• Shorter session could save $400,000

    Could the 30-day 2011 General Assembly session be shortened by six days?

    That is the idea recently brought up by Senate Republicans after Gov. Steve Beshear’s State of the Commonwealth address.

    The legislative session began Jan. 4 and recessed Jan. 7 before starting again Feb. 1 through March 22.

    By eliminating six days of legislative pay, the state would save almost $400,000.  
    However, local legislators, Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, and Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, disagree about cutting the session short.

  • Courthouse use raises questions

    Organizations looking for a place to meet in the evening, may no longer be able to use the Grant County Courthouse in Williamstown.

    Following a discussion by the fiscal court, the courthouse may not be used after hours by organizations, other than governmental bodies such as the planning commission or traffic school, because it poses a liability risk and costs money.

    John Souder says the decision is political, but Grant County officials say it is due to simple economics.

  • Corinth commission encouraged to build fishing pier at lake

    The Corinth City Commission is weighing it’s option concerning the boat dock lease on Corinth Lake.

    John “Bud” White leased the boat dock from the city, but died Dec. 12, 2010. His lease with the city expires later this year.

    Jeff Crosby, a fisheries biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife attended the January commission meeting and asked the commission to consider cleaning the area around the lake and adding “bank fishing with construction of a fishing pier and more of a park-like setting.”


    Several government offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

    The following will be closed:
    Corinth City Building
    Grant County Courthouse
    Grant County Judicial Center
    Grant County Public Library
    Grant County Extension Office
    Grant County Health Dept.

    The Grant County News office will also be closed on Jan. 17.

  • Sewer rates on rise

    For the second time in a year, Dry Ridge residents soon will be paying more for sewer services.

    The city council approved increased rates during its Jan. 3 meeting to help pay for construction on a new $15 million sewer plant on KY 36 in Williamstown.

    Construction on the facility is about 55 percent complete and will have a capacity of 1.5 million gallons when finished later this year.

  • On the Job

    Rick Skinner has a vision and it involves the future of  Grant County’s largest city.

    Skinner found himself in a new role on Jan. 3 when he moved from being a city council member into sitting behind the desk of the Williamstown mayor’s office.

    Skinner replaces Glenn Caldwell, who served as mayor for 12 years. Caldwell opted not to run for mayor, but did seek a seat on the city council, which he won in the November election.

  • New Year’s Eve is deadline to change voter registration

    Citizens who want to change their party registration in time to vote for that party in the May primary have until Dec. 31 to do so.

  • Thousands spent on political campaigns

    Several local politicians raised thousands of dollars in hopes of getting elected during the Nov. 2 general election.

    Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link, who won re-election by less than 50 votes against Republican challenger Steve Wood, raised and spent the most money.

    Link totaled $32,982 in receipts while spending $28,025, according to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance Web site.

  • Commission approves zone change for Ark site

    The Grant County Planning Commission, in an 8 to 2 vote, gave their approval to a recommendation for a zone change from Industrial 1 and 2, to PUD, (Planned Unit Development) on property on Ky. 36, just off the Williamstown I-75 exit.

  • Holiday closings

    The following Grant County offices will observe these holiday schedules:

    • City of Corinth – closed Dec. 22-25, reopen Dec. 27; closed Dec. 31
    • City of Crittenden – closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 27; closed Dec. 31
    • City of Dry Ridge – closed Dec. 23, 24; closed Dec. 30, 31 (All taxes and water bills are due by 5 p.m. Dec. 29.)
    • City of Williamstown – closed Dec. 23-24; closed Dec. 30-31 (Extra hours: open Dec. 18 - 8 a.m. to noon; Dec. 22 - 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Dec. 29 - 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.)