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  • 'Unleaded' fueling local music scene

    They’re called Unleaded –– but for something that’s supposed to be void of tetraethyl lead or gaseous compounds, the five-member heavy-metal band seems to have concocted a premium formula. This year alone they’ve booked several gigs across the region, won a high-profile music competition and put out a five-track disc of original songs.

    “I would have never guessed we’d be at the spot we are right now,” said Ethan Turner, who plays drums for the band.

  • C’ton man indicted on abduction attempt

    A Carrollton man was indicted Monday for the alleged attempted kidnapping of a 13-year-old Carroll County girl on Wednesday, March 4.

    Brian D. Perry, 19, allegedly tried to abduct the girl, who was walking home alone from Carroll County Middle School. He was charged with attempted kidnapping, a Class C felony. If convicted Perry could face five to 10 years in the penitentiary and fines of $1,000 to $10,000.

    Perry remains held in Carroll County Regional Detention Center on a $50,000 full cash bond.

  • ‘Murderous’ performance by CCHS Players

    It’s no mystery – the CCHS Players gave a fine performance Friday night at Simpson Auditorium at Carroll County Middle to a small but enthusiastic crowd.

    The play, “Murder by the Book,” is about a literary society so secret, the members only know each other as the famous authors whose personas they take on for a weekend meeting.

    The group, however, seems to have been infiltrated by a schemer angered by its pan of one of his own works.

    Check out the slideshow below for more photos from the CCHS Players presentation on Friday, March 6.

  • 2 plays, 1 night of drama

    The TCHS Drama Club members showcased their on-stage skills Saturday night in the Raider Arena. Rita McKay and Bonnie Peugeot directed the shows “Conflict,” by Wade Bradford and “French Toast,” by Donald Payton.

    “We started preparing and voted out of three stories back in September and we had cast try-outs in October. Then just six weeks before the play, we had six actors and actress that had to discontinue being part of the play production,” Peugeot said.

  • County Relay kicks off 2009 fund-raising campaign

    Gentleman, start your engines and get your team and your campsite ready for the Carroll County Relay for Life.

    “Racing for a Cure” is this year’s theme, and NASCAR is the vehicle for the local Relay for Life event set for May 29-30 at the Carroll County Fairgrounds, according to committee chairman Scott Niswonger.

    The Relay committee held a kick-off meeting Wednesday, March 4, at the Carroll County Public Library, durimg which NASCAR was unveiled as this year’s theme and the purpose of the event was explained.

  • ‘Conversation’ to focus on prescription abuse

    As a parent, what would you do if you found five or six unknown pills in your child’s pants pocket or dresser drawer? Whom do you call first?

    Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County is hosting a Community Conversation at 7 p.m. Monday, March 30, at the National Guard Armory. Organizers hope the meeting will provide answers to those questions and many others regarding the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

  • CSX plans repairs to crossing

    Repairs to the CSX railroad crossing on State Hwy. 227 in front of the Butler Outlet Mall could close that road for two days in mid- to late March or early April.

    The project will require a detour of traffic on the  heavily traveled thoroughfare using the access road built in 2007 near the Carroll County Fairgrounds, said Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson.

  • Alleged accomplice released on bond

    Michelle McKinney, 31, indicted Feb. 9 for an alleged role in the January robbery of Carrollton’s First National Bank, was released from jail Monday after family members posted a $50,000 property bond.

    Initially, Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bates ordered McKinney held in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond. He agreed to amend the terms to a property bond, after McKinney’s attorney Joe Wells argued that his client has children, has strong roots to the community and has a clean record, and is not a flight risk.

  • Murder/suicide suspected in Gallatin deaths

    An apparent murder/suicide Friday is under investigation in Gallatin County.

    Officials say Ralph Michael Utley, 37, and his toddler son were found shot to death in Utley’s Campbell Road home when deputies responded to a domestic violence call at 9:33 p.m. Campbell Road is located in the portion of Ghent just over the Carroll County line with Gallatin.

    The Gallatin County Coroner Jack Hughes pronounced both the father and his 2½-year-old son dead an hour later.

  • CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION

    Christian Academy of Carrollton had a lot to celebrate Friday, Feb. 20, amidst friends, family, students, teachers and government officials.

    In the morning, the independent Christian school, located on Easterday Road (State Hwy. 36),  celebrated the completion of its new gymnasium – complete with a beautifully painted crumb-rubber floor. In the afternoon, the school celebrated its 20th anniversary with current students and alumni.