Local News

  • City of Ghent moves closer to a new city building

    The City of Ghent conducted the first reading of the budget during its regular meeting on May 9. Commissioner Joe Beall read the proposed 2017-2018 budget to commissioners, which includes money for a new city building. The second reading will be during the June meeting, and the budget will then be published in The News Democrat within 30 days of the passing.


  • Taylor shares history of how Carroll County came to be

    The evolution of how present day Carroll County came into being is an interesting story of divisions of land from territories to states and eventually the slicing and dicing of counties into 120 separate county governments in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

  • Fiscal Court accepts excess fees; salt bids received

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office turned over excess fee money and then received some additional funds for a needed project at Tuesday’s Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting.

    Fiscal Court accepted the excess fees from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department for 2016-17 that came in at $13,572.50. Additionally, the sheriff’s office turned over golf cart fees of $46 and another $4,890 for serving papers from 2016-17.

  • 2017 Student Athlete of the Year | Haley Dermon

    A career three-sport athlete, Carroll County High School senior Haley Dermon has excelled in cross country, basketball and softball and is a proven leader on all three teams and at the high school. For these reasons and more, she has been named The News-Democrat’s 2017 Female Student-Athlete of the Year. Earl Floyd Ford sponsored the award.

    Haley said she was excited when she heard she had won. “I’ve been nominated every year, so I was kind of hoping I would get it.”

  • Bow Bridge bid accepted

    Despite being over budget, Carrollton City Council approved its lone bid for the Bow Bridge restoration project. Judy C. Harp Inc., of Frankfort’s base bid of $114,555.40 was $14,000 over budget. The company also offered a bid of $20,000 as an alternate to paint the bridge, bringing their total bid to $134,555.40.

  • Anthem now in-network at hospital

    Residents who receive Anthem insurance coverage from several local businesses and industries will soon find their plans accepted as in-network at Carroll County Memorial Hospital.

    CCMH will be in network beginning June 1, with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kentucky’s Pathway HMO and Pathway PPO plans.

    In making the announcement Monday, CCMH Chief Executive Officer Harry Hays said the hospital has long offered in-network to Anthem’s traditional plans, but is now pleased to be participating in all five plans offered by the insurer.

  • 2017 Student Athlete of the Year | Evan McMahan

    Scoring 1,000 career points in basketball, catching the game-winning touchdown in football and hitting a walk-off home run and earning the win on the mound in baseball–not many people can say they have had a more successful senior year in three major sports than Evan McMahan. It hasn’t always been easy, but Evan has worked hard and been a leader throughout, earning him the title of The News-Democrat’s 2017 Male Student-Athlete of the Year. Earl Floyd Ford sponsored the award.

  • Marshall added to Shaw’s lawsuit against Sheriff’s Office

    Former Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputy J.T. Shaw filed a motion May 12, to amend his 2014 complaint against the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, former Sheriff Jamie Kinman and Carroll County government to include recently appointed Carroll County Sheriff Philip Marshall.

    The original lawsuit was filed Aug. 26, 2014, in Carroll County Circuit Court and alleged Kinman caused Shaw severe emotional distress; defamed his name, character and reputation; and harassed him. He sought compensatory and punitive damages, reasonable costs and attorney’s fees.

  • Ky. is the ‘cancer capital of the country’

    Ben Chandler, CEO and President of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, painted a grim health snapshot of Kentucky and Carroll County in his remarks to the Town Forum, May 11.

    “Kentucky leads the nation in cancer deaths,” Chandler said. “That makes us the cancer capital of the country.”

  • WHAS Crusade for Children benefit concert May 27

    The Carrollton Fire Department/Rina Moore Vankleef Memorial WHAS Crusade for Children concert will be held at the Carroll County Fairgrounds, May 27.

    The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and features Captain Backfire, rock and funk band that plays rock and fund music covering four decades.

    Local musician Jordan Bales is bringing his band Bales and Twine to the show. Bales’s Facebook page said his band is going to start promoting more of their original music from here on out and performing some all original shows this year under the name Bales and Twine.