• Jan. 26, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    Jack Webster and Melissa Gibson were crowned homecoming king and queen at the Friday night basketball game. The Raiders went on to twin the homecoming game against Williamstown, the first win at homecoming in six years for the basketball squad.

    Forty-four candidates completed filing paperwork to run in the May 23 Democratic primary. The three appearing on the ballot for county judge-executive were Jack Couch, Ray Clem and Richard Webster.

  • Organizational matters, such as electing House and Senate leaders, establishing committee assignments and formally submitting the first round of bills traditionally dominates the opening week of odd-year legislative sessions.

    While all of those did take place last week, two other actions – both highly controversial and potentially far-reaching in their impact – made this session’s start unlike any other.

  • The first week of the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2019 Regular Session is in the books. We had a productive few days in Frankfort and leave in good spirits about what is to come this session.

  • Jan. 19, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    A scholarship fund was established by the King’s Daughters’ Hospital Board of Directors in memory of Angela Alexander. Alexander, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Alexander of Milton, was a first-year student in radiologic technology at the hospital’s School of Radiology.

  • I was talking with Molly Haines, editor of The News-Herald in Owenton, after I had just finished the final Looking Back column for 2018. The final paper I summarized was 1943, 75 years ago. With last week’s paper, we began looking at 1989, 1969 and 1944.

    What were the stories that made headlines? What were Trimble countians doing then? What did people care about then and how does that compare or contrast with our county today?

  • This week, the General Assembly heads back to the Capitol to begin the 2019 Regular Session.

    These odd-year meetings of the House and Senate are still relatively new, with this being the 10th one since voters made them possible in 2000. Kentucky was actually one of the last states to have its legislature meet annually; now, only four still have theirs convene every other year: Texas, North Dakota, Nevada and Montana.

  • Jan. 12, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    A $12,900 grant from the Area Development Fund was awarded to the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department toward the purchase of a four-wheel drive vehicle to be used to fight brush fires in Trimble County.

    Gary T. Hardy was named senior vice president of Bedford Loan and Deposit Bank. Hardy was a 1978 graduate of the Kentucky School of Banking and was the officer in charge of Crestwood State Bank’s LaGrange office prior to starting at Bedford Bank.

  • It may seem odd to talk about 2020 with 2019 just now getting underway, but given the importance of next year’s U.S. Census, it is not too soon to begin raising public awareness about something that will have a direct impact on us all for the next decade.

    The Census is one of our country’s longest-running programs, having begun just a year after George Washington became president. Much more than a simple population count, it has also documented who we are, where we live and how much we have changed as a nation from one decade to the next.

  • Jan. 5, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    W.R. Abbott retired after 41 years and seventh months of government service. He began working on a mail route the day after graduating from Trimble County High School in May 1947, following the footsteps of father George Wilbur Abbott, postmaster at the time. His first week’s salary was $32.08, which was the average wage at the time. Abbott said 35,000 Christmas cards passed through the mail at the Bedford Post Office that year.

  • The Senate has opened a door to new opportunities for Kentucky agriculture. After extensive collaboration with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, we passed one of my top Kentucky priorities for the year – a Farm Bill containing my legislation to legalize the production of industrial hemp. When President Trump signs the bill into law, Kentucky‘s farmers can continue to lead the nation in the growing, processing and manufacturing of industrial hemp.

  • Dec. 22, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Country Crafts, operated by Marion Taylor, opened for business at Bray’s Market with an assortment of consignment items from 32 Trimble artisans. The artists were contacted by Taylor to create items for the shop through a newspaper advertisement.

  • With Christmas arriving early next week, time is drawing short for those who’d still like to fit in a Kentucky-themed holiday activity.

    The good news is that there are still plenty of destinations across the commonwealth for those willing to travel.


    Well, it looks like our global carbon dioxide emissions have soared to another record in 2018.

  • Dear Editor,

    We are writing to first thank everyone that has contributed to the ongoing efforts to feed the children of Trimble County. We are aware that during this season of goodwill and giving, that we are all approached daily to help a praiseworthy cause. It humbles us to see so much good and kindness in our community. If you have given of your time, or financially, we are very grateful to you. Many of you have dropped change into a jar at a local business, and that has purchased hundreds of meals for children in Trimble County. Again, we thank you.

  • Dec. 15, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Kevin Daigle, a 27-year-old prizefighter from Granville, N.Y., was preparing to fight in the Louisville Championship boxing match against Bradley Williams. To prepare for his first fight in 10 months, he trained in a gym converted from a garage owned by Reggie Rand. Daigle’s brother, Craig Daigle, resided in Bedford.

    Trimble County Judge-Executive Jack Couch was named secretary/treasurer for the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency’s Board of Directors.

  • One of our country’s great success stories over the past 50 years is the steep decline in deadly auto accidents. Highway fatalities that exceeded 50,000 a year in the early 1970s have since dropped below 40,000, even with significant growth in the number of drivers on the road.

    Kentucky has taken full advantage of this welcome trend. In fact, 2013’s total was the lowest we’ve seen in the commonwealth since the late 1940s.

  • Dec. 8, 1988 (30 years ago)

    Gov. Wallace Wilkinson announced 7.9 miles of roads of various roads in the county would be repaved as part of the Rural Secondary program. The projects had an estimated cost of $40,000.

    The Trimble County Historical Society had its annual Christmas banquet at the General Butler State Park Lodge. Tom Owens, an archivist from the University of Louisville, discussed Christmas traditions as early as the 1800s compared to modern ones.

    Dec. 5, 1968 (50 years ago)

  • Earlier this fall, the University of Kentucky officially opened a new research facility designed to do one thing: Find new ways to defeat the diseases that take far too many of our loved ones.

  • Dec. 1, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    District Rotary Governor 671 A.G. Spizzirri met with the Bedford Rotarians at a holiday dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Ransdell.

    The Trimble Banner Democrat was offering a one-year subscription to each student who completed the literacy program.

    Nov. 28, 1968

    (50 years ago)

  • When it comes to the history of Thanksgiving, there is a gap between what most of us were taught in school and what actually happened.

    It’s true that the most famous of these feasts did indeed occur nearly 400 years ago, when the Pilgrims and the Native Americans who helped them gathered for a three-day harvest celebration.