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  • By SARAH BEACH

    The News-Democrat Intern

    Few students from this Carroll County get to attend “The No. 1 high school in the nation,” but Linda Aguazul, a senior this year at The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, was born and raised here.

    Gatton Academy was recently named the top high school in the United States by Newsweek magazine, according to the Newsweek website. Gatton is located on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.

  • By SARAH BEACH

    The News-Democrat Intern

    Spinner is blind and deaf.

    He got his name because he cannot walk in a straight line. Instead, he goes around in circles because he cannot see or hear.

    Spinner is a 4-month-old chihuahua/terrier mix under the foster care of Leah Hill. Leah is a member of Carroll County Animal Support, which she says can be a “full-time job.”

    Her other full-time job is at Carroll County Dispatch.

  •  On the morning of writing this column, I was blessed with picking peaches from our very own peach tree. Why do I say blessed? I am blessed because one year we had several peaches on the tree one day, and the very next day they were all gone. 

  •  With this heat we have been having, I am sure it’s just as hard for you as it is for me to decide what to prepare for every meal. 

    I sometimes just stand in front of the open refrigerator door and try to figure out what sounds good.  Then I think about all the fresh foods now coming from our gardens and try to determine the best way to prepare them.

    You know, we don’t always have to cook the food. Many times it is even better eaten raw.

  • By SARAH BEACH
    The News-Democrat Intern

    If you were to meet the Cary family, you wouldn’t know that four of their seven children are foster kids.

    Chris and Konnie Cary, of Carrollton, are parents to Joel, 14, Sarah, 11, Jacob, 11, Levi, 8, Gage, 6, Jordyn, 5, and Max, 2.

    They all work and play together like siblings, even though Jacob and the three youngest are only living with them temporarily.

  •  Sometimes, with the right group of people, it doesn’t matter how much time passes from the last time you were together.

    That’s the way it was for me the weekend of June 23-24, when my best friend and I took a road trip to a tiny town in the Catskills of upstate New York to reunite with some of my co-workers from the past.

  •  Sometimes, with the right group of people, it doesn’t matter how much time passes from the last time you were together.

    That’s the way it was for me the weekend of June 23-24, when my best friend and I took a road trip to a tiny town in the Catskills of upstate New York to reunite with some of my co-workers from the past.

  • • Born and raised in Owen County

    • Resides in Owen County with his wife of 26 years, Tracy

    • Has three children and three grandchildren

    • Graduated from Owen County High School and attended night classes at Kentucky State University and Northern Kentucky University

    • Worked in construction for more than 25 years

    • Served as certified home inspector and building inspector in Owen County for eight years before coming to Carrollton

  •  The weather is getting warmer, and Kentuckians are again firing up their grills for tasty burgers and steaks. Gov. Steve Beshear recognizes this American tradition and has proclaimed May 2012 Beef Month in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 

     “I urge all Kentuckians to support Kentucky’s beef cattle industry and to salute the cattle farmers for their contribution to Kentucky’s agricultural and rural economy during the month of May,” Beshear said.

  •  With a little understanding, Expected Progeny Differences may actually be the best tool producers have to address the genetics of their herds.

    While calculating EPD takes a lot of math, producers do not have to do the math; they just need to understand the answers. The calculation results usually appear in the first pages of a sire summary before the actual EPD tables. They may look a little confusing, but the information is very beneficial. It comes down to the fact that you are buying the DNA of a particular animal.

  •  This is the perfect time to take in the beauty in the state of Kentucky and the good news is that you can get in a lot of good exercise while we are doing it.

    In fact, walking and hiking can help you lose weight, decrease blood pressure and improve bone strength.

  • There’s a new face attending to patients at Carroll County Family Practice.

    Dr. Milagros Rivera began working at the practice, located in Carroll County Memorial Hospital, about two weeks ago after more than 13 years as a physician in the Louisville metropolitan area.

    Rivera, who is fluent in Spanish, has a passion for family practice and hopes to help members of the local Hispanic community.

  • If you told someone you were going to walk 60 miles over three straight days, they may raise their eyebrows. But that is exactly what Carrollton resident Brittany Belcher and thousands of other people across the country did to raise money for breast cancer research.

  • “He’s tougher than a pine knot.”

    That’s John Boots’ assessment of his grandson, Colston, 11, who lives with his family in their Harbor Point home in Carrollton.

    Colston Boots, a sixth-grader at Carroll County Middle School, is a rising star on the dirt-bike racing circuit, competing in – and winning – competitions on tracks throughout Kentuckiana.

  • One of the latest trends to sweep Facebook is groups dedicated to individual cities and counties, showing what makes them unique. They provide a great opportunity to share a funny story or reminisce  about days gone by.
    The News-Democrat created Carroll County’s group on Aug. 4, and as of press time Tuesday, it had 240 members. The following is a sampling of responses by group members.
    Want to join the conversation? Join our Facebook group or e-mail your
    submission to ksherrard@mycarrollnews.com

  • Wednesday, June 22

    Carrollton Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at noon at Butler Park lodge.

    AA Big Book study group meets every Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Carrollton Christian Church, 310 Fifth St.

    Cartmell Elementary School Site Based Decision Making Council meets at 3:30 p.m. an the school.

    Thursday, June 23

  • Our family has been a busy one this week. We spent June 12 hosting an engagement party for our daughter and her fiancé.

    It was only for the family, but the groom’s family is quite large. It was fun for me because now that I no longer cater, I have the time to do more meals and parties for friends and family, which I love to do.

    Since I did not know the likes and dislikes of the group we were entertaining, I tried to include some very simple, but well-liked foods that I have served over the years. 

  • The threat of severe storms Friday night and into Saturday morning didn’t deter the 15 teams participating in this year’s Relay for Life at the Carroll County Fairgrounds.

    County Relay Chairman Scott Niswonger said meteorologists earlier in the week forecast a 60 percent chance of severe thunderstorms, prompting him to call a special meeting with team captains and other Relay official Thursday night to determine options for the annual event, which was held from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday.

  • Now that Easter is only a few days away, I have found myself doing a little reminiscing. I remember the way we celebrated Easter when I was a little girl. My maternal grandmother always bought my Easter dress, hat gloves and all. The dresses were always frilly with lots of crinoline underneath. Actually, some of those styles have come back for the younger girls.

  • General Butler State Resort Park, together with Kentucky Chautauqua, presents a living-history drama, “Lucy Bakewell Audubon: A Kentucky Love Story,” at 7 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 20, in the Lodge Lounge.

    Lucy Bakewell Audubon was the wife of John James Audubon, the famed naturalist, artist and author of “Birds of America.” She felt she was “perfectly suited” for him and was incredibly devoted to him. She made enormous sacrifices and suffered public scorn as she supported her husband’s talents.