Local News

  • 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.

  • Bringing Kysoc back to life

    Nestled in the woods at 1902 Easterday Road in Carrollton sits what Dave Smith calls our hidden gem, Camp Kysoc.

    Smith, of Carrollton, said he walks in the camp almost every night along the almost two miles of paved paths. “I am not sure that most of Carroll County knows what is hidden behind the Rotary Lodge,” he said in an interview at the camp Dec. 8.

    Magistrate Kerry Graham was appointed by County Judge-executive Bobby Lee Westrick to create a committee of volunteers to evaluate, estimate and prioritize the needs of revitalizing Camp Kysoc.

  • 2017 Christmas Carroll Craft Tent

    Visitors to A Christmas Carroll shopped in the crafters tent on the courthouse square.

  • Bill would reduce criminal penalty for drug possession


    The Messenger-Inquirer

    Rep. Gerald Watkins, a Paducah Democrat who will serve in his last legislative session in 2018, hopes criminal justice bills for which he has advocated will be passed.

    Watkins has prefiled a bill that would lower the offense for first-degree possession of a controlled substance from a class D felony to a class A misdemeanor. The bill would also reduce the penalty for possession of fake controlled substances, and possession of a methamphetamine precursor, to a misdemeanor.