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  • Officials say soldering caused fire at Madison courthouse

    MADISON, Ind. -- The May 20 fire that heavily damaged the Jefferson County Courthouse in Madison “was accidental in its origin,” according to Madison Fire Chief Steve Horton.

    At a press conference held at city hall on Monday, Horton said contractors were in “the finishing stages of an extensive remodeling program. One of the final aspects of that remodeling included the repair and replacement of copper downspouts and gutters from the upper reaches of the building.”

  • Family sells Graham-Dunn Funeral Home to area group

    The family of the late James B. Dunn, longtime coronor and funeral director in Carroll County, has sold the Graham-Dunn Funeral Home, located at 213 Fifth Street in Carrollton.

    New owners of the funeral home are Mark Garnett, Mike McDonald and Bryan New, all of Owenton. They are directors of the McDonald and New Funeral Homes in Owenton, and the Garnett, New and McDonald Funeral Home in Warsaw. The three finalized the purchase of the Carrollton facility on Friday, May 29.

  • Howard sentenced to 20 years after conviction on drug charges

    Donald Howard, 54, was sentenced Monday, June 1 by Judge Stephen Bates in circuit court to 20 years imprisonment for his conviction on four counts of first-degree trafficking in prescription drugs, all class C felonies.

    On May 14, a Carroll County jury found Howard guilty on all four counts of trafficking in two drugs, namely Opana, the brand name for oxymorphone, and Oxycontin. The jury recommended 10 years incarceration on each count to run consecutively, for a total of 40 years.

  • River Valley moves tasting room to winery

    Krasi and Vicky Georgiev, owners of River Valley Winery, have relocated the winery’s tasting room – The Mehana – from downtown Carrollton to their farm, located at 1279 Mound Hill Road on state Hwy. 549.

    The Georgievs, who have operated the winery since 2001, first opened their tasting room at 126 Sixth Street in January 2008.

    Vicky Georgiev says it “was the plan all along” to ultimately have the tasting room facility located at the winery at the top of Mound Hill.

  • Class of 2009

    The diplomas have been awarded and the mortarboards have been thrown in the air as the Carroll County class of 2009 took part in graduation exercises.

    On Sunday, June 7, the gymnasium was packed as family and friends stood as the graduating class marched in, girls coming from one side, boys from the other.  

  • Hill begins serving 180 day sentence

    After a lengthy battle in the appellate court system, Patrick Hill, 47, was lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center Thursday, June 4, to begin serving a 180 day sentence for a conviction on a class A misdemeanor second-degree sexual abuse.

    Hill was arrested Sept. 17, 2007 and was convicted six months later on March 18, 2008 on charges stemming from an incident that occurred inside his video store in Carrollton involving a female minor in August 2007.

  • One last picnic at old Milton Elementary

    The Trimble Banner

    Monday was a “bittersweet” day, as parents, retirees and others from the community attended the “Past and Present” picnic with teachers and students at the current Milton Elementary School.

    The school, built in 1952, is being replaced with a brand-new building about 2 miles south on U.S. Hwy. 421.

  • Beuji the drug dog pays visit to TCHS

    The Trimble Banner

    There’s nothing better than a bored drug-sniffing dog. Just ask Stirling Sampson, principal of Trimble County High School.

    Ron Moser of Discreet Detection K-9 Services of Louisville brought his Dutch shepherd, a 7-year-old female named Beuji, for the fourth and final visit to the school for 2008-09. The pair found nothing suspicious in any of the classrooms, lockers or student cars in the parking lot.

  • Owen Electric wins approval for rate increase

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) recently approved a request by Owen Electric Cooperative to pass along to its members a rate increase from its wholesale power provider East Kentucky Power Cooperative.

    The rate increase is effective April 1.

    The decision will increase the average monthly residential power bill by about $7, which is about 7 percent.

  • County records a concern after courthouse fire

    The recent fire at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Madison has served as a wakeup call to governments in surrounding communities to review safety procedures and storage of important records and documents.