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Today's Features

  • 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.”

  • By SHARON GRAVES

    The News-Democrat

    Sometimes referred to as “The Crazy Art Lady,” local artist Connie Kelley invites the public to an art show unlike any other Carroll County has seen.

    The Carroll County Public Library, which is hosting the show, also is hosting a reception for Kelley from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6.

    The show features 40 pieces of Kelley’s self-proclaimed “recycle art,” and will be on display in the library’s community room through the end of the month.

  • Last week, Signature Healthcare of Trimble County celebrated the achievements of six individuals with ties to the facility, inducting the “Hometown Heroes” into the Hall of Fame Café.

  • The 1938 destruction of 80 years of records couldn’t erase the rich history of Poplar Ridge Baptist Church.

    Terry Abbott, a member of the 150-year-old church’s congregation, has copies of two typewritten accounts of the church’s past – one compiled 50 years ago primarily from documents housed at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Trimble County Clerk’s office and another recreating events from 1983-1998 – which take the place of decades of church documents inadvertently destroyed so many years ago.