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Have You Met

  • Have you met ... Ben Collette

    Ben Collette sees his future in Carrollton’s past.

    Though a native of Fairfield, Ohio, Collette, who works as a teller at River Valley Financial Bank’s Carrollton branch, is an avid history buff and has adopted the city’s heritage as his own.

  • Have you met ... Sherry Stamper

    For years, Sherry Stamper was haunted by something she saw during her first home visit when she worked as a school nurse in her hometown of Hazard, Ky.

    It was more than the filth that permeated the home – and the vision of a baby crawling through that filth, putting into its mouth old potato peels and anything else it found on the floor.

  • Have you met ... Hazel Ray

    Adventure, truly, is the spice of Hazel Ray’s life.

    Ray, who was born and raised in Minnesota, lived in Hawaii and California while her late husband, John T. Ray, who originally was from Carroll County, served in the U.S. Navy. The couple moved to Carrollton after John Ray retired.

    “This was his home, and I made it mine,” she said.

  • Have you met ... Matt Bickers the pro wrestler

    MADISON, Ind. – Matt Bickers may not be a large man, but he’s becoming a powerful force in the world of professional wrestling.

    A teacher by day, Bickers is the new owner of the once-defunct Supreme Championship Wrestling in Madison, Ind.

    As a boy, he fell in love with the sport during the “WrestleMania” years, watching such television wrestling stars as Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper and Jesse Ventura (before his stint as Minnesota’s governor) beat their competition in the ring.

  • Have you met ... Derek Williams

    The terms “smart phone” and “app” have become integrated into the everyday language of today’s society. From social networking and games to books and cameras, a wide variety of applications – shortened to apps – are bombarding the market.

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    Sometimes, you gotta look that gift horse in the mouth.

    While the legal profession has given Carrollton resident Stan Billingsley plenty of “gifts” – including a stint in the Kentucky Legislature and a career as a lawyer and a judge in district and circuit courts – he has taken a critical look at the state’s legal ethics system through a thinly veiled parody of an existing case in his new book, “Alice vs. Wonderland: A Chilling Tale of the Abuse of Power in the Name of Lawyers’ Ethics.”

  • Have you met ... Marjorie Bowers

    Carroll County resident Marjorie Bowers conquered her fear of heights by trekking a mountain range in the Tibetan Himalayas.

    Last year, she conquered clostrophobia – fear of tight spaces – by crawling 250 feet down a 3-foot-by-3-foot shaft into the depths of an Egyptian pyramid.

    Now she is fearless, she says with a smile.

    But conquering those fears actually has been more of a serendipitous by-product of her travels to such far-flung, exotic places. Rather, Bowers is attempting to quench her deep thirst for knowledge.

  • Author/teacher Carol Miller pens book about Winn Primary

    Everyone at Kathryn Winn Primary School is reveling in the success of a children’s book about the school, written by local first grade teacher Carol Miller and published by nationally recognized publisher Mascot Books, based in Herndon, Va.

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    By DAVE TAYLOR
    The News-Democrat
    Carroll County native Jim Sutherland called last month’s 50th anniversary celebration and reunion at Camp Kysoc “the highlight of my year.”


    During the Nov. 13 reunion Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson presented Sutherland a plaque commemorating his 31 years of employment at the facility. Sutherland went to work at Camp Kysoc as a maintenance man and assistant caretaker in October 1969.

  • John P. Tilley: Carroll’s judge who went to war

    Among those veterans expected to be present at tomorrow’s Veteran’s Day commemoration at Point Park is Major John P. Tilley (retired). Well-known among older generations of Carroll Countians as a very active figure in local political circles, Tilley now spends his days in retirement at his home on Deatherage Drive in Carrollton.

    Tilley spent nearly all of his working career in public service. He joined the local U.S. Army National Guard unit at the age of 17 and remained active in the military until 1975.