Local News

  • Primary candidates to share their views at forums April 18-20

    Voters will have the opportunity to learn more about candidates seeking to be judge-executive, magistrate, sheriff, jailer and circuit court clerk during three forums April 18, 19 and 20 at Carroll County Middle School.

    The News-Democrat and Carroll County High School FFA are again teaming up again to present these forums beginning each evening at 6 p.m. in the Carroll County Middle School auditorium. They first worked together in 2014 to host a candidate forum for judge-executive candidates.

  • Council selects a design for new splash pad coming to Point Park

    The highly anticipated Point Park splash pad took a step forward Monday as Carrollton City Council chose a sports theme during a meeting with DWA Recreation, a parks and recreation equipment company in Harrison, Ohio. The company will return with a package of bid specifications, 3D drawings, a gallon per minute calculation and total cost for council’s approval before the project is bid out. Carrollton’s splash pad will sit where the current sand volleyball courts are located near the bathrooms. The volleyball courts will be relocated.

  • Live Your Passion | X = Xylephone, Anna Webster

    When the news staff of The News-Democrat created a feature series that involved the alphabet, it knew the letter X would require some creative thinking. The “Live Your Passion” series was no different. Who has a hobby or passion that begins with X? When you start going through the dictionary and looking at all the words that begin with X, the one word just jumps out at you is xylophone.

  • Council discusses salary increases for FY 2018-2019

    Carrollton City Council was divided at a recent meeting about the percentage of raise to budget for city of Carrollton employees in fiscal year 2018-2019.

    Councilmen Dwight Louden, Mike Gordon, Doug Hill and Kevin Craig were in favor of budgeting a 3 percent across-the-board raise, while Councilman Jeffrey Dickow and Councilwoman Hayley Franklin favored a 4 percent raise. Council discussed the raises at day two of its annual budget workshop meetings, held March 15-16.

  • Battle cry of Ky. educators: ‘Vote them out’


    Landmark News Service

    Thousands of Kentucky teachers marched up Frankfort’s Capitol Avenue Monday with a clear message for legislators after the passage of Senate Bill 151 Thursday.

    “Vote them out,” they cried.

    Frankfort Mayor Bill May estimated at least 10,000 people attended the rally sponsored by the Kentucky Education Association after state legislature hastily passed the pension-reform bill.

  • Massie objects to how the recent budget bill was passed

    Kentucky’s Fourth District Rep. Thomas Massie said at the Rotary Club of Carrollton meeting March 28, that the recent budget omnibus bill failed his three-way test.

    “Rotary has a four-way test and I have a three-way test,” Massie said. “My test first asks, is it constitutional? Second, can we afford it? And third, can it be better done at the state or federal level? The omnibus bill failed all three.”

  • Easter Bunny’s visit a highlight of Easter on the Square
  • School closed on Friday, March 30 due to teacher shortage

    The classrooms were dark Friday in Carroll County as the school district closed today, March 30, due to an unusually high number of teachers calling in sick after the Kentucky House and Senate passed a controversial pension reform bill late Thursday night.

    In a news release Friday, Carroll County Schools officials said they made the call because the district did not have enough substitute teachers to operate its schools.

  • Health crisis looms with increased drug abuse

    The regional health department serving Carroll County warns the region is facing a potential healthcare crisis with the spread of HIV and Hepatitis due to the increase in abuse of illegal drugs in Northern Kentucky.

    Georgia Heise, PhD, Three Rivers Health Department director, started off her update to Carroll County Fiscal Court March 27, by saying she was not there to ask for money. She did touch on the pension crisis in Frankfort.

  • Community help needed to repair park stairs

    Friends of Butler needs the community’s help to fix the stairs leading up to the Butler-Turpin House that have fallen into disrepair.

    The organization applied for a USA Today Community Thrives grant, which is open to all valid legal 501(c)(3) charities within the United States or the District of Columbia. There are two tiers–Tier 1 is organizations with an operating budget of less than $1 million and Tier 2 is more than $1 million, according to the Community Thrives website. Friends of Butler is a Tier 1 organization.