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  • Murder/suicide suspected in Gallatin deaths

    An apparent murder/suicide Friday is under investigation in Gallatin County.

    Officials say Ralph Michael Utley, 37, and his toddler son were found shot to death in Utley’s Campbell Road home when deputies responded to a domestic violence call at 9:33 p.m. Campbell Road is located in the portion of Ghent just over the Carroll County line with Gallatin.

    The Gallatin County Coroner Jack Hughes pronounced both the father and his 2½-year-old son dead an hour later.

  • CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION

    Christian Academy of Carrollton had a lot to celebrate Friday, Feb. 20, amidst friends, family, students, teachers and government officials.

    In the morning, the independent Christian school, located on Easterday Road (State Hwy. 36),  celebrated the completion of its new gymnasium – complete with a beautifully painted crumb-rubber floor. In the afternoon, the school celebrated its 20th anniversary with current students and alumni.

  • Community invited to discuss school renovation plans

    The community is invited to a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Cartmell Elementary media center to discuss plans in the works to renovate and expand the school.

    Ron Murrell of Ross Tarrant Architects in Lexington has been working with a committee made up of teachers, staff and administrators at the school to explore options for adding to the building. The architect group has worked with the board on several projects in the district, including security improvements at schools.

  • Local attorney suspended for not paying fees

    Attorney Marc A. Bryant of 521 Highland Ave., Carrollton has been suspended by the Kentucky Bar Association for non-payment of dues, effective Wednesday, December 10.

    Bryant owes $220 in dues plus a $50 late for a total of $270.  He will also be required to pay a $250 filing fee if he applies for restoration in less than five years, according to Amy Carman, Director of Communications with Kentucky Bar Association in Frankfort.

  • Fiscal Court OKs lone bid to repair Wheeler roof

    Carroll County Fiscal Court accepted a bid Feb. 10 of $46,490 to repair the roof on the county’s William L. Wheeler Hall of Justice on Clay Street.

    The contract went to Tri-State Roofing of Lexington, Ky., the sole bidder.

    Garland Van Hook of the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts, who attended the meeting with county Circuit Clerk Laman Stark, told the court he  was surprised that only one company bid on the project. He said he had expected at least three bids.  

  • Designed to Please

    If license plates on the cars parked near Brown Memorial Gymnasium were an accurate indication, Kentucky and Indiana residents had nearly equal representation at a meeting last Thursday night to discuss potential construction of a new Milton-Madison Bridge.

    The Feb. 12 meeting was intended to give the general public an opportunity to speak with transportation officials, project engineers, designers and others working to develop a plan for replacing or rehabilitating the structure connecting Milton, Ky. with Madison, Ind.

  • Homeless count to proceed Feb. 19

    The Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission is conducting a count of homess families and individuals in five rural Kentucky counties tomorrow, Feb. 19.

    The counties involved are Carrol, Gallatin, Grant, Owen and Pendleton. The count originally was planned for Jan. 29, but was rescheduled because of weather.

  • McGlennen to retire as WVFD chief

    Pat McGlennen has announced he will retire as chief of the Worthville Volunteer Fire Department at the end of March.

    McGlennen, a crane operator with Flour-Daniels, said he is resigning because he is soon being transferred to Harrodsburg for six years.

    “I cannot in good faith continue to keep up with the fire department,” he said, adding he has served the department for 10 years. For 30 months, I’ve worked six or seven days a week and I’m tired.”

  • 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.