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Government

  • Hendy to join Dry Ridge council

    The Dry Ridge City Council finally is back to full capacity.

    Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed 47-year-old Jim Hendy as the sixth member of the council.

    Hendy is filling the unexpired term of Jamie Webster, who turned in his resignation letter effective Oct. 1, 2011, for business and personal reasons.

  • Williamstown council approves new grave fees

    Grave opening charges for the Williamstown Cemetery have increased by $50.

    The Williamstown City Council unanimously approved increasing the fee from $525 to $575 at its meeting last week.

    Council also approved a new fee of $675 for opening a grave on Sunday.

    These charges were recommended by Mike and Dennis Stanley, who serve as supervisors of the cemetery located on Falmouth Street.

  • Volunteers needed for playground project

    The City of Williamstown was awarded a $20,000 KaBOOM Playful City USA grant to install new playground equipment.

    The grant comes in the form of $20,000 from KaBOOM with the playground equipment manufacturer donating an additional $6,000.

    Ten thousand dollars in matching funds must come from the community as well.

    To date, Kiwanis has donated $5,000 and the city has received commitments of $3,300, according to Mayor Rick Skinner.

  • Neighbors concerned about noise, traffic

    Of concern to city council and residents were traffic, noise, property values, increases in crime and the impact of a travel center on other developments being discussed for Barnes Road, especially after the state completes the widening of Barnes Road.

    There were several residents who spoke against the development, while no one from the audience spoke in favor of it.

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  • Thayer ‘disappointed’ expanded gaming bill fails

    The issue of expanded gaming in Kentucky appears to be dead, at least for now, after Senate Bill 151 was defeated 21-16 on Feb. 24 after a little over two hours of debate.

    The measure fell a full seven votes short of the required 23 to send a constitutional amendment to voters in November.

    Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, who sponsored the bill with Gov. Steve Beshear, said he wanted the voters to decide the issue.

  • Truck stop doesn’t feel ‘Love’ in Williamstown

    Love’s Truck Stop did not get a warm reception last week from the Williamstown City Council, neighbors to the proposed site and other merchants.

    In a 3-2 vote with Councilman Glenn Caldwell absent, the city council rejected amending the city’s zoning ordinance to allow the truck stop in a highway commercial zone.

  • TWO ADDITIONAL CANDIDATES FILE FOR GEOFF DAVIS’ SEAT

    The race to replace U.S. Congressman Geoff Davis, who will not run for re-election, is now even more crowded.

    Two more Republican candidates filed on the Feb. 17 filing deadline for the 24-county 4th district seat, which includes Grant County.

    Attorney Marc Carey of Sparta and building contractor Walter Christian Schumm of Crestwood will join five other Republicans for the May primary.

  • City council says no to truck stop

    The Williamstown City Council  met Tuesday night to hear from the proposed developers of a Love’s Travel Center on Barnes Road and voted 3 -2 not to approve a text amendment that would allow the development in a highway commercial zone.

    Some residents of the area were not pleased with the development.

  • Ark project to be built in phases

    When will the residents of Grant County see some dirt move on the Ark Encounter?

    It could be awhile longer because financing for the project has not materialized as developers hoped it would.

    No date has been set for a groundbreaking.

    The Ark Encounter LLC did  close on the final piece of property, known as the Finke property, needed for the project, which will encompass 800 acres.

    The announcement that the Finke property, consisting of 550 acres, had been purchased was made on Feb. 15.

  • Linder, Adkins file for elections

    With the filing deadline extended several days, two Grant County residents have decided to become candidates in the upcoming election.

    Republican Brian E. Linder of Dry Ridge filed for state representative of the 61st district, which includes Grant, Owen and part of Kenton County.

    Linder is currently a magistrate with the Grant County Fiscal Court.

    He joins Scott Bruce in the Republican primary race in May for the right to go against the Democratic primary winner in November.