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    Standing in the middle of what used to be her bedroom, Barb Long tears up as she describes the moment that passed so quickly, but left so much destruction behind.

    She and her husband, M.G., knew the tornado was coming, and “did the things we were supposed to do” to prepare.

    Just before it hit, Barb was sitting on the couch in the basement, waiting on M.G. to join her. M.G. had just closed the kitchen door leading to the garage, had turned and taken one step down the stairs when the roof blew off the stairwell and insulation fell down into his face.

  • Tornado damage around the community
  • CPD reports fewer DUI arrests, adds drug arrests to ‘11 report

    Accidents and DUI arrests in Carrollton were down in 2011, according to the Carrollton Police Department’s yearly report.

    With the addition of Officers Tim Mitchell and Tony Stigers last year, the department went on 7,979 calls for service, the most since 2005.

    There were 47 DUI arrests in 2011, a 10-year low. Chief Mike Willhoite said he attributes this to education on the part of the drivers. “They’re more aware and take better care to avoid that type of arrest.”

  • Sheriff’s Office investigating theft of steel grate covers

    Seven large steel grate basin covers and a manhole cover were reported stolen by the Carroll County branch of the Kentucky Department of Transportation, according to a news release from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. The items are valued at a minimum of $1,000.

    The steel items were stolen from sites along Hwy. 467 between Hwy. 227 and Worthville, according to the news release. The items are estimated to weigh 200 pounds or more.

  • Carrollton City Council briefs - March 7, 2012

    Second listening session on March 29

    Carrollton City Council decided the second community listening session on downtown development be set for March 29. The time and location has not yet been determined.

  • Availability of medications make anti-drug effort tough

    Many people may not know that some prescription pain killers are a legal form of heroin. Local medical professionals and law enforcement say that just because they are legal does not mean they are safe or non-addicting.

    Opiate pain killers such as oxycontin, oxycodone, percocet and others have the same chemical make up as heroin, and while they work well to control pain, it is very easy to become addicted.

  • Board flounders through meeting, lacking legal counsel

    At the suggestion of city attorney Jason Baute, the Ghent Board of Adjustments held a special meeting Monday to approve minutes from its Nov. 14 public hearing regarding a zoning citation given to Gary and Cheryl Nohner.

    But Baute couldn’t attend, citing personal reasons, and the board was left on its own to flounder with legal issues and questions as Chairman Tom Sibley opened the meeting.

  • Hanging up the clipboard: Mefford retires as AD, head coach

    Carroll County High School Athletic Director and head basketball coach Randy Mefford announced his retirement from both positions following the Lady Panthers’ loss in the 31st District tournament Wednesday, Feb. 22. He will stay on as athletic director at the high school through the end of the school year.

    In an e-mail sent out Wednesday night to school administration, teachers, coaches and fellow district coaches, Mefford said he had informed his Lady Panthers, as well as Principal John Leeper and Superintendent Lisa James, after the game about his decision.

  • Celebrating Reading

    Children enjoyed games, crafts and a variety of other activities at this year’s Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash, sponsored by The LEARN Committee. The event was held Saturday, Feb. 25 at Kathryn Winn Primary.

  • Housing authority has no tolerance for drug trafficking

    It’s a huge problem and the answers are elusive, but there are people throughout the community trying to do what they can to stem the use and sale of illegal and prescription drugs.

    Zero tolerance is what Ray Clem, director of the Carroll County Housing Authority, said he has for those individuals who sell drugs, and a one strike and you’re out policy is written into the public housing lease. Three of the 33 people arrested in the most recent drug sweep lived in the housing authority, and Clem said they can no longer live there.