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  • Owen Electric wins approval for rate increase

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) recently approved a request by Owen Electric Cooperative to pass along to its members a rate increase from its wholesale power provider East Kentucky Power Cooperative.

    The rate increase is effective April 1.

    The decision will increase the average monthly residential power bill by about $7, which is about 7 percent.

  • County records a concern after courthouse fire

    The recent fire at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Madison has served as a wakeup call to governments in surrounding communities to review safety procedures and storage of important records and documents.

  • Relay for Life total nears $92,000

    Carroll County Relay for Life has raised more than $92,000 following its annual 12-hour event fundraiser for the battle against cancer Friday evening through Saturday morning at Carroll County Fairgrounds.

    Money is still coming in, according to Relay for Life chairman Scott Niswonger.

    “I have cash money already deposited and check deposits sent off to the ACS headquarters,” accounting chairperson Beth Toombs said Monday. “I made the cash deposit Saturday morning as soon as U.S. Bank opened.”

  • Budget increase sought to maintain office’s salaries

    Reductions in the amount of money state government allots toward salaries of office personnel employed in county attorneys’ offices has prompted Carroll County Attorney James Monk to seek an increase from Carroll County Fiscal Court in the 2009-2010 budget. On May 12, fiscal court held the first reading of the proposed $11,014,888 budget, which included an appropriation of $10,000 to the county attorney’s office.

  • Crash claims life of Sanders woman

    Lonna D. Kehrer of Sanders, died Sunday, May 24 in Gallatin County when a vehicle driven by Brian J. Ritchey II, 28 of Bluff City, Tenn., was eastbound of U.S. 42 and turned in front of Kehrer’s westbound vehicle, according to Kentucky State Police.

  • City budget remains sound despite tough economic times

    Amending current budgets and adopting new budgets for the upcoming fiscal year shows that the City of Carrollton is financially sound even though some departments overspent their budget.

    The city government and Carrollton Utilities had second reading and final adoption of current budget amendments and budgets for the 2009-10 fiscal year Monday, May 11.

    The 2009 – 2010 city budget shows revenues are expected to be $4.9 million and expenditures are projected to be $3.6 million.  

  • Report shows Carroll near top in smoker numbers

    Kentucky appears to be slowly letting go of its tobacco heritage that has kept the state at the bottom of national lists on the number of people who light up or use smokeless products.

    For years, Kentucky has been the number one state in the nation for percentage of residents who smoke. But this year’s numbers show the Bluegrass state has dropped to number three behind West Virginia as first and Indiana as second, according to the Center for Disease Control.

  • Trimble, Carroll records duplicated archived in Frankfort

    Landmark News Service

    Last month’s fire at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Madison, Ind., served as a wake-up call to governments in surrounding communities to review safety procedures and storage of important records and documents.

    But Trimble County residents need not worry about the vital records held at the Bedford Courthouse. Most are duplicated electronically and archived at state facilities in Frankfort, said Judge-Executive Randy Stevens.

  • ArvinMeritor severance plan wins union OK

    ArvinMeritor and the United Auto Workers local 1813 have reached a settlement on what union employees will receive as the plant shuts down later this year.

    The company released a statement Tuesday, June 2, confirming it has reached a closure agreement with the United Auto Workers Local 1813 in Carrollton.  “The agreement was supported by union leadership and recently ratified with a 93 percent vote by the Carrollton workforce,” according to the written statement.

  • Fire damages historic Madison landmark

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

    The opening sentence of Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Tale of Two Cities,” could very well have described one day, Wednesday, May 20, 2009, in the life of one city, Madison, Ind., although penned in the nineteenth century.