Today's News

  • New role comes for ‘grand’ fathers

    Many of us have fond memories of our grandfathers… the stories, the candy, the fishing lessons and life lessons we learn while visiting them are things we treasure and carry with us throughout our lives. But as family dynamics have changed, more and more grandfathers are finding the old adage of “spoil them rotten and send them home” no longer a reality. In fact, around 2.4 million grandparents across the United States are now raising their grandchildren.

  • Carroll 4-Hers packed exhibit hall at the county fair

    Carroll County 4-H’ers filled up the exhibit building this year. One hundred exhibits qualified to go to the Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 18-28. The Cloverville exhibits will be on display for the run of the fair. The 4-H country ham competition will be held during the first few days of the fair.

    The 4-H’ers and their projects that qualified for the state fair are as follows.

  • Manage endophyte in tall fescue to prevent toxicosis

    Tall fescue is a cool season, perennial grass, and the KY-31 variety is usually infected with a fungal endophyte which grows within the leaf sheaths, stems, and seeds. An “endophyte” is a fungus or bacteria that lives entirely within the tissue spaces of plants and is only visible microscopically.

  • Where Everyone Knows Your Name: Kathy McBurney

    What began as a temporary, one-week job has turned into an almost 18-year career for Kathy McBurney at Hawkins Plumbing, located in Carroll County.

    A stay-at-home mom who was working part-time, she accepted an opportunity to work for owner Dennis Hawkins for a week while their office manager was on vacation. But after that week was over, she was offered a full-time job and has been working there ever since.

  • Board to withhold last payment on gym project

    The lack of a finished product on the Carroll County Middle School gym and renovation was the basis of most of the conversation at the Carroll County Board of Education meeting June 16.

    The construction project is still incomplete as the bench capstones in both courtyards have not been installed.

    Carroll County School Superintendent Bill Hogan said that the stones were supposed to be installed in April, then May and now June. The stones have not been delivered.

  • City approves golf cart, UTV ordinance on first reading

    Carrollton City Council held the first reading of an ordinance creating a new chapter of the traffic code to authorize the use of golf carts and utility terrain vehicles on certain designated streets within the city of Carrollton.

    The golf carts authorized and regulated are defined by KRS 189.286(1)(a). The utility terrain vehicles authorized and regulated are any motor vehicle with four or more low-pressure tires designed for off-road highway use having bench or bucket seating for each occupant and a steering wheel for control.

  • Lawmakers see the success of iLead at joint meeting

    With year one in the books, iLead Academy proudly opened its doors June 13, to 22 members of Kentucky’s Interim Joint Committee on Education. As the state’s first regional career academy, iLead is a model that could be replicated throughout the state, as legislators look to take a more personalized approach to how students are educated.

  • Governor’s Garden kicks off first year by planting on the first day of summer

    Mary, Mary, how does your garden grow? Thanks to the efforts of the Friends of Butler, youth from the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Big Brothers/Big Sisters will have the opportunity to find out.

    The Friends of Butler applied for a Governor’s Garden/Commonwealth Garden grant for the spring of 2015 but the wrath of Mother Nature pushed the official planting forward until Monday, June 20, the first day of summer. Mother Nature even had a hand in the date selection as it rained about 2 inches on the original planting date, June 15.

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  • Meth, Fentanyl use increases as group battles drug abuse


    News-Democrat Intern

    Kentucky State Police officer Dave Roberts teamed up with Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County at its Town Hall meeting in Ghent for a discussion on the current heroin epidemic prevalent in the local area.

    Topics varied throughout the open discussion, from heroin, to other problem drugs such as the narcotic, Fentanyl, and crystal meth, as well as current state laws and programs in place.