worth remembering the words spoken by a young Teddy Roosevelt on this holiday in 1886, nearly 15 years before he would become president.

     “It is not what we have that will make us a great nation,” he said. “It is the way in which we use it.”

  • While the approval of new laws is a wintertime activity, their actual implementation doesn’t generally take place until the much-quieter days of summer. For 2019, that date arrives on Thursday this week.

    This follows a constitutional requirement that says new laws take effect 90 days after the General Assembly completes its regular session. The only exceptions are if the law is an emergency or has a specific enactment date.

  • June 15, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    Jennifer Moore was crowned the 1989 Miss Trimble County Fair Queen. First runner-up was Cherona Craig, second runner-up Melinda Cark and third runner-up Teena Kelley.

  • Early this month, our country celebrated a major milestone as we recognized the 100th anniversary of the congressional passage of the 19th Amendment, which ultimately guaranteed women the right to vote.

    That victory was not an easy one. It arrived more than 70 years after the Seneca Falls Convention, which launched the women’s suffrage movement in our country, and more than 40 years after the amendment was first introduced in Congress.