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  • Tharp spent his life caring for, helping others

    Retired Carrollton Fire Chief Randy Tharp made a promise to his daughter, Melissa, that he would walk her down the aisle at her wedding, planned for Dec. 28, 2013. The family talked about moving the wedding to an earlier date, but Randy wouldn’t hear of it – even though he had been battling lung cancer for nearly three years.

    He kept his promise. He walked Melissa down the aisle and attended the reception afterward. He even took time to admonish a friend at the wedding, who he felt wasn’t taking care of herself.

  • Need help with heating bills? Help is available

    With temperatures falling into the negative digits, virtually no one wants to be outside unless absolutely necessary. But just imagine if the inside of your home did not provide much relief from the bitter cold.

    Residents throughout the county are faced with this very problem. Sometimes residents may fall behind on their bill payments and have their utilities shut off. Other times, renters may be at the mercy of landlords who do not fix or provide adequate heating.

  • Wheeler plans new events, projects to get visitors to area

    Misty Wheeler is busy getting ready for the year of activities ahead as the new executive director of Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism and Convention Commission.

    Wheeler’s been on the job since Nov. 18 and spent her first month working with former executive director Rhonda Riley, who left to work at Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home with her husband.

    “Rhonda did a great job. I hope I can follow in her footsteps,” Wheeler said in a Jan. 2 interview.

  • Tharp spent his life caring for, helping others

    Retired Carrollton Fire Chief Randy Tharp made a promise to his daughter, Melissa, that he would walk her down the aisle at her wedding, planned for Dec. 28, 2013. The family talked about moving the wedding to an earlier date, but Randy wouldn’t hear of it – even though he had been battling lung cancer for nearly three years.

    He kept his promise. He walked Melissa down the aisle and attended the reception afterward. He even took time to admonish a friend at the wedding, who he felt wasn’t taking care of herself.

  • Carroll County man dies in creek on Gilgal Road

    A Carroll County man died Dec. 21, in a creek near his home on Gilgal Road.

    Arnold Ray Smith Jr., 48, of 1426 Gilgal Road in Turners Station was at a friend’s house, located at 1453 Gilgal Road, and left between 10:30 and 11 p.m. on a three-wheeler, Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Trooper Brad Arterburn said. The friend’s driveway has a bridge that crosses a creek. When the friend went to check his mail Sunday morning, he found Smith submerged in the water, Arterburn said.

    KSP received a call on the incident at 8:51 the next morning.

  • Report says children face many ‘risks’ in Carroll

    A first time report ranking Kentucky counties on the well-being of its children puts Carroll County close to the bottom.

    The annual Kentucky Kids Count Data Book, published by Kentucky Youth Advocates, ranked the counties in the commonwealth according to indicators that show where each county stands in terms of child well-being.

    At the state level, Carroll ranked 107th, overall, out of  Kentucky’s 120 counties – lower than all four surrounding counties. The Data Book shows Owen ranking 39th; Trimble, 41st; Henry, 67th; and Gallatin, 90th.

  • Ellison says goodbye to bailiff post

    After almost 16 years on the job, Devon Ellison is retiring as bailiff for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. He began working for the sheriff’s office during the second week of January in 1997 for then-Sheriff Charlie Maiden. His wife, Charlotte, also worked in the sheriff’s office for 12 years, and the pair would transport prisoners together.

  • Merchants see mixed results on holiday shopping

    Results are mixed for local merchants for the just-ended Christmas shopping season.

    At some stores in Carrollton, shoppers started later than usual. Other business owners say they saw steady traffic, while others didn’t sell gifts like they have in recent years.

  • To give is to receive

    Carrollton Fire Department sponsored three families this Christmas, buying gifts for seven children and Christmas dinner for each family.

  • Sanders couple gives own Christmas money to strangers, buys gifts for friends in need

    By MARY ESTHER FREMIN

    The News-Democrat

    “They’re just normal people.”

    That is what long-time Sanders resident Peggy Warfield had to say about her son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Deanna Dolby also of Sanders, who recently distributed their personal Christmas funds to those who they believed could use the money more.