Local News

  • Two fires burn three Carrollton homes, result in excessive damage, no injuries

    Blasts of water smothered the orange flames, and black smoke turned to grayish white as Carrollton firefighters fought to save two homes on Fisher Avenue Sunday night. This was the second house fire call the department, along with Westside Volunteer Fire Department through mutual aid, responded to in the past week — the other being on Sixth Street.

  • Fire department responds to Fisher Avenue house fire

    Carrollton Fire Department responded to a house fire at 1605 Fisher Ave. in Carrollton Sunday night. The fire spread to the neighboring house, 1603 Fisher Ave. There were no people injured, but two dogs died in the fire, according to the resident's mother and owner. Westside Volunteer Fire Department, Carrollton Police Department and Carroll County Sheriff's Office were also on scene. More information will be reported in Wednesday's paper.

  • News briefs

    Fiscal court approves increase
    for fall election workers

    Carroll County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday, April 12 to increase the amount the county pays election workers for training and working election day. Beginning with the election this November, workers will receive $25 for training and $100 for election day. Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said the county is currently paying $10 for training and $90 for election day. The difference will amount to $3,600, he said.

  • FNB offers free document shredding Friday

    A free shred day event is set for April 22 at First National Bank of Carrollton in celebration of Earth Day.
    Working with Cintas Corp., the leader in secure document management services, First National Bank, 604 Highland Ave. in Carrollton, is offering local residents the opportunity to safely shred confidential personal and business documents.

  • Park vandalism prompts removal of restroom doors

    The doors are coming down and the cinder block walls are going up at the Point Park restrooms due to vandalism, Mayor Gene McMurry said in an interview Wednesday.

    Vandals have been beating the locks off of the $300 doors, making it difficult for them to last through the winter, the mayor said. He said the city is paying Carrollton resident Melvin Stewart $400 to lay the blocks, which the city already had in stock.

  • City Council briefs

    State to monitor progress
    of former Drifters site

    The Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction will be overseeing the progress of the new business at the former Drifters’ location at 207 Highland Ave., Code Enforcement Officer Art Zook told Carrollton Design and Review Monday.

    Zook currently does not have his commercial building certificate. In an interview Tuesday, he said he hopes to complete it within the next couple of months.

  • Nonprofit grant application deadline May 31

    Ohio Valley United Charities Inc. is accepting applications for $80,000 in grant money for nonprofit organizations in Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Owen and Trimble counties for 2012.
    Applications are due by noon Tuesday, May 31.

    Organizations seeking funds must apply using the form provided by United Charities and must attach a copy of its most recent IRS certification that the organization is a 501(c)(3) entity.

  • County to appoint reapportionment panel

    Now that the 2010 U.S. Census is complete, local governments have the task of reviewing population numbers to consider any changes that might be needed in election districts.
    Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson told fiscal court Tuesday, April 12 that he initially didn’t believe the commission would be needed because of the slim amount of growth that Carroll County saw from 2000 to 2010 — up 656 people to a 10,811 people.

  • Carroll, Henry counties provide canvas for photography student’s thesis

    The Carroll-Henry county area recently became the inspiration and blank canvas for a student’s senior thesis photography project.

    Lauren DiFulvio, a senior at College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, photographed a series of portraits and environmental shots in Port Royal, English, Turners Station and Carrollton for her thesis project.

  • Educators at three schools offer insight to successes, challenges

    The Carroll County Board of Education looked deeply into three schools’ problems and successes at a working board meeting Thursday, April 14. Administrators from the Alternative Learning Center, Cartmell Elementary and Kathryn Winn Primary schools gave presentations of test scores, attendance trends, and other measurable success or failure statistics and what they mean.