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Government

  • New laws go into effect July 15

    Kentucky General Assembly’s 2014 regular session may have ended months ago, but several new laws passed will finally go into effect July 15.
     The state constitution specifies that new laws take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature, except for general appropriation measures and those containing emergency or delayed effective date provisions.
    The General Assembly’s 2014 session adjourned on April 15, making July 15 the day that most laws will take effect.

  • Dry Ridge adds $40,000 to fire dept. budget

    A week before the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year the Dry Ridge City Council approved amending the budget to add $40,000.
    The additional funds were allocated to the Dry Ridge Fire Department, upping its appropriations for the year to $1.028 million.
    Chief Tom Jump said before the first reading of the budget amendment that he did not intend to use all of the funds and any remaining would be put back in the city’s general fund.

  • City race deadline is Aug. 12

    The filing deadline may still be two months away, but the first candidate for a non-partisan city race has turned in his paperwork.
    Vincent S. Stephens has filed to run for mayor of the city of Dry Ridge.
    The May primary has set up multiple races in November for county offices, including judge-executive, jailer, clerk and magistrates, pitting a Republican against a Democrat.
    However, non-partisan candidates who would like to run for mayor and city council or commission seats in Williamstown, Dry Ridge, Crittenden or Corinth have until 4 p.m. Aug. 12 to file.

  • Election focus shifts to Nov. 4

    The votes have been tallied and the local political matchups are set for the November primary election.
    For county judge-executive, Republican Steve Wood will face off against Democratic candidate Richard Austin, a long-time magistrate on the Grant County Fiscal Court.
    Austin handily won his primary race with nearly 50 percent of the vote against three opponents.
    He led the pack with 1,179 votes, followed by 469 votes for Shirley Wilson, 411 for Anitra Jump and 307 for Keith Ellington.

  • Health dept. seeks public comments

    Grant County residents could soon be getting a phone call from the Northern Kentucky Health Department asking for their input.
    The health department will be sponsoring a random telephone survey beginning July 21 to gauge the community’s perceptions of health-related issues.
    The 15-minute survey, which the department will conduct overt two weeks, can be answered by any adult age 18 and older.
    Both cell phone and land-line phone numbers will be included in the survey sample.

  • Inmates spruce up around Boltz Lake

    Garbage scattered on the banks of Boltz Lake prompted Wanda Hammons, magistrate of the 2nd district, to work with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link’s office and Jailer Terry Peeples to clean up the area.

    Inmates from the Grant County Detention Center in the Class D program visited the lake Aug. 5 and picked up trash and debris, as well as mowed and did some weedeating.

    Maintenance crews from the fish and wildlife are assigned to Boltz Lake and visit at least twice a year.

  • NEW FACES IN NEW SPACES

    Three of the four city councils in Grant County will have new members in 2013.


    Voters elected three challengers in the race for Williamstown City Council, failing to re-elect two incumbents.
    The Dry Ridge City Council will have two new members with one incumbent not receiving enough votes to reclaim her seat.

    In Crittenden, there also will be a new council member, but no incumbent lost their re-election bid.
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  • Linder ready to fill Adams’ state representative seat

    Brian Linder is heading from the Grant County Courthouse to the capitol building in Frankfort.

    The Dry Ridge resident, who has spent the past five years as magistrate on the Grant County Fiscal Court, rode a decisive victory in his home county to win the bid for state representative.
    He will fill the vacancy left by long-time legislator Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, who decided to retire at the end of his term.
    Linder received more votes than his Democratic challenger, Wanda Crupper Hammons, in each of the three-county 61st District.

  • Court hears fire/EMS tax pros,cons

    The Grant County Fiscal Court heard arguments for and against a proposed emergency services taxing district Nov. 20 in the first of at least two community forums.

    The pews in the upstairs courtroom at the Grant County Courthouse were filled as the issue of a new taxing district was debated for three hours.

    “We’re not asking for million dollar trucks,” said Crittenden Fire Chief Lee Burton. “We’re asking for the funding to do the job that has been requested of us by the people of our districts, by Grant County as a whole.”

  • Thayer handily wins re-election bid; eyes Senate majority floor leader spot

    Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, is looking toward the future after overwhelmingly being re-elected for a third four-year term.
    In the four-county 17th senatorial district of Grant, Kenton, Owen and Scott, Thayer nearly doubled the vote totals — 35,343 to 17,926 — of Democratic challenger David Holcomb.
    Thayer received 5,782 votes in Grant County compared to 2,594 for Holcomb.