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Placer supes to honor Auburn reporter, columnist Joe Carroll

By: Journal Staff
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It’s a rare occasion when politicians honor a reporter, but Auburn’s Joe Carroll will be in that position Tuesday.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors has scheduled 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at the board chambers, 175 Fulweiler Ave., in Auburn to fete Carroll for a career that spanned six decades.

Brooklyn-born but raised in Marin County, Carroll initially worked for the San Francisco Examiner. In 1961, he went to work for publisher Bill Cassidy and the Journal.

The newspaper was a weekly at the time, publishing every Thursday, and Carroll soon was writing a column called the Auburn Auricle that dealt with all the leftover, sometimes off-beat news, that didn’t fit into the regular flow of news stories.

During that time, Carroll covered important news stories, such as the drive for an Auburn dam and the infamous sickle slayings near Colfax in the early 1970s.

After 14 years with the Journal, Carroll left to work in government, with state legislators Sen. Ray Johnson and Assemblyman Norm Waters. But he returned to the newspaper business in 1991, writing a weekly column similar to the Auburn Auricle and covering politics in the rhwn-Auburn Sentinel that continued until ill health forced him to quit five years ago.