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  • Rand pleased with ’09 legislative session

    The Trimble Banner

    State Rep. Rick Rand is hoping his new position in the General Assembly will be an advantage for the 47th District he serves.

    Rand was appointed chairman of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee this year, and was involved in the entire process of setting the state’s 2009-10 budget.

    “I’m usually on the front lines of the big decisions,” Rand said last week about his chairmanship role. “I plan to look out for the best interests of my district, as well as the bigger picture.”

  • Program brings summer work for area youth

    The News-Democrat

    Summer jobs for youth in Carroll County are available through a new program funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, otherwise known as the federal stimulus package.

    Applications for the jobs for residents ages 16-24 are available at the Jobs for America’s Graduates office in the Jefferson Community and Technical College and at Judge Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson’s office on the second floor of the courthouse.

  • Grant to fund equipment for Carrollton firefighters

    The News-Democrat

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded fire grant funding totaling $101,289 to the Carrollton Fire Department.

  • CATS test to be shortened to 5 days

    The Trimble Banner

    Students in Trimble County can breathe a little easier at the end of the 2009-10 school year.

    That’s when new rules go into affect reducing the scope of  the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System.

    The Kentucky Legis-lature voted last month to alter the 20-year-old program, reducing the number of days students are tested from 10 to five by 2011-12. Also, writing portfolios will no longer be counted toward a student’s grade.

  • Petition circulating to preserve Milton-Madison Bridge

    The Trimble Banner

    Imagine riding a bike or walking with your family across the Ohio River on the Milton-Madison Bridge.

     It’s a dream for George Freeman, a former Madison resident who has started a grass-roots effort to preserve the 80-year-old span for future generations.

    Freeman, who owned WIKI Radio station for 20 years, is circulating a petition to have the old span preserved as a foot bridge. He also wants to see an observation tower included on any new structure that might replace the existing bridge for motor vehicle traffic.

  • Ghent must decide fate of church restoration project

    The News-Democrat

    Time is running out for Ghent City Council to use a $200,000 grant received seven years ago for restoration of the Ghent Christian Church.

    While the grant was received in 2002, $40,000 of the money has been spent on the project so far, and to date they haven’t nailed a nail yet, Mayor William Mumphrey said in a public meeting Wednesday, April 1.

  • Weather delays Fourth Street repairs

    The News-Democrat

    Barricades were removed over the weekend from Fourth Street where workmen have been making repairs following a storm drain collapse last fall.

  • Fiscal court funds sheriff’s vehicles, warning sirens

    The News-Democrat

    Public safety purchases totaling $114,000 won Carroll County Fiscal Court’s approval Tuesday, March 24.

    Fiscal court agreed to buy two new vehicles for the sheriff’s department and four new emergency warning sirens to replace aging units.

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department won approval for its request to purchase two Chevrolet Tahoes and fiscal court will look into having a surplus sale to re-coup some of the expense.

  • Conversation focuses on prescription drug abuse

    The News-Democrat

    Arming a community with information about prescription drug abuse and how to treat the problem was a goal of the Community Conversation held Monday night.

    About 140 people attended the meeting at the National Guard Armory spearheaded by Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County.  Those attending had a chance to listen to experts explain what prescription drug abuse is, how to identify it and what to do about it as well as ask questions.

  • Biker dies in Milton wreck

    A biker died Sunday night when his motorcycle careened into a guardrail on North  U.S. 412 near Milton. 

    According to reports from Kentucky State Police, Ryan M. Schwartfigure, was found shortly after 7:30 p.m. next on the right shoulder of the highway near a guardrail. He was transported by Trimble County EMS to Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison, Ind., where he was pronounced dead. An investigation into the death is ongoing by KSP trooper M. Soto.