Today's News

  • Ghent building moves closer to a ground breaking

    The construction company, C/H M, may be ready to start on the new Ghent city building as early as the first of March, engineer Dave Eberenz said during Feb. 13, commission meeting. The company is just waiting on permits, he said.

    The city commission voted to authorize Mayor Jimmy Lewellyn to sign for the water and sewer, making the building one step closer to reality. Eberenz told the board they were also working on changing the site plans to reflect the shift of the building to the west side, reflecting one of the changes they had proposed.

  • ‘Be like Hur’

    This past Valentine’s Day, the newspaper ran a story I wrote about Harry and Charlotte Austin who have been sweethearts since Charlotte was 10 and Harry was 11.

    They recently celebrated their 70th anniversary.

    I’ve written about them before -- they sit behind me in church on Saturday nights.

    For the past five or so years Charlotte has had dementia, and in 2015 she had a stroke that affected her left side.

  • Church news | Feb. 22, 2018

    Church security training class Feb. 22

    Carrollton Police Department will host a second church security training class Thursday, Feb. 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Carrollton city hall, 750 Clay St.

  • Newspaper prepares to mark 150th year milestone in March

    The News-Democrat is preparing to hit a milestone that few businesses achieve: 150 years of service to the community.

    It was on Wednesday, March 25, 1868, that the first edition of The Carrollton Democrat hit the streets featuring a mix of national, state and local news. Over the years, the focus of the news coverage moved to primarily local happenings. In the 1930s, the Democrat merged with The Carrollton News, making one newspaper that became The News-Democrat.

  • House should take closer look at measures and ‘do no harm’

    My work as a state legislator may not have much in common with a doctor’s, but when I am considering which bills to support or oppose, I keep that profession’s primary rule in mind: First, do no harm.

    That doesn’t mean there aren’t tough decisions to be made. In an era where costs are outpacing revenues, we’re just not able to do all we would like.

    At the same time, I believe the state needs to do the most good for the most people whenever possible, which is why some of the legislation being considered this year raises concerns.

  • No one injured after truck crashes through gas station

    A truck crashed through the Valero gas station on Highland Avenue Friday night, but luckily no one was injured.

    Joshua D. Mahuron, 18, of Carrollton told Carrollton Police he was attempting to drive in between the gas pumps and park at Valero, 1503 Highland Ave., when his breaks failed and he was unable to stop. His 1999 Chevrolet 4x4 extended cab pickup crashed through the front glass at 7:55 p.m.

    Mahuron told police he knew that his breaks were defective, but he had not gotten them fixed yet, according to the police report. No charges were filed.

  • Love songs with the Compass Quartet
  • Carroll County District Court | Feb. 22, 2018

    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.


  • Carroll County Community Calendar | Feb. 22, 2018

    Thursday, Feb. 22

    Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County meets at 11:30 a.m. in the community room, Carroll County Public Library.

    Carrollton Lions Club meets at noon at General Butler State Resort Park.

    Carroll County Board of Education meets 5 p.m. in the middle school media center.

    Carroll County Republican Party meets at 7 p.m. at Collide Meeting Center, 1208 Highland Ave.

  • Lockdown drill held Feb. 21, at CCHS, CCMS

    The Carroll County High School and Carroll County Middle School held a lock down drill Wednesday, Feb. 21, to practice for emergency situations.

    In conjunction with the drill, the Carrollton Police Department's K-9 units, and personnel from the school conducted a search for illegal drugs in the hallways and parking lots of each school, according to a CPD news release.

    As a result of the search a 17-year-old male juvenile was charged for possession of marijuana that was found in a vehicle in the parking lot of the high school.