Today's News

  • Temperatures below freezing, but do not cause many issues

    The polar vortex that brought some of the coldest temperatures to Carroll County in 20 years caused few problems for most local residents.

    Officials with Carroll County Emergency Management reported Tuesday there were no power outages where they had to shelter residents. A few isolated outages were reported around Carroll County, but did not last long.

    The weather’s major impact was the delay in children returning to school Monday and Tuesday.

  • Tharp spent his life caring for, helping others

    Retired Carrollton Fire Chief Randy Tharp made a promise to his daughter, Melissa, that he would walk her down the aisle at her wedding, planned for Dec. 28, 2013. The family talked about moving the wedding to an earlier date, but Randy wouldn’t hear of it – even though he had been battling lung cancer for nearly three years.

    He kept his promise. He walked Melissa down the aisle and attended the reception afterward. He even took time to admonish a friend at the wedding, who he felt wasn’t taking care of herself.

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  • Need help with heating bills? Help is available

    With temperatures falling into the negative digits, virtually no one wants to be outside unless absolutely necessary. But just imagine if the inside of your home did not provide much relief from the bitter cold.

    Residents throughout the county are faced with this very problem. Sometimes residents may fall behind on their bill payments and have their utilities shut off. Other times, renters may be at the mercy of landlords who do not fix or provide adequate heating.

  • Wheeler plans new events, projects to get visitors to area

    Misty Wheeler is busy getting ready for the year of activities ahead as the new executive director of Carrollton/Carroll County Tourism and Convention Commission.

    Wheeler’s been on the job since Nov. 18 and spent her first month working with former executive director Rhonda Riley, who left to work at Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home with her husband.

    “Rhonda did a great job. I hope I can follow in her footsteps,” Wheeler said in a Jan. 2 interview.

  • Legislative Preview: A guide to the top issues facing state lawmakers

    By John Cheves

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — The Kentucky General Assembly begins its 2014 session on Tuesday, facing the usual trouble: Not enough money is coming in to pay for the services Kentuckians want, and there’s no political appetite to raise taxes, especially not in an election year.

  • Carroll County District Court | Jan. 9, 2013

    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 Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, in Carroll County District Court with the Hon. Elizabeth Chandler presiding.


  • Carroll County Community Calendar | Week of Jan. 9, 2014

    Wednesday, Jan. 8

    Ghent Planning and Zoning Commission meets at 6 p.m. in Ghent City Hall.

    Carrollton Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at noon at Butler Park lodge.

    AA Big Book study groups meets every Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Carrollton Christian Church, 310 Fifth St.

    American Legion bingo is held every Wednesday. Doors open at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 7 p.m.

    Thursday, Jan. 9

    Carrollton Lions Club meeting at noon at Butler Park lodge.

  • A new year brings hope, much like faith in God

    At the start of each year, it is a custom to make a myriad of resolutions and goals that we hope to achieve by the time the year ends.

  • Carroll boys finish in fourth in NAS Classic tourney

    North American Stainless Classic hosts Carroll County hoped to go undefeated and win its tournament championship. But after a huge first-round win over Calvary Christian, the Panthers stumbled against Spencer County and Henry County to finish in fourth place.

    Thursday: Carroll County defeated Calvary Christian, 69-20