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  • 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.

  • By PHYLLIS McLAUGHLIN

    The News-Democrat

    It’s a dream three years in the making that Camp Kysoc director Jim Ebert hopes will come true the week of Oct. 6.

    Early that morning, a group of Carroll County residents led by Ebert will hit the road for Arizona and the Grand Canyon. The mission: To help Sarah Service become the first paraplegic to descend to the bottom of the canyon on the seven-mile South Kaibab Trail.

  • (Editor's note: This version also corrects the version in the Sept. 24, 2008, issue, in which it was stated that the business sells 1,000 guns a day. That actually should reflect the number of guns in stock day-to-day at the store. It was an error made during editing, and we apologize for any inconvenience the error may have caused.)

    By SHARON GRAVES

    The News-Democrat

  • By SHARON GRAVES

    The News-Democrat

    Take a step back in time to see historic craft demonstrations, sample homemade butter, have a music lesson on a duclimer, and enjoy life in Carroll County as it used to be.

    Heritage Saturday is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,  Sept. 20 at the Masterson House on U.S. 42 West,  across from Arkema, near the Carrollton city limits.

  • By JON BECRAFT

    N-D Correspondent

    The threat of inclement weather may have kept some blues fans at bay Friday night, but overall, the 2008 Blues to the Point festival seemed to be a success.

    Volunteer Nicole Dunn said the event drew at least 500 people on Saturday.

    Throughout the event, headliners performed under the pavilion, with the Ohio River as a backdrop. On Friday, Frankfort’s Blackstone, kicked things off with its heavy “grunge”-influenced blues/rock amalgam.

  • By LORRIE KINKADE

    The Trimble Banner

    Their club name – and the fabric stretched before the ladies who gather weekly at the Trimble County Extension Office – make it clear: The Trimble Thimbles is a quiliting group.

    Sitting on the sidelines and listening to their easy banter may lead a visitor to believe this Trimble County Homemakers group is about more than just stitching together pieces of cloth.

  • As other small family eateries are succumbing to financial difficulties, Our House Restaurant is preparing to celebrate five years serving home-cooked meals.

    “I think serving real food made here at the restaurant has kept us going while others have closed their doors,” owner Sherry Burkhardt said last week. “Not too many places have that anymore.”

  • By LORRIE KINKADE

    The Trimble Banner

    If you can kill it, Kenny Parson can likely turn it into a work of art sufficient to evoke envy in the hearts of your friends.

    Walking through the front door of Hide & Hook, a rack of compound bows can be seen, as well as a black bear, several turkeys and a multitude of deer heads. With just one glance, there can be no doubt as to the nature of this business.

  • By AMANDA HENSLEY

    The News-Democrat

    Crafts, antiques and a friendly atmosphere are a few things you can expect when you stop in “Simply Coffee & Crafts,” located at 427 Main St. in Carrollton.

    The family-owned and operated shop just opened in March and has been going “steady” ever since, said Debbie Supplee, one of six siblings who run the business.

    Supplee describes the shop as a “something to do” place for people of all ages, especially those who consider themselves collectors.

  • By AMANDA HENSLEY

    The News-Democrat

    Summer at Camp Kysoc in Carrollton ended Aug. 2, with its 32 counselors saying “goodbye,” “adios,” “au revoir” and “auf wiedersehen,” to the staff and each other.

    Over the next week, everyone would be taking off, whether in a car, on a bus or a plane. While some were going home to nearby Versailles, Ky., or Indiana, others were returning home to Australia and South Korea.

  • By SHARON GRAVES

    The News-Democrat

    In a cold dark room in the city office building, local law enforcement officers now have the opportunity to test their skills in a Firearms Training Simulator.

    The system, known by the acronym FATS, was discovered by Carroll County Jailer Mike Humphrey, who heard about it at a conference he attended earlier this year.

    He requested that the county receive one of the two simulators statewide. It is currently set up in a room across the hall from the Carrollton Police Department.

  • By SHARON GRAVES

    The News-Democrat

    Fog just evaporated and the river had a hint of blue to it, when Aaron Hutchings of the Ghent Media Center asked for the first take of two local actors in a tourism infommercial.

    Angela Franklin and Lonnie Crutcher were hosts in a short film that will be seen in local hotels touting everything Carrollton. Production with live actors began Saturday at Point Park, but the production team has been at it for weeks.