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  • KR255 Race comes to Carrollton June 25

    Kentucky American Water, along with Asbury University Center for Adventure Leadership in partnership with the Kentucky River Authority, will launch the first annual KR255 – a 255-mile endurance canoe/kayak race along the Kentucky River from the river’s origins in Eastern Kentucky to its northernmost point where it flows into the Ohio River on June 21.

    Competitors will have exactly 100 hours to complete the course.

    Competitors will launch their boats from the Beattyville Boat Ramp at 100 Water St., Beattyville, Ky. at 8 a.m. June 21.

  • Ghent mayor, commissioner to step down; city’s bicentennial celebration planned

    During the Ghent city meeting on June 14, Ghent Mayor Lonnie Mefford, announced he will officially step down at the Aug. 9 meeting.

    City Attorney William Brammell initially received a resignation letter from Mefford effective the June meeting, but suggested that Mefford withdraw the resignation, and date it for the future to give the city time to work on a replacement. Mefford complied and decided on the Aug. 9 date.

  • Board to withhold last payment on gym project

    The lack of a finished product on the Carroll County Middle School gym and renovation was the basis of most of the conversation at the Carroll County Board of Education meeting June 16.

    The construction project is still incomplete as the bench capstones in both courtyards have not been installed.

    Carroll County School Superintendent Bill Hogan said that the stones were supposed to be installed in April, then May and now June. The stones have not been delivered.

  • City approves golf cart, UTV ordinance on first reading

    Carrollton City Council held the first reading of an ordinance creating a new chapter of the traffic code to authorize the use of golf carts and utility terrain vehicles on certain designated streets within the city of Carrollton.

    The golf carts authorized and regulated are defined by KRS 189.286(1)(a). The utility terrain vehicles authorized and regulated are any motor vehicle with four or more low-pressure tires designed for off-road highway use having bench or bucket seating for each occupant and a steering wheel for control.

  • Lawmakers see the success of iLead at joint meeting

    With year one in the books, iLead Academy proudly opened its doors June 13, to 22 members of Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Education. As the state’s first regional career academy, iLead is a model that could be replicated throughout the state, as legislators look to take a more personalized approach to how students are educated.

  • Governor’s Garden kicks off first year by planting on the first day of summer

    Mary, Mary, how does your garden grow? Thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Butler, youth from the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Big Brothers/Big Sisters will have the opportunity to find out.

    The Friends of Butler applied for a Governor’s Garden/Commonwealth Garden grant for the spring of 2015 but the wrath of Mother Nature pushed the official planting forward until Monday, June 20, the first day of summer. Mother Nature even had a hand in the date selection as it rained about 2 inches on the original planting date, June 15.

  • Meth, Fentanyl use increases as group battles drug abuse

    By LAUREN HOLLOWAY

    News-Democrat Intern

    Kentucky State Police officer Dave Roberts teamed up with Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County at its Town Hall meeting in Ghent for a discussion on the current heroin epidemic prevalent in the local area.

    Topics varied throughout the open discussion, from heroin, to other problem drugs such as the narcotic, Fentanyl, and crystal meth, as well as current state laws and programs in place.

  • Fiscal court approves $11.7 million budget for 2016-17 year

    By TIM HENDRICK

    The News-Democrat

    Carroll County Fiscal Court approved its $11,764,106 budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year, after second reading at its regular meeting Tuesday.

  • Carrollton City Council | June 13, 2016

    Moving Wall returns

    The Moving Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, will return to Carroll County next year. The city of Carrollton, Carroll County Fiscal Court and General Butler State Resort Park has teamed up to bring the memorial back to the park Sept. 7-11, 2017. The cost is $5,500, and the city and county agreed to split the cost. Half of the total cost is due ahead of time. Council approved spending $1,375 now toward bringing the memorial back. The Moving Wall was last in Carroll County in 2010.

  • Motion to dismiss judge denied, contempt hearing delayed

    Special District Judge Karen A. Thomas of Campbell County denied a motion Monday to dismiss the contempt of court charges because of double jeopardy against Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow. The contempt of court hearing will be held, however, the date has been pushed back to Oct. 3-4, after a discussion on what must be proven to show contempt of court.

    The pre-trial hearing began more than half an hour late as the court waited on Campbell County Assistant County Attorney Steve Dasenbrock to arrive.