• 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.

  • Sept. 8, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Lt. Gov. Brereton Jones stopped in Bedford for a meal at Little Town and Country. He said the state needed to focus on agriculture marketing, promoting a Kentucky food label and reducing the amount of food imported from other states. “We’ve got the capacity to raise all the beef, the labs, all the hogs,” Jones said. “We’ve got no reason to buy meat from anybody.”

  • Kentucky’s economy is surging forward. After nearly a decade of sluggish growth, Republican leadership in both Washington and Frankfort is helping encourage job creation and economic opportunity.

    This is certainly promising news. However, 84 percent of Kentucky employers also reported last year that they couldn’t find enough qualified workers to fill all the job openings that have been created. One estimate showed there are more than 248,000 annual job openings in Kentucky – many with salaries far above average – in need of skilled workers.

  • There are several holidays each year that are distinctly American – from Memorial Day and the Fourth of July to Thanksgiving – but only one celebrates the hard work that made us who we are: Labor Day.

    It is often seen as the unofficial end to the summer, but it’s important to look beyond that as we celebrate the upcoming three-day weekend.

  • Sept. 1, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Hallie Morris of Milton celebrated her 94th birthday on Sept. 1. Morris was a lifelong Trimble County resident, except for a year she resided in Florida. Morris was still doing her own housekeeping, laundering and cooking. She was a member of the Milton United Methodist, going “every time the doors were open,” said her friend Thelma McCord.

    Dave Gosman from Gosmans, Inc. in Madison, Ind. was awarded a bid to construct a shelter house at the county park for $12,400.

  • I don’t know about you, but I never had to go to summer school when I was of school age. However, I always worried about it!

  • It has been a little more than two decades since the General Assembly passed far-reaching reforms of our public postsecondary schools, and without a doubt one of the most successful elements of that work was the creation of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

  • School board member Tony Walker provided a copy of his resignation letter to the Banner. This is the same version Walker shared online upon his decision to leave the board. The letter is addressed to board attorney Grant Chenoweth.


  • Aug. 25, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Mrs. Donna Stark Thompson gave a historical sketch of the Parker family, who built the Bedford Springs Hotel, during a Trimble County Historical Society meeting. The program was in dedication of two new Kentucky highway markers.

  • At the national level, name calling and threats against the noble pursuit of journalism have dominated the space for much of this year.

    The threat of tariffs enforced to benefit one lone employer helped throw a newsprint landscape already being decimated through the loss of print advertising into deeper chaos.

    And then there’s the rhetoric coming from the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C. “Enemies of the people,” the president has said repeatedly. The enemies he’s referring to? Media.

  • As students return to school, it is worth noting that some of Kentucky’s most successful academic programs have already wrapped up their work.

    Several of these got their start in the 1980s, and they have since given thousands of our brightest middle and high school students a chance to come together in a college setting during the summer and learn in ways that extend beyond the traditional classroom while giving the students an early taste of life after high school.

  • Does handing a diploma to a high school graduate mean that he or she is ready to succeed in the next phase of life? Does it even indicate that he or she is confident in reading and mathematics?

    Under Kentucky’s current graduation requirements, the answer is no, which is why I believe now is the time for us to make significant revisions to our requirements.

  • Aug. 18, 1988 (30 years ago)

    Judge-Executive Jack Couch was appointed to the state’s Waste Management Task Force. The task force, comprised of representatives of the waste industry, state departments, county judges association, chambers of commerce and other organizations, would advise the General Assembly on ways to protect health and welfare of Kentuckians and regulate waste without overregulating the industry.

  • When the announcement came Wednesday that Trimble County High School would not field a varsity football team, it was a sour pill to swallow.

    A beam of hope appeared though as students tried to rally the troops and muster an effort to remain on the gridiron, but by Monday afternoon, the fate of the Raiders had been decided. The season was over before it even began.