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  • Chamber awards businesses, individuals at 2013 banquet

    Maguana’s Unique Gifts, North American Stainless and Nancy Jo Grobmyer won the top awards given out at the 2013 Carroll County Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday, Oct. 17.

    “One of the main reasons for our banquet this evening is, not only to recognize some outstanding citizens and organizations in our community, but also to raise funds for our scholarship program with our silent auction,” Chet Mitchell said to the crowd in attendance at the event, held at the General Butler State Resort Park conference center.

  • City many cut probationary period over pension issue

    The probationary period for Carrollton’s city employees may be reduced from six months to four.

    Mayor Gene McMurry proposed that City Council change the requirement so that four new hires could be made permanent before Jan. 1, when the state’s new retirement system becomes effective.

    Unless the policy is changed, two new emergency dispatchers and two new police officers will not become permanent employees until after that deadline, McMurry said. City employees are not eligible for benefits until they complete the probationary period.

  • Schools eye meeting testing targets

    Carroll County Schools are within range of hitting proficiency targets established by the Kentucky Department of Education for 2014.

    At Thursday’s Board of Education meeting, Elementary Instruction Supervisor Pam Williams explained what each school’s numbers were in 2013 and the percentage targets set by the state that the district must reach by the end of this academic year.

    Meeting the annual goals set by the state is considered key for the district to meet targets set by the state’s 2017 Proficiency Delivery Plan, Williams said.

  • Willhoite is named new clerk in Prestonville

    Prestonville City Commission named Allison Willhoite as its new city clerk/treasurer to take the place of their resigning City Clerk, Debbie Wright. The decision came during a special meeting called on Oct. 28, where the commissioners chose Willhoite in a unanimous vote.

    Although Willhoite has never worked in a city clerk position, she has an extensive work history where she has been responsible for a range of duties similar to those of the city clerk. She will assume the duties of the clerk on Nov. 18.

  • Infestation leads to tree harvest decision

    After reviewing input from the public and exploring its options, the Kentucky State Parks will proceed with harvesting ash trees due an emerald ash borer infestation in General Butler State Resort Park.

    Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker made the announcement Tuesday during an interview at the park lodge in Carrollton.

    “We made the decision to move forward with the harvesting,” Walker said.

  • Family fun at the Fall Festival
  • County eyes location options for local commodity programs

    Changes will be coming to the commodities distribution programs that serve Carroll County in November. However, officials are still working to tie down the details.

    At Tuesday’s Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting, Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said they are close to having plans in place for the program that distributes commodities to senior citizens. The plans for the regular commodity distribution program, which is on a first-come, first-served basis now, need to be worked out.

  • Mammography unit offers high-tech screenings

    The Women’s Health Program at Carroll County Memorial Hospital took a giant step forward Wednesday, Oct. 16, as a new state-of-the-art digital mammography unit was unveiled during an open house.

    Hard work by the hospital staff on negotiating a deal for the new FujiFilm Aspire unit, coupled with a community fundraising effort, came together to provide women in the region with the new technology that can help detect breast cancer at its earliest stages.

  • Assembly offers students chance to ‘learn to lead’

    Kathryn Winn Primary held its quarterly assembly Friday morning, showcasing student talents and recognizing their achievements. But what made this one different from all the others is who was leading it.

    It wasn’t Principal Gerda Wise or any of the teachers. It was led by the students.

  • Temporary road closure at General Butler; Park will remain open

    To make repairs to the dam at General Butler State Resort Park’s lake, the road that crosses it will be closed for a month, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 29.

    Kentucky Department of State Parks spokesman Gil Lawson said Tuesday that the road closure is expected to last through Nov. 26, depending on how work progresses and weather conditions.