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  • Bill would reduce criminal penalty for drug possession

    By JAMES MAYSE

    The Messenger-Inquirer

    Rep. Gerald Watkins, a Paducah Democrat who will serve in his last legislative session in 2018, hopes criminal justice bills for which he has advocated will be passed.

    Watkins has prefiled a bill that would lower the offense for first-degree possession of a controlled substance from a class D felony to a class A misdemeanor. The bill would also reduce the penalty for possession of fake controlled substances, and possession of a methamphetamine precursor, to a misdemeanor.

  • Council approves two change orders for river paths

    Carrollton City Council approved one change order each on the Ohio River walk and the Kentucky River walk, totaling more than $6,300, along with a one-week extension.

    The contractor for the Kentucky River trail, Ohio Valley Asphalt, requested an additional $2,399.80 to address an issue with lighting.

  • Ghent hires new maintenance man

    By SANDIE BANKS

    The News-Democrat

    During the regular meeting of the Ghent City Commission on Nov. 14, the board unanimously voted to hire David “Scoobie” Hendren as the new maintenance man for the city of Ghent. Bobby Snow submitted his resignation letter to the board in October, after announcing he was running for Magistrate of District 3. He told the board he would stay till a replacement was found.

  • Kentucky Coroner’s Association seeks drug disposal system

    By ZAC OAKES

    Central Kentucky News-Journal

    A little-known aspect of a county coroner’s job duties has been gaining some recognition around the state, as the Kentucky Coroner’s Association is lobbying for legislation that creates a state protocol for how county coroners are to handle the disposal of drugs recovered from a death scene.

    Taylor County Coroner Daniel Cook said this is a relatively unknown aspect of his job as Taylor County coroner.

  • Report: 1,176 public workers in Kentucky took paid leave to vote–but they didn’t

    By JACK BRAMMER

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    More than 1,300 public employees in Kentucky claimed four hours of paid leave to vote in two recent elections but were not entitled to the benefit, costing taxpayers more than $102,000, state Auditor Mike Harmon said Tuesday.

  • 2017 Visions of Sugar Plums Winners

    Grand prize winner: Julie Wolf

    Cake

    First place - Vicky Hadley

    Second place - Lisa Weisman

    Third place - Martha Noffsinger

    Pie

    First place - Tammy Tilley

    Second place - Joan Wright

    Third place - Phyllis Leach

    Cookies and Candy

    First place - Julie Wolf

    Second place - Gigi Rodgers

    Third place - Mary Foster

    Miscellaneous

    First place - Julie Wolf

  • iLEAD Academy wins KSBA PEAK award

    The Kentucky School Boards Association presented Carroll, Gallatin, Henry, Owen and Trimble county school district officials with the Public Education Achieves in Kentucky (PEAK) Award Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the iLEAD Academy, located at 2557 Hwy. 227 in Carrollton.

    The PEAK Award, given twice yearly, was established in 1997 to focus statewide attention on outstanding public school efforts that enhance student learning skills and promote the positive impact of public elementary and secondary education in Kentucky.

  • The hunt of a lifetime

    The Wyoming Game and Fish Director awarded only 10 Super Tags as part of an annual raffle created by the state’s lawmakers providing hunters additional opportunities to obtain difficult to draw hunting licenses and raise money for wildlife management in Wyoming.

    Shawn Keeton was one of 10 to win a Super Tag, and only one of five to win from outside the state. The Super Tag program holds individual raffles for bighorn sheep, moose, mountain goat, elk, wild bison, deer, antelope, black bear and mountain lion licenses. Keeton won the elk Super Tag.

  • Main Street, council aim to attract new businesses downtown

    Carrollton Main Street Program presented a proposal to Carrollton City Council aimed at incentivizing new small businesses to open downtown.

  • Quarles calls for entries in contest

    FRANKFORT (Nov. 27, 2017) — Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles invites Kentucky students to show in words and pictures how food gets “From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate” in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA’s) annual Poster and Essay Contest.