Today's News

  • Bands & BBQ features new attractions, including air stunt show

    The 2016 version of Bands and BBQ includes more than food and music when it takes over Point Park Sept. 16 and 17. “We wanted to grow the event and decided to add the Ride IN Bike Show and the Rolling Thunder Air Show, then end Saturday evening with fireworks,” Carroll County Tourism Director Misty Wheeler said.

    The competing BBQ teams are encouraged to set up early, and Wheeler said visitors to Point Park might see teams setting up as early as Tuesday.

  • Council recommends changing zone near P’ville Bridge to C-2

    Carrollton City Council approved Sept. 1, a recommendation to revise the C-2 district ordinance to include car lots as a conditional use. The recommendation will go before the Planning and Zoning Commission its next meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 14.

  • Kentucky’s Open Records Law: Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Open Government


    KPA Past President

    Government watchdogs are celebrating this month the 40th anniversary of the Kentucky Open Records Act. It has withstood the test of time as an indispensable tool for a variety of individuals and interest groups seeking to hold public officials accountable.

  • Public Records | Sept. 8, 2016

    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, Aug 31, and Sept. 1, 2016, in Carroll County District Court with the Hon. Thomas M. Funk presiding.

  • Get prepared before an emergency strikes

    No time is a good one for a natural disaster to strike. Emergencies don’t always announce themselves first and are often unexpected, leaving many of the victims in their wake stunned and without some of the most basic resources.

  • E-waste contains toxic, hazardous materials

    Electronic waste, also known as e-waste, is a rapidly growing portion of the household solid waste stream. Common examples of e-waste are computers, monitors, televisions, cell phones, VCRs and video game systems.

    According to Electronics TakeBack Coalition, computers are replaced every 3-4 years, TVs are replaced every 5-7 years, and cell phones are replaced more frequently. At these high replacement rates, more than 3.4 million tons were generated in 2012, with only 29.2 percent being recycled.

  • Retirement leaves AG office less equipped to deal with open meetings, open records

    Editor’s note: The article referenced in this column, “Kentucky’s Open Records Law: Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Open Government,” is on page 3.

    Amye Bensenhaver likes to talk. There’s no denying that. She’s talks fast, too, like she’s afraid she won’t be able to give you all the information she has before the next question comes. And Amye has a lot of information.

    That is, of course, why I called her.

  • Rand reflects on how Kentuckians were involved in the 9/11 tragedy

    On Sunday morning, our nation will pause to remember and reflect upon the tragedy known primarily by its date: 9/11.

    Those of us old enough to remember that Tuesday in 2001 will never forget where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news.  It had the same impact as such other pivotal moments in history, from the attack on Pearl Harbor and President Kennedy’s assassination to Neil Armstrong’s walking on the moon.

  • Volunteers needed for Ohio River clean up Sept. 27-Oct. 1

    An exciting opportunity that involves the Ohio River is coming to Carrollton at the end of this month! Living Lands & Waters is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has worked with more than 97,000 volunteers to remove 8.7 million pounds of marine debris from America’s rivers. LL&W operates a one-of-a-kind fleet of barges including five barges, two towboats, five workboats, a crane, an excavator, and two skid loaders.

  • USDA announces the availability of additional farm loan funding

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini Sept. 2, announced that additional funding will be made available to assist more than 1,900 approved applicants who are awaiting farm operating loans. The funds, which were reprogrammed by FSA with the approval of Congress, will leverage up to $185 million in additional lending for direct and guaranteed farm operation loans and will allow the agency to address up to 30 percent of its projected shortfall of funds until the next federal fiscal year resumes on Oct. 1.