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.

  • What’s your sign?

    Kenny Edmondson is trashing signs.

    Following the last couple of meetings of the Dry Ridge City Council, it’s obvious Edmondson wants visitors to the city to have a good first impression, which means he’s not a fan of temporary signs stuck around and he doesn’t like trash.

    Basically, Edmondson doesn’t want Dry Ridge looking like a “big billboard.”

    Edmondson, a member of the Dry Ridge City Council for the last 10 years, has talked trash for several months at the city’s monthly council meetings.

  • Ambulance tax tabled; study requested

    The second reading of a proposed new taxing district that would help create funding for more ambulance service throughout the county was tabled Dec. 5 as magistrates plan to gather more information.

    Initially, a motion was made to table the second reading until the Jan. 3 meeting.

    However, that motion was rescinded after a discussion that included comments from several audience members.

    The motion was ultimately made and approved to table the second reading indefinitely.

  • Ambulance tax vote could be delayed

    Questions and concerns still surround a proposed new taxing district that would help create funding for more ambulance service throughout the county.

    The Grant County Fiscal Court is scheduled to vote on a second and final reading of the ordinance at 7 p.m. Dec. 5, however it is unclear if the vote will take place as planned or be tabled while more information is gathered.