• The Advocate-Messenger

    Fair warning: This editorial is preaching to the choir.

    This editorial is warning about the problem of too many people putting down their local newspapers — to the people who are still picking them up (in analog or digital form).

    But we’re going to preach anyway.

    Newspapers have been slowly disappearing from the American landscape for years now, thanks to a perfect storm of Craigslist, Facebook, poor civics education and the print industry’s own failures to adapt.

  • Feb. 9, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    Kevin Daigle began his quest for the Mid-American title. Daigle had been training in Trimble County. He was scheduled to take on John Featherstone from South Dakota in a March 18 match at the middle school gymnasium.

    The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department received a $12,000 check to pay for a truck being converted to a tanker. The money came from the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency’s Area Development Funds through efforts of Judge Jack Couch and Magistrate Virgil Welty.

  • Last November, nearly two-thirds of Florida’s voters approved a constitutional amendment that automatically restores voting rights to most felons after they complete their sentence. It’s a move that many think is long overdue here in Kentucky, since we’re now just one of two states – Iowa is the other – that still enforces a broad lifetime voting ban in these cases.

  • Feb. 2, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    In first through eighth grade, 39 students were participating in the Esprit program in Trimble schools for gifted and talented students. Thirty-eight students were involved in the program at the high school level. During the past semester, the lower elementary grades traveled to Shakertown while the upper elementary grades toured the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington. Older students were able to attend the performance of “A Christmas Carol” at Actors Theatre in Louisville.

  • There are times when all of us have wished that we could start over again. We would like a fresh start or a new page to begin things all over again. Maybe we have messed up and created something that we are ashamed of or do not want to be associated with any longer.

  • Each legislative session may be different, but nearly all share a common trait: They spend a considerable amount of time focused on education.

    This year’s meeting of the General Assembly is certainly no different, with nearly a fifth of all bills filed so far falling into this category. Many more will almost certainly be added when my fellow legislators and I return to the Capitol on Feb. 5.

  • Did any of you know here that worldwide, more than 2 billion people eat insects? That companies are “hiding” insect ingredients in energy bars, chips and cookies?

    Crickets are the popular choice (one cup of cricket flour has 70 grams of protein, about as much as 9 ounces of beef). There is a word for all this: “Entomophagy,” meaning to feed more people with fewer inputs, by introducing insects (a sustainable protein source) into diets.

  • 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.