Local News

  • Mental health coalition begins to take shape

    The Carroll County Mental Health Collaborative is taking shape under the leadership of Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite.

    Following a contempt of court hearing regarding his and CPD Officer Ron Dickow’s actions in the Adam Horine case, Special District Judge Karen A. Thomas ordered Willhoite to create a community collaborative addressing mental health issues in Carroll County. She wanted Willhoite to reach out to all the members of the community and law enforcement and to be a bridge builder.

  • County hires animal shelter director

    Lisa Hartman was announced as the new director of the Carroll County Animal Shelter at the Carroll County Fiscal Court Meeting, Jan. 24.

    Carroll County Judge-Executive Bobby Lee Westrick said the directors at two Northern Kentucky animal shelters selected the top three candidates from the seven applications at the Jan. 10, ficsal court meeting. A committee of two fiscal court members and a Northern Kentucky animal shelter director interviewed the top three candidates.

  • C’ton rental property ordinance far from being final

    Carrollton City Council is nowhere close to finalizing a rental property ordinance, despite speculation around town and on Facebook that it was a done deal.

    Code Enforcement Official John Welch included a rough draft in the councilmembers’ packets before the Jan. 9, city council meeting and asked them to review it. From there, the story caught fire, and somehow the rough draft was being touted as the final version, inspiring several rental property owners to take to Facebook and express their disapproval.

  • Map amendment passed to expand C-2 district

    At a special meeting Jan. 19, Carrollton City Council approved a map amendment expanding the C-2 district to include a three-block area downtown that can now accommodate a property owner’s desire to locate a used car dealership there.

    Previously part of the C-1 district, the following will now be a part of the C-2 district: Third to Fourth streets from Highland Avenue to Main Street; Second to Third streets from Highland Avenue to Main Street; and Second to Third streets from Highland Avenue to Sycamore Street.

  • State discusses secondary road projects for upcoming year

    The Carroll County rural secondary road projects for 2017-18 include resurfacing 3.3 miles of Mound Hill Road starting on the Cove Hill Church end to the junction of Davis Lane.

    Kentucky Transportation District 6 Engineer Tech Supervisor Ken McCarty

    and Branch Manager of Project Delivery and Preservation Branch II Kevin Rust presented the projects that would provide the most benefit to the county.

    The other road to be worked on would be a scrub seal preventative maintenance project on four miles of Bucks Run Road from Hwy. 36 to Hwy. 47.

  • State audit finds deficiencies in county’s financial statements

    State Auditor Mike Harmon found several deficiencies in Carroll County Fiscal Court’s financial statement from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

  • News-Democrat wins second place in advertising

    The News-Democrat won 16 awards for excellence in advertising and news presented by the Kentucky Press Association at its annual banquets held in Louisville, Jan. 19-20.

    The Carrollton-newspaper won second place in 2016 Advertising General Excellence by garnering 13 awards in the Weekly Group 1, which includes newspapers with circulation of under 3,000. The award is based on the total number of awards received in the more than 20 contest categories.

    The News-Democrat also won three awards in the news competition for the 2016 calendar year.

  • HonorBanners will recognize veterans, first responders

    Carroll County residents can recognize a family member or a friend who is a veteran or a first responder while also helping to put veterans to work by purchasing an HonorBanner.

    Based in Owenton, Operation Honor is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is “to enhance the lives of veterans one mind at a time.”

    Its purpose is to help assimilate veterans back into the community, Operation Honor founder Joe Montgomery said.

  • Ghent commissioners receive assignments, discuss new city building

    During the regular meeting of the City of Ghent on Jan. 10, Mayor Jimmy Lewellyn started the new year by appointing commissioners to oversee several areas of the city.

    Lewellyn told the board he would like to appoint each of them to be responsible for an area.

    He asked Commissioner Larry Hearn to oversee the streets in the city. If Hearn saw anything that needed attention, he was to call the city maintenance person, Bobby Snow. If he was unsuccessful at getting in touch with Snow, he was to call Lewellyn.

  • Strickland joins the staff of The News-Democrat

    After working as a customer service and sales rep, Sara Strickland was looking for a career change. She found it at The News-Democrat, becoming the circulation coordinator for Carrollton’s weekly newspaper.

    Born in Madison, Ind., Strickland grew up in nearby Hanover, Ind. She is the daughter of Cara Wingham Meador and Rick Mahoney and has two sisters and two brothers. She graduated from Trimble County High School in 2009 and was a stay-at-home mom with her 3-year-old daughter, Parker, and worked as a customer service representative at VF Outlet in Carrollton.