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  • Annie

    “Annie” will come to the stage at Carroll County High School March 18-19.

    Director Jennifer Beach will bring the Broadway version of the musical to life with senior Jacqueline Stout starring as Annie.

    Annie will be Stout’s third play. She also had parts in the Pirate of Penzance and Wizard of Oz.

    “I always wanted to be Annie,” Stout said.

    She is the only senior in the production and Beach expects more from her. “I have to bring my “A” game to every practice,” Stout said.

  • Commissioners warn firm about liability for street damage

    The location of a new business in Prestonville is raising concern for city commissioners who worry it could cause damage to city streets that were recently paved.

    Suburban Towing was issued a business license to operate in the city of Prestonville during the latest city commission meeting on Feb. 22.  The license was issued to Andy Mefford on behalf of Suburban Towing, and will be located on Bridge Street on property owned by David Cain.

  • Carroll caucus attracts large turnout, supports Sen. Ted Cruz

    Voter turnout for Saturday’s Republican Party caucus exceeded the expectations of Carroll County Republican caucus chairwoman Sharon Graves.

    “We have been working on setting this up since Oct. 5,” Graves said. “There has been a tremendous amount of publicity and our volunteers have worked hard to make it successful.”

    Sen. Ted Cruz won the vote in Carroll County, while businessman Donald Trump won statewide picking up 78 of the 120 counties.

  • Dirt is moving on site of new JCTC campus

    Equipment is on-site and work is now underway on the new Jefferson Community and Technical College Carrollton Campus.

    Morel Construction began work on the nearly $10 million project Feb. 29 by moving dirt on the land that was part of Camp Kysoc across from the entrance to General Butler State Resort Park.

    “It’s very exciting,” JCTC Carrollton Campus Director Susan Carlisle said Monday. While it was a long time coming, she is “elated” to see that work is now underway.

  • Defense, prosecution make final pitch to jury in closings

    Rob Riley for Ron Dickow

    Riley began his closing argument the same way he began his opening statement: What did Ron know and when did he know it?

    And he ended his defense with one question: Why? Why would they have done this? What did they gain by doing this? Both Mike Willhoite and Dickow are lifelong, career police officers, and a slew of local officials have testified that neither would do “this awful thing,” he said.

  • Testimony shows activity after Horine was put on bus

    What happened next?

    Later that Thursday morning, April 23, Willhoite passed Carroll County Attorney legal assistant Billie Johnson in the hallway. Johnson testified she told Willhoite that Judge Chandler was upset because Horine was still in the jail and asked him if one of his officers would transport. She saw him on JailTracker, a website showing what inmates are lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center.

  • Willhoite, Dickow not guilty

    After six days of testimony, a Carroll County jury took just more than an hour to return a not guilty verdict on all charges for Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow.

    A jury of six women and six men found the officers not guilty of complicity to commit kidnapping, complicity to commit custodial interference and official misconduct.

  • Willhoite, Dickow take the stand

    Defendants Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow took the stand Monday, March 7, on day five of their trial. The officers face felony charges of complicity to commit kidnapping and complicity to commit custodial interference and a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct.

  • Commonwealth rests, defense begins on day four in Willhoite, Dickow trial

    The Commonwealth rested its case and the defense attorneys began theirs in day four of the Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow trial Friday, March 4.

    The officers are facing felony charges of complicity to commit kidnapping and complicity to commit custodial interference, as well as a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct. The charges stem from an incident April 23, 2015, involving Adam Horine, an inmate at Carroll County Detention Center, who was driven to Louisville and sent to Florida by bus.

  • Prosecutor presents more evidence in day three of Willhoite, Dickow trial

    The Commonwealth continued to build its case against Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow on the third day of the trial Thursday, March 3, calling 11 witnesses to testify.

    Willhoite and Dickow are charged with felony charges of complicity to commit kidnapping and complicity to commit custodial interference, as well as a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct. The charges stem from an incident April 23, 2015, involving Adam Horine, an inmate at Carroll County Detention Center, who was driven to Louisville and sent to Florida by bus.