Today's News

  • 69th Fall Festival returns to downtown Carrollton

    One of Carroll County’s beloved traditions is back for its 69th year with a new name. The Carroll County Fall Festival, formerly called the Carroll County Tobacco Festival, returns to downtown Carrollton Thursday, Sept. 28-30.

    The annual pageants kicked off this year’s festivities on Monday, Sept. 25 and Tuesday, Sept. 26. Pictures of the winners are on page 14 of today’s newspaper.

    The fun continues with music, food, rides, shopping and competitions, including singing and pageants, and the crowd favorite parade.

  • School Menu | Sept. 28, 2017

    Thursday, Sept. 28: Breakfast: French toast sticks with syrup and yogurt or banana bread with yogurt or Pop Tarts and apple; Lunch: Penne pasta with meat sauce or chicken alfredo, breadstick, steamed broccoli, steamed carrots, Mandarin oranges, or pineapple.

    Friday, Sept. 29: Breakfast: Donut or Pop Tarts and banana; Lunch: Chicken drumstick with roll, mashed potatoes, pinto beans, banana or Craisins.

    Oct. 2-6: Fall break, No School.

  • Teacher spotlight: Michelle Hawkins

    At the center of Carroll County Middle School, where the original building meets the new addition, sits Michelle Hawkins’s Project Lead the Way classroom.

    From the hallway, anyone can see inside, through a row of chest-high windows or through the classroom’s sliding glass doors.

    When students are not in the room, it looks like a workshop in a high-end manufacturing facility. Stools sit by sturdy worktables, complete with industrial power supplies hanging from the ceiling.

  • 2017 Fall Festival schedule

    — Thursday, Sept. 28 —

    5-10 p.m. – Carnival, food booths and flea markets, arts and crafts booths, silent auction, Cooperative Extension tent, along with sound and music by RB Sound

    5-6 p.m. – Seven Day Sacrifice Band

    6-8 p.m. – 8th annual Carroll County Fall Festival Sing-Off

    8-10 p.m. – Seven Day Sacrifice Band

    — Friday, Sept. 29 —

  • Carroll County District Court Records | Sept. 28, 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.


  • Rand: Fall is full of autumn festivals across the commonwealth of Kentucky

    Fall may technically have begun last Friday, but it could be argued that it really began several weeks ago, when many communities began hosting a wide array of festivals popular during this time of year.

    There certainly is no shortage of themes, with some events centered on such well-known staples as apples, chicken, country ham, bourbon and tobacco.  Other gatherings, however, feature products that may seem obscure to those not from the region.

  • 2017 Carroll County Fall Festival Pageants
  • Carroll Co. Schools celebrates Red Ribbon Week Oct. 23-31

    For many people October is a month of awareness. Whether it is breast cancer, domestic violence, or anti-bullying, it is a month to raise awareness for causes that we are all passionate about.

  • Socializing is important for living a healthy life

    Just as we need food and water to survive, we also need meaningful social relationships and connections. Because we are wired for social contact, going without it increases the risks to jeopardize our overall health, well-being and life quality. While it is okay to feel lonely and to be alone at times, chronic loneliness can cause serious health concerns. Researchers continue to demonstrate how important meaningful relationships with others are to our mental, emotional and physical health.

  • Spiders like the golden argiope keep other bugs away

    Spiders can have a bad reputation. They are creepy-looking with all those legs stretching out from their bodies, and honestly, what creature should have six or more eyes?

    While there are dangerous spiders out there that we should avoid at all costs (black widow and brown recluse), most spiders are very beneficial, and if they are not right in our way, we should let them be.

    One such spider that is out and about during this time of year is the golden argiope or black and yellow garden spider.