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Today's Features

  • By LORRIE KINKADE

    The Trimble Banner

    There are hanging racks filled with men’s pants, women’s dresses, children’s clothes and warm winter coats. Household items, including microwaves, bed sheets and knick-knacks, fill one room, while colorful children’s toys are available in another.

    The only thing physically distinguishing this small Bedford shop from consignment stores in the area is the absence of a cash register.

  • Costumed street dancing, a mariachi band, a Spanish-language Mass and a dinner combined Thursday for a colorful celebration honoring the tradition of the Lady of Guadalupe.

    Glowing candles lighted the way for a huge procession of faithful, who walked around the block where their church, St. John Catholic Church, is located.

    The group was escorted by Carrollton Assistant Police Chief Steve Abbott, who also had also escorted a caravan of participants from Warsaw, Ky., to Carrollton.

  • Aided by parents, friends and family, Marie VanDiver works tirelessly all year to provide a selection of quality, low-cost items for students at Christian Academy of Carrollton to buy as Christmas gifts.

    As a result, VanDiver and company had a huge assortment of the family – even the family dog.

    VanDiver said she and her helpers work during the year to make many of the items sold, and buy other items during after-Christmas sales.

  • It’s been an elusive goal for Jim Ebert, but on Friday, Nov. 28, he and another team of hikers successfully took Skylar Cannon to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

    Skylar, 13, a former student at Cartmell Elementary School in Carrollton, was born with spinal muscular atrophy – a terminal disease that has left her without the use of her arms or legs. She and her family now live in Shelbyville, Ky.

  • By Michelle Bauman-Cook

    Special to The Trimble Banner

    This is the season for family, for gathering at home, for laughter and joy. At least that is what the Hallmark commercials tell us.

    What the TV movies and holiday blockbusters leave out are the darker elements of these gatherings; the quiet sadness, the struggle against tradition, the memories of dreams deferred and the anger that evinces, and most importantly, the enduring love and strength that holds families together no matter the differences.

  • Downtown Carrollton is being dressed up in new winter finery to give a festive atmosphere for the holidays.

    City workers Troy Harrell, Dennis Webster and Billy Aldridge were wrapping evergreen garland around lampposts on Main Street on a cold, raw day last week.

    Webster was hoisted up and down in a protected cage in the bucket of the city’s loader, first taking down the historic-marker flags attached to the lampposts. In the meantime, on the ground, Harrell was preparing the garland for Webster to attach to the posts.

  • A senior at Carroll County High School recently was named a state finalist in the annual Wendy’s High School Heisman Award competition.

    While Kory Brocious and fellow senior Keshia Henderson were named male and female school winners of the award, Brocious was notified in October that he is one of the top 10 male finalists for the state of Kentucky.

    More than 200,000 students nationwide applied for the Wendy’s honor, according to the Web site.

  • The employees of Fluor-Daniels got a jump start on the Christmas spirit, digging deep into their pockets so that 48 area families could have plenty of food for Thanksgiving and 76 children would have plenty of gifts come Dec. 25.

    Amy McAlister, Rayna Partin and Sheila Chowning, employees of the contractor on site at Kentucky Utilities’ Ghent Power Station, said they and their fellow co-workers collected $16,500 for Carroll County families in need. They far exceeded their goal of $10,000.

  • Substance abuse is not only a problem for the man who smokes marijuana or the woman who sells cocaine. It also affects the children who go without necessities because of a parent’s addiction and those who miss hugs goodnight when a parent is jailed on charges related to their abuse of drugs or alcohol. It leaves a lasting impression as well on the teens that continue the abuse cycle begun by their parents or grandparents.

  • Cindy Wheeler’s second-grade class at Kathryn Winn Primary school is asking the community to help in its quest to get a postcard from every state in the union – and maybe a few more.

    The students are hoping for people to send them from their vacation destinations or other travels, or to enlist the help of far-flung relatives.

    The project began with last year’s class, which ultimately  received cards from all seven continents and, eventually, all 50 states. Delaware was the last state to be heard from.