Today's News

  • Broadband access increases in state

    For a growing number of Kentuckians, broadband Internet is given no more thought than any other utility. Like television and electricity, it’s just expected to be there.

    In fact, it can now be found in about 40 percent of the common-wealth’s homes. While that is certainly positive, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we need to see that number grow. According to a Federal Communications Commission report this month, most states have moved ahead of us when it comes to providing access to this fast-speed connection.


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  • Projects hold the key for C’ton downtown’s future

    Talking with Mayor Gene McMurry on Monday, I couldn’t help but feel the enthusiasm he has for revitalizing downtown Carrollton. It is, indeed, infectious.

    In 2002, I joined The News-Democrat as editor. One of the reasons I accepted the job was because, when I came for the interview, I immediately fell in love with this small city on the Ohio River. (At that point, I’m not sure I knew there was still another river bordering the city.) To work in a place where one only had to look out the window to see this mighty waterway was a huge attraction for me.

  • Stigers back on the beat with Carrollton police

    A familiar face has officially returned to the Carrollton Police Department.

    Officer Tony Stigers began his first day back on the force Friday. He previously worked for the department from 2001-2004. He then took a job with the Owenton Police Department because it was closer to his home in Owen County.

  • Relay for Life nears its goal, raising $91,000

    The threat of severe storms Friday night and into Saturday morning didn’t deter the 15 teams participating in this year’s Relay for Life at the Carroll County Fairgrounds.

    County Relay Chairman Scott Niswonger said meteorologists earlier in the week forecast a 60 percent chance of severe thunderstorms, prompting him to call a special meeting with team captains and other Relay official Thursday night to determine options for the annual event, which was held from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday.

  • New urgent care center comes together

    The walls went up last week on a new urgent care center on Floyd Drive, which is expected to open in September.

    Kentucky Urgent Care will bring the first dialysis center to Carroll County, along with office space where new specialists can see patients locally, Dr. Mark Miller said in a Friday interview. Miller, along with Drs. Samer Hussein, Ranjhan Gopang and others are partners in the corporation developing the project.

  • Conway: City violated state's open records law

    Kentucky’s attorney general issued a  decision May 23 stating that the city of Carrollton violated the state’s Open Records Act on a request for information regarding properties on Polk Street.

    The decision, issued by Attorney General Jack Conway and Assistant Attorney General Amye L. Bensenhaver, states that the city violated the open-records law by failing to properly respond to a records request from Salome Frances Spenneburg Kist.

  • Perception vs. reality

    Raw data from an area shopping survey conducted last month by Northern Kentucky Area Development District provides a glimpse into what area residents would like to see in the historic downtown section of Carrollton’s business district.

    The historic district, defined by the Carrollton Main Street Program, includes the area from Prestonville bridge east to Seventh Street and from the Ohio River south to Sycamore Street.

  • City cleanup a success

    Mayor Gene McMurry said the city cleanup day with Rumpke Saturday was successful; however there was not as big of a turnout as he had hoped. About 25-30 residents participated in the cleanup, and two people called needing assistance getting their items to the curb. McMurry said the cleanup was successful enough that he wants to host the event again next year.

  • NKADD pleased with survey participation

    Carrollton Main Street Program manager Sam Burgess presented city council with the raw data from the Northern Kentucky Area Development District’s shopping preferences survey at Monday night’s meeting. He said NKADD will refine the information and make a presentation before council with their findings. The survey will be one chapter in the marketing analysis.