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  • Contempt of court charge dropped against Willhoite

    Almost two years and eight months after Adam Horine was transported to Florida rather than Eastern State Hospital, the case has finally been closed. Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and CPD Officer Ron Dickow were acquitted of criminal charges in March 2016, and Dickow’s actions were ruled not contemptuous in October 2016. However, Judge Karen Thomas’ decision to hold Willhoite in contempt was suspended, and he was ordered to create a community collaborative addressing mental health issues in Carroll County.

  • Bringing Kysoc back to life

    Nestled in the woods at 1902 Easterday Road in Carrollton sits what Dave Smith calls our hidden gem, Camp Kysoc.

    Smith, of Carrollton, said he walks in the camp almost every night along the almost two miles of paved paths. “I am not sure that most of Carroll County knows what is hidden behind the Rotary Lodge,” he said in an interview at the camp Dec. 8.

    Magistrate Kerry Graham was appointed by County Judge-executive Bobby Lee Westrick to create a committee of volunteers to evaluate, estimate and prioritize the needs of revitalizing Camp Kysoc.

  • 2017 Christmas Carroll Craft Tent

    Visitors to A Christmas Carroll shopped in the crafters tent on the courthouse square.

  • Bill would reduce criminal penalty for drug possession

    By JAMES MAYSE

    The Messenger-Inquirer

    Rep. Gerald Watkins, a Paducah Democrat who will serve in his last legislative session in 2018, hopes criminal justice bills for which he has advocated will be passed.

    Watkins has prefiled a bill that would lower the offense for first-degree possession of a controlled substance from a class D felony to a class A misdemeanor. The bill would also reduce the penalty for possession of fake controlled substances, and possession of a methamphetamine precursor, to a misdemeanor.

  • Council approves two change orders for river paths

    Carrollton City Council approved one change order each on the Ohio River walk and the Kentucky River walk, totaling more than $6,300, along with a one-week extension.

    The contractor for the Kentucky River trail, Ohio Valley Asphalt, requested an additional $2,399.80 to address an issue with lighting.

  • Ghent hires new maintenance man

    By SANDIE BANKS

    The News-Democrat

    During the regular meeting of the Ghent City Commission on Nov. 14, the board unanimously voted to hire David “Scoobie” Hendren as the new maintenance man for the city of Ghent. Bobby Snow submitted his resignation letter to the board in October, after announcing he was running for Magistrate of District 3. He told the board he would stay till a replacement was found.

  • Kentucky Coroner’s Association seeks drug disposal system

    By ZAC OAKES

    Central Kentucky News-Journal

    A little-known aspect of a county coroner’s job duties has been gaining some recognition around the state, as the Kentucky Coroner’s Association is lobbying for legislation that creates a state protocol for how county coroners are to handle the disposal of drugs recovered from a death scene.

    Taylor County Coroner Daniel Cook said this is a relatively unknown aspect of his job as Taylor County coroner.

  • Report: 1,176 public workers in Kentucky took paid leave to vote–but they didn’t

    By JACK BRAMMER

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    More than 1,300 public employees in Kentucky claimed four hours of paid leave to vote in two recent elections but were not entitled to the benefit, costing taxpayers more than $102,000, state Auditor Mike Harmon said Tuesday.

  • 2017 Visions of Sugar Plums Winners

    Grand prize winner: Julie Wolf

    Cake

    First place - Vicky Hadley

    Second place - Lisa Weisman

    Third place - Martha Noffsinger

    Pie

    First place - Tammy Tilley

    Second place - Joan Wright

    Third place - Phyllis Leach

    Cookies and Candy

    First place - Julie Wolf

    Second place - Gigi Rodgers

    Third place - Mary Foster

    Miscellaneous

    First place - Julie Wolf

  • iLEAD Academy wins KSBA PEAK award

    The Kentucky School Boards Association presented Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Owen and Trimble county school district officials with the Public Education Achieves in Kentucky (PEAK) Award Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the iLEAD Academy, located at 2557 Hwy. 227 in Carrollton.

    The PEAK Award, given twice yearly, was established in 1997 to focus statewide attention on outstanding public school efforts that enhance student learning skills and promote the positive impact of public elementary and secondary education in Kentucky.