Local News

  • 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.

  • Board to withhold last payment on gym project

    The lack of a finished product on the Carroll County Middle School gym and renovation was the basis of most of the conversation at the Carroll County Board of Education meeting June 16.

    The construction project is still incomplete as the bench capstones in both courtyards have not been installed.

    Carroll County School Superintendent Bill Hogan said that the stones were supposed to be installed in April, then May and now June. The stones have not been delivered.

  • City approves golf cart, UTV ordinance on first reading

    Carrollton City Council held the first reading of an ordinance creating a new chapter of the traffic code to authorize the use of golf carts and utility terrain vehicles on certain designated streets within the city of Carrollton.

    The golf carts authorized and regulated are defined by KRS 189.286(1)(a). The utility terrain vehicles authorized and regulated are any motor vehicle with four or more low-pressure tires designed for off-road highway use having bench or bucket seating for each occupant and a steering wheel for control.

  • Lawmakers see the success of iLead at joint meeting

    With year one in the books, iLead Academy proudly opened its doors June 13, to 22 members of Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Education. As the state’s first regional career academy, iLead is a model that could be replicated throughout the state, as legislators look to take a more personalized approach to how students are educated.

  • Governor’s Garden kicks off first year by planting on the first day of summer

    Mary, Mary, how does your garden grow? Thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Butler, youth from the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Big Brothers/Big Sisters will have the opportunity to find out.

    The Friends of Butler applied for a Governor’s Garden/Commonwealth Garden grant for the spring of 2015 but the wrath of Mother Nature pushed the official planting forward until Monday, June 20, the first day of summer. Mother Nature even had a hand in the date selection as it rained about 2 inches on the original planting date, June 15.