Twenty-one law enforcement dispatchers, including Darrius Taylor of Carroll County Dispatch, graduated Nov. 18, from the Public Safety Dispatch Academy at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.
The graduates hail from communications centers across the state, and comprise DOCJT’s 109th telecommunications academy class, which first began in 1999.
My husband and I were watching television one night in late October when we saw our first Christmas commercial. Hershey’s decided to break tradition by running their famous bell ringing kisses commercial before Halloween! They wanted to be the first to remind us Christmas was on the way. In years past, it was all about ghosts, ghouls, tricks and treats until midnight of Oct. 31st. Promptly at 12:01 a.m., on Nov. 1st, it transitioned into the holiday season of pumpkin spice everything, Christmas Carols and Hallmark Channel movies.
At right, Riley Poe, daughter of Yvonne and J.R. Poe of Sanders won the 5-year and under age group, in the News-Democrat’s Holiday Coloring Contest, sponsored by Hometown Pizza of Carrollton. Below at left, Anna Benecke, daughter of Shawn and Susan Benecke of Carrollton, won the 6-9 year age group; and below at right, Mikaela Turner, daughter of Amanda Turner of Eminence and Michael Turner of Williamstown won the 10-13 year age group.
It can’t be wrapped or placed under a tree, but the perfect gift can help save patient lives this holiday season. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the lifesaving gift of a blood donation in December, a time when donations decline but patient needs remain steady.
The Port William Historical Society met Nov. 29, at the Masterson House with 11 attending. After enjoying a pot luck dinner, Deborah Garrett introduced guest speaker Shorty Tomlinson. He reflected on his terms as judge-executive, his time managing General Butler State Park and his retirement. He continues to serve on a board and enjoys time with his family.
Carroll County Arts Board hosts a free Community Church Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Carroll County Middle School. The event will feature seven local churches. Donations will be accepted for the CCAB arts scholarship.
Carroll County is a community that responds to the call for help as recently witnessed by the support of the flooded areas of West Virginia and the water quality crisis in Flint, Mich.
The community is stepping up again in wake of the fires in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that have affected locations that hold memories for many local folks. Hurricane force winds started a fire storm that quickly moved from Chimney Top toward the communities of Gatlinburg, Tenn. and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., forcing the evacuation of Gatlinburg.
“A Christmas Carroll” comes to downtown Carrollton Saturday, Dec. 3, with a parade, carriage rides, contests and a bake-off. Organizers encourage all county residents to attend the festivities.
“A Christmas Carroll is the official kickoff to the Christmas season in Carroll County,” according to Sam Burgess, manager of the Carrollton Main Street Program which sponsors the event. “It’s the only public Christmas event going on countywide.”
“We Care, We Share” is the Ohio Valley United Charities, Inc., theme for its 2017 Fundraising Campaign it launched this month as it seeks financial support for 34 area charities for grants totaling over $165,000.
In operation since 1998, the non-profit organization composed of volunteers from Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Owen, and Trimble counties seeks pledges and donations from area businesses and industries that helps designated charities give back services to the community.