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  • Lewellyn chosen to fill Mefford’s remaining term as Ghent mayor

    During a special meeting held on Aug. 12, the Ghent City Council accepted the resignation of Mayor Lonnie Mefford and chose Commissioner Jimmy Lewellyn to complete his term.

    “I think Jimmy has the most experience,” Commissioner Caroline Reisner stated. “I would like to nominate him.” The nomination was seconded by Joseph Beall and unanimously passed. Lewellyn was sworn in by City Attorney William Brammell and presided over the remainder of the meeting.

  • Blanton hired as new sheriff’s deputy

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is fully staffed with the recent hire of deputy Aaron Blanton.

    He started working for the department July 11, and will be attending Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training sometime next spring. Deputy Brandon Meredith will be attending the training program in November, and Blanton will attend after Meredith returns.

    Blanton began his studies in criminal justice at Jefferson Community and Technical College- Carrollton Campus after graduating from Trimble County High School in 2013.

  • Election update

    In the special District 1 Constable race, Chris Reese and Brian “Smurf” Taylor have withdrawn their names out of respect for recently deceased Constable Jimmy Aaron. The only candidate left on the ballot is Connie Aaron.

    In the Ghent City Commission race, James Lewellyn has withdrawn his name as he was named mayor after the resignation of Lonnie Mefford. 

  • Mefford resigns as Ghent mayor

    The City of Ghent conducted its monthly meeting on Aug. 9, but it is the last for Mayor Lonnie Mefford, who had tendered his resignation effective at the close of the meeting.

    City of Ghent voters elected Mefford to the position in November 2014, and he took office the following January. In the short time he held the position, he believes the city, and board, have accomplished much.

  • Carrollton residents are urged to attend meeting Thursday regarding city’s future

    Moving a car lot to the northeast corner of Second Street and Highland Avenue will be one of the top issues discussed Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Carrollton Planning and Zoning public hearing on the five-year comprehensive plan. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

    Planning and zoning recently requested the public to fill out a survey that will assist them in updating the comprehensive plan. The public hearing is the last step before the committee makes its recommendation to council.

  • Candidates file papers for Nov. 8 election

    There is guaranteed to be a shake-up on the Carroll County Board of Education after the Nov. 8, General Election, as incumbents Mona Kindoll (District 2) and Dru Maiden (District 1) have opted not to run for re-election. Carrollton City Council, Ghent Commission, Prestonville Commission, Sanders Commission, Worthville Commission, Soil and Water Conservation District, and Constable Districts 1 and 2 also will be on the ballot.

    Two candidates have filed to take Maiden’s Board of Education spot in District 1: Corey Groseclose and Rick McMahan.

  • Massie visits Carrollton sharing legislative news

    Fourth district congressional representative Thomas Massie had said that he wanted to have a coffee meeting in each of the 20 counties in his district this year. He met with Carroll County constituents Aug. 9, at Welch’s Riverside Restaurant for the 17th of his coffee meetings.

    Massie opened the session saying he liked the idea of the coffee meetings over a town hall forum because the setting makes it easier for people to speak.

    “Congress is in recess, although they tell us not to use the word recess but call it district work period,” he said.

  • Carrollton Idol celebrates fifth season

    The fifth Carrollton Idol will be the grandest yet, according to producer Brandon Stewart.

    “This year’s show is packed full of performances and special guest celebrities from New York, Atlanta, Nashville, Los Angeles and Louisville,” Stewart said in a phone interview Aug. 9. “We made this year’s theme “Fifth Season Anniversary” because we wanted to make it more like a celebration.”

  • Fiscal Court | Aug. 11, 2016


    Three Rivers District Health Department Finance Manager Michelle Wilbur presented Fiscal Court Aug. 9, with a resolution from the Carroll County Board of Health setting the public health tax rate at 5.4 cents per $100 of assessed value. Wilbur said the tax rate has been the same since 2005 or earlier.

    Fiscal Court also set the motor vehicle and property tax rate. The motor vehicle tax rate will be 15.3 cents per $100 of assessed value, and the property tax rate will be 3.2 cents per $100 of assessed value. Both rates are the same as last year.

  • NKADD receives $10K from Meals on Wheels America

    The Northern Kentucky Area Development District has been selected to receive $10,000 from Meals on Wheels America. This grant has been made possible through a generous donation from the Kellogg Twenty-Five Year Employees Fund. The Fund is seeking to expand its support of former Kellogg employees and their families by providing grant funds to local Meals on Wheels programs in Kellogg communities.