Today's News

  • God never promised he would give us ‘happiness’

    A few weeks back I wrote about “What’s making me happy,” which got a great response from people.

    Some sent emails or stopped me in the market to tell me what’s making them happy. Seems everyone was riding the happiness train.

    But then someone pointed out that God never promised us happiness and that those who pursue it never obtain it.

    There’s always a buzz kill in every crowd.

    Still, the person had a good point and one worth exploring.

  • Track third at HC meet

    Ashley Srouder threw over 30 feet in shot put for the first time in her career at the Henry County meet April 30. Stevie Ogburn also had a record night, setting a new school record in triple jump with a jump of 29 feet 1 inch.

    Cody Osborne and Michael Burns took first place in the 300-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash, respectively, both new person bests.

    Both Carroll County squads finished in third place out of four teams. They competed against Henry County, Eminence and Shelby County.

  • Hicks hits grand slam in loss

    The toil of a long baseball season may be catching up with the Panthers. Sore arms and minor injuries impacted their Thursday, May 2 match up with Grant County, which the team ultimately lost 11-8. But head coach Jimmy Ray said he is not worried and was pleased with his team’s heart.

    “We hung in there,” he said. “We were down 9-2 at one time and battled back.”

    After giving up a home run in the top of the fourth, the Panthers answered in a big way.

  • Panthers beat Wildcats to take No. 1 seed in tourney

    Two productive innings on offense and solid defense throughout were the keys to Carroll County baseball’s 7-2 district win over Henry County Tuesday, April 30.

    With the victory, the Panthers and the Wildcats split contests. If Carroll beats Owen in their rain continuation game Friday, the Panthers will clinch the No. 1 seed because the tie breaker is decided by run differential, head coach Jimmy Ray said. Henry beat Carroll by one run, 11-10,  April 9. But Carroll won by five runs.

  • Lady Panther tennis wins NCKC

    The Carroll County Lady Panthers clinched the girls team championship in the NCKC tournament, scoring 10 points. The boys tennis team finished in second place behind Trimble County with four points.

    Behind the Lady Panthers was Walton-Verona with eight points, Trimble County with five points, Gallatin County with one point and Williamstown with zero points.

    For the boys, Walton-Verona finished in third place with three points and Gallatin County finished in fourth place with one point.

  • Carroll County District Court | May 8, 2013

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    The following decisions were rendered Wednesday and Thursday, May 1-2, 2013, in Carroll County District Court with the Hon. Thomas M. Funk presiding.

  • Softball Beat | May 8, 2013

    Girls rebound with win over Conner

    After a tough loss to Gallatin County in the NCKC the night before, the Lady Panthers bounced back with a 3-1 win at Conner.

    Starting pitcher Sarah Hawkins, who took a line drive to the thigh against the Wildcats, threw a complete game, giving up just one run on six hits. She walked one batter and struck out two.

    The Lady Panthers scored first, as Mackenzie Ogden led off the game with a double to center field. With two outs, Mackenzi Hawkins hit an RBI double to center field to put the girls up, 1-0.

  • Play ball! Little League was ‘family’ affair

    Last week I read an article in the paper about the man from Williamsport, Penn., who started  Little League. Teen-age boys who wanted to play baseball other than on the school teams had a league, but there was not one at that time for pre-teen youth. And note, I said boys; no girls played little league for decades to come.

  • Take time to thank a teacher who has made a difference

    Typically in my monthly column, I address legal issues or current topics in the legal field, but, with your indulgence, I am going to deviate slightly this month.

    In case you did not know, this is National Teacher Appreciation Week. It is a week when we are to give thanks to those who give so much.

  • Christian Academy celebrates the National Day of Prayer