Local News

  • State legislature approves $250,000 for regional career academy; Beshear to sign

    The Kentucky General Assembly included an appropriation of $250,000 in the 2014-2016 state budget that will be used as seed money for the establishment of a Regional Collaborative Career Academy. This academy is a joint effort between the school districts in Carroll, Owen, Gallatin, Henry and Trimble counties.

    The budget passed both houses of the legislature Monday night and awaits the signature of Gov. Steve Beshear.

  • Mother also arrested in 2-year-old son’s death, charged with criminal abuse

    A Ghent woman has been arrested in connection with the investigation into the death her 2-year-old son.

    Amanda Foster, 28, of Ghent, was arrested at her home April 1, by Kentucky State Police Detective Mickey Gonterman on charges of first degree criminal abuse and transfer of a controlled substance to a minor.

    Foster made the call to dispatchers Feb. 19, telling them her child, Bradley James Allen, 2, was discovered that morning dead in his bed. KSP said in a news release that Foster is the boy’s mother and dating the father.

  • Carroll County Schools Superintendent Lisa James announces her retirement

    Carroll County Schools Superintendent Lisa James, Ed., made a surprise announcement at Thursday's Board of Education meeting: She is retiring as of June 30. James has been superintendent for six years and worked for Carroll County Schools 27 years. 

  • Ghent wants more police protection

    City of Ghent commissioners are looking at ways to increase police protection for residents who are concerned about drugs and crime.

    A citizen speaking at the commission’s regular March meeting raised the need for increased police presence in Ghent. This prompted commissioners to restart discussions that first began in March 2011 with Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman.

  • Carrollton, Westside fight duplex fire

    Local firefighters battled a duplex fire in Carrollton Saturday that has left two families without homes.

    Carrollton Fire Department and Westside Volunteer Fire Department responded to 213 Seventh Street at 11:11 a.m. There are two apartments in the building – Apt. 1 on the right and Apt. 2 on the left. Apt. 1 renter Victoria Smith had left for work, and her boyfriend, Clifford Perkins, was still in bed, property owner John Cox said Saturday. Perkins discovered the fire in the kitchen and alerted his neighbors so they could get out of the house, Cox said.

  • Child dies of drug overdose, father charged

    A report from the state medical examiner concludes that Bradley James Allen, 2, of Ghent died from acute oxycodone intoxication.

    Carroll County Coroner David Wilhoite received the autopsy report this week showing the toddler had high levels of oxycodone and oxymophone in his system. Allen was found dead at Ghent home on Feb. 18.

    The child’s father, Douglas Allen, 26 of Ghent, was arrested and charged with murder March 7 after he was interviewed by Kentucky State Police at Post 5 in Campbellsburg.

  • KYTC removes signs

    Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6’s move to begin removing candidate campaign signs from state right-of-ways was met with criticism during Tuesday’s Carroll County Fiscal Court meeting.

    Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson said workers started removing the signs in the county on Monday and he has received complaints about it from at least three candidates.

    Carroll County Jailer Mike Humphrey expressed outrage about how the policy is being imposed, saying it is not consistent from county-to-county or across the state.

  • Carryover helps fund jail for another year

    Carroll County Jailer Mike Humphrey presented fiscal court with his $1.96 million budget to operate the Carroll County Detention Center again in 2014-15 with no funding required from the county.

    However, that could change as early as the 2015-16 budget cycle. Next year’s budget will use the last of carryover funds, totaling $140,150, to fund operating costs of the detention center.

  • 2014 Relay for Life pageants

    The annual Carroll County Relay for Life pageant was held Saturday, March 22, at Carroll County Middle School. The event was sponsored by Team Robbins and hosted by Hayley Franklin. All proceeds from the event benefited Relay for Life.

  • Mertz couple sentenced in abuse/neglect case

    A Carrollton couple was sentenced March 17 in Carroll County Circuit Court by Judge Stephen Bates after pleading guilty to knowingly abusing/neglecting their disabled daughter.

    Billy Mertz, 46, and Robin Michelle Mertz, 34, the child’s father and stepmother, pleaded guilty to knowingly abusing/neglecting an adult and knowingly exploiting an adult more than $300, both class C felonies.