Local News

  • Many candidates file for primary; party affiliation change deadline is Sunday

    Even though the year is coming to a close and the May primary election is more than five months away, a key deadline is approaching for those who wish to change party affiliation.

    The last day to change party affiliation for the upcoming primary election is Sunday, Dec. 31. Carroll County Clerk Alice Marsh said for those that need to make the change in person, the last day to do so is today (Dec. 28). Voters can also update their party information on or before Dec. 31 online at GoVoteKy.com.

  • Montgomery finds hope, options with new treatment

    Brenda Montgomery had just finished a girls’ trip to the Dominican Republic in 2008 where they had gone zip lining, kayaking and even jogging.

    She had her annual checkup with her gynecologist three weeks after her return. The news she received was completely unexpected. “I was told I had stage four cancer,” she said.” I have a type of blood cancer called non-Hodgkin follicular lymphoma (NHL). All I can think is what if I had put off my appointment for a while. In the space of a year, I went from fine to stage four cancer.”

  • AG rules bus crash settlement must be released

    Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear returned an opinion that the Carroll County Board of Education failed to properly respond to an open records request from an attorney for the manufacturer of the bus involved in 2012 wreck that claimed the lives of two Head Start children.

    In the decision, Beshear said the Carroll County Board of Education violated the Open Records Act by not producing unredacted settlement agreements to which it was a party as requested by Lindsay Upton, an attorney with Montgomery, Renner, Jonson, June 30, 2017.

  • Change orders mount on the river walks

    Despite mistakes by the engineer, Carrollton City Council voted 5-1 at a special meeting Dec. 18, to approve three additional change orders for the river walk projects, totaling $11,455.64. Councilwoman Hayley Franklin was the dissenting vote.

    American Engineers presented the change orders at the Dec. 11, meeting. Councilman Dwight Louden made a motion to approve the change orders because the money went to the contractors for product already installed and for services rendered. It did not benefit the engineering firm. However, the motion died for lack of a second.

  • Council approves audit, first reading for property code

    Susan Dukes of Raisor, Zapp & Woods, PSC presented the city of Carrollton’s fiscal year 2016-2017 independent auditor’s report. Council tabled approving the audit until their special meeting Dec. 18. It was unanimously approved.

  • Public hearing Jan. 11, to discuss Head Start

    The recommendation to restructure current instructional space at Winn Primary, Cartmell Elementary and Carroll County Middle School to create four additional classrooms to accommodate all day Head Start for students in the early childhood education program is proceeding. Assistant Superintendent Doug Oak said at the Dec. 14, Board of Education meeting that a community forum would be held Jan. 11, at Carroll County Middle School in the auditorum. The time has yet to be announced.

  • Tasers purchased for Sheriff’s Office

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office presented Carroll County Fiscal Court with a proposal to purchase four tasers. Carroll County Deputy Sheriff Rodney Hawkins said the department has two tasers that are operational and two that are borrowed. When asked how many tasers the county has that are inoperable Hawkins said he would have to dig and see what is operational.

  • CCHS accepting nominations for athletics Wall of Fame

    Carroll County High School is accepting nominations for its Wall of Fame, a recognition given to the school’s outstanding student-athletes. Nominations must be given in person at the CCHS Site Based Decision Making Council meeting at 3 p.m. Jan. 9, or emailed to Athletic Director Paul Stone by Jan. 2. Stone’s email is paul.stone@carroll.kyschools.us.

  • Sharing the Spirit of Christmas

    Parents who would like to receive Christmas assistance must attend 12 hours of practical living skills classes at Jefferson Community and Technical College. These classes are free and available from Jan. 1-Oct. 31.

  • Contempt of court charge dropped against Willhoite

    Almost two years and eight months after Adam Horine was transported to Florida rather than Eastern State Hospital, the case has finally been closed. Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and CPD Officer Ron Dickow were acquitted of criminal charges in March 2016, and Dickow’s actions were ruled not contemptuous in October 2016. However, Judge Karen Thomas’ decision to hold Willhoite in contempt was suspended, and he was ordered to create a community collaborative addressing mental health issues in Carroll County.