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  • On Friday, when the doors of the Carroll County Public Library open after the New Year holiday, it will be just like every other day, but with one major difference: director Jarrett Boyd no longer will be the captain of the ship.

    Boyd is retiring as of today, Dec. 31, after more than 26 years at the helm, during which time she steered the facility from a small library with few customers to a state-of-the-art library with computers, a staff of nine and a budget 10 times larger than when she arrived in 1982.

  • By LORRIE KINKADE

    The Trimble Banner

    There are hanging racks filled with men’s pants, women’s dresses, children’s clothes and warm winter coats. Household items, including microwaves, bed sheets and knick-knacks, fill one room, while colorful children’s toys are available in another.

    The only thing physically distinguishing this small Bedford shop from consignment stores in the area is the absence of a cash register.

  • Costumed street dancing, a mariachi band, a Spanish-language Mass and a dinner combined Thursday for a colorful celebration honoring the tradition of the Lady of Guadalupe.

    Glowing candles lighted the way for a huge procession of faithful, who walked around the block where their church, St. John Catholic Church, is located.

    The group was escorted by Carrollton Assistant Police Chief Steve Abbott, who also had also escorted a caravan of participants from Warsaw, Ky., to Carrollton.

  • Aided by parents, friends and family, Marie VanDiver works tirelessly all year to provide a selection of quality, low-cost items for students at Christian Academy of Carrollton to buy as Christmas gifts.

    As a result, VanDiver and company had a huge assortment of the family – even the family dog.

    VanDiver said she and her helpers work during the year to make many of the items sold, and buy other items during after-Christmas sales.

  • It’s been an elusive goal for Jim Ebert, but on Friday, Nov. 28, he and another team of hikers successfully took Skylar Cannon to the bottom of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

    Skylar, 13, a former student at Cartmell Elementary School in Carrollton, was born with spinal muscular atrophy – a terminal disease that has left her without the use of her arms or legs. She and her family now live in Shelbyville, Ky.

  • By Michelle Bauman-Cook

    Special to The Trimble Banner

    This is the season for family, for gathering at home, for laughter and joy. At least that is what the Hallmark commercials tell us.

    What the TV movies and holiday blockbusters leave out are the darker elements of these gatherings; the quiet sadness, the struggle against tradition, the memories of dreams deferred and the anger that evinces, and most importantly, the enduring love and strength that holds families together no matter the differences.

  • Downtown Carrollton is being dressed up in new winter finery to give a festive atmosphere for the holidays.

    City workers Troy Harrell, Dennis Webster and Billy Aldridge were wrapping evergreen garland around lampposts on Main Street on a cold, raw day last week.

    Webster was hoisted up and down in a protected cage in the bucket of the city’s loader, first taking down the historic-marker flags attached to the lampposts. In the meantime, on the ground, Harrell was preparing the garland for Webster to attach to the posts.

  • A senior at Carroll County High School recently was named a state finalist in the annual Wendy’s High School Heisman Award competition.

    While Kory Brocious and fellow senior Keshia Henderson were named male and female school winners of the award, Brocious was notified in October that he is one of the top 10 male finalists for the state of Kentucky.

    More than 200,000 students nationwide applied for the Wendy’s honor, according to the Web site.

  • The employees of Fluor-Daniels got a jump start on the Christmas spirit, digging deep into their pockets so that 48 area families could have plenty of food for Thanksgiving and 76 children would have plenty of gifts come Dec. 25.

    Amy McAlister, Rayna Partin and Sheila Chowning, employees of the contractor on site at Kentucky Utilities’ Ghent Power Station, said they and their fellow co-workers collected $16,500 for Carroll County families in need. They far exceeded their goal of $10,000.

  • Substance abuse is not only a problem for the man who smokes marijuana or the woman who sells cocaine. It also affects the children who go without necessities because of a parent’s addiction and those who miss hugs goodnight when a parent is jailed on charges related to their abuse of drugs or alcohol. It leaves a lasting impression as well on the teens that continue the abuse cycle begun by their parents or grandparents.

  • Cindy Wheeler’s second-grade class at Kathryn Winn Primary school is asking the community to help in its quest to get a postcard from every state in the union – and maybe a few more.

    The students are hoping for people to send them from their vacation destinations or other travels, or to enlist the help of far-flung relatives.

    The project began with last year’s class, which ultimately  received cards from all seven continents and, eventually, all 50 states. Delaware was the last state to be heard from.

  • Even though she graduated from Carroll County High School last year, Hayley Franklin still was able to score for the girls volleyball program.

  • If you missed out on buying a personalized brick when the Kentucky Veterans Memorial was built at General Butler State Resort Park, you’ll soon have a second chance.

    The original bricks pave portions of the walkway to the monument and the ground in front of the large, free-standing stones that honor each branch of the military. They were sold to raise money for the project, and are engraved with the names of veterans.

    Jim Mosgrove and Shelby Bickers, two members of the memorial board, have made 165 more bricks available, and already have sold 10.

  • Pregnancy can be a wonderfully exciting time in a woman’s life, but it also can be stressful – especially if it wasn’t planned.

    A free clinic is now open to help area women who find themselves in such a predicament.

    Haven of Hope Pregnancy Services opened Monday, Nov. 3, at 537 Highland Ave., Carrollton, in the Fothergill Insurance building on the corner of Sixth Street.

  • About 150 Carroll County students learned and practiced leadership skills at the all-day Leadership Academy on Friday, Oct. 31, at Camp Kysoc.

    It was the first time students from both the middle and high schools attended together, according to instructional coaches Gerda Wise (CCMS) and Nancy Simpson (CCHS), who brought the students together with adult leaders from the schools and the community to teach teamwork, collaboration and how to depend on each other.

  • There’s a new BBQ joint in town, and everyone is officially invited to give it a try.

    Staten’s Old Time Barbecue opened a few weeks ago on State Hwy. 36/U.S. Hwy. 42 in Prestonville, at the location old-timers and long-time residents would know as the old Dairy Queen.

    But owner Adam Guenther – the man behind the smoke – says not to let that fool you. “This place is new from the ground to the roof.”

  • By AMANDA HENSLEY

    The News-Democrat

    Owners Harold and Jami Olminsky believe a winery should be an educational opportunity for wine lovers and those who want to learn about wine.

    Their advice? Try all the wines you can. Don’t write off one type of wine based on one brand. Always ask questions.

    Newcomers to Carroll County, the Olminsky’s moved here two years ago from Northeast Ohio. They opened their winery, Shandio Valley, at 108 Court St., Carrollton, in April.

  • By SHARON GRAVES

    The News-Democrat

    A  local barbershop quartet sang live on a Louisville radio station and nearly blew Terry Meiners out of his seat.

    Meiners is the afternoon drive-time radio personality on WHAS 840 AM, known throughout the Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana region and beyond.

  • By SHARON GRAVES

    The News-Democrat

    Some people go to the state fair to see animals, contests and concerts, or to eat all that fair food that’s supposed to be bad for you.

    But Matthew Hill, 7, of Carrollton went to the Kentucky State Fair with one goal: To meet Jay Cardosi, WLKY-TV 32’s chief meteorologist.

  • Some may view this weekend’s Milton Elementary School fish fry as the end of a legacy, but perhaps it is simply evolving, as it has over the past 50 years.

    Saturday, Oct. 18, will be the last fish fry event held at the old Milton Elementary School, which will be replaced later this year with a brand-new school building in January.

    “No one really knows how [the fish fry] started,” said J.W. Sachleben,who served as MES principal from 1971-83. “I think it might have evolved out of a fall festival. However it started, it has been wonderful.”