Today's News

  • Facts to remember about IRS Free File

    Millions of Americans use IRS Free File to file their federal taxes. It’s safe, secure and free. Taxpayers can use either name-brand software or the Free File Fillable Forms. Combining IRS Free File with direct deposit is the quickest and safest way to get a refund.

    Here are five things to remember about IRS Free File:

    Access Free File at IRS.gov. IRS Free File is available only through IRS.gov. Taxpayers can choose a Free File company offer that they qualify for and then click on that link to prepare and e-file the return.

  • Start planning now on your spring vegetable garden

    Although it has been bitterly cold recently, spring is less than six short weeks away! Already, I have seen sweet little daffodils starting to emerge. Oh, how exciting!

    With spring on the horizon, it is time to start planning for this year’s vegetable garden. There are many items to consider when planning a garden. The decisions made can directly impact the potential for disease and other pest issues, in addition to overall yields. Here are a few areas to consider:

    Planting site

  • Death toll from flu ‘epidemic’ in Kentucky reaches 100, including at least 4 children



    Kentucky’s death toll from the flu this year has reached 100, including at least four children who have died from what is being called an “epidemic.”

    State officials warn the virus strain this flu season, which ends in late May, can be “extremely serious, even deadly” for those in higher-risk categories, as well as generally healthy Kentuckians. There were 76 deaths recorded in Kentucky last flu season.

  • Beshear: ‘Catfishing’ scammers lure in those looking for love, friendship online

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Those who turn to online dating sites and social media to find love and friendship need to be cautious of online ‘catfishing’ scams, according to Attorney General Andy Beshear.

    In advance of Valentine’s Day, Beshear issued a Scam Alert news release to warn Kentuckians that if an online love interest or new friend asks for money it is most likely a scam.

  • Cigarette tax: Good for health, worries retailers

    An effort is underway in the Kentucky legislature to raise the state’s cigarette tax by $1 per pack.

    Health experts say raising the tax would prevent 23,000 of the state’s children from ever becoming smokers and reduce the amount of current youth smokers by 4,800.

    According to a Center for Disease Control study, at 24.5 percent of all adults, Kentucky has the second highest rate of smoking in America, with West Virginia in first place at 24.8 percent.

  • Verona’s Prickel Barn hosts this year’s prom; no prom walk at CCHS

    Carroll County High School juniors and seniors are gearing up for one of the biggest events of the year: the prom. Transportation is available for students who need a ride to the prom this year, which will be held out of town for the second straight year. This year’s junior/senior prom will be held from 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday, May 5, at The Prickel Barn in Verona, Ky.

  • It’s in her blood: Prince follows in parents’ footsteps, climbing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ranks

    Cartmell Elementary fifth-grader Brooklyn Prince is not your normal 10-year-old. First, she was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when she was two years old. She has been wearing an insulin pump since she was three. But she hasn’t let that slow her down. She also is recognized nationally as an up-and-coming Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor with plans to compete in the national tournament in November.

  • Radio upgrade almost finished in CCo. dispatch

    The Carroll County E-911 Advisory Committee learned Friday, Feb. 2, that upgrades to the dispatch center are moving ahead.

    Carrollton Police Assistant Chief Tim Mitchell told the panel members that the last of the parts are in for the two dispatch console radio systems and the radios are being built.

    The advisory committee received a $131,087 Continuous Monitoring and Risk Scoring Homeland Security grant to purchase two radio dispatch console systems, including a radio communication IP network switch and 19 radios to bring the center to P25 compliance.

  • Senate recently passes bills addressing labor laws, domestic violence

    This week was the busiest yet in Frankfort with a number of bills moving through committees and on to the Senate and House floors for votes. We were also visited by a number of statewide advocacy groups that championed their great causes and rallied in the Capitol Rotunda. Between visiting constituents, committee meetings, and voting on the Senate floor, we continued to discuss the upcoming budget.

  • House discusses education, suicide-prevention legislation

    The one thing a legislative session guarantees is that no two days are alike.  My House colleagues and I may spend an hour or more debating a bill that could have a profound impact on education or public safety, and then pivot to discuss another important to farming.

    Since some bills move through the committee system faster than others, their arrival before the full chamber is generally not coordinated.  And yet, it is not uncommon for themes to emerge, as one did last week.