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  • Life expectancy in Carroll lower than state average

    By DANIELLE RAY

    Kentucky Health News

    A life spent in Carroll County is expected to be shorter than one spent in most neighboring counties. Health researchers say that’s due to a complex web of factors that influence health — opportunities for education and jobs, safe and affordable housing, availability of nutritious food and places for physical activity, and access to health care, child care and social services.

  • Curell retires after career in education

    After 44 years in education, Carroll County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel and Chief Operations Officer Larry Curell is retiring.

    Curell was born in Flint, Mich., and is a graduate of Mt. Carmel School, a Christian school located in Breathitt County, Ky.

    He graduated from Asbury University with a double major and needed one class from Xavier University to receive his DPP certification. Curell said that Kentucky is one of the few states that have a director of pupil personnel in its staffing structure.

  • McNeal retires after career in education

    “Scary” is how Pam McNeal described her upcoming retirement as coordinator of the Carroll County Head Start program in an interview June 6.

    “This is a new phase for me and the unknown can be scary,” McNeal said.

    McNeal, a Carroll County native, is retiring with 24 years of service in education. She taught fourth grade at Gallatin County for six years and then spent nine years at Cartmell Elementary as a fourth grade teacher and reading intervention specialist before going to the Head Start program for her final nine years.

  • Willhoite takes on DPP/COO role

    Starting July 1, Mark Willhoite will be filling the dual role of director of pupil personnel and chief operations officer for the Carroll County School District. Willhoite is replacing Larry Curell, who is retiring after 44 years in education, with his final 8 years as DPP/COO in the district.

    “It is an honor to have been chosen for this job,” Willhoite said. “I am committed to doing everything that I can to help our students, our school district and our community.”

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  • Protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes around your home

    The Three Rivers District Health Department advises homeowners to begin preparing now for summer mosquito season by ridding their environments of potential mosquito breeding areas.

    Mosquitoes are a common insect in Kentucky, particularly in the warmer months. Besides being a nuisance, some mosquitoes are known to carry diseases. You should take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from potential exposures by reducing possible breeding locations in and around your home.

  • Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Young wildlife should be left alone

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Recently, a photo of a wild bison calf standing in the back of an SUV at Yellowstone National Park made national news after first going viral on social media.

    The story illustrated an extreme scenario of compassion blurring common sense as the well-intentioned tourists took it upon themselves to “help” the bison calf out of concern for its welfare.

  • Bailey, Bennett share top spot as co-valedictorians for class of 2016

    Hard work and dedication. It may sound simple, but becoming the valedictorian for your high school class is far from easy. For Jadyn Bailey and Natalie Bennett, it took years of sacrifice, commitment and prioritizing for them to reach their goal, sharing the title of co-valedictorian for Carroll County High School’s class of 2016.

    “It feels pretty great,” Bailey said. “We were both really excited when we found out.”

  • Where Everyone Knows Your Name | Justin Bessinger

    Sometimes, your true calling in life is not always the first thing you choose. For Justin Bessinger, it took several years in the business world for him to decide that what he needed to choose was his passion–graphic design. 

    Since 2012, he has worked full-time on exclusively design work for his business, Little Tuba! Design Studio, formerly known as Justin Bessinger Design & Lettering.

  • Early Head Start, Head Start students will be in school longer

    Carroll County Head Start Educational Coordinator Leah Spencer presented changes to the Early Head Start and Head Start programs at the Board of Education meeting May 26.

    Beginning in the 2017 school year, birth to 3-year-olds will attend school a minimum of six hours per day for 230 days. This is year round. Students from ages three to five will attend 180 days, up from 130 days for six hours per day. Previously they had been attending half day or 3.5 hours per day.