• Casino gaming?

    FRANKFORT —  Calling it “the best way to keep hundreds of millions of dollars here at home,” Gov. Steve Beshear and Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, announced their plan Feb. 14 to introduce an expanded gaming bill in the Senate.

    The bill would authorize a statewide vote to amend the state’s constitution to allow expanded gaming in up to seven locations in Kentucky.

  • Adams to retire

    State Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, withdrew Feb. 10 from his bid for a sixth term as legislator of the 61st District amid health-related issues.

    The 73-year-old Adams announced he will retire from the legislature at the end of the year.

  • 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.

  • Grant County Park to receive new play structure

    When spring returns, area children will have something new to play on at the Grant County Park in Crittenden.

    Thanks to a matching grant received by the Grant County Parks and Recreation, a new play structure will be installed at the park designed for 2- to 5-year-olds.

    The $12,000 playground equipment, which includes a small slide and climbing wall, will replace existing equipment near the Bobby Gibson Field at the park.

  • 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.


    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.”


    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.