13 years after being in the middle of 9-11 attacks, local woman starting to feel normal

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Sept. 11, 2014.

Thirteen years after the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, Carolyn Allen is finally beginning to feel normal again, after finding herself in the middle of the chaos that fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001.

The Huntington native and current resident - who was living at the time in Fort Lauderdale, FL - recounts the devastation she witnessed as a passenger on a U.S. Airways plane bound for New York City. It was supposed to make a stop first in Washington, DC.

Pre-dinner chat

Photo by Steve Clark.

Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann (middle) talks with Rob Miller (left), Republican nominee for the first district Huntington County commissioner seat, and Dan Leonard, Republican state representative for house District 50, at the Huntington County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day Dinner, held Thursday, Sept. 11, at LaFontaine Golf Club.

Huntington Police Chief Carroll to retire from force on Oct. 1

Huntington Police Chief E.J. Carroll has announced plans to retire from the department on Oct. 1.

Following retirement, he plans to join the newly formed Parkview Health Police Department as as lieutenant for Parkview Huntington and Parkview Whitley hospitals.

"While my role with the police department will come to an end, my commitment to this community will not," Carroll says.

Carroll, a 21-year veteran of the Huntington Police Department, has served as chief since 2012.

HU golfers 12th at Battle of Blackthorn

The Huntington University men's golf team finished tied for 12th at Bethel College's Battle of Blackthorn, which spanned Friday, Sept. 12, to Saturday, Sept. 13, at Blackthorn Golf Club, in South Bend.

After shooting a 327 on Friday to find themselves in 13th, the Foresters shot a 326 to move up a spot by day's end on Saturday. Ryan Boester paced Huntington by shooting a 14-over-par 158 (73, 83) to finish tied for 32nd out of 80 golfers.

Kiningham and Marker win top Ducky Run prizes

Winners have been named for the annual Ducky Run sponsored by the Roanoke Kiwanis Club. The event was run Saturday, Sept. 6, as part of the Roanoke Fall Festival.
Alan Kiningham won the Vera Bradley gift tote as the top prize, while Ron Marker won the $100 cash from the Roanoke Kiwanis Club.

Other winners included: $25 cash from Bippus State Bank - Elsie Wygant; $20 cash from United REMC - Shannon Shockney; wheel alignment Ingle's Service - Terry Dailey; and $25 gift card to Roanoke Village Inn - Kelly Lee.