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  • 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.

  • The plan was to stay in Carrollton for five years, then move back to the family farm near Scottsbluff, Neb.

    But plans change, especially when a young man meets a pretty local girl and falls in love.

    That’s what happened to Scott Nab, who came to work at Dow Corning’s Carrollton Plant in January 1992, right after graduating from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, S.D.

  • Last season when then-junior Michael Hall set the Carroll County High School scoring record with 21 goals, head coach Ben Crutcher thought soccer could not be beat.

    But Hall proved it could be. By a lot.

    In his senior season, Hall scored 36 goals and dished out 13 assists – tying Brandon Stewart’s school record set last season – and helped his team win back-to-back 31st District championships. He will hang up his black-and-gold Panthers jersey as the all-time scoring leader with 70 career goals.

  • A Canadian couple who found themselves in Carrollton during last year’s Carroll County Tobacco Festival parade liked it so much, they came back for the celebration this year.

    Don Parish and Eilleen Cowell of Kingsville, Ontario, have struck up a friendship with local resident Emma Jean Pate and decided to return for this year’s festivities.

    During a lunch outing at Welch’s Riverside Restaurant on Friday afternoon, Parish said he and Cowell spend a lot of time traveling in the United States.

  • A crowd of nearly 70 people gathered at New’s Auction in Carrollton on Sunday to help Rina Fishback celebrate her 100th birthday.

    The event couldn’t have been in a more fitting place because Fishback is known as the “queen of the auction house,” her granddaughter Bev Hughes said in a Friday interview.

    Fishback worked at News Auction every Friday night for many years, helping folks with information on items up for sale. Hughes said she would offer details, such as its age and whether it was an original or a reproduction.

  • A Carrollton native earned the privilege of naming the first female Hartmann’s mountain zebra foal born at the Louisville Zoo in 13 years. Zack Vannarsdall named her Ziva, after a character on one of his favorite television shows, “NCIS.”

  • Eleven countries in 11 months.

    It might sound like Carrollton native Riah Robinson is taking the vacation of a lifetime, but she’s anything but a tourist these days.

    Robinson is participating in World Race, a program offered by Adventures in Missions that sends young people ages 21-35 around the world to work with the poor and downtrodden. The goal of each “race” is to enable these young missionaries to become more like Jesus.

    And that was what drew Robinson in.

  • As she approaches 50 years of service to God’s people through the Catholic Church as a nun in the Sisters of Divine Providence, Sister Paula Gohs still loves her job.

    “I love my work,” she said. “I feel sad for people who aren’t happy when they go to work, because my work has always been very exciting. I don’t dread getting up in the morning. I just enjoy what I do. When your ministry is to serve other people, you get back at least if not more than you give and that’s the hundred-fold of religious life.”

  • Gail Becraft’s secret to longevity in the field of education: Teach what you love.

    A native of Menifee County in Eastern Kentucky, Becraft earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Northern Kentucky University. She later earned her master’s at University of Louisville.

    In 1990, she moved to Carroll County with her husband, Brad, who had landed a job teaching physics and math at Carroll County High School. Fresh out of college, she was hired to teach at Cartmell Elementary School.

  • Karalee Bessinger had planned on a career in scientific research, but it turned out what she was most interested in was people and medicine.

    After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, the Georgetown, Ky., native made a bold decision. She enrolled in medical school at the University of Louisville, where she graduated in 2009.

    Being a Wildcats fan, “Dad had a hard time with that,” she said.

  • By SARAH BEACH

    The News-Democrat

    Lillian Eaves celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.

    According to Barbara Long, this would make her the same age as U.S. President Richard Nixon, had he lived. Both Eaves and Nixon were born on Jan. 6, 1913.

  • 9th Street Easy Holiday Brie
    
By Deborah Garrett

  • Carroll County Public Library - No children’s programming after Dec. 14. Children’s regular programming will resume in February call the Library (502) 732-7020 for more information.  

    Thursday, Dec. 14: Walk-away the pounds, 9 a.m.; music makers, 18 months and up, 11 a.m.; story hour, ages 3 1/2-5 years, 1:30 p m.; GED help, 4 p.m.; homework help, 5 p.m.; ESL class, 6 p.m.

    Friday, Dec. 7: Walk-away the pounds, 9 a.m.; computer basics, 10 a.m.-noon; Friday crafts, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

  • What do you say to a family whose loss has given you a second chance at life?

    That’s a question Bedford resident Carla Boyer, 46, has been asking herself since she received a kidney transplant just over two months ago.

    Boyer knows the gender of her donor, though in an effort to protect the family, she prefers to keep that information to herself. She also knows her donor was the same age as she and that this person’s last wish was to donate every viable organ doctors could take.

  • After more than three years, Carroll County finally has a 4-H Youth Development agent at the Extension office.

    Former Grant County 4-H Youth Development agent and Grant County Schools’ veteran Joyce Doyle took the reins, starting Aug. 20.

    And not even a car wreck could keep her away from coming back for day two.

  • It was Bingo time at the Carroll County Senior Center on Tuesday morning, drawing at least 20 gamers who were vying for snacks and “The Big Cash Prize” ... which one player quipped might buy a gallon of gas this week for the winner.

  • 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.