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  • 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.

  • By JACOB BLAIR

    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.

  • By JACOB BLAIR
    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.

  • A hymn sing will be at Hopewell Community Church, Locust Road, Bedford, Saturday, May 31, 4-8 p.m. Come participate or enjoy music and fellowship.

    Refreshments will be served. For more info call  (502) 693-8094.

    Trimble County Hymn Sing will be held 7 p.m., Thursday, June 5,  at the Pleasant View Baptist church.

  • Unlike the ancient Israelites, I’m not in the habit of naming rocks.

    Not being judgmental, just never thought to do so.

    Apparently, the Philistines were set to slaughter the Israelites. Full-on assault, take no prisoners.

    If you recall from the story of David and Goliath, the Philistines were huge, mean and scary. So, when the Israelites heard about the upcoming attack, they went to their leader, Samuel, and begged him to ask God to save them.

  • The new single-use liquid laundry detergent packs that dissolve in the washing machine are convenient and easy to use. But if you have (or care for) small children, be especially careful to keep them locked up and out of reach. 

    All cleaning products should be kept out of the reach of children, but these new laundry pods present an even greater risk. With their bright colors and squishy feel, they may look to a child like something fun to play with or good to eat. 

  • Insect infestations in stored wheat can cost a lot of money in treatment expenses or elevator discounts.  The best way to avoid insect problems in stored wheat is to follow preventive management practices from harvest until delivery of the crop for sale.

    These steps include conscientious equipment management before, during, and after harvest as well as good sanitation practices.  Other safeguards are thoroughly drying the crop, timely aeration, and frequently checking grain condition.

  • The Covergirls Quilt Club will meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, June 9 at the Carroll County Extension Office, 500 Floyd Drive, Carrollton. They will start working on the beautiful “Blue Pinwheels Quilt that they are making to be raffled off at the Goldenrod Gala in late August.

  • The Carroll County Senior Center is located at 110 Sixth St., Carrollton, Center Manager, Mitzie Williams (502) 732-7026; e-mail: carrollcty@twcbc.com

    Thursday, May 29: All day, deuce’s wild rummy, billiards, starting at 8:30 a.m.; Bunk-O, 10 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.

    Friday, May 30: All day, deuce’s wild rummy, billiards, starting at 8:30 a.m.; walk with ease, 10 a.m.; lunch, 11:30 a.m.

  • Thursday, May 29: Walk-away the pounds, 9 a.m.; computer walk-in help, 2-4 p.m.; GED help 4 p.m.; homework help, 5 p.m.; ESL class, 6 p.m.

    Friday, May 30: Walk-away the Pounds, 9 a.m.

    Saturday, May 31: Walk-away the Pounds, 9 a.m.; teen movie: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”, 2 p.m.

    For more information, call Carroll County Public Library at (502) 732-7020.