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  • Prestonville to reinstall park sign, evaluate Wi-Fi

    The City of Prestonville voted at their commission meeting March 18 to return the city park sign to the park site.

    The sign was removed on the request of Billy Walker Sr., who believed the wording on the sign was illegal due to the fact that the sign contained the names of the previous commissioners. He expressed his concern and said, “90 percent of the people [who built the park] were kin folk” of those same city officials. 

  • New Ghent city park needs lot

    Parking issues at Ghent’s newest city park raised some debate among commissioners during a special meeting Monday, March 18.

    Mayor William Mumphrey informed the commissioners that the city is obligated to provide parking specifically for the new Clayton Arney Memorial Park, which is located off Fishing Street on a hill that overlooks the boat ramp owned by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  • Prepping for Prom
  • City increases spending on fireworks

    The city of Carrollton will increase the amount of money it spends on fireworks this year from $12,500 last year to $15,500. The second annual Fourth of July celebration will be held July 4 at Point Park.

    The 2013 Fourth of July budget is $23,200; last year’s was $23,094.

    Mayor Gene McMurry said he has put $25,000 in next fiscal year’s budget for the event. However, 50 percent of the bill needs to be paid by April 15. As a result, this year’s fiscal court budget will need to be amended.

  • New warning siren will be installed near high school

    Two local boards that focus on public safety joined forces this month to fund a new Community Outdoor Warning System on the Carroll County High School campus.

    In recognition of Severe Weather Awareness Month, the Dow Corning/PMC Organometallix Community Advisory Panel and Carroll County Emergency Planning Committee each are paying for half of the $17,015 for the new warning siren, Carroll County Emergency Management Director Ed Webb said in a Monday interview.

  • Bessinger joins practice at KDH Carrollton Medical Building

    Karalee Bessinger had planned on a career in scientific research, but it turned out what she was most interested in was people and medicine.

    After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky, the Georgetown, Ky., native made a bold decision. She enrolled in medical school at the University of Louisville, where she graduated in 2009.

    Being a Wildcats fan, “Dad had a hard time with that,” she said.

  • HVAC repairs OK’ed for hall of justice

    The Wheeler Hall of Justice will soon have air conditioning again.

    Carroll County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday, March 12 to approve a $9,350 bid from TC Mechanical Services in Frankfort to make repairs to the existing heating and cooling unit at the courthouse located at 802 Clay St.

  • Pair arrested for allegedly stealing

    Two women accused of stealing lottery tickets from a Ghent gas station have been arrested.

    Anissa K. Otter, 28, of 300 Hwy. 227, New Liberty, and Wilma R. “Renee” Jones, 32, of 307 Lewis Street, Ghent, went to the Ghent Cowboys station on the evening of Feb. 19. They went into the store to pay for gas, which Jones left the store to pump, according to a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Police budget for new officers, training, car

    The Carrollton Police Department preliminary budget reflects potentially two new officers, a new dispatcher and a new police vehicle, while the Code Enforcement preliminary budget stayed roughly the same.

    The CPD salary line item decreased by about $14,500, reflecting the potential retirements of two command staff officers and the hiring of two entry-level officers.

    The telecommunications salary increased by about $15,700 to reflect the potential retirement of one dispatcher and the hiring of two entry-level dispatchers.

  • Budget proposal may set aside funds for fire truck, fund shed and truck

    A new pumper truck for the Carrollton Fire Department won’t be purchased this year, but council agreed Wednesday that it needs to begin setting aside money for one in next year’s budget.

    Members of city council gathered Wednesday afternoon for budget presentations from the fire department, public works and the 2 Rivers Campground. The proposed budget includes funds for increasing volunteer firefighter pay and a storage shed and new truck for the public works department.