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  • Hays assumes top job leading local hospital

    Carroll County Memorial Hospital’s new chief executive officer Harry Hays is excited about planting roots in the rural hospital setting offered at Carroll County Memorial Hospital.

    Hays began his hospital administration career more than 28 years ago with his four-year Army ROTC scholarship commitment.

  • Fireworks rescheduled for July 9, due to rain

    Due to the threat of heavy rain, the Carrollton Fourth of July event was rescheduled for Saturday, July 9.

    Mayor Robb Adams made the decision late Friday morning to move the event.

    “The weather forecast does not look promising,” he said, with rain chances estimated at 80 percent and higher Saturday through Monday, according to The Weather Channel. He added that people would be miserable and parking in the mud if the event were to go on as scheduled.

  • Back In My Day - Sandy Willhoite

     James Donald “Sandy” Willhoite is described as a good and caring person. He was raised to work hard and to be fair to those around him. His life, which he calls blessed, demonstrates his love of family and his religious faith.

  • Flood relief donations sought for W. Virginia

    Donations for the flood stricken areas of West Virginia are being collected around Carroll County through July 15.

    Non-perishable food items, diapers, baby wipes, garbage bags, cleaning supplies such as bleach, brooms and shovels, rubber gloves, laundry detergent, flashlights, batteries, blankets, pillows, and sleeping bags, feminine products, shaving cream and razors, insect repellent, clothesline and clothes pins, pet food and pet supplies are needed.

    Event organizer George Moore said that clothing and bottled water are not needed at this time.

  • Main Street seeks volunteers to adopt bump outs in downtown

    Help bring the pride back to downtown Carrollton and make it a more inviting place to live, work and visit by participating in the Carrollton Main Street Program’s Beautify Downtown Carrollton initiative. Main Street is looking for volunteers to adopt a bump out within the 21-block area.

  • Smith’s roots grounded in agriculture

    By LAUREN HOLLOWAY

    Landmark News Service

    Driving through the pasture on the four-wheeler, passing the fields of alfalfa and livestock with birds flying freely through the spread out trees, second-generation farmer David Smith was truly in his happy place.

    After moving to Owen County and buying a farm in 1946, Smith’s father took a break from being an agriculture teacher to tend to the land. David was born and raised in Owenton on the family farm and after graduating high school he felt it was only natural for him to take over for his father.

  • Local veterans honored for service

    By LAUREN HOLLOWAY

    The News-Democrat Intern

    It was Nov. 3, 1950 when two friends from Dupont, Ind., made the decision to enlist in the U.S. Army. Robert Everhart and Gene Spicer grew up together and were both part of the graduating class of 1948 at Dupont High School. When word of the draft and Korea began to circulate a couple years later, the men decided to choose their own fate and took it upon themselves to enlist.  

  • Demolition likely for historic downtown building

    Almost seven years after a project began to create a walkway through the old firehouse building and to revitalize the old Western Auto building on Court Street, Carrollton City Council is on the verge of deciding whether it is in the city’s best interest to cut its losses and scrap the project by tearing down the building.

  • Group sets new vision for downtown Carrollton

    What would downtown Carrollton look like today if all the storefronts were filled? It most likely would not be a scene from the 1960s, with a grocery store and car dealerships.

    But could the downtown be full of hustle and bustle once again? That has been the focus of two sessions held by Carrollton Main Street Program focusing on a vision for the future of the downtown historic district.

  • Facial reconstruction helps solve missing persons cases

    BY LAUREN HOLLOWAY

    The News-Democrat Intern

    This September will mark 36 years in an open unidentified persons case after partial skeletal remains were found on the banks of the Ohio River in Carrollton in 1980.

    The remains are believed to belong to a white male between the ages of 40-50 years old. At the time of the discovery, the flesh had disintegrated and only a fraction of his skeleton was found, making DNA the only identifier available for this case.