Local News

  • Child dies of drug overdose, father charged

    A report from the state medical examiner concludes that Bradley James Allen, 2, of Ghent died from acute oxycodone intoxication.

    Carroll County Coroner David Wilhoite received the autopsy report this week showing the toddler had high levels of oxycodone and oxymophone in his system. Allen was found dead at Ghent home on Feb. 18.

    The child’s father, Douglas Allen, 26 of Ghent, was arrested and charged with murder March 7 after he was interviewed by Kentucky State Police at Post 5 in Campbellsburg.

  • KYTC removes signs

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6’s move to begin removing candidate campaign signs from state right-of-ways was met with criticism during Tuesday’s Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting.

    Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said workers started removing the signs in the county on Monday and he has received complaints about it from at least three candidates.

    Carroll County Jailer Mike Humphrey expressed outrage about how the policy is being imposed, saying it is not consistent from county-to-county or across the state.

  • Carryover helps fund jail for another year

    Carroll County Jailer Mike Humphrey presented fiscal court with his $1.96 million budget to operate the Carroll County Detention Center again in 2014-15 with no funding required from the county.

    However, that could change as early as the 2015-16 budget cycle. Next year’s budget will use the last of carryover funds, totaling $140,150, to fund operating costs of the detention center.

  • 2014 Relay for Life pageants

    The annual Carroll County Relay for Life pageant was held Saturday, March 22, at Carroll County Middle School. The event was sponsored by Team Robbins and hosted by Hayley Franklin. All proceeds from the event benefited Relay for Life.

  • Mertz couple sentenced in abuse/neglect case

    A Carrollton couple was sentenced March 17 in Carroll County Circuit Court by Judge Stephen Bates after pleading guilty to knowingly abusing/neglecting their disabled daughter.

    Billy Mertz, 46, and Robin Michelle Mertz, 34, the child’s father and stepmother, pleaded guilty to knowingly abusing/neglecting an adult and knowingly exploiting an adult more than $300, both class C felonies.

  • Wilhoite sentenced to 15 years in prison

    A Carrollton man was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment after an incident resulting in the death of Michael Beach, 27, of Carrollton.

    James Nathan Wilhoite, 24, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, a class C felony; leaving the scene of an accident, failure to render aid, a class D felony; operating a motor vehicle under the influence, first offense within a five-year period; and second-degree possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.

  • Retired teachers group membership increases

    Carroll County Retired Teachers Association met March 21 at Two Rivers Restaurant with eight members present.

    Minutes from the last meeting were read by secretary Velma Hunt and approved. The treasurer’s report included a donation to the Carroll County Public Library in memory of Mary Broberg.

  • Carrollton City Council | March 24, 2014

    City employees, elected officials receive 3 percent raise

    Carrollton City Council approved Monday the first reading of an ordinance establishing the salary scale for fiscal year 2014-15 and replacing the existing salary scale. This represents a 3 percent raise across the board for all city employees beginning July 1, 2014.

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  • Smoke, she’s a rising!

    The Kentucky Fire Commission Area 7 held a regional flashover training course Saturday at the Carrollton Fire Department. The course provides a controlled environment allowing firefighters to witness a live flashover – a dangerous phenomenon that happens when all the contents of a room ignite at the same time. CFD was joined by firefighters from Westside Volunteer Fire Department, Worthville Volunteer Fire Department, Bedford Fire and Rescue, New Liberty Fire Department, Burlington Fire District and North Pendleton Fire District.