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Government

  • Highway named for fallen soldier

     A Williamstown soldier who died while serving in Iraq will be honored with a Memorial Highway along US 25 Dry Ridge Bypass in Grant County.  

    State and local officials will recognize SFC Jason Bishop at 10 a.m. May 11 at US 25 at the intersection of KY 467 in Dry Ridge.

    Bishop, 31, was killed Jan. 1, 2006, in Bayji, Iraq.  

    He was a platoon sergeant who took on a suicide bomber who had an IED, saving all 15 men in his platoon.  

  • Court approves $25 fire dues

    Discussion continued well after the Grant County Fiscal Court approved a final reading May 7 of an ordinance for subscriber fees for fire departments.

    The cost of the dues, which residents of Dry Ridge and Williamstown will be exempt from, will be $25 for the first year.

    A property owner who owns multiple real estate parcels will only have to pay fire dues on three of those for a total of $75.

    The fee will be put on the tax bills mailed to residents in the fall.

  • VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 23

    The deadline to register to vote in the May 22 primary is Monday, April 23. Grant County Clerk Leatha Conrad will accept voter registration cards until her office closes at 4 p.m.

    Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 23.

    Voters who have recently moved need to update their voter registration information by April 23.

    For more information about voting or where your voting precinct is located call 859-824-3321.

  • Legislators reflect on 2012 session

    The 2012 session of the General Assembly is winding down as legislators meet this week in a special session to iron out funding for a six-year road plan and discuss a bill involving pill mills.

    From the re-districting battle in the courts to an expanded gaming bill that went down in flames, the regular session has had a lot of action.

  • Williamstown envisions future look for downtown

    A revitalized downtown, beautification and tourism development are just three strategies the City of Williamstown may use as it looks to the future.

    The city recently held a community meeting at Williamstown High School outlining a proposed master plan to shape the city’s development.

    That plan, along with a draft of a strategic plan for the city, was created by a variety of public input and the help of the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC.)

  • FEMA SIGN-UPS UNDERWAY FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE

    If your home, business or property was damaged in the March 2 tornado that ripped through Crittenden, you may be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration and time is running out to register.

    Officials from FEMA, the SBA and Kentucky Emergency Management, are worried that not everyone who received some damage from the storms will apply in time to be considered for assistance.

  • Project moving slow

    Things may be moving slower than expected, but the Ark Encounter is still coming to Williamstown.

    That’s the message Mike Zovath, senior vice president of Answers in Genesis, expressed to about 50 attendees at a March 13 meeting at Williamstown High School updating the much anticipated project.

  • WHAT TO EXPECT FROM FEMA

    • Inspector’s Call: After you register - either online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 - a nine-digit application number is assigned. An inspector will call to schedule an appointment to visit your damaged property, generally no longer than 10 days after registration.

  • Federal aid available to tornado victims

    Grant County has been declared a disaster area and is eligible for federal assistance after the March 2 tornado ripped through Crittenden.

    Gov. Steve Beshear received notification March 9 that President Barack Obama has authorized assistance for residents of nine more Kentucky counties, including Grant, that suffered significant damage as a result of tornadoes and severe storms.

    The declaration brings the total number of counties receiving federal aid from FEMA to 16.

  • COUNTY’S PLAN WORKS

    Rick Willoby, Grant County’s director of Emergency Management, has a plan and when a tornado hit Grant County March 2, the plan went into action.

    But he wonders how many Grant County residents have a plan in case of a disaster.

    “You can’t wait until a siren blows to get a plan,” Willoby said. “This time of year is just the start of severe storm weather and you’ve got to know where you’re going to go and how you can check in with others after it’s over.”