Local News

  • Fiscal Court approves board appointments

    Carroll County Fiscal Court approved appointments to the three county boards, each for three-year terms effective January 2012, at their meeting Dec.  15.

    Rick Alexander was re-appointed to the Ghent Fire Protection District. Reggie Zapp was re-appointed and Grover Crawford was appointed to the Extension Service Council. On the Tourism Commission, Kevin Craig was re-appointed as the Chamber of Commerce representative, while Rhonda Welch was re-appointed as the restaurant representative.

  • Arrests made in Henry puppy mill operation

    After a six-month investigation of an alleged puppy mill operated by Terri and Kenneth Smith at 25 Allison Lane in rural Campbellsburg, the couple is now facing 218 counts each of second-degree animal cruelty.

    Second-degree animal cruelty is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a sentence of up to 12 months in prison and $500 fine.

  • CO poisoning kills Welch at her home

    Carbon monoxide poisoning appears to have claimed the life of former Butler-Turpin Historic House manager Evelyn Welch.

    Welch, 57, was found dead at her home on Highland Avenue in Carrollton Sunday night by her son, according to Carroll County Coroner David Wilhoite.

    Wilhoite said preliminary findings point to carbon monoxide as the cause of death. However, it will take up to eight weeks to receive toxicology report results.

  • Deputy Co. Clerk indicted by Grand Jury

    Carroll County Deputy Clerk Patti A. Mefford was indicted Monday night by a Carroll County Grand Jury for the alleged theft of money from the county clerk’s office.

    After nine hours of testimony and deliberation, the grand jury of eight men and four women presented their decision to Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bates. The grand jury decided there was enough evidence to indict Mefford. They chose not to indict Carroll County Clerk Alice Marsh or any other employee of the Carroll County Clerk’s office in the matter.

  • BREAKING NEWS: County Deputy Clerk indicted by Grand Jury

    Carroll County Deputy Clerk Patti A. Mefford was indicted Monday night by the Grand Jury for allegedly stealing money from the County Clerk’s Office. County officials confirmed Mefford also was terminated from her position Monday night. The full story will be in tomorrow’s edition of The News-Democrat.

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  • Butler Lake fluctuates to prepare for repairs

    Levels on the lake at General Butler State Resort Park have been up and down lately, as workers try to draw it down to make repairs to a valve on the dam.

    But the weather hasn’t been cooperating. Workers lower the lake levels and then heavy rains over the past two weeks have refilled the lake, just for it to be drawn down again.

    Park Manager Jim Cooper said workers need to get the water level below the gate on the dam, where they are checking it as part of routine maintenance. While they are at it, he said they will be repairing a faulty valve.

  • Council turns down EIP funding request

    Carrollton City Council officially voted to not grant money to an Enterprise Incentive Program applicant.

    After a lengthy discussion, council voted 6-0 not to give Nu Wave Barbershop owner Tara McArter EIP funding for her building improvements because the work was performed after the application was submitted.

    Mayor Gene McMurry had previously tabled the issue because he wanted to talk to Code Enforcement Officer Art Zook in more detail about when the application was submitted.

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  • About 200 animals confiscated

    Henry County Animal Control officials on Monday, Dec. 12, seized more than 100 dogs and as many as 100 other animals from buildings on a property located at 25 Allison Lane in rural Campbellsburg.

    The animals were being held in crates and cages in a single-wide trailer, a camper, outdoor kennels and a large outbuilding.

    The stench emanating from the property could be detected from the road.