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  • Kinman dealership to keep Chevrolet

    No news is good news, and that’s exactly how Herb Kinman views the fact that he has not received a letter from General Motors about closing his Chevrolet dealership.

    “We definitely under no circumstances got a letter from General Motors,” Kinman said in an interview last week.

    General Motors is on the verge of bankruptcy and has been sending out letters to dealerships across the country stating they would not be renewing some franchises in October 2010, Kinman said.  

  • Milton City Commission approves first reading of 2009-10 budget

    Milton City Commission approved the first reading of its 2009-10 budget, with no comment and no discussion at its regular meeting Thursday, May 14.

    The second reading of the budget will be June 11, 7pm. Budgets must be finalized by the end of June; the new fiscal year begins July 1.

  • A new Principal for Milton Elementary

    When Sharon James moved with her family to Kentucky in 2005, she felt very lucky to land a teaching position at Bedford Elementary School the year the new building was opened.

    That luck is carrying through four years later, as James was hired last week to be principal at Milton Elementary School, just in time for the transition from the old school to the brand-new building that opens in the fall.

  • Ghent adopts budget, tackles nuisances

    Planning amended budgets for the city and the sewer department of over $1 million was easier for Ghent City Commission than dealing with items of city pride such as rundown buildings, dogs running loose and unkempt properties.

    The commission heard the first reading of two ordinances to amend budgets for the upcoming fiscal year for the city operations and the sewer division.  The second reading and final adoption will be heard at the next regular meeting Tuesday June 9.

  • Howard convicted on drug trafficking charges

    In a marathon court session Thursday lasting nearly 14 hours, Donald Howard, 54, was convicted on four counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

    After convicting Howard, the jury recommended a sentence of 40 years. He was taken into custody immediately and lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center.

    The Kentucky State Police and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department arrested Howard Dec. 4, 2008 on trafficking charges after a five-month investigation. He was indicted on two separate occasions resulting in the four charges, all class C felonies.

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  • County pool opening delayed until mid-June to meet new safety rules

    The opening of Carroll County’s swimming pool will be delayed by about a month as work gets underway to bring the facility in line with new federal safety guidelines.

    At the May 12 Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting, judge executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said the pool will be allowed to open for the summer season. Unlike previous years, the swimming pool at Robert Westrick Memorial Park will not open on Memorial Day weekend.

  • Cost-cutting to bring cuts at Carrollton Arkema plant

    A restructuring plan at Arkema’s North American operations will bring cost cutting measures that include staff cuts at Carrollton’s plant as the company tries to trim $40 million from its expenses by 2010.

    This restructuring of Arkema’s operations in North America is part of an overall $740 million cost reduction move for the entire group implemented since 2006, the company said during its May 13 announcement.

  • ArvinMeritor to close plant by year’s end

    The ArvinMeritor plant and its employees have been in limbo for months as jobs have been dwindling, people have been laid off and rumors swirled about the plant closing. It is now definite — the plant will close.

    ArvinMeritor announced its decision to close the Carrollton plant by the end of this calendar year, company spokesman Krista Sohm announced May 13 in a press release. A total of 129 jobs will be eliminated with the closing, according to the company.

  • BREAKING NEWS

    The News-Democrat

    ArvinMeritor officials Wednesday notified United Auto Workers Union Lcal 1813 that the Carrollton plant on U.S. 42 will be closed.

    Company officials previously announced plans to close the machining operations and keep the foundry operating at the plant. But, following a Wednesday morning meeting with U.A.W. local 1813 members and its employees, ArvinMeritor sent out a news release stating plans to shut down entire plant, terminating 129 employees.