Today's News

  • JCTC celebrates opening of new Carrollton campus

    Along the Ohio River, good news rarely comes in the form of waters rising to the edge of its banks or beyond. But, to tweak a figurative phrase, rising waters do lift all boats. We are celebrating the rising of the waters of knowledge and opportunity that will lift the economic success of our region.

  • Rohrer promoted to top spot at Cartmell

    There is a new but very familiar face in the Cartmell Elementary School’s principal office as Jeanie Rohrer took over the position effective July 1, when former principal Jonica Ray became elementary instructional supervisor for Carroll County Schools.

    Rohrer has seemingly come full circle as her start in education was as the administrative assistant to Cindy Warrick, the first JCTC Carrollton campus coordinator when the campus first opened in 1989. “You could forget the job titles back then. We did it all,” she said.

  • Neikirk excited about new adventure at CCHS

    After 27 years of walking the halls of Oldham County High School, Andrea Neikirk will begin this school year as a Carroll County Panther, joining the CCHS staff as assistant principal.

    A Louisville area native, Neikirk graduated from Male High School. She majored in biology and minored in chemistry at Georgetown College, while also earning her teaching degree. After graduating in 1990, she immediately started teaching at OCHS and taught chemistry, as well as other science classes. She earned her master’s degree and Rank I at University of Louisville.

  • Chatham promoted to Cartmell assistant principal

    Krista Chatham has always been a leader and now she will be one in a different capacity as she assumes the role of Cartmell Elementary assistant principal.

    Chatham started at the Carroll County Middle School as a sixth grade math teacher. She graduated from Franklin College in Indiana with an elementary education degree and a minor in mathematics. She was certified to teach math grades K-9. After one year at the middle school she transferred to Winn Primary and taught third grade with Jeanie Rohrer. Chatham said they have worked together since then.

  • Butler lodge, restaurant, pool closed Aug. 14-16

    The lodge, restaurant and swimming pool at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton will be closed Aug. 14-16.

    The temporary closure is so the service panel that provides power to the lodge can be replaced as part of the “Refreshing the Finest” initiative that is funding improvements at Kentucky State Parks.

    The park’s cottages and campground will remain open. The lodge is expected to be open for business on Aug. 17.

  • Devine makes an ‘impact’ with local summer camp

    Many of Carroll County’s best and brightest high school graduates leave the community to attend college and most of them do not return, due to a number of reasons. A recent exception is Hannah Devine, a 2017 graduate of Thomas More College.

    A 2012 Carroll County High School graduate, Devine had been debating about attending law school before deciding to attend the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work this fall. She said after she earns her master’s degree then she might attend law school and be a champion for kids.

  • School resource officer could be returning to CCHS

    The Carroll County Board of Education issued a directive to interim Superintendant Ron Livingood to pursue a School Resource Officer for Carroll County High School at a special meeting Aug. 4. Because it was a special meeting, the subject could only be discussed, not voted on.

    The board had worked with the City of Carrollton to have a resource officer last year, but the district did not receive the grant to pay the board’s share so it did not happen.

  • County increases pay, hires temporary help for EMS

    Staffing issues with the Carroll County Ambulance Service came to light the weekend of Aug. 5-6 when several patients at Carroll County Memorial Hospital could not be transported by ground ambulance, operated by the Carroll County EMS.

  • Carroll County District Court Records | Aug. 3, 2017

    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, July 26-27, 2017, in Carroll County District Court with the Hon. Elizabeth Chandler presiding.

  • Girls golf team gaining experience, confidence; looks to improve record

    With at least a season’s worth of experience for five of the six girls, things are looking up for the Lady Panthers’ golf team.

    The Lady Panthers return all five golfers from last year’s squad: senior Ciara Hamilton, junior Kaileigh Burgess, and freshmen Grace Long, Taylor Franklin and Gabriella Hembree. New to the team this season is junior Caitlin Mullins. She has never played golf before, but the entire team has been very supportive, head coach Allison Burgess said, especially the freshmen because they were in her shoes last year.