Local News

  • Kinman pleads guilty, resigns as sheriff

    Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman pleaded guilty Monday, April 3, to five felony indictments, three misdemeanor indictments and three malfeasance violations, and he resigned his position as sheriff.

    He accepted a plea agreement that requires him to successfully complete a one-year residential substance abuse treatment program at Canaan Land Ministries in Autaugaville, Ala., and complete a five-year Pretrial Diversion program.

  • Ghent making progress on new city building; Plan egg hunt for Saturday

    During a special meeting of the Ghent City Commission March 21, city leaders discussed plans for a new city building with David Eberenz of Heritage Engineering. The proposed building will be located on Ann and Liberty streets in Ghent.

  • Council authorizes raises for next fiscal year

    Carrollton City Council approved a motion March 29, to give the Carrollton Police Department a 5 percent base pay increase and the other city departments a 4 percent increase. Department heads will distribute the pay raise as they see fit, and the mayor will distribute the department heads’ increases. Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Public Works Supervisor Ronnie Knight both said they would forego the full 4 percent raise so that the remainder would go toward their employees’ raises.

  • 2017 Carroll County town clean-up schedule

    April 1 - Sanders

    April 22 - Worthville, Happy Hollow

    April 29 - Ghent

    May 6 - English

    May 13 - Easterday

    May 20 - Prestonville 

  • Bids received for football/soccer field; Bridge repairs discussed

    Carroll County Fiscal Court received five bids for the construction of a football/soccer field at the Robert Westrick Memorial Park. The combination field will be located where the old industrial league softball field stood for a number of years.

    County Judge-Executive Bobby Lee Westrick said at the Feb. 28, Fiscal Court meeting that Carrollton Utilities General Manager Bill Osborne had shot the grade and said there was enough material at the location to construct the field.

  • Rumpke wins garbage franchise; City to remove tree on Fifth Street

    At its meeting March 27, Carrollton City Council awarded the city’s garbage franchise to Rumpke, which is the current franchise holder and was the only company to submit a bid. Commercial rates stayed the same, while residential rates increased by 2.5 percent, Jeremy Rumpke said. The city will hold a four-year contract with Rumpke, with the option for an additional two years.

    “It’s always a pleasure to work with Rumpke,” Mayor Robb Adams said.

  • Sheriff Kinman arrested on felony charges

    Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman was arrested March 22, and charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, a class B felony, and two counts of theft by unlawful taking-controlled substance, a class D felony.

    Circuit Court Judge R. Leslie Knight issued a warrant for Kinman’s arrest on March 20.

    Kentucky State Police Det. Josh Noble arrested Kinman at 11:50 a.m. March 22, at the Grant County courthouse in Williamstown, according to the citation.

  • Worthville Cemetery looks to reorganize

    Concern about the condition of the Worthville Cemetery led a small group of concerned lot owners to convene a meeting March 25 at the Worthville Fire Department. About 45 lot owners or family members of those interred there attend the meeting.

  • Habas retires from dental practice

    After 34 years working as a family dentist in Carrollton, Dr. Philip Habas is heading for retirement.

    “I have two grandkids now, so I’m looking forward to spending more time with them,” he said. “They live down in La Grange, so not too far away. I’ll have time to enjoy them while they are growing up.”

    Habas has a son and a daughter-in-law (Patrick and Katie Habas), two grandchildren (Lily, 18 months, and Reed, two months) and a step-daughter (Brittany Martin).

  • Sesquicentennial Sentiments: The News-Democrat wasn’t county’s first newspaper

    The News-Democrat is entering its 150th year of informing Carroll County residents of the latest news, features and other types of reading entertainment. Founded in 1868, the forerunner of the periodical you hold in your hands today was not the first newspaper published in the county. In fact, no less than six newspapers predated The Carrollton Democrat, and at least six other short-lived periodicals have provided news to Carroll residents down through the years.