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  • Carroll Faces | Aug. 22, 2012
  • Carroll, 67 others added to state’s drought disaster list

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday that Carroll and 67 other counties have been classified as disaster areas by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in the wake of this summer’s drought.  

    With this addition, 116 of Kentucky’s 120 counties have been declared primary or contiguous disaster areas due to losses caused by a drought that began April 1 and is continuing in many parts of the state. 

    The only four counties not covered by a primary or contiguous disaster designation are Bell, Harlan, Leslie and Perry. 

  • Bats push back Ghent paving project

    A plan to rebuild Fishing Street from U.S. 42 to Davis Street was put on hold this week, as Ghent Mayor William Mumphrey turns his focus on bat removal.

    Mumphrey told city commissioners during last week’s regular meeting that inspectors had determined that the former Ghent Christian Church, which now includes City Hall offices, is infested with the flying rodent-like mammals.

  • Cement dust in the wind

    A concrete-manufacturing facility located on U.S. 42 East behind Grower’s Warehouse experienced two releases of fly ash and cement dust earlier this month.

    During last week’s regular meeting, Carrollton City Councilman Larry Morgan said he was concerned by the releases, which state officials said occurred on Monday, Aug. 6, and Thursday, Aug. 9.

  • Carroll National Guard prepares for deployment

    Members of the local National Guard unit are preparing for deployment to Africa, which will occur sometime in October.

    Capt. Chris Fitzwater, who heads Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 138th Artillery based in Carrollton, said the unit will be activated Saturday, Sept. 1. The 62 members of the unit will meet at 2 p.m. that day in the Carroll County High School gymnasium for a send-off from friends, family and the public.

  • Carroll County Fiscal Court briefs - Aug. 15, 2012

    County’s real-property tax rate decreases

    Carroll County Fiscal Court voted to lower the real property tax rate from 4.5 percent to 4.3 percent per $100 assessed property. Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson pointed out that in 2003, the real property tax was 13.3 percent. All other tax rates remained the same.

    Locust Bridge to be closed 8-10 days

  • Two-vehicle crash in Trimble County kills motorcyclist Aug. 10

    A motorcyclist was killed Aug. 10 in a crash on Hwy. 42 in Trimble County.

    Dispatchers at Kentucky State Police Post 5 received a call at 7:28 p.m. of a crash between a motorcyle and a truck. Preliminary investigation shows Mark Rexroat, 43, of Bedford was traveling east on Hwy. 42 on his motorcycle. Perry Cook, 49, of Bedford was traveling west on Hwy. 42 in a truck, according to the KSP release.

  • Carroll Faces | Aug. 15, 2012
  • Dow Corning, Arkema donate funds to Carroll County groups, projects

    The Community Advisory Panel for Dow Corning and Arkema last week approved its list of projects and organizations to be supported in 2012.

    CAP oversees distribution of $20,000 in funds aimed at addressing community concerns each year. Arkema and Dow Corning each contributes $10,000 to the fund.

    From its share, Arkema will provide $2,500 for two Industry Career Scholarships to Carroll County High School students. The two $1,250 scholarships will be renewable for four years.

  • Have you met ... Linda Aguazul

    By SARAH BEACH

    The News-Democrat Intern

    Few students from this Carroll County get to attend “The No. 1 high school in the nation,” but Linda Aguazul, a senior this year at The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, was born and raised here.

    Gatton Academy was recently named the top high school in the United States by Newsweek magazine, according to the Newsweek website. Gatton is located on the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.