Today's News

  • Santa receives more Christmas wishes from local children

    Jaclyn McGahan’s

    second-grade class

    Dear Santa,

    For Christmas I want make up, stuffed animals, all a lot of books and Diary of Wipy Kid. Badaszelled balls. Slushy maker. More ds games. All of the One Direction songs. Dream lights, mp4.

    From Skilar Polley

    Dear Santa,

    I want 2 skat bords 2 of lgthats and 8 pars of black spares 2 pars of boys DCsd and a pare of pink spary and toys!

    Thak you for my stuff,

    Emily A.

    Dear Santa,

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  • Dow Corning employees bring real life perspective to math

    Dow Corning is changing the way that students learn mathematics at Carroll County Middle School. Twelve Dow Corning employees are volunteering one hour each week to tutor seventh graders in mathematics during the school day.

    “We are excited to have Dow Corning volunteers,” CCMS math teacher Laura Willhoite said. “It’s great to have professionals willing to come in and help the students. We have engineers, business administrators and others willing to take time out of their busy schedules to help, and we are extremely grateful for that.”

  • Student of the week: Carmen Simo Perkins, sixth grade

    What is your favorite thing about school and why?

    “My favorite thing about school is that I get to learn more every day and I get to come to school.”

    What is your favorite subject and why?

    “Math because I get to learn more cool problems so that I can learn them in the future.”

    What was the last book you read? 

    “Big Nate: Game On”

    What was the last movie you saw?  

    “Monster University”

  • School menu | Dec. 19, 2013

    Thursday, Dec. 19: Sliced turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, roll, cranberry sauce and fruit salad; breakfast: Sausage biscuit.

    Friday, Dec. 20: BBQ, bun, smiley fries, kale, baked apples and orange; breakfast: Donuts.

    Monday Dec. 23-31: closed for the holidays!

  • Carroll County District Court | Dec. 12, 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.


  • Carroll County family loses home to fire Friday

    Another family has lost its home to fire this holiday season.

    Westside Volunteer Fire Department, Ghent Fire Protection District and Carrollton Fire Department fought a house fire at 2902 Mound Hill Road for almost seven hours Friday, Dec. 6.

  • Snowstorm results in many accidents but no injuries

    Last week’s ice, sleet and snow may have created traffic nightmares for many motorists or caused a power outage that affected an assisted living facility and several stores and restaurants.

    Overall, however, the storm didn’t have the impact many feared.

    “We spent most of the time pulling people out … helping people,” Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman said in a Monday interview.

  • Christmas Carroll event to be held this Saturday

     The annual Christmas Carroll event was canceled last Saturday due to a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow overnight.

    But good news, everyone. Santa Claus will still be making a visit to Carrollton before Christmas Eve night.

    Parts of the event have been rescheduled for this Saturday in downtown Carrollton.

    Members of the Carrollton Main Street program made the call Friday afternoon to cancel the Christmas event.

  • After months indoors, local boy gets wish for Paradise

    After years of doctors and hospitals, and months of being forced to stay inside his home, it seems natural that 8-year-old Connor Mefford would dream of a vacation in Paradise – the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, to be precise.

    That’s where Connor and his family spent fall break in October – riding the 60-foot water slide at Atlantis, walking the white sandy beaches and swimming with dolphins.