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  • Escapees indicted on 25 counts by grand jury

    The News-Democrat

    A Carroll County Grand Jury indicted three convicts Monday on 25 counts, collectively, for breaking out of an Indiana prison  and allegedly tying up and beating three Sanders, Ky., brothers.

    However, speculation that the convicts —  Jerry Lee Sargent, 59; Christopher J. Marshall, 49; and Bobby B. Cockerell III, 31 — would be brought back to Carroll County to face the charges proved to be a rumor.

  • Chism resigns teaching, coaching posts

    The Trimble Banner

    A Trimble County High School teacher who had been tapped as head football coach has resigned.

    Kirk Chism, a social studies teacher who taught psychology, U.S. History and sociology, was hired in March to take over the coaching position left vacant after former head Coach Johnny Poynter resigned in January.

    TCHS Principal Stirling Sampson said Monday that Chism tendered his resignation effective March 31 “for very personal reasons.”  

    Attempts to reach Chism for comment were unsuccessful by press time Tuesday.

  • Worthville Fire Dept. goes back into service

    The News-Democrat

    Worthville Volunteer Fire Department is again answering calls after about two weeks of being out of service to allow members to complete required training.

    Worthville Fire Chief Roy Breeden said he put the department back in service after completion of more than more than 200 hours of state training by department personnel,

    The department has been in the process of reorganization in the wake of the resignation of former Fire Chief Pat McGlennon.

  • Council considers grants to fund police officer, other projects

    The News-Democrat

    Regardless of the question in Carrollton City Council meeting Monday night, the answer was grant money.

    City leaders indicated that topics such as hiring another police officer, obtaining new playground equipment, upgrading the 911 system, and providing summer jobs could all be addressed with grant money.

    Council member Dean Miller Jr. broached the topic of a grant available that could pay the salary for a police officer for three years, if the city agrees to keep them on staff for one additional year.

  • SEARCH AND RECOVERY

    The News-Democrat

    Saving lives and finding lost or deceased individuals is what drives a local all-volunteer group known as Commonwealth Canine Search and Recovery.

    CCSR has two separate groups of volunteers with about 20 operating teams of dogs and handlers, plus another 15 support personnel. One group concentrates on finding individuals while the other group known as HardRock works with law enforcement to find illegal and illicit drugs.

  • 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.