Local News

  • Main Street seeks volunteers to adopt bump outs in downtown

    Help bring the pride back to downtown Carrollton and make it a more inviting place to live, work and visit by participating in the Carrollton Main Street Program’s Beautify Downtown Carrollton initiative. Main Street is looking for volunteers to adopt a bump out within the 21-block area.

  • Smith’s roots grounded in agriculture


    Landmark News Service

    Driving through the pasture on the four-wheeler, passing the fields of alfalfa and livestock with birds flying freely through the spread out trees, second-generation farmer David Smith was truly in his happy place.

    After moving to Owen County and buying a farm in 1946, Smith’s father took a break from being an agriculture teacher to tend to the land. David was born and raised in Owenton on the family farm and after graduating high school he felt it was only natural for him to take over for his father.

  • Local veterans honored for service


    The News-Democrat Intern

    It was Nov. 3, 1950 when two friends from Dupont, Ind., made the decision to enlist in the U.S. Army. Robert Everhart and Gene Spicer grew up together and were both part of the graduating class of 1948 at Dupont High School. When word of the draft and Korea began to circulate a couple years later, the men decided to choose their own fate and took it upon themselves to enlist.  

  • Demolition likely for historic downtown building

    Almost seven years after a project began to create a walkway through the old firehouse building and to revitalize the old Western Auto building on Court Street, Carrollton City Council is on the verge of deciding whether it is in the city’s best interest to cut its losses and scrap the project by tearing down the building.

  • Group sets new vision for downtown Carrollton

    What would downtown Carrollton look like today if all the storefronts were filled? It most likely would not be a scene from the 1960s, with a grocery store and car dealerships.

    But could the downtown be full of hustle and bustle once again? That has been the focus of two sessions held by Carrollton Main Street Program focusing on a vision for the future of the downtown historic district.

  • Facial reconstruction helps solve missing persons cases


    The News-Democrat Intern

    This September will mark 36 years in an open unidentified persons case after partial skeletal remains were found on the banks of the Ohio River in Carrollton in 1980.

    The remains are believed to belong to a white male between the ages of 40-50 years old. At the time of the discovery, the flesh had disintegrated and only a fraction of his skeleton was found, making DNA the only identifier available for this case.

  • Parts needed for Sheriff’s Office vehicles; transportation grant signed

    Carroll County Fiscal Court agreed to pay for a replacement transmission in the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office’s 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe.

    Office manager Amanda Tuttle said the department paid $3,600 to have the transmission and rear end replaced in the 2007 Tahoe three weeks ago and do not have the funding in their budget to fund the repair to the second vehicle. Magistrate Floyd Bowling asked if the 2007 Tahoe was the vehicle that Fiscal Court paid to have the engine replaced. Tuttle said it was and the new motor is why they paid for the transmission repairs.

  • Guidelines for riding a motorcycle safely

    •Be visible

    •Remember that motorists often have trouble seeing motorcycles and reacting in time.

    •Make sure your headlights work and are on day and night.

    •Use reflective strips or decals on your clothing and on your motorcycle.

    •Be aware of the blind spots cars and trucks have.

    •Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping.

    ªIf a motorist doesn’t see you, don’t be afraid to use your horn.

    Dress safely

  • 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.