Today's News

  • Fundraiser a success for Shop-With-A-Cop


    On Saturday, Sept. 12, the Carrollton Police Department-in conjunction with the Carroll County Regional Detention Center-held our fourth annual Shop-With-A-Cop Trail Ride. It proved to be a very successful venture for our yearly Shop-With-A-Cop event. We had a total of 76 riders and $1,412. was raised to help fund this program.

    We are now in our ninth year of Shop-With-A-Cop and have helped almost 600 children and spent more than $100,000 to provide Christmas to children in our county who otherwise might not receive anything during the holiday season.

  • Ghent river cleanup greeted with large turnout Saturday

    More than 75 people hit the riverbanks in Ghent Saturday morning to remove litter and debris in the city’s first River Sweep.

    Organizer Ron Walker said the volunteers filled two trailers with the bags and items they collected and there was more placed in piles at the new boat ramp to be hauled off at a later date.

    “This is awesome. This is more than what I expected,” Walker said. “This is just an utter and complete success.”

    He said the group used 200 garbage bags and then used more that some of the volunteers had brought with them.

  • Panther runners host six teams in cross country meet

    Carroll County hosted six other teams at their one and only home meet of the season Tuesday, September 15 on their home course at General Butler State Park.

    Cross Country is an interesting and almost cruel sport and when participants cross the finish line they are often completely spent and sometimes sick or in tears. It is both a team and an individual sport and is one of the most grueling to participate in.

  • Lions Club sponsors new 5K Run/Walk Saturday

    The Carrollton Lions Club is sponsoring its first 5K run and walk on Saturday morning, September 26, on Lock Road, starting and ending at the south entrance of General Butler State Resort Park.

    Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the park’s south entrance. Entry forms were printed on Page 18 of last week’s issue of The News-Democrat. The $15 entry fee includes a t-shirt, refreshments, music and medals for the top three finishers in eight categories. The fastest male and fastest female will receive trophies. Checks should be made out to Carrollton Lions Club.

  • Ghent is proud of first River Sweep event


  • Powder puff, parade, bonfire highlight Homecoming revelries

    Fans saw tackling, shoving, penalties and players and coaches thrown out of the game – and it was only the powder puff football game that is a perennial favorite of the students and the players.

  • Housing authority celebration a success


    The housing authority of Carrollton recently hosted its’ 10th annual Neighborhood Watch Picnic. It was an evening of good food, fun and fellowship among neighbors. Attendance increased this year indicating the popularity of this annual event.

    We owe a great debt of gratitude to the Carroll County Fair Board for providing a tent, chairs, drink tubs and ice and to Mike Humphrey and crew for tent erection and takedown.

  • Carroll County Tobacco festivities include parade, carnival and more

    The Carroll County Tobacco Festival returns to downtown Carrollton this week as the event marks its 61st year this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

    The 2009 festival includes music, food, a carnival, parade, beauty pageants, vendor booths and fun and games for the entire family. The three day festival also includes a look back at the community’s farming heritage and more in the agritourism tent.


  • Reporting local news, sports was the chance ‘to live out a dream’

    Living out a dream and crossing things off my bucket list is what I have had the opportunity to do for the past two years as I have worked at The News-Democrat.

    As a child of 7 or 8, I produced a hand written newspaper of sorts for my subdivision in Mason, Ohio.  I only put out several editions before I realized how hard it was to hand write several copies every week.

    Next I was the editor of our junior high school newspaper and then worked on my high school yearbook and was editor of the high school newspaper when I was a senior.