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  • Legislature hopes ‘sin’ taxes will aid budget

    The Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate came together last week in cooperation rarely seen in preceding years to pass monumental legislation taxing two of Kentucky’s signature products.

    House Bill 144 allows taxes on a pack of cigarettes to be increased April 1 by 31 cents and alcohol will lose its exemption that kept the state from collecting sales tax at the retail level. Other tobacco products such as snuff, pipe tobacco and chewing tobacco had their tax rates doubled.

  • Students recall the answers to sweep academic Governor’s Cup

    The Governor’s Cup double elimination district academic tournament held Feb. 13 at Trimble County High School, featured teams from Trimble, Carroll and Henry counties.

    Trimble coaches Jon Graham and Marcia Graham, the Bonnie and Clyde of TCHS academics, had their hands full as they hosted the tourney in their first year of coaching the high school’s academic team.

  • Zook seeks additions to city nuisance laws

    Just the mention of the nuisance ordinance raised tempers and a heated exchange at City Council Monday night.

    Art Zook, part-time city code enforcement officer, requested council to consider making changes to the nuisance ordinance, as well as create several new ordinances.

    Zook presented to council a list of four recommendations he believes would help to improve the appearance of properties within the city of Carrollton.

  • Alleged accomplice in FNB robbery indicted

    A man arrested last week for allegedly robbing Carrollton’s First National Bank was indicted Monday by the Carroll County grand jury, along with a woman police believe to be an accomplice in the Jan. 23 crime.

    Cecil J. Messer, 45, was indicted for second-degree robbery, a Class B felony. He is being held in the Carroll County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond.

    Michelle Lynn McKinney, 31, of Wrights Ridge Road, Carrollton, was indicted on one count of first-degree complicity to robbery, also a Class B felony.

  • Talent search under way for Chamber banquet entertainment

    If you have talent, any talent, the Chamber of Commerce is looking for you.

    The chamber will be hosting local talent searches on the fourth Thursday of each month from February through July. The winner of each monthly contest will be invited to the annual chamber banquet in August to perform. Performers will be judged by the membership, and the overall winners will receive $750 for first place and a trophy; $200 for second place; and $100 for third.

    The chamber raises money at its banquet through a silent auction, and usually features a guest speaker.

  • Trimble, Owen join cancer fight

    By LORRIE KINKADE

    The Trimble Banner

    “Winning is the only option.”

    That’s the pledge many in the stands will have emblazoned across their pink T-shirts when the Lady Raiders take on the Owen County Lady Rebels Friday night in an American Cancer Society fundraiser.

    As part of the national ACS Coaches vs. Cancer campaign, the two schools will face-off in a triple-header aimed at raising money for the organization that provides services to those afflicted with the disease, as well as money to continue the search for a cure.

  • Sheriff investigates burglary at State Hwy. 227 business

    An undisclosed amount of money was stolen from two safes during an apparent burglary sometime late Thursday night or early Friday morning at Craig’s Do-It Center on State Hwy. 227.

    Carroll County Sheriff Ben Smith and Deputy Jim Hamilton are investigating the burglary, which was discovered when employees reported for work Friday morning.  

    Hamilton said Monday that the glass of the door on the north side of the building had been broken, and two safes appeared to have been broken into.

  • JCTC adult ed offering skills workshop

    The Carroll County Adult Education program at Jefferson Community and Technical College, 324 Main St., Carrollton, is hosting a Job Skills 101 Workshop.

    The class meets from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Feb. 10 through March 5.

    The course is free, but is limited to 10 participants. To register, call (502) 732-7102.

    Topics to be discussed include resume building and writing cover letters; online job searching; application processing; interviewing skills; and a pre-employment assessment brushup.

  • Board OKs amended school district calendar

    The last day of school in the Carroll County School District has been rescheduled to June 1, barring any late-winter snowstorms or other emergencies that could cause cancellation of school during the remainder of the year.

    The Carroll County Board of Education voted on the amended district calendar during it's regular meeting last night (Thursday, Feb. 12).

    Graduation will be held Sunday, June 7, "at this point," Superintendent Lisa James said following the meeting. She warned that this date could change again, if more school days are missed.

  • Couch addresses 3CDC annual meeting

    Jack Couch, a former Trimble County Judge Executive, was the featured speaker Tuesday, Jan. 20, at  Carroll County Community Development Corporation’s annual shareholders meeting.

    “My job is to speak and your job is to listen, and I hope you don’t finish first,” Couch said, quoting 1950s presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson from a campaign speech.

    Couch commended the shareholders for the good decisions they have made as they have tried to grow the local economy and improve the quality of life in Carroll County.