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  • State budget to fund JCTC-Carrollton campus

    Funding for a new Jefferson Community and Technical College campus in Carrollton is heading to Gov. Steve Beshear’s desk for his signature as part of a budget agreement that passed in both houses of the legislature Monday night.

  • Superintendent James announces retirement

    Superintendent Lisa James, Ed.D., made a surprise announcement at the March 27, Carroll County Board of Education meeting: After 27 years in education – including six years as superintendent – she is retiring, effective June 30.

  • Breaking Ground

    The ceremonial groundbreaking for the Carroll County Middle School renovation was held Thursday, March 27, outside of the existing gymnasium. Following the Board of Education meeting, a ceremony was held in the current gymnasium honoring the old and celebrating the new. Work will begin on the drainage and sewage lines in the next few weeks, Superintendent Lisa James, Ed.D., said. The temporary bus loop also will be installed and will be made permanent later on. The majority of the work will take place after school is out, she said.

  • Police arrest County Rescue member for theft, drugs

    A Carrollton man who was a member of Carroll County Rescue Squad and his wife remained in jail Wednesday on charges linked to the alleged theft of the squad’s fuel credit card and drug charges.

    Michael Allen Starks, 26, and Summer Doss Starks, 25, both of Carrollton, were arrested Thursday, March 27, by Carrollton Police as part of an investigation conducted by Carrollton police officer Ron Dickow.

  • NAS to receive utility tax refund from school district

    Carroll County School must issue a $472,000 refund to North American Stainless after the company overpaid its utility taxes in the calendar year 2012.

    At the beginning of the year, NAS and the Department of Revenue estimated the amount of utilities they would use and, furthermore, estimated the amount of taxes the company would pay, Chief Financial Officer Jon Conrad said. The school district receives one-twelfth of that amount, he said. The company is given two years to go back and request a refund.

  • State legislature approves $250,000 for regional career academy; Beshear to sign

    The Kentucky General Assembly included an appropriation of $250,000 in the 2014-2016 state budget that will be used as seed money for the establishment of a Regional Collaborative Career Academy. This academy is a joint effort between the school districts in Carroll, Owen, Gallatin, Henry and Trimble counties.

    The budget passed both houses of the legislature Monday night and awaits the signature of Gov. Steve Beshear.

  • Mother also arrested in 2-year-old son’s death, charged with criminal abuse

    A Ghent woman has been arrested in connection with the investigation into the death her 2-year-old son.

    Amanda Foster, 28, of Ghent, was arrested at her home April 1, by Kentucky State Police Detective Mickey Gonterman on charges of first degree criminal abuse and transfer of a controlled substance to a minor.

    Foster made the call to dispatchers Feb. 19, telling them her child, Bradley James Allen, 2, was discovered that morning dead in his bed. KSP said in a news release that Foster is the boy’s mother and dating the father.

  • Carroll County Schools Superintendent Lisa James announces her retirement

    Carroll County Schools Superintendent Lisa James, Ed., made a surprise announcement at Thursday's Board of Education meeting: She is retiring as of June 30. James has been superintendent for six years and worked for Carroll County Schools 27 years. 

  • Ghent wants more police protection

    City of Ghent commissioners are looking at ways to increase police protection for residents who are concerned about drugs and crime.

    A citizen speaking at the commission’s regular March meeting raised the need for increased police presence in Ghent. This prompted commissioners to restart discussions that first began in March 2011 with Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman.

  • Carrollton, Westside fight duplex fire

    Local firefighters battled a duplex fire in Carrollton Saturday that has left two families without homes.

    Carrollton Fire Department and Westside Volunteer Fire Department responded to 213 Seventh Street at 11:11 a.m. There are two apartments in the building – Apt. 1 on the right and Apt. 2 on the left. Apt. 1 renter Victoria Smith had left for work, and her boyfriend, Clifford Perkins, was still in bed, property owner John Cox said Saturday. Perkins discovered the fire in the kitchen and alerted his neighbors so they could get out of the house, Cox said.