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  • Markland Dam lock undergoes inspection and salvage work

    Inspections are underway this week to determine if one of the miter leaf gates was damaged when the downstream lock gate on the 1,200-by-110 foot chamber failed during operation Sunday, Sept. 27.

    The second of the two leaves is resting on the bottom of the lock chamber. The other inoperable lock leaf remained affixed to the lock chamber and required stabilization after what was termed a “catastrophic failure,” by officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District.

  • Library begins quilting project as part of October program, display

    October may mean football and pumpkins to some. To others, it mean quilts.

    The Carroll County Public Library highlights quilts by hanging them throughout the facility and adding quilting-related events to their programming.

    On Oct. 5, the library held its opening night for displaying the Carroll County quilts and spotlighted the artwork of student artist Elizabeth Clark.           

  • Haunted train ride and castle of doom open Thursday night

    Children of all ages are invited to experience the spooks and thrills of Halloween at General Butler State Park.

    The annual Haunted Train Ride and Castle of Doom opens Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for anyone 3 years and older. The Carroll County Fair Board, the Tobacco Festival Committee and the Kentucky Kruizers sponsor the event.

  • Old firehouse contract will address walls

    Despite weather-related and unexpected setbacks, the old firehouse project continues to make some headway.

    On Oct. 16, the Carrollton City Council opened  bids for the firehouse wall stabilization project on Court Street.

    Council received four bids, and following an executive session,  unanimously voted to award the contract to low-bidder Brasch & Barry General Contractors Inc. of Carrollton for $23,572. All of the council members except for Councilman Adam Raker were present for the vote.

  • Fiscal court supports bonds for NAS project

    Carroll County Fiscal Court has approved an inducement resolution to apply for Taxable Industrial Building Revenue Bonds on behalf of North American Stainless.

    The county made an application to the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority to issue the bonds in the amount of $110 million. The bonds would finance the cost of further expansion of the NAS industrial facility near Ghent.

  • Poker Run to raise funds for Shop With A Cop program

    The second annual Poker Run benefiting the Shop With A Cop program roars back into town on Oct. 25.

    Co-Event Coordinator April McClellen said signups for the event run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the front entrance to General Butler State Resort Park the morning of the event. The ride will start at 11 a.m. sharp and end around 3:30 p.m. at the Carrollton Police Department on Clay Street.  

    This will be the ninth year for the Shop With A Cop program in Carrollton. So far, it has helped more than 500 children and raised more than $100,000, McClellen said.

  • Transportation director promotes school bus safety week in Carroll Co.

    School districts and bus drivers from Carroll County and across the country are observing National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 19-23), to help highlight the importance of school bus safety awareness and education.

    “We just want to make people aware of school bus safety this week,” said Nadena Mahoney, director of transportation for Carroll County Schools. “It’s a week every year that we observe to let drivers know our buses are out there every day all during the school year and to please look out for us and the children.”

  • County’s creek repairs are a washout

    Efforts to repair several Carroll County creeks damaged by torrential rains on Aug. 4 have been stalled, Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson reported during the Oct. 13 meeting of Carroll County Fiscal Court.

    County workers have been cleaning out creeks to prevent erosion problems and flooding.

    Because of the setback, the court agreed to pursue outside help to assist the county’s maintenance crew with completion of the work.

  • Relay for life exceeds ‘09 goal

    Despite the struggling economy, Carroll County Relay for Life exceeded its expectations and made this year’s event a success.

    At the beginning, the goal of reaching $100,000 seemed to be a stretch. But with the help of 25 fundraising teams, several sponsoring businesses and companies, and a number of inspirational members of the community, the committee raised a grand total of $100,462, said Carroll County Chairman Scott Niswonger.

  • EMTs recognized at class graduation

    SSG Donald O’Brien has done this before. As a medic in the U.S. Army, he spent two years working in a hospital treating wounded soldiers. He has served 28 years combined in active duty for the Army and for the National Guard Reserves. However, as he nears retirement next year from his post as a supply sergeant for the National Guard unit in Carrollton, O’Brien realized that he would need to go back to class before he could continue caring for patients.