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  • Jury hears arguments in Willhoite, Dickow trial

    Jury selection and opening statements kicked off the trial Tuesday, March 1, of Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow. The pair face 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.

  • Prosecution call witnesses in day two of Willhoite, Dickow trial

    By KRISTIN BECK

    The News-Democrat

    The Commonwealth called nine witnesses on day two of the trial Wednesday, March 2, for Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow.

  • Lawsuits filed against school district due seeking payments for middle school work

    Two subcontractors working on the Carroll County Middle School renovation and addition filed lawsuits against the Carroll County Board of Education in February.

    The lawsuits are demanding relief from non-payment for labor, services, goods and equipment totaling more than $300,000.

    Technicrete Corporation and Equipment Concepts, Inc. initially filed statements of liens on public funds and mechanic and materialsman’s lien against the board of education and Marrillia Design and Construction.

  • Kinman may win hearing in lieu of trial

    Special Circuit Judge Fred A. Stine will hold a hearing to determine whether to have an evidentiary hearing in the case of Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman on questions raised by the defense about the grand jury. A date and location had not been set as of Monday, Feb. 29.

  • Newspaper wins in statewide contest

    The News-Democrat won several advertising and news awards in the 2015 Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers competition. The awards were announced at a banquet Feb. 25, held simultaneously at the Hyatt Regency in Lexington and the Brown Badgett Sr. Energy and Advanced Technology Center at Madisonville Community College. The annual KPA Convention scheduled for Jan. 22, was canceled due to snow.

  • Life in Carrollton aids locals with substance abuse addiction

    Donnie Dawes and Matt Lipe made a presentation to fiscal court Feb. 22, about the Life in Carrollton Ministries.

    The program started in 2000 hosting substance abuse classes. In 2005, they started growing the program by adding anger management classes. By 2009, the program had obtained 501(c)3 status.

    The program changed somewhat in 2010 as Dawes went to China with Dow-Corning for a year. Dawes said the ministry took a hit while he was gone.

  • City employee charged with class D felony

    A city of Carrollton employee has been arrested and charged with failing to perform a subcontracting job.

    Jonathan Licklider, 52, of Carrollton was charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of property of more than $500, but less than $10,000, a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in jail. He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Carroll County District Court.

    Licklider was hired as the part-time code enforcement officer for the city of Carrollton in June 2015.

  • Anniversary celebration, community center discussed

    The City of Ghent celebrates its 200th anniversary July 23.

    Ghent mayor Lonnie Mefford said plans are being made for an all-day celebration. There will be music until midnight with a fireworks display at about 10 p.m.

    Vendors and food booths will be set up and the commissioners are planning activities for all ages. The Pioneer Power Tractor Club has committed to an equipment display. More information will be available closer to the date, but Mefford said he wants the community to know the date.

  • Republicans host first presidential caucus March 5

    Attention registered Carroll County Republicans: If you want to cast your vote in this year’s presidential election, you must report to the state’s first Republican presidential caucus Saturday, March 5. The event will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Carroll County High School.

    The Republican caucus is for the presidential election only; the other primary elections will be voted on May 17. Democrats will cast their votes for all races, including president, May 17.

  • Local residents extend a helping hand

    More than 960 cases of water collected Feb. 17, in Carroll County and surrounding communities arrived in Flint, Mich., on Feb. 18, for distribution to city residents affected by the lead-contaminated water supply.

    Carrolton resident George Moore arranged for the second collection day to aid those affected.

    WIKI 95.3 radio set up a live remote from Earl Floyd Ford to promote the event. Account manager Kristin Clevenger and general manger Melissa Murphy provided shout-out thanks to those who donated.