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Opinion

  • 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.

  • With blustery winds and snow flurries sweeping the Commonwealth, it’s clear that the holiday season is upon us. Meanwhile, the members of the General Assembly continue to be hard at work holding Interim Joint Committee meetings in Frankfort and throughout the state as we approach the start of the 2019 Regular Session in January.

  • Nov. 24, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    The Trimble County Fiscal Court agreed to form a solid waste board after hearing concerns from the Henry-Trimble Counties Concerned Citizens Coalition. The board will consist of the county judge, the mayor of the largest city and one member-at-large. Residents of Hall-Webb Road and Kidwell Pike were also at the meeting voicing concerns about deterioration of the roads.

  • Children have always been a primary focus for legislators and other state leaders, but there has been a renewed effort in recent months to see how we can further improve their lives, especially those facing the toughest challenges.

    Through most of last year, for example, the state House had a bipartisan task force looking for ways to streamline foster care and the adoption process, with the goal of putting displaced children in a loving home more quickly.

  • BY CHARLES LISTON

    Were the words “our environment” ever mentioned during the recent bombardment of political ads and speeches we suffered through?

  • Nov. 17, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    The Trimble County Public Library Board of Trustees had a ceremony Oct. 29 to dedicate the completed addition to the library. The expansion, measuring 800 square feet, added a meeting room, projection room, kitchenette and restrooms. It was named in honor of C.A. Hollowell, who was a vital force in getting funds for construction of the library building in 1975.

  • 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.