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  • Jailer accused of sexual assault

    (Editor’s note: This story contains sexually-explicit allegations in a lawsuit filed against the Grant County jailer.)
    Terry Peeples is accused of sexual assault and harassment in the latest lawsuit filed against the Grant County jailer.
    Peeples, who is seeking his second term in the November election, has had previous lawsuits filed against him by at least six former employees since taking office in 2011.

  • State approves Ark Encounter tax incentives

    The Ark Encounter received good news last week when the Kentucky Tourism Board gave approval to $18 million in tax incentives.
    The board unanimously voted on July 26 to approve sales tax incentives for the theme park, which is being constructed off Ky. 36 in Williamstown.
    The Ark Encounter is another development of Answers In Genesis, a conservative Christian non-profit that also operates the Creation Museum in Boone County.

  • 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.
    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.