.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Government

  • TAX TIME

    Grant County residents will be paying slightly more this year in real estate property taxes as bills begin arriving in mailboxes.

    For a person that owns a $100,000 home, their bill will be $952, including state, county and other rates for taxing districts.

    Last year, a home assessed at $100,000 brought a tax bill of $944.10.

    Those living in the Williamstown Independent Schools area, will be paying more after the school board approved increasing the rate from 84.6 cents per $100 of assessed value on real estate property to 89.1 cents.

  • Williamstown receives playground grant

    Williamstown will join only three other cities in Kentucky in being called a “playful city.”

    Williamstown was awarded a $20,000 grant to construct new playgrounds at Webb Park.

    The city will have to match the grant with $10,000 that must be raised strictly from donations.

    “This whole grant is based on community involvement. That’s what they were after,” said Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner.

  • DRY RIDGE COUNCIL GAINS 1, LOSES 1

    The Dry Ridge City Council welcomed one member and said goodbye to another during its Sept. 12 meeting.

    John Renaker, who drives trucks for Titan Express and Sunflower, took part in his first meeting since being appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear.

    The 70-year-old Grant County native fills the vacancy left when Encil Webster resigned in April.

    “I just hope I can do the best and satisfy everybody,” Renaker said. “I know you can’t do that all the time, but I’m going to try to do the best for the city.”

  • Chamber office finds new home

    The Grant County Chamber of Commerce/Grant County Tourism Office has found a new home just a few miles from its former location.

    The joint office moved last week to 1350 N. Main in Williamstown, into the former Forcht Bank branch building, next to the Grant County Thrift Store and Family Worship Center on U.S. 25.

    “It was time that we had our own space and the price was right,” said Wade Gutman, executive director of the chamber.

  • Mayor says water is safe to drink

    Residents of Williamstown will be receiving a letter from the city concerning a water standard violation, but Mayor Rick Skinner urges people not to panic.

    “I researched this and what it amounts to is 67 parts per a billion gallons of water, which means you’d have to drink two liters of water daily for 70 years to have a one in a million chance of having an issue,” Skinner said.

    Williamstown monitors and tests the water for contaminants every 90 days or four times a year.

  • Aquatic center moves to board, council

    Just a year after joint discussions began with the Williamstown school district and Williamstown City Council on a lifestyle/aquatic center, the project is taking shape.

    Last week, Margie Jacobs of Tate/Hill/Jacobs Architects Inc. in Lexington, met with members of both groups to present a feasibility study and preliminary drawings of what the facility might look like.

  • Mayor, residents P.O.’d about changes

    The Williamstown Post Office soon will undergo changes that city officials and some residents aren’t happy about.

    Questions concerning the merger of services of the Williamstown office with the Dry Ridge Post Office have been circulating as the Postal Service looks to close 3,700 facilities and consolidate operations to save money.

    Chu Falling Star, district manager of Cincinnati District of the U.S. Postal Service, sent Mayor Rick Skinner a letter on July 26 notifying him of the changes.

  • Polling location could return to Jonesville

    The community of Jonesville soon may hear good news after the disappointment of learning the town’s post office and only bank may be gone.

    Members of the Grant County Board of Elections visited the Macedonia Baptist Church in Jonesville July 21 to determine whether the church can be used as a polling place.

    It has been more than 10 years since the community was able to vote without having to drive to Dry Ridge.

  • P.O.’d: Jonesville fights to save post office

    Williamstown is on track to be the home to Ark Encounter, Sparta just hosted an inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Dry Ridge Post office just moved into a $1 million facility and the citizens of Jonesville are fighting to keep their little post office.

    “How come they’re picking on the Jonesville Post Office?” Katherine Harris asked Bob Redden, a Post Office Review Coordinator for U. S. Postal Service on July 12.

  • Ark is moving; groundbreaking set for August

    The Ark Encounter project is moving.

    Even though no dirt has been moved since the $150 million project was announced in November, there’s been much activity, mostly getting agreements signed, property purchased and data gathered.

    The project, which will involve a full-scale wooden replica of Noah’s Ark, as well as a bird sanctuary, a biblical village and animal shows, is on track for a ground breaking ceremony in late summer.