• A call that Tanya Supple of Carrollton nearly hung up on Saturday night because she thought it was a telemarketer turned out to be one telling her she had won a home in Norton Commons valued at almost a half-million dollars.

    In a Tuesday interview, Supplee said she bought one ticket during a telethon on WAVE3-TV, after her mother offered several times to go in on one with her. She said this was unusual because her mother isn’t one to gamble or buy tickets on raffles.

  • At just seven years old, LJ Hearn already understands what it means to volunteer and share with those who are less fortunate than him.

  • Sports are an important part of small town life in places like Carroll County. Not only do sports teach student-athletes values like discipline, hard work, responsibility and teamwork, they also can instill community pride.

    One important piece of the game that may sometimes be overlooked is the announcer. Watch a ball game in complete silence, and it’s just not the same. Announcers bring energy and excitement to the environment, and the athletes–and their families–love to heartheir name called out over the loud speaker.

  • For some people, jumping out of an airplane is at the top of their bucket list. For others, it couldn’t be any further from the top.

    But for Bob McBurney, it was something he was trained to do.

    Robert C. “Bob” McBurney of Carrollton served from 1944-1946 in the United States Army as a paratrooper. He was a member of the 13th Airborne Division, 515th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II.

  • Hello once again, my friends. Here we are, staring at Halloween and cooler weather is upon us. And frankly, it doesn’t bother me one bit. I love hearty foods and nothing says hearty like cold weather. Oh, and I also make sure to write a chili article at the beginning of every year, just so everyone can get in the mood before cold weather hits. 

  • Like most people who fall down into the rabbit hole known as researching one’s family history, I got carried away building my tree, following every lead and going in 15 different directions at once.

  • It takes a special kind of dog–and person–to become a member of the Kentucky State Police Special Operations K-9 Unit.

    Trooper First Class Ryan Gosser has been with the unit since 2008 and a trooper since 2001. He currently works with two dogs: Grizz, a German Shepherd who is about five years old, and Bear, a black Labrador Retriever who is about six years old. He has had Grizz for between three and four years and Bear for about two years.

  • Being an interpreter is more than just being able to speak multiple languages. It takes accuracy, precision and focus to do the job.

    Magali McCarty is Carroll County’s only certified Spanish interpreter through the Administrative Office of the Courts and the only AOC-certified Portuguese interpreter in the state of Kentucky, earning her certifications in 2004.

  • Carolyn Stout has seen many changes to Carrollton and Carroll County over the years.

    She grew up on Highland Avenue, or sometimes known as High Street, in one of the two matching brick houses just down the street from her current home.

  • Walk inside New Image beauty shop in downtown Carrollton, and you will likely be greeted by the hum of at least one of the six driers, the chatter of mostly women in the worn leather chairs and the infectious laugh of hairdresser Nana Adams.

    If you’re not a regular, you will likely be asked to wait, as Nana and fellow hairdresser Chuck Gordon are virtually booked up with their loyal customers, who Nana refers to as her family. She has worked at New Image since 1986 and has owned the shop since 1990.

  • Farming has always been a part of Ernest Doll’s life – from a child growing up during the Great Depression until he retired from farming in the early 1990’s. Doll and his family have grown tobacco, hay, corn and raised cattle over the years.

    Ernest will be celebrating his 101st birthday Feb. 11. He was born on the farm where his family lived in Henry County near Port Royal.

  • Those meeting D’anne Smith for the first time may not know she’s a six-year veteran of the U.S. Army who worked in military intelligence during her tour of duty.

    “I joined the Army to become a counter intelligence agent so I could eventually join the FBI,” Smith said during an interview Friday.

    While that is not the path her career has followed, she said the military gave her mental toughness she uses daily.

  • There is a new face on the sidelines of Carroll County High School athletic events, but this one wants to stay in the background as much as possible. If he is out on the field, then something has happened to one of the student-athletes.

    The face is Alex Miller, athletic trainer for Baptist Health La Grange.

    Carroll County contracted with Baptist Health La Grange for athletic training services, joining Henry County, North Oldham, South Oldham, and Oldham County high schools. This is a growing trend for Kentucky high schools to have their own athletic trainer.

  •  Carrollton native Raymond Meadows wants the community to know that the American Legion Post 41 is more than just a bar: it’s an active organization with mostly Carroll County members that supports the community and all veterans who need assistance.

    “There are a lot of things we do down here that the public don’t know, really what the Legion is all about,” Meadows said.

    Legion Commander for nine years, Meadows said it is a bigger job than people may think.

  •  The day after Madison’s 2009 Ribberfest, Jerry Johnson of Carrollton ran into his friend Paul Gaines at the grocery store. Gaines is a member of the Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism Board. That conversation resulted in what is now known as Bands and BBQ.

  • A surprise anniversary party was recently held at Grace Ann Tharp’s house for Mary Jo and Dave Corley. The couple celebrated their 60th annivesary. Pictured from left are Mary Jo and Dave Corley, and Hazel and David Willhoite, who have been married 45 years. (Photo by Carolyn Jones)

  • Girl Scout Troop 1641 volunteered their time Thursday, July 31, to help Carrollton Public Works employees Ronnie Knight and Troy Harell spread mulch at the 2Rivers Campground. Troop leader Kimberly Bowen said she asked Knight for a project the girls could help with so they could earn their community service badge.


    The News-Democrat Intern

    Carroll County High School agriculture teacher Joe Vessels recently was awarded the Kentucky Department of Conservation Teacher of the Year.

    Vessels, originally a Payneville native from Meade County, began working in Carroll County in 2007 after he was offered the agriculture teacher’s job at the high school. He said farming was engrained in him at an early age, when he lived with his parents and five brothers and sisters on a corn and soybean farm.

    The News-Democrat Intern

    Jessica Embry’s story is a tale of her father’s lasting impact and realizing as an adolescent the need for people to help other people.

    Embry, 40, lives in Carrollton with her husband and two daughters. She said her large family has always been an inspiration to her career and personal life, especially after watching her father, Jackie Hughes, and working with her cousin who has Down syndrome.

    “When I was seven, my dad had a motor vehicle accident,” Embry said.

  • Thursday, May 29

    Narcotics Anonymous meets at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday at Carrollton Christian Church, 310 Fifth St.

    Carroll County Animal Support will have a volunteer recruitment meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room at the Carroll County Courthouse. Refreshments available. The group will have information and sign-up sheets for anyone interested in volunteering at the Carroll County Animal Shelter. Duties primary include working with the dogs at the shelter to exercise and help socialize them and helping with on-site adoption events.