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Government

  • 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.
    Williamstown

  • 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.

  • Voters head to polls Nov. 6

    Voters will be choosing the following in the upcoming Nov. 6 election:
    The top race on the ballot is for president and vice president of the United States. Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Democrats, are hoping voters will return them to the White House for another four-year term, while Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan hope voters will choose them to run the country for four years.
    Other races include:

    • Circuit Clerk - Voters will choose between Shirley Wilson, the incumbent, or Tina Beach Melton, her challenger.

  • Filing sparse; deadline is Aug. 14

    Residents interested in filing to run in a nonpartisan race in the Nov. 6 general election only have a few weeks remaining.
    The deadline for candidates to file is 4 p.m. Aug. 14.
    Forms can be picked up at the Grant County Clerk’s Office at 107 N. Main St. in Williamstown during regular business hours.

  • Website is voter resource

    Frankfort - As Kentucky’s May 22 primary election nears, the state’s voters are being encouraged to use the state Board of Elections’ www.elect.ky.gov website as a resource for voting. For example, the website can tell voters their polling place and the races in which they are eligible to vote.

  • Highway named for fallen soldier

    Brenda Bishop received what she called an early Mother’s Day gift May 11 as her late son was honored with a memorial highway in Grant County.

    SFC Jason Bishop, 31, of Williamstown, was killed Jan. 1, 2006, while serving in Bayji, Iraq.

    Bishop’s memorial highway will be from the intersection of KY 22 to the intersection KY 467 on US 25 (Dry Ridge Bypass).

    “When you lose one of your children, you lose everything,” Brenda said. “I’m glad that Grant County is honoring him. They’re showing him some respect.”

  • Williamstown water plant moves forward

    The City of Williamstown is moving forward on construction of a new $16.6 million water plant.

    The city’s first step was to purchase 55 acres of land on Waterworks Road for $355,000.

    This land is at the top of the hill from the city’s water storage tank and adjacent to property the city already owns.

    “It was the best location we could have had,” said Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner.

    The city’s current water plant was built in 1964 and has a capacity of producing 2.5 million gallons per day.

  • 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.