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  • Sen. Hornback: JCTC has good chance of being funded this year

    A legislative forum Saturday morning with state Sen. Paul Hornback, R-Shelbyville, brought good news to supporters of the proposed Jefferson Community and Technical College campus in Carrollton.

    Hornback told the more than 75 people who gathered at the downtown courthouse to meet the senator — new to representing Carroll County because of redistricting — that he supports the project and believes it stands a good chance of being funded this year.

  • Ghent citizens weigh in on renovations of City Hall

    Ghent City Commission met in a special meeting Jan. 17 to gather citizen input on the possible renovation of city hall. 

    The old Christian Church in Ghent currently serves as the city hall.  The city owns the building, which houses the city clerk’s office, mayor’s office, file storage area and a meeting room.  Most of these rooms are located at the back of the building; however the sanctuary part of the old church is vacant and said to be deteriorating.

  • Fiscal court votes to participate in port marketing plan

    Carroll County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday, Jan. 28, to join with 14 other counties along the Ohio River to expand the marketing area for the Port of Greater Cincinnati.

    The port district would grow from its current 20-mile stretch to more than 200 miles, which could place the region in the top 10 ports in the United States in reporting data complied by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Mirza hired as full-time surgeon for CCMH

    The first day on the job at Carroll County Memorial Hospital was a busy one for Dr. Farooq Mirza.

    Not only was he busy getting settled into his new offices, he also performed two surgeries and consulted on another that he scheduled for next week.

    Mirza joined the team at CCMH Monday as the new full-time surgeon. Educated at Yale University and the University of Cincinnati, he is a board certified general surgeon.

  • Lighthouse wins $352,500 grant for after school programming

    The Carroll County 21st Century Lighthouse Program won a grant worth $352,500 over five years. The school district received the news from Frankfort Jan. 27. The Lighthouse provides after-school tutoring and enrichment to students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

  • Billingsley pens book on Gaunt’s time here

    Some of the main players in the building of the state of Kentucky – from its grand homes and plantations to its early economy – have gone unrecognized, and former District Court Judge Stan Billingsley is looking to change that.

    In his latest book, “The Widows of Highland Avenue,” Billingsley weaves a tale that focuses on Wheeling Gaunt, born into slavery to prominent merchant Alfred Gaunt in Carroll County about 1812, the same year his white half-brother, John, was born.

  • Snow days delay last day of school

    With the first day of spring still seven weeks away, the last day of school for Carroll County students – and possibly graduation – remains in flux, depending on how hard winter continues to hit.

  • Designs unveiled for JCTC campus

    Friday’s unveiling of the conceptual design plans for the new Jefferson Community and Technical College campus in Carrollton began on a positive note.

    For the second time, the project has made the governor’s budget, Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson told a crowd of more than 50 in a second floor classroom at JCTC.

  • Guilty plea entered in Beach death

    A Carrollton man has pleaded guilty to lesser charges following the October death of Michael Beach, 27, of Carrollton.

    James Nathan Wilhoite, 24, pleaded guilty in Carroll County Circuit Court Monday to an amended charge of second-degree manslaughter, a class C felony, from the original charge of murder. He also pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid, a class D felony; operating a motor vehicle under the influence, first offense within a five-year period; and second-degree possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.

  • Panthers win All “A” for first time since 2005

    Carroll County’s fifth win in a row capped off a great week of basketball by the Panthers. Win number five brought the 8th Region All “A” title back to Carroll County for the first time since 2005. The Panthers defeated Owen County, 42-39, Monday, Jan. 27, at Eminence High School.

    “The boys played hard and listened,” head coach Carroll Yager said. “We had a detailed game plan for each of the games, and they followed the plans perfectly.”