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Government

  • 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.  

  • 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.)