Local News

  • Annual Chamber banquet tonight at Butler Park

    The Carrollton/Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual banquet tonight, Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Conference Center at General Butler State Resort Park.

    The silent auction viewing starts at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the auction benefit scholarships the chamber awards to local students.

    The featured guest is Greg Steele, who will provide the evening’s entertainment with a hypnosis comedy show.

  • Lawyer questions police authority outside city limits

    Do Carrollton Police Department officers have the authority to make arrests outside the city limits?

    Though state statutes provide that authority, it remained the question at the crux of an argument made in District Court last week by Carrollton attorney and former judge Stan Billingsley on behalf of his client, Dwayne T. Barnett.

  • Animal support group to begin opening shelter

    Carroll County Animal Support will soon be able to establish regular office hours at the county’s shelter on Boone Road to help with adopting dogs there.

    Carroll County Fiscal Court agreed to the group’s request Tuesday, which asked to allow CCAS members to use the shelter’s front office for adoptions and to have regular access to the animals.

    CCAS Executive Director Tammie Crawford said the proposal would allow the group’s volunteers to work with the dogs to “make them more sociable and less stressed.”

  • Long-lost Morris marker returned to cemetery

    Decades after it disappeared, the headstone of one of the pioneers of Hunter’s Bottom has been returned to its base in a cemetery behind the Nugent Sand property on Hwy. 36 near Milton.

    The stone tells of the life of Sarah: “Wife of Elder Joshua Morris, was born in Virginia 1749 & died March 1801, aged 52 years. … She was one of the excellent of the earth a Mother in Israel. Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.”

  • Festival attracts Canadian couple back to Carrollton for second visit

    A Canadian couple who found themselves in Carrollton during last year’s Carroll County Tobacco Festival parade liked it so much, they came back for the celebration this year.

    Don Parish and Eilleen Cowell of Kingsville, Ontario, have struck up a friendship with local resident Emma Jean Pate and decided to return for this year’s festivities.

    During a lunch outing at Welch’s Riverside Restaurant on Friday afternoon, Parish said he and Cowell spend a lot of time traveling in the United States.

  • Pedestrian struck, killed on Hwy. 227

    A Carroll County man was killed after being struck by an alleged drunken driver while walking along Hwy. 227 about 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.

    Michael Wayne Beach, 27, of Carrollton, an employee at Kroger, was struck by a vehicle driven by James Wilhoite, 24, also of Carrollton, according to a news release issued Wednesday by Kentucky State Police Post 5. KSP said Wilhoite's vehicle crossed the white line on the right side of the road and struck Beach as he was walking.

  • Construction crews prep for widening of Hwy. 227

    Utility work is finishing up this week in preparation for the widening of Hwy. 227 in Carrollton.

    Crews from Walter Martin Excavating of Russell Springs, Ky., began moving the 10-inch water line – located between the main entrance to Carroll County High School and the entrance behind the Panther Field bleachers – over about 12 feet. Operator Jason Moles said the old water line will be re-circulated and merged with the new line, which services the high school and other surrounding offices. He expected the project to be complete by the end of the week.

  • Riley leaves tourism post to work at funeral home

    After six years, Rhonda Riley has announced her decision to resign as executive director of Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism.

    Riley said she plans to stay on full time until Oct. 31, then help out two to three days a week until the end of the year to help ease the transition once her replacement is hired.

    She said she and her husband, Rob Riley, director of the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton, have talked about her joining the business as an employee for about a year.

  • State names new manager at General Butler

    Kentucky State Parks has named a new manager for General Butler State Resort Park, but some residents want officials to reinstate Misty Wheeler in the job she held much of 2013.

    Dave Jordan, former manager of Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, assumed the top job at General Butler park Oct. 1.

    But after the apparent removal of Wheeler as park manager last Monday, a petition began circulating in local businesses and among local residents protesting Wheeler’s dismissal as park manager and calls on Gov. Steve Beshear to put her back to work.

  • Working budget includes CCMS construction, raises

    The Carroll County Middle School construction project caused the Carroll County Schools’ 2013-2014 working budget to be a little higher than normal, Chief Financial Officer Jon Conrad explained Thursday, Sept. 26, to the Board of Education.