• 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.


    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.

  • Last week, the National Conference of State Legislatures kicked off its annual “America’s Legislators Back to School Program,” which began as a one-day event nearly 20 years ago but now runs for most of the academic year.

  • Editor’s Note: Due to omission, two weeks of the Looking Back column appear in today’s issue.

    Sept. 22, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    The Milton Fire Department was scheduled to break ground on a new addition to the building Sept. 26. They were also allowing anyone to have their name on one of the blocks for a $5 donation.

  • In one way, it’s fair to say that some of the first farmers on this side of the world were Kentuckians.

    Archaeologists believe that the Red River Gorge in the eastern part of the commonwealth was one of the early places in North and South America where modern agricultural practices literally took root. Like our farmers today, these earliest settlers found growing conditions to be ideal as they domesticated such wild plants as the sunflower, whose seeds added both flavor and nutrition to their food.

  • This week, our nation is pausing to reflect on a tragedy that is known primarily by its date.

    If you are old enough to remember Sept. 11, 2001, you will never forget where you were and what you were doing when you first heard the news. It had the same impact as several other pivotal moments in our history, from the attack on Pearl Harbor and President Kennedy’s assassination to Neil Armstrong’s walking on the moon.

  • Sept. 15, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Around $1,000 of damage occurred during the Labor Day weekend at the Trimble County Park. Sheriff Howard Long said the entrance gate and section of fence were rammed by a pickup truck the night of Sept. 2. The following night, several picnic tables were turned over and some were pitched over the bank. Evidence of drag racing and four-wheelers in parts of the park was also discovered.

  • Other states may have their festivals, but few if any can compete with Kentucky when it comes to the sheer number and themes we have.

    If it’s a local product that you can eat, listen to, burn or ride, there is a good chance a community somewhere in the commonwealth has dedicated at least a weekend to it.