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Have You Met

  • Have you met ... Raymond Meadows

     Carrollton native Raymond Meadows wants the community to know that the American Legion Post 41 is more than just a bar: it’s an active organization with mostly Carroll County members that supports the community and all veterans who need assistance.

    “There are a lot of things we do down here that the public don’t know, really what the Legion is all about,” Meadows said.

    Legion Commander for nine years, Meadows said it is a bigger job than people may think.

  • Have you met ... Joe Vessels

    By JACOB BLAIR

    The News-Democrat Intern

    Carroll County High School agriculture teacher Joe Vessels recently was awarded the Kentucky Department of Conservation Teacher of the Year.

    Vessels, originally a Payneville native from Meade County, began working in Carroll County in 2007 after he was offered the agriculture teacher’s job at the high school. He said farming was engrained in him at an early age, when he lived with his parents and five brothers and sisters on a corn and soybean farm.

  • Injury inspires Embry to help other people

    By JACOB BLAIR
    The News-Democrat Intern

    Jessica Embry’s story is a tale of her father’s lasting impact and realizing as an adolescent the need for people to help other people.

    Embry, 40, lives in Carrollton with her husband and two daughters. She said her large family has always been an inspiration to her career and personal life, especially after watching her father, Jackie Hughes, and working with her cousin who has Down syndrome.

    “When I was seven, my dad had a motor vehicle accident,” Embry said.

  • Have you met ... Scott Nab

    The plan was to stay in Carrollton for five years, then move back to the family farm near Scottsbluff, Neb.

    But plans change, especially when a young man meets a pretty local girl and falls in love.

    That’s what happened to Scott Nab, who came to work at Dow Corning’s Carrollton Plant in January 1992, right after graduating from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, S.D.

  • Have you met ... Nick Sabelhaus

    It seems inspiration can come when we least expect it.

    That’s something Nick Sabelhaus, 23, of Carrollton, has discovered over the past two years. Growing up, the 2008 Carroll County High School graduate had never been interested in physical activity and had no specific goals for his future.

    “I’m a naturally lazy person,” Nick admits.

  • Have you met ... Caleb Stephenson sells produce to earn money for college

    By SARAH BEACH

    The News-Democrat

    Though Caleb Stephenson is young, he is already an active member of the agricultural community.

    The 13-year-old has worked in a garden since around the age of four.

    “Ever since I was little I liked being in my garden, like growing stuff, seeing what a seed can do,” Stephenson said.

  • Have you met ... Tony Jury

    By SARAH BEACH

    The News-Democrat

    The Carroll County Area Technology Center’s new principal, Tony Jury, knows the importance of hard work and real-life experience for career-readiness.

    Raised on a dairy and tobacco farm in Nelson County, Jury worked throughout his college career to fund his education.

    “That taught me a lot about working hard and responsibility,” Jury said.

    Jury earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and masters degree in vocational education from the University of Kentucky.

  • Have you met ... Connie Aaron and Kassie Winburn

    Being a buyer at North American Stainless wasn’t Kassie Winburn’s first career choice.

    The 2000 Carroll County High School graduate had planned on a career in human resources after earning a degree in that field from Northern Kentucky University.

    “It’s not what I saw myself doing,” she admits, but adds, “I love it.”

    An added perk is the chance to work at the same place as her mom, Connie Aaron, and her husband, John Winburn, who works in the melt shop and has been with the steel manufacturer 11 years.

  • Have you met ... Gail Becraft

    Gail Becraft’s secret to longevity in the field of education: Teach what you love.

    A native of Menifee County in Eastern Kentucky, Becraft earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Northern Kentucky University. She later earned her master’s at University of Louisville.

    In 1990, she moved to Carroll County with her husband, Brad, who had landed a job teaching physics and math at Carroll County High School. Fresh out of college, she was hired to teach at Cartmell Elementary School.

  • Have you met ... Margaret Walker

    What started as a way to get a job in education became life’s work for Margaret Brown Walker.

    The retired Carroll County High School special education teacher was born in Lexington, but moved to Carrollton in 1952 with her family when her father, Jim Brown, decided to open a retail lumber company in town. During that time, her mother, Caroline, taught health and physical education at Carrollton High School for four years.