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Have You Met

  • Have you met ... Helen Mumphrey

    Music has been a part of Helen Mumphrey’s life since she began “piddling around on the piano” at age 3.

    At age 9, she began taking piano lessons with Mrs. Dewey Akers.

    “At that time, it was 75 cents a half hour,” Mumphrey recalls. “It was still hard to come up with it, but my mother did. She made sure I got that training.”

    Though she learned to read music, she initially learned to play the songs she was taught by memorizing the movements of Mrs. Akers’ hands when she introduced each piece of music.

  • Have you met ... Karen Pribble

    Karen Pribble does not know a stranger. If you have made a late-night trip to Carrollton’s Walmart in the last few years, she probably greeted you at the front door or in the checkout lane with a friendly smile and a “How are you?”

  • Have you met ... Colston Boots

    “He’s tougher than a pine knot.”

    That’s John Boots’ assessment of his grandson, Colston, 11, who lives with his family in their Harbor Point home in Carrollton.

    Colston Boots, a sixth-grader at Carroll County Middle School, is a rising star on the dirt-bike racing circuit, competing in – and winning – competitions on tracks throughout Kentuckiana.

  • Have you met ... Joe Dickerson

    Worthville resident Joe Dickerson loves his country, the military and teaching young people. A Navy veteran, he now spends most of his time leading high school and middle school students in the Carroll County Honor Guard, a group that proudly presents the nation’s colors and armed service flags at parades, high school sporting events and ceremonies.

  • 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.

  • HAVE YOU MET ...?

    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.”