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Government

  • Candidates file to challenge Adams, Thayer

    State Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge and state Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown will have some competition in their re-election bids.

    Adams has filed for his sixth term as state representative in the 61st district, which includes Grant, Owen and part of Kenton County.

    Two Dry Ridge residents — Wanda Crupper Hammons and Camilla “Kay” Patton — have filed to challenge Adams in the Democratic primary in May.

    Barring any other Republican candidates, Scott Bruce of Mason will await the primary winner in the November general election.

  • TRUCK STOP

    The city of Williamstown may be home to a Love’s Travel Center.

    Dr. Floyd Poore approached the city council at the end of 2011 about whether such a venture would be welcome.

    Before the proposed development could be constructed, the city council will have to decide whether or not to make a text amendment to their zoning ordinances that would allow a truck stop in a highway commercial zone.

  • Library offers ‘Hot Read For Cold Nights’

    The Grant County Public Library is hoping the community picks up some books as the temperature drops this winter.

    While the library has long offered a summer reading program, for the second year they are offering the “Hot Reads For Cold Nights” winter reading program for teenagers and adults.

    “There’s always a big push to read during the summer, but when it’s winter, it’s cold outside,” said Wynita Worley, public services librarian. “It’s a great time to read some books.”

  • BUDGET DEFICIT

    Cutting staff and operating near a deficit are just two of the financial hardships facing local school districts as they look ahead to next year’s budget.

    In a bleak budget address, Gov. Steve Beshear announced a $742 million budget shortfall for the state.

    With most agencies likely to receive deep, painful cuts, school districts too will have to decide how to provide services for an increasing amount of students with limited funding from the state.

  • Link, Thayer say they won’t run to replace Geoff Davis

    Two local elected officials will not run for U.S. Congressman Geoff Davis’ Kentucky’s Fourth District seat after his retirement this year.

    Davis, who was elected in 2004, surprisingly announced in December that he would not run for re-election as representative of the 24-county district that includes Grant County in order to spend more time with family.
    Potential candidates that have been discussed to run for the Republican’s open seat have included Grant County

    Judge-Executive Darrell Link and state Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown.

  • Library to host ‘Ready to Read’ fair Jan. 27

    Parents can get their children “Ready to Read” at an early childhood fair at the Grant County Public Library.

    The inaugural event will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 27 as local businesses, childcare centers, preschools, organizations and agencies will present information for families with preschoolers aged 0 to 5 years old.

  • Kentucky Joe ‘voted’ out of agriculture dept.

    Crittenden’s Rodger Bingham is no longer working for the state Department of Agriculture.

    Bingham, known as “Kentucky Joe” from the reality TV show Survivor, was fired from his public relations job with the state by new Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer.

  • Library seeks state funds to expand

    Job applicants searching online for employment opportunities, workshop participants learning how to build a better resume, children learning to read or studying after school – these are just a few ways that Susan Nimersheim sees the library being used, especially in tough economic times.

    Nimersheim, Grant County’s library director, said because usage of the library continues to increase, more space is needed.

  • Budget shortfall tops legislator’s priority list

    The state budget, redistricting and expanded gaming will be just a few of the hot topics up for debate as the 2012 General Assembly begins Jan. 3.

  • Less $$ available for low income families

    Families who depend on a federal program to keep their heat on in the winter, may find themselves out in the cold this year.

    This year, LIHEAP or Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, is expected to only have enough funds for about two weeks. The Community Action Commission administers the LIHEAP program and typically has enough funds to last three months.

    Crisis assistance funding begins Jan. 4. If additional funding is not approved by Congress, the “crisis phase” of LIHEAP statewide will see similar cuts. LIHEAP is funded by a federal grant.