Today's News

  • Unified sports gives all students the chance to compete

    Having the opportunity to put on a uniform with your school name emblazoned across the chest and compete in an athletic competition is something that thousands of student-athletes do across the state every year. But that is not an opportunity available for all high school students.

    Luckily, the times are gradually changing.

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  • Jessee led unit of southern sympathizers during Civil War

    When the War Between the States broke out in April 1861, Kentucky, a border state, remained in the Union rather than join neighboring states of the South in secession. But in refusing to secede, Kentucky’s government also refused to join the fight against the South and declared its neutrality. Kentuckians were hopelessly divided.

  • Courtney, Dermon win NCKC doubles championship

    Doubles partners Taylor Courtney and Jessi Dermon defeated Gallatin County, 6-3, 6-4 to win the NCKC doubles championship April 19, at Gallatin County High School. The girls defeated Trimble County, Lloyd Memorial and Gallatin County’s second doubles team to advance to the title match. Gallatin County won the overall NCKC championship, 3-1, over Carroll.

  • Dale hired as parks and rec director

    Carroll County Fiscal Court announced the hiring of J.P. Dale as the new director of Carroll County Parks and Recreation on April 17.

    Dale is not new to Carroll County Parks and Recreation, having served on the advisory board for more than 10 years. He moved to Carroll County after graduating from college in 1999. “To be honest I was looking to make some money then go back home [to Paintsville, Ky.],” he said. “That did not happen as 18 years later I am still here.”

  • Splash park funds part of city’s budget

    A splash park at Point Park, new sidewalks, city hall maintenance and new equipment for each department highlight the city of Carrollton’s fiscal year 2017-2018 budget. Council held the first reading to approve the new budget, as well as to amend the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget at its meeting April 24. The second readings will be held at the May 8, council meeting.

  • Happy Hollow needs help addressing drug problem

    Mick Dunaway, president of the Happy Hollow Owners Association and Shannon Moore, chairman of the board, appeared before Fiscal Court seeking their help.

    The Happy Hollow association is in need of legal help to curtail the drug issue at the resort.

  • Woman pleads to manslaughter charge

    A Carroll County woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of her infant child.

    Lisa N. Payton, 30, pleaded guilty on one count of second-degree manslaughter, a class C felony, and first-degree wanton endangerment in a plea agreement entered in Carroll County Circuit Court March 16. Judge Leslie Knight sentenced Payton April 21, to 10 years on the manslaughter charge and five years on the wanton endangerment. The sentences will run concurrently for effectively one 10-year term.

  • Easter on the Square

    Carrollton Main Street Program hosted its annual Easter event at the courthouse square Saturday, April 15.

  • Public Records | April 2, 2017

    Items published in court news are public record. The News-Democrat publishes all misdemeanors, felonies and small-claims judgments recorded in district court, as well as all civil suits recorded in circuit court. Juvenile court cases are not published. Crime reports are provided by local law enforcement agencies. Charges or citations reported to the News-Democrat do not imply guilt.


    The following decisions were rendered Wednesday and Thursday, April 19-20, 2017, in Carroll County District Court with the Hon. Elizabeth Chandler