http://www.mycarrollnews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Live Your Passion - E Elvis Artist - Greg Damron http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/live-your-passion-e-elvis-artist-greg-damron <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/am1a9514.jpg" alt="Greg Damron of Carrollton is a huge Elvis Presley fan who has drawn nearly 100 pieces of artwork of the music legend. He is pictured holding a mixed media piece he created using colored pencils, paint pens and glitter glue, along with cell phone rhinestones to decorate Elvis’ jacket. Damron is standing in his daughter Haley’s former bedroom, which is now “The Elvis Room,” because it is covered with Elvis artwork that they created and collected over the years." title="Greg Damron of Carrollton is a huge Elvis Presley fan who has drawn nearly 100 pieces of artwork of the music legend. He is pictured holding a mixed media piece he created using colored pencils, paint pens and glitter glue, along with cell phone rhinestones to decorate Elvis’ jacket. Damron is standing in his daughter Haley’s former bedroom, which is now “The Elvis Room,” because it is covered with Elvis artwork that they created and collected over the years." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> He&rsquo;s created close to 100 pieces of artwork and has met an estimated 180-190 Elvis Presley tribute artists. He has been to the Graceland mansion four times and wears two Elvis-related rings every day on his right hand.</p> <p> It&rsquo;s safe to say that Greg Damron is a HUGE Elvis Presley fan.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m a big Elvis fan, but I don&rsquo;t think I&rsquo;m obsessed,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;Now if you talk to someone else, you might get the obsessed. I&rsquo;m a big, big fan, borderline obsessed.&rdquo;</p> Preliminary budget includes funding for splash park, city hall renovations, raises http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/preliminary-budget-includes-funding-splash-park-city-hall-renovations-raises <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/carrollton_proposal_mark_-_primary_mark.png" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> A possible splash park at Point Park, new streetlights along Hwy. 227 and city hall building improvements topped Carrollton City Council&rsquo;s annual budget meetings with department heads March 20-21, at city hall in preparation of passing the fiscal year 2017-2018 budget.&nbsp;The budget will undergo a first and second reading prior to June 30, before it is finalized.</p> Williams shines on the national stage http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/williams-shines-national-stage <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1703_17_kentucky_nku_104.jpeg" alt="Northern Kentucky University freshman and Owen County High School graduate Carson Williams thanked his hometown of Owenton for their support. " title="Northern Kentucky University freshman and Owen County High School graduate Carson Williams thanked his hometown of Owenton for their support. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> By MOLLY HAINES</p> <p> Landmark News Service</p> <p> Once a Rebel, always a Rebel.</p> <p> The phrase expresses pride in being an alumnus of Owen County High School. That phrase resonated Friday night when Northern Kentucky University freshman and 2016 OCHS graduate Carson Williams led the NKU Norse against the University of Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Men&rsquo;s Basketball Tournament.</p> Carroll pulls out one-run win over Owen in nine innings http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/carroll-pulls-out-one-run-win-over-owen-nine-innings <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_am1a0097.jpg" alt="Senior Hannah Polley hit the game-winning single to right in the bottom of the ninth as Carroll beat Owen, 2-1, Monday." title="Senior Hannah Polley hit the game-winning single to right in the bottom of the ninth as Carroll beat Owen, 2-1, Monday." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> It was the ultimate pitching and defensive battle Monday night between district foes Carroll and Owen. Scoreless through regulation, it took the international tiebreaker rule to get the offenses going. Both teams scored in the eighth, and it was senior Hannah Polley&rsquo;s single to right field that was the game-winner, 2-1 Carroll County.</p> Raises discussed to help gain, retain police officers http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/raises-discussed-help-gain-retain-police-officers <p> Carrollton City Council is working to address the problem of how to retain its current police officers and how to attract new ones. In order to achieve these goals, Mayor Robb Adams and council members Mike Gordon, Kevin Craig and Jeffrey Dickow discussed at the budget work session March 21, the possibility of offering raises&ndash;either for just the police department or for all city employees. This would be in addition to the up to 4 percent across the board raise already budgeted for fiscal year 2017-2018.</p> CU, first responders attend pipeline training http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/cu-first-responders-attend-pipeline-training <p> Above ground utilities catch peoples&rsquo; attention as they see them every day. Underground utilities tend to be forgotten, unless there is problem.</p> <p> Detection of underground problems, such as leaks or natural breaks in pipelines, are often delayed until the symptoms reach the surface.</p> Mullins joins News-Democrat staff http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/mullins-joins-news-democrat-staff <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/mullins_renee_4025.jpg" alt="Renee Mullins" title="Renee Mullins" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Perry Park resident Renee Mullins has joined the staff of The News-Democrat and The Trimble Banner as the newspapers&rsquo; new circulation coordinator.</p> <p> Mullins most recently worked at the Carroll County Memorial Hospital, handling accounts receivable for patients, before starting at The News-Democrat, March 6.</p> <p> She has always worked in customer service and accounting, bringing those key skills and experience to the job.</p> Ghent commissioners vote again to enact ordinances not published http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/ghent-commissioners-vote-again-enact-ordinances-not-published <p> The city of Ghent has taken steps to finalize several ordinances that had been voted on and passed in 2016, but never published to make them official.</p> <p> The city had a turbulent year in 2016, being without a city clerk much of the time. During this period, city leaders have determined that they failed to publish the ordinances commissioners had voted to adopt, which is the final step in passing each of them.</p>