Today's News

  • Carroll County District Court | Feb. 13, 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, February 6-7, 2013, in Carroll County District Court with the Hon. Thomas M. Funk presiding.

  • Carroll wins big over Williamstown, 68-35

    The Panthers outscored the Demons 47-21 in the second half to cruise to a 68-35 victory Friday, Feb. 8 on homecoming night.

    Carroll County ramped up their defensive pressure in the third quarter with a full court press that garnered six steals, as well as an offensive foul drawn by Patrick Booth to help extend their seven-point halftime lead to 18 points.

    The Panthers stayed hot in the fourth, scoring on 11 of their first 13 possessions of the quarter, putting the game out of reach.

  • Girls fall to W’town, 60-39

    The Lady Panthers cut an eight-point halftime deficit to one point with 1:37 to go in the third quarter. Unfortunately for the home team, that was as close as they would get, as the Lady Demons outscored them 22-2 the rest of the way to win, 60-39, Feb. 8.

    “What got us back in the game is we started playing better defense,” head coach Paul Stone said. “We stopped leaving our feet all the time and stopped giving up all those easy baskets until the very end of the third quarter.”

  • Remembering our heroes
  • Fiscal approves NAS refinancing, seeks bids for county pool repairs

    Carroll County Fiscal Court approved an ordinance to accept North American Stainless’ plan to refinance $36 million in bonds for the plant’s solid waste disposal projects.

    Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson reminded all those present at the Friday, Feb. 8 fiscal court meeting that the county is not liable for the debt that will be incurred by NAS.

    According to the ordinance, NAS is refinancing debt from bonds that were issued in 2000 and 2006 with the new 2013 series bonds.

  • Milk truck wreck closes southbound I-71

    An accident involving a tanker truck on Interstate 71 has the southbound lanes blocked this morning.

    Kentucky State Police report that the unidentified driver of the truck has been transported to Carroll County Memorial Hospital by Carroll County EMS with non-life threatening injuries.

    KSP is attempting to re-route traffic on Exits 55 and 57, to use U.S. 42. Trooper Dave Roberts said that once diesel fuel at the scene is cleaned up, KSP will try to reopen a lane to traffic.

    Traffic is currently backed up about two miles on the interstate.

  • City Council | Feb. 13, 2013

    City opts to hire seasonal workers for campground

    When the Two Rivers Campground opens this spring, it will be staffed by seasonal workers, not a contractor.

    City council opted to hire seasonal workers because it will save the city money.

    Mayor Gene McMurry said he believes the city can hire one employee to start with before adding more later in the season. He will discuss job description ideas with each councilmember before City Attorney Ed James writes it up for approval.

  • Single-wide trailer ‘total loss’ after Worthville fire

    A Worthville man was injured after his single-wide trailer caught fire early Sunday morning.

    Phillip Botkins, 1931 Happy Hollow Lane, was transported to Carroll County Memorial Hospital by his neighbor, Steve Adams, according to Worthville Volunteer Fire Chief Ernie Courtney. The pair was no longer on scene when firefighters arrived, he said.

    Courtney said he was told by Kentucky State Police that Botkins had been flown to University Hospital in Louisville, but he did not have any information on his injuries.

  • No students were injured in crash with Owen bus

    An Owen County school bus was involved in an accident with a single-passenger vehicle on Hwy. 227 in Carrollton Thursday, Feb. 7.

    The driver of the vehicle was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville for treatment; none of the students or the bus driver was injured, according to Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite Monday.

    Harold E. Meierle, 74, of Holton, Ind., pulled out of the News Auction parking lot and attempted to make a left turn northbound on to Hwy. 227 at about 2:05 p.m.

  • Blaze claims home on Hwy. 42

    Multiple local emergency service agencies responded to a house fire Friday on Hwy. 42 West in Carroll County. No one was home at the time, but family pets died in the blaze.

    The house fire broke out at 2206 Hwy. 42 West a little after noon Friday Feb. 8. The call came in to Carroll County Dispatch at 12:23 p.m., and Westside Volunteer Fire Department and Ghent Fire Protection District responded.