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Today's News

  • Legislature takes steps to secure pensions with passage of reform bill on Thursday

    The 2018 Session is quickly winding down as Thursday, March 29, marked Day 57 of the 60-day budget session. Budget negotiations are continuing with positive results, and the Senate gaveled in for two days to pass a number of bills including some aimed at helping our first responders and their families. Although the amount of days left is shortening, the days in the Capitol are getting longer as we prepare to pass the Commonwealth’s two-year budget.

  • Legislature passes big changes in tax code, restores many controversial cuts in budget

    By DANIEL DESROCHERS and JACK BRAMMER

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT - On the same day thousands of teachers descended on the Capitol to protest a surprise pension bill passed late last week, the legislature presented them with another surprise Monday: the most significant change to Kentucky’s tax code in more than a decade.

  • School closed on Friday, March 30 due to teacher shortage

    The classrooms were dark Friday in Carroll County as the school district closed today, March 30, due to an unusually high number of teachers calling in sick after the Kentucky House and Senate passed a controversial pension reform bill late Thursday night.

    In a news release Friday, Carroll County Schools officials said they made the call because the district did not have enough substitute teachers to operate its schools.

  • Health crisis looms with increased drug abuse

    The regional health department serving Carroll County warns the region is facing a potential healthcare crisis with the spread of HIV and Hepatitis due to the increase in abuse of illegal drugs in Northern Kentucky.

    Georgia Heise, PhD, Three Rivers Health Department director, started off her update to Carroll County Fiscal Court March 27, by saying she was not there to ask for money. She did touch on the pension crisis in Frankfort.

  • Community help needed to repair park stairs

    Friends of Butler needs the community’s help to fix the stairs leading up to the Butler-Turpin House that have fallen into disrepair.

    The organization applied for a USA Today Community Thrives grant, which is open to all valid legal 501(c)(3) charities within the United States or the District of Columbia. There are two tiers–Tier 1 is organizations with an operating budget of less than $1 million and Tier 2 is more than $1 million, according to the Community Thrives website. Friends of Butler is a Tier 1 organization.

  • Carroll County resident victim to fraud scam

    The Kentucky State Police are investigating an electronic fraud scheme that resulted in a Carroll County victim losing $8,500.

  • City continues to clean up properties deemed a nuisance

    Carrollton City Council approved abating five properties, per recommendations from the Code Enforcement Board at its meeting March 26. The motions all passed 5-0, with Councilman Jeffrey Dickow absent.

    The first property is 502 Paradise Alley, owned by Walter Coghill Jr. Welch said Coghill was cited on Jan. 5, for unfit conditions. There is a large hole on the roof, and it has been tarped several times, but it has come off again. The building is vacant, he said.

  • Kathryn Winn renovation bids lower than expected; Last day of school set for June 1

    The Carroll County Board of Education voted to approve the renovation project for the Kathryn Winn Primary School.

    Senior project manager for Weir Construction Darrell Hayden said the bids for the project were opened March 14, coming in lower than projected. Hayden said all the alternatives would be included in the project.

    Weir Construction will serve as the construction manager for the district.

  • Budget differences still need work in home stretch of session

    The General Assembly’s top priority this legislative session – adopting a two-year budget to run state government – entered its final stages late last week, when House and Senate leaders sat down Friday morning to begin looking for common ground that both chambers could support.

    While there are a lot of similarities between the two spending plans, there are still some considerable differences.

  • Senate passes its version of the budget; Hornback outlines other bills

    Rapidly nearing the last days of the 2018 Regular Session, the Senate passed our version of the state budget that contained no new taxes during the 12th week. The Executive Branch Budget, contained in House Bill 200, put an emphasis on public safety by investing in law enforcement, the state crime lab, frontline social workers, and foster and adoption services.