Local News

  • Wheeler named Champions coordinator

    When the opportunity to take on a new challenge came along this summer, Misty Wheeler was ready.

    After 10 years as director of the Lighthouse afterschool program for fourth- through eighth-graders at Carroll County Middle School, Wheeler has been named coordinator of Champions for a Drug-Free Carroll County.

    “I’m sad to leave the Lighthouse,” Wheeler said Monday. “I loved every minute of it. It was very rewarding, and it was great to see so many kids go through the program.”

  • Deadline to run for office is Tuesday

    Voters in Carroll County will decide on numerous local races in the Nov. 6 General Election.

    Candidates will be vying to represent Districts 1, 2 and 3 on the Carroll County School Board; and for spots on the Carrollton City Council and the city commissions of Ghent, Sanders, Worthville and Prestonville; and for Commonwealth’s Attorney; circuit clerk; and soil commissioner.

    The deadline to file as a candidate is 4 p.m. tomorrow – Tuesday, Aug. 14.


  • One Stop closed til Aug. 20

    The One Stop NKY Career Center Carrollton office will be closed Monday, Aug. 13 through Friday, Aug. 17 for final renovations on the office space. 

    Normal hours of operation will resume Monday, August 20.

    If anyone needs immediate assistance during this time regarding unemployment benefits, contact the One Stop NKY Covington office at (859) 292-6670. 

  • Worthville man arrested on burglary charges

    A Worthville man was arrested after surveillance video captured him kicking in a door to a residence on July 29.

    Michael R. Stewart, 46, Worthville, was charged with burglary second degree and lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center.

    Stewart was seen on video arriving at the home of Rebecca Kinman, 107 Old Lock Rd. in Carrollton, walking onto the deck and kicking in a door, according to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office news release. The video then showed him exiting the home with the two items that were reported stolen, according to the release.

  • History comes to life

    Kentucky Chautauqua came to General Butler State Park on Aug. 2. Chautuaqua is designed to “tell Kentucky’s story” through dramatic performances and authentic costume.

  • Local organizations receive funds from Ohio Valley United Charities

    Over 26,000 people served by 29 charities in Carroll, Owen, Gallatin, Henry and Trimble counties will benefit from $100,000 in awards announced this week by the Ohio Valley United Charities, Inc. Area non profit charities were given the opportunity to apply for grants for projects or programs planned for 2013.

  • Fostering becomes labor of love


    The News-Democrat Intern

    Spinner is blind and deaf.

    He got his name because he cannot walk in a straight line. Instead, he goes around in circles because he cannot see or hear.

    Spinner is a 4-month-old chihuahua/terrier mix under the foster care of Leah Hill. Leah is a member of Carroll County Animal Support, which she says can be a “full-time job.”

    Her other full-time job is at Carroll County Dispatch.

  • Commission fixes error, picks clerk candidate

    Ghent City Commissioner Jimmy Lewellyn will be responsible as the second person signing the city’s checks. 

    During a special meeting Monday night, Mayor William Mumphrey told the commissioners that two weeks ago he had asked Lewellyn to add his name to the signature card at the bank so that the city could pay bills that were due.

    “I made a mistake,” Mumphrey said. “The mistake was not bringing the commission together to choose who they want to have put on the signature card.”

  • City, contractors OK RV park repairs

    Carrollton Mayor Gene McMurry and members of Carrollton City Council met Tuesday, July 31 with the architects and contractors at the Two Rivers RV Park to hammer out a “punch list” of things that must be done for the campground project to be officially completed.

    The group first met at the park in the morning to tour the facility and determine how to best resolve problems that have plagued the project since it opened. Council then met in full in the afternoon to review the list of items that need to be addressed.

  • Kentucky ranks among bottom 20 for overall child well-being

     By Valarie Honeycutt Spears

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Kentucky is among the bottom 20 states for overall child well-being, ranking 35th, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2012 Kids Count Data Book.

    The report, released Wednesday, shows that children in Kentucky suffer from financial instability but fare better in the areas of education and health.