Today's News

  • ‘Impact’ is a must-see, fair depiction of tragic I-71 bus crash in 1988

    I have to admit, it wasn’t until I moved here just over 11 years ago that I learned anything about the church bus crash on May 14, 1988.

    At the time, I was a very young reporter in Fairfield County, Conn. I didn’t even own a TV, which wasn’t an issue because most nights I had to cover meetings or events. I didn’t watch the national news very often, and of course this was long before the Internet. If something happened someplace other than the towns where I worked, I didn’t know about it.

  • Hunger joins the police force

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    Officer Bryant Hunger, the newest police officer on the Carrollton Police force, is an active servant of the community.

    A part-time EMT, a firefighter for the Carrollton Fire Department and assistant coach with the Carroll County High School Panthers football team, Hunger was sworn in last December as a full-time police officer, after working as a Fire Engineer and Dispatcher for two years.

  • Correction: Warrant was executed in December 2012 for Fitzgerald

    A May 15 story in The News-Democrat about ex-convict Kevin Fitzgerald gave the wrong date for a search warrant issued that led to his arrest for owning a shotgun and ammunition.

    The search warrant was issued in December 2012, not in 2011, and executed by police from Owensboro, Ky., and Dawson Springs, Ky., where he was living at the time.

  • Panthers demolish Demons on senior night

    The Panthers baseball team capped off the regular season with a landslide victory over the visiting Williamstown Demons, 19-7, on Wednesday, May 15. It was the perfect way to say goodbye to the team’s eight seniors: Zach Beckham, Trey Boles, Dillon Craig, A.J. Dixon, Derrick Nickell, Chase Osborne, Brad Robbins and Brandon Stewart.

  • Carroll County District Court | May 22, 2013

     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, May 15-16, 2013, in Carroll County District Court with the Hon. Thomas M. Funk presiding.

  • Baseball season ends with district loss to Gallatin

     On any given night, any team can beat any other team. Unfortunately, Monday was Gallatin’s night.

    After defeating the Wildcats twice this season by large margins – 11-5 at home April 5 and 12-1 at Gallatin April 18 – the Panthers may have overlooked their opponent and took for granted that they would be sitting in the championship game.

  • Track athletes compete at state meet

     Carroll County High School track and field athletes competed at the Class A State Track & Field Meet Saturday, held at the University of Louisville. 

    Junior Tre Burgin tried, but was unable to clear starting height in pole vault. The starting height was 9 feet 6 inches, which would have been a new personal best.

    Junior Ashley Srouder threw just three inches shy of her personal best (also the school record) in her 11th place finish in girls shot put with a throw of 31 feet. 

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  • Sheriff’s Office to apply for grant for school resource officer

    Carroll County Sheriff’s Office hopes to land a federal grant to put a resource officer in the schools next year.

    At the May 14 Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting, CCSO’s Jennifer Willhoite said they are seeking a three-year, $125,000 grant for the position. The funding would come through the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Hiring Program.

  • Summer Reading Program enriches children’s lives

    I enjoyed Carroll County Public Library Director Hillary Arney remembering her Summer Reading Pro-gram experiences at the library when she was a child. The reference in her column last week  to the large banana split brought a smile to my face.

    It was my first year as director of the public library; in fact, I had only been working there since the first of June and jumped right in with our reading program.