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  • Tomlinson, Gosser, Proctor, Belcher earn top votes

    Tuesday’s Carroll County Democratic Primary Election proved to be one where many familiar faces — incumbents and former county officials — fared well and tallies showed that every vote counts with an apparent one-vote win in a magistrate’s race.

  • Nucor Steel donation to complete baseball complex

    Carroll County Fiscal Court will be taking steps forward to complete the baseball complex at Robert Westrick Memorial Park thanks to a partnership with Nucor Steel announced May 11.

    Carroll County Judge-Executive Bobby Lee Westrick said the donation will put the county over the top in getting the complex finished. As of now, there is not a dollar amount to Nucor’s donation, he said.

  • Cassady gets law amended to protect assault victims

    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed House Bill 101 into law March 30. The amendment to KRS 510.020, also known as Jenna’s Law, is the work of Carrollton native Jenna McNeal Cassady.

    “The purpose of Jenna’s Law is to fill the general gap in the law,” Cassady said. “The [current] law protects those 15 years old and younger and those over the age of 18, but for 16 and 17-year-olds it was too easy to plead down to sexual misconduct.”

  • Marshall, Wille represented Carroll in state track meet

    After becoming the only two Panthers this season to make it to this year’s Class 1A State track meet May 17, in Lexington, Carroll County High School freshman Sarah Marshall and sophomore Joshua Wille have new results and new goals for the next season.

    Marshall finished 21st out of 22 athletes in the 800-meter run, but was only one of five ninth-graders in the competition. The top three finishers in that state competition were in either 11th or 12th grade. Marshall ran the event in 2:37.94, about four seconds slower than the mark that got her to state.

  • Collecting for a cause

    Carrollton Fire Department and Worthville Volunteer Fire Department, as well as local volunteers, collected donations door-to-door in Carrollton for Crusade For Children May 16.

  • Inside the newsroom: Why the Parks & Rec story did not run last week

    Fairness and accuracy. These are two of my top priorities as a journalist and as your editor of The News-Democrat.

    On Friday, May 11, Carroll County Fiscal Court called a special meeting to announce a partnership with Nucor Steel to complete the parks and recreation baseball complex at Robert Westrick Memorial Park. Staff writer Tim Hendrick, who covers Fiscal Court, attended the meeting and filed a story and photo just before the close of business Tuesday, May 15.

  • Monday salutes those who gave all

    On Monday, our nation will follow a tradition dating back more than 150 years as we pay tribute to those who gave their lives protecting our nation.

    There are more than 1.2 million names on that list, about half of which were added during the four years of the Civil War.

  • Public Records | May 24, 2018

    Items published in court news are public record. The News-Democrat publishes all misdemeanors, felonies and small-claims judgments recorded in district court, as well as all civil suits recorded in circuit court. Juvenile court cases are not published. Crime reports are provided by local law enforcement agencies. Charges or citations reported to the News-Democrat do not imply guilt.


    The following decisions were rendered Wednesday and Thursday, May 16-17, 2018, in Carroll County District Court with the Hon. Elizabeth Chandler presiding.

  • Panthers score 11 in first three innings, win 11-5

    Carroll County rode early hitting to an 11-0 lead after three innings and held on for an 11-5 victory over Gallatin County in the first round of the 31st District baseball tournament held May 21, at Henry County. Carroll advanced to the 31st District championship against Henry County. The game was postponed from Tuesday to Wednesday evening due to weather and will appear in next week’s paper.

  • Searcy’s strikeouts lead Lady Panthers to district win

    The Carroll County High School softball team shut down Henry County on their home field, 6-1, in the 31st District Semifinal Monday night.

    The Lady Panthers had a tough time getting off the ground, as they didn’t net their first hit until the top of the third inning, after a lightning delay halted the game. Before the storm, CCHS was 0-6 and four of their six batters had been retired by strikeout.