• 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.

  • June 1, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    Strawberry lovers were urged to take advantage of a short picking season by University of Kentucky extension specialists. The year’s crop was excellent quality, according to the university.

    The school board voted to raise certified teacher salaries by 5 percent. “Some district are going to 5 ½ percent, but this is what I feel we can handle,” superintendent J.W. Sachleben said.

    Deaths: William J. Turner, 86.

    June 8, 1989

    (30 years ago)

  • May 18, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    Forty-three candidates were running for office in the May 23 primary. Only two races were unopposed, constable for district 1 and constable for district four. Races with the most candidates were magistrate in district two, magistrate district three and county clerk.

    Gene Harmon, a 1971 graduate from Trimble County High School, was scheduled to be the guest speaker at the alumni banquet. Harmon was an attorney with the Huddleston Brothers law firm in Bowling Green.

  • While the General Assembly is at its busiest during the first few months of the year, when new laws are approved, the summer and fall are vital as well to the legislative process.

    The interim, as this time is called at the Capitol, starts in June and runs through mid-December, and it gives the 14 main House and Senate committees a less-hectic setting to come together to review the real-world impact of legislation and to learn more about issues affecting the state.

  • There is a proverb that says it is “better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.” That’s especially true when it comes to Kentucky tourism.

  • Twenty-two years ago this month, the General Assembly adopted one of the most far-reaching laws in the Kentucky’s history when it revamped our public postsecondary system. As part of that work, it set a series of ambitious goals to reach by the year 2020.

  • They may have different uniforms and job duties, but one quality binds all first responders: They immediately run toward an emergency when the first impulse is to run away.

    They deserve recognition every day, but spring and fall are when we officially set aside time to commemorate their invaluable work and sacrifices. This week, for example, recognizes police officers, while May 4 was International Firefighters’ Day and early October is when the country holds National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.

  • One of the great things about Kentucky is that we recognized the importance of protecting and promoting our past early on.

    The Kentucky Historical Society, for example, got its start in 1838, and received its first state funding in 1906. Still going strong, it is an integral part of a network featuring several hundred smaller historical organizations and museums that commemorate everything from our military contributions to quilts.

  • In the days since Governor Bevin vetoed a retirement bill affecting our quasi-governmental agencies and regional public universities, I have had many people ask me a lot of questions. Here are my responses to some of the more popular ones.

    1.) What is this issue about, exactly?

  • April 6, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    The eleven Trimble County stores that began lottery ticket purchases were already reporting sales numbers. Bob Rowlett, owner of the Kentucky Souvenir Shop, said more than 3,000 tickets were sold, including a $500 prize to Carl Raisor from Hanover, Ind. Video Now said they had 250 sales, Country General Store in Milton with 485 sales, Morgan Drug Store with 121 total tickets sold and Deer Run Golf Course also reporting four or five tickets sold in the span of a few hours.

  • Legislative sessions are mostly remembered for laws that are enacted, but for some people, keeping a bill from the governor’s desk is a victory, too.

    When the General Assembly wrapped up its work late last month, for example, teachers were especially pleased to see that two of the bills they strongly opposed never even came up for a vote in the House, much less the Senate.

  • When the General Assembly returned to the Capitol on Thursday to complete this year’s legislative session, one unresolved issue towered over the rest. Regrettably, the solution now set to become law is not the one we need, and the very way it was approved – late at night, before the bill could even be read – was a near-repeat of last year’s controversial and ultimately unconstitutional public-pension bill.

  • Coordinated efforts at the federal, state and local levels are making considerable progress in the fight against opioid and substance abuse. Unfortunately, Kentucky still ranks among the hardest-hit states in the nation. Reports continue to show record-breaking overdose deaths in our Commonwealth, and families are struggling as they watch their loved ones battle addiction.

  • March 23, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    The dream of a trip to the state tournament ended for the Lady Raiders as the Oldham County Lady Colonels defeated Trimble 49-41 in the Eighth Region championship. Tiffany Long and Heather Higgins were named to the girls region all-tournament team. Long led the scoring with 11 points followed by Brandi Purvis with eight points, Rene Sweazy, Higgins and Jackie Couch with six points each and Shannon Taylor with four points.

  • No matter what happens when the General Assembly returns to the Capitol on Thursday, the first 29 days of this year’s 30-day legislative session have certainly been memorable. While I wish we could have done more in some areas – and much less in others – here’s a brief look at what is poised to become law, barring a veto by the governor.

    Most bills that clear the House and Senate fall into five broad categories: education; health and well-being; criminal justice; economic development; and tweaks to the way government is run.

  • For Kentucky’s nonprofits, the last year has not been an easy one. A ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court last March – and a rushed overhaul of the state tax code less than a month later – left these critical organizations facing the last thing anyone wants: a much-larger tax bill.

    Our religious and civic organizations found themselves in this predicament through no fault of their own, and the cost hasn’t been small, either – about $30 million annually.

  • It just takes two words to sum up this year’s legislative session through the end of last week: “Stay tuned.”

    I say that because, with only four working days remaining, the General Assembly has a long list of bills still awaiting a final decision.

    I am no fan of this approach, because it makes it much more difficult for legislators, and especially the public, to keep track of and offer meaningful input on laws that would have an impact on Kentucky for years to come. We must re-commit ourselves to finding a better way.

  • The pace of activity inside the Capitol is picking up as we rapidly approach the end of the 153rd Regular Session. With only a few days left to pass bills, the Kentucky General Assembly has been working in overdrive to develop the best legislative policy for the Commonwealth.

    Many big issues have been addressed in this 30-day short session. This was one of our busiest weeks yet, as bills concerning abortion, medical marijuana, and education had Frankfort buzzing with visitors who attended rallies and committee meetings.

  • 30 YEARS AGO

    March 9, 1989

    Geraldine Kidwell wrote a how-to book for gum paste figures and fashions with numerous diagrams and pictures after building a full-time business with cake decorating. She also had the distinction of Kentucky Colonel, was made an honorary captain of the Belle of Louisville for a confectionary replica of the boat, a member of the Kentucky Cake Club and a charter member of the International Cake Exploration Society.

  • Editor's Note: Because of a technical issue, the regular Looking Back column was omitted from the March 7 edition. Our hope is to run two weeks worth of the column in the next edition.