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  • Ghent hires new city clerk and maintenance worker

    Ghent Commissioners learned from their auditor at a special meeting Oct. 26, that their financial records were in disarray.

    In presenting an initial audit report, Troy L King, of Kelly King & Co., told commissioners that their “books are a mess.” The audit covers July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016, and during that period the city had two different city clerks in the position, he said.

  • Kinman files motions to dismiss, exclude evidence

    Defense attorneys for Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman filed a second motion to dismiss the indictment against him, as well as a motion to exclude from trial certain evidence, testimony or exhibits.

  • Trump carries Carroll and state in successful presidential bid

    Carroll County was among the 118 of 120 counties in Kentucky that voted for President-elect Donald Trump (R) over Hillary Clinton (D) on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.

    Trump carried 62.5 percent of the vote in Kentucky (1,203,081 votes) compared to 32.7 percent (628,914 votes) for Clinton and 2.8 percent (53,747 votes) for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, according to the New York Times.

  • Ghent Fire responds to house fire

    An abandoned home on Old Hwy. 227 was destroyed by fire Sunday evening.

    Ghent Fire Protection District Chief Pat Stewart said the department received a call at 6 p.m. that an old log home that had not been lived in years was on fire.

    The department responded and asked for assistance from Westside and Worthville fire departments with the initial attack on the blaze, Stewart said. The fire was under control within about 15 minutes of firefighters arriving on the scene.

  • Newcomer builds gaga ball court at CAC for Eagle Scout project

    Christian Academy of Carrollton junior Nate Newcomer has become Carroll County’s latest Eagle Scout, joining recent local scouts Logan Underwood and Eric Popp as recipients of the award.

    Newcomer participated in Cub Scouts through second grade primarily in Harriett, Tenn., where his family lived before moving to Carroll County. He became involved in Boy Scout Troop 131 in the sixth grade.

    Newcomer and his family moved to Carroll County in 2005, when his father became pastor of Whites Run Baptist Church in Easterday.

  • Traffic alert

    A bridge deck restoration and concrete overlay project is in progress on the I-71 Bridge over I-75 in Boone County. Traffic on the northbound bridge is restricted to one lane until Nov. 15. Significant delays may occur when lane restrictions are in place.

    Motorists should watch for stopped traffic. Motorists should plan accordingly and exercise caution and watch for traffic control devices, construction personnel, and equipment entering and leaving the work zone.

  • Bid not formally accepted or rejected for the county park baseball field upgrades

    Carroll County Fiscal Court opened bids for the third time for the Robert Westrick Memorial Park baseball field upgrades Oct. 25. CMW, Inc. and fiscal court had made some changes in the design materials hoping to bring the price to within the range the county had budgeted for the project.

    The only bidder Prodigy Construction of Louisville, Ky., entered a base bid of $2,549,000. Carroll County Judge-Executive Bobby Lee Westrick said that three contractors had expressed interest in the project, but Prodigy was the only one that submitted a bid on the project.

  • LG&E, KU plan $2.2B investment, want rate hike

    By JAMES BRUGGERS

    The Courier-Journal

    Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company Tuesday plan to invest $2.2 billion in their electric and natural gas system to improve safety, reduce outage times and enhance service, though such improvements likely mean higher rates for customers.

  • Library tax increases; Air Methods shares info

    The Carroll County Public Library tax is going up next year to help cover its increasing costs.

    “For the first time in six to eight years the library will take a 4 percent increase, setting the tax rate at 10.4 cents per $100 of assessed value for real and personal property,” Library Director Hillary Arney said. “We can no longer sustain the increase in operational expenses from our reserves.”

  • Changes to C-2 zoning code would make car lots a permitted use

    Changes to the C-2 Zoning Code Ordinance, which have been the topic at several Carrollton City Council meetings and a Planning and Zoning public hearing, came one step closer to reality at a special meeting Oct. 31.

    An ordinance amendment proposed changes to the C-2 neighborhood commercial district.

    The changes proposed include the following:

    1 (a) Retail sales. Processing is permitted only if all products processed are sold at retail on the premises, with all processing and sales contained within existing commercial buildings.