Today's News

  • Massie co-sponsors a bill to sanction Planned Parenthood

    “It’s been years since I’ve talked about compensation [for the sale of fetal body parts], so let me just figure out what others are getting ... If [the price for selling the body parts is] low, we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini.”  

  • Six seniors lead Lady Panthers soccer team

    Defense and conditioning have been the themes of the summer for the Lady Panthers soccer team. And so far, head coach Greg Damron likes what he sees.

    “We’ve been really pushing a new defense and a lot of conditioning,” he said. “We’re running a lot in the preseason so we can last longer during the game.”

    The Lady Panthers will have 13-14 players on varsity, so it cannot afford to have any injuries. The players need to be “in tip-top shape,” Damron said.

  • Carroll County District Court Records | Aug. 20, 2015

    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. 12-13, 2015, in Carroll County District Court with the Hon. Elizabeth Chandler presiding.

  • Girls golf searching for one more to fill squad

    The Carroll County girls’ golf team is populated with new faces this year as first-year head coach Josh Grooms takes over the program that returns one player from last year, sophomore Ciara Hamilton.

    Hamilton will begin her fourth year on the team. Grooms said she is stroking the ball well and has consistently scored below 50 for nine holes during the practice rounds. “If she is on her game, Hamilton can compete at the Eighth Region All “A,” NCKC conference and the regional tournaments,” Grooms said.

  • New faces will help volleyball defend its 31st District title

     Carroll County’s 31st District champion volleyball team lost four three-year starters to graduation last spring, opening up the floor to a group of inexperienced players to fill some big shoes.

    Carroll County head coach Lynn Eaglin said that only Allie Simmons, one of the six seniors on this year’s team, saw significant varsity time last year.

    Seniors Lee Lee Rabago, Taylour Brown, Makayla Lillard and Sarah Holloway all played on the junior varsity team last season and the other senior Carmen McArter is back after not playing last year.

  • New coaches, new system for Panthers football

    It’s the beginning of a new era for the Carroll County Panthers football program. The 2015 season brings a new head coach, an almost entirely new coaching staff, new offensive and defensive schemes and (eventually) a new athletic complex. The players will look different on the outside, sporting new uniforms and new helmets, head coach Lee Downey also wants to see a difference on the inside, as well.

  • Couple charged in the death of their 4-day-old son

    Two Carroll County parents have been charged in the death of their four-day-old son.

    Jarod Martin, 33, and Lisa Payton, 29, both of Carrollton, were charged with first-degree criminal abuse, a class C felony punishable by 5-10 years imprisonment and a fine between $1,000-$10,000. They are lodged at the Carroll County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond.

  • Christian Academy hires its first principal

    Prayers have been answered at Christian Academy of Carrollton. As students returned from summer vacation, they were greeted by the school’s first principal, Joseph Lumbrix.

  • Anonymous tip leads to a meth lab bust

    A Carroll County woman was arrested Friday, Aug. 14, after Kentucky State Police received an anonymous tip of a meth lab in Ghent. 

    Following up on the anonymous tip, troopers from KSP Post 5 went to the home at 1664 Stafford Ridge Road in Ghent. Upon arrival, they discovered four active meth labs and several individuals fleeing the scene, according to KSP Public Information Officer Trooper Joshua Lawson.

  • iLead students visit the communities in program

    In an effort to connect with their communities, students at the regional iLead Academy will embark on a scavenger hunt to the county seat on the first five Fridays of the school year.

    Students from five school districts attend iLead Academy–Carroll, Trimble, Henry, Owen and Galltin counties–and Director Larisa McKinney wants the students to learn about the culture in each community.

    The series began in New Castle Aug. 7. Students came to downtown Carrollton Aug. 14.