THUMBS UP: After 37 years as a full-time staff photographer with the Carroll County Times, Ken Koons shot his last photos for us on Friday, Nov. 30. Koons, who has taken tens of thousands of photos, worked out of four different Westminster offices and saw the industry transformed, moving from solely a print product to a digital edition and 24/7 online operation. Since he started, first as a part-timer and then, in 1981, as a full-timer, he has won numerous awards for his photography and, more important, has captured untold timeless moments telling the stories of Carroll countians, from emergencies to sporting events to meetings to crime scenes to entertainment to hundreds of profiles of everyday citizens who became local newsmakers. Koons is embarking on what surely will be a retirement full of family time and new adventures that will include playing music, creating with his hands and, undoubtedly, shooting photos. We will miss him, but we wish him the best and thank him for capturing so many iconic Carroll images over his nearly four-decade career.