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  • 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.

     

  • Family tragedy led to advocacy work

    The News-Democrat

    A trip to the family farm on Bucks Run Road 28 years ago changed the lives of many people, and continues to affect lives even today.

    Jackie Hughes, then 25, was headed to the Ghent farm home of his mother, Clara Hughes, on March 10, 1981, to get a truck that belonged to his deceased father.

    The roads were icy and his vehicle slid on cinders that had been spread, ironically, to help with traction.

  • 5 Carroll Co. residents arrested in drug sting

    The News-Democrat

    Local law enforcement had their own version of spring cleaning Friday morning, March 20, rounding up 17 of 26 individuals indicted recently by a Carroll County grand jury for drug trafficking.

    Five Carroll residents, Patricia Wilburn, 43; Howard Taylor, 38; Tina Meece, 41; Carolyn Holliday, 69; and James Burgin, 72, all were arrested; each was lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center on $20,000 full cash bonds, jail officials said.

  • CPD report: Crime numbers down

    The News-Democrat

    Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite presented the department’s annual report to City Council last month. The report shows the department had fewer officers in 2008 than in 2007, but completed a total of 760 hours of training.

    The department was short one officer for the entire year and another officer for almost half of the year. Since then, Willhoite has hired two new officers who are in training at Eastern Kentucky University. Both officers are to return from training and be on the job by the end of June.