Local News

  • Sherrard wins three first place awards at KPA

    The News-Democrat received recognition for its sports and news coverage in 2011 at the Kentucky Press Association’s annual banquet held on Jan. 20 in Lexington.

  • Former CCDC prisoner to serve time after recent illegal alien conviction

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) jointly announced today that an illegal alien, previously convicted of an aggravated felony, was sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 17 to 71 months in prison for illegally entering the U.S. a second time.

    Jose Antonio Gonzalez-Meija 29, was discovered as an illegal alien after he was serving time in the Carroll County Detention Center in July of 2011.

    Gonzalez-Meija’s previous conviction of rape in Henry County, Ky. in 2006 enhanced the federal prison sentence he received Tuesday.

  • Sheriff’s Office looking for alleged automobile thief

    A man who took advantage of distracted employees at the Carroll County Super 8 Motel allegedly stole an automobile belonging to one of the hotel’s workers.

    The man, whose identity is not known, came to the hotel and asked to use the phone on Wednesday, Jan. 25, according to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. Employees let him use the phone and, after he was done, he noticed a woman had left her car keys on the desk, according to the sheriff’s office. The man is caught on videotape walking around the hotel counter and taking the keys.

  • Family rescued from flooded vehicle
  • Alleged shoplifter caught at Walmart

    An alleged shoplifter from Walmart was chased by a customer and apprehended by law enforcement on Monday, Jan. 23.

    A representative from Walmart reported the alleged shoplifter to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at about 10:30 a.m. At the same time, a customer noticed the accused shoplifter leaving the store and followed the suspect, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. The individual gave a description of the shoplifter and a location.

  • Need For Speed
  • Truck driver dies on I-71

    Troopers from Kentucky State Police Post 5 responded to a fatal collision Friday, Jan. 27 at 2:32 a.m. in Carroll County.

    The investigation showed that Lokey Shorter Sr., 63, from Trotwood, Ohio, was traveling north on I-71 at the 38 mile marker in a tractor-trailer, according to a news release from KSP. While switching lanes, state police say Shorter lost control of the tractor-trailer causing it to turn onto its side.

  • Primitive camping at RV park discussed, official vote Thursday

    The city plans to have an area for primitive camping ready near the Two Rivers RV Park in time for the spring opening.

    After a lengthy discussion at the second work session focusing on the new park’s rules and regulations on Tuesday, Jan. 24, city leaders unofficially decided they would like to add the primitive camping back into the plans. It was part of the original drawings, but was later phased out.

  • Carrollton arts, music academy to expand, offer more programs

    Music will soon fill the air while young artists work on their paintings in a former law office at 430 Main St.

    Paragon Arts and Music Academy is expanding to add this space next door to the location it has called home for two years.

    Owner and director Jennifer Beach said the additional space is needed because of the growth they have seen for the programs offered in performance and visual arts.

    This level of growth is something Beach did not expect when she opened the doors at Paragon.

  • Synthetic drugs: Legal does not mean safe

    Ashley Stillwell, now a 19-year-old freshman at Western Kentucky University, was feeling on top of the world during the summer of 2011. She had just graduated from Warren East High School and felt like ‘The Hulk:’ “Nothing could touch me,” she said.

    She had never used drugs or alcohol before in her life, but on the night of Aug. 21, she made a decision that would alter her life forever: She took one hit of legal synthetic marijuana and was paralyzed for three hours.