Local News

  • Lockdown drills are the law, vital for school safety

    Despite speculation circulating on social media, a lockdown drill recently held at Carroll County’s middle and high schools was not out of the ordinary and it was announced to students as a drill.

    Carroll County Schools issued a news release Tuesday, March 6, with additional information about the lockdown held Feb. 21, after an inquiry by The News-Democrat. The drills were held in conjunction with the Carrollton Police Department.

    KRS 158.164 mandates that schools conduct lockdown drills at least twice each school year.

  • Sewer, water repairs top list for Kysoc to be usable

    Kysoc Allegiance of Revitalization and Maintenance Advisors chairperson Dave Smith presented the group’s final report to Carroll County Fiscal Court Feb. 27. KARMA was charged with developing a plan prioritizing the needs to make the Camp Kysoc usable.

  • Live Your Passion | W = Wildlife Rescue, Rita Westrick

    As a young child living on Sixth Street in Carrollton, when Rita Westrick would come across a young animal in distress, she would borrow her sister’s bicycle that had a basket and pick the animal up and bring it home to try to nurse it back to good health.

    “She [Debbie Fothergill] absolutely hated when I borrowed her bike,” Westrick said. “Those were my first attempts at wildlife rescue.”

    Bulldozer operator Heavy Thomas lived across the street and she said he would bring her the nests he would dig up cleaning out fence rows.

  • All roads reopened; school district to discuss calendar

    Water levels have receded in Carroll County after the “2018 Flood,” the eighth-highest on record for the lower lock of Markland Dam cresting at 57.04 feet, leaving residents and city and county employees to assess the damage and clean up the mess the river left behind.

    All roads have been reopened as of Sunday, March 4, Carroll County Emergency Management Director Ed Webb said Tuesday. However, Carroll County will remain under a local state of emergency “until everything is back to normal,” he said.

  • BOE meets with site-based councils

    The Carroll County Board of Education met with each of the school site-based councils during the Feb. 22, board meeting.

  • Sheriff’s tax settlement audit released

    The Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts issued the reports of former Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman’s settlement of 2016 taxes for the period of April 16, 2016 through April 3, 2017 on Dec. 20, 2017. There was a report issued for April 4, 2017, through April 25, 2017, for the period from Kinman’s resignation to when Carroll County Fiscal Court became the fiscal officer for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Dow donates $5,000 to CCPL

    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dow’s Carrollton manufacturing site working with the Dow Corning Foundation, Dow has donated $50,000–$5,000 each to 10 different libraries in surrounding communities, including $5,000 to Carroll County Public Library. The libraries were selected as recipients because of the number of people positively impacted by the resources and services they provide, according to a Dow news release.

  • Flood Cleanup

    Carrollton Fire Department firefighters sprayed off the pavement at Point Park and 2Rivers RV Park Tuesday. Volunteers at the park were Chief MIke Terrell, firefighters Glenn Chatham and Donald Whittaker, and junior firefighter Kaitlyn Miller.

  • THE FLOOD OF 2018
  • Volunteers aid homeowners and businesses in local evacuations

    One lesson learned in the 1997 flood is this is a giving community. Flash flooding and head water coming down Eagle Creek just about washed parts of Sanders, Worthville and Happy Hollow off the map. Volunteers spent numerous hours rescuing people, shoveling mud, and moving water logged personal items out of homes.

    This week’s reports of potential flooding should cause those in the flood prone areas to take notice of the water levels.