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Government

  • Veterans Day ceremony planned

    Grant County veterans will be honored during a ceremony at 11 a.m. on 11-11-11 at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North on Eibeck Lane in Williamstown.

    The program will feature the posting of the colors by the Grant County High School Junior ROTC and songs by students from Williamstown High School.

    The guest speaker will be LTC James G. Simpson of Dry Ridge with invocation by Howard Chipman, a Vietnam veteran.

    Part of the ceremony will include placing wreaths by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

  • Six statewide races featured on Nov. 8 ballot

    While there are no contested local races in the Nov. 8 general election, Grant County voters will have a chance to help decide six statewide races.

    The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for all Grant County precincts.

    The lack of local candidates may have be a factor in low voter turnout in the May primary races.

    In Grant County, only 1,003 registered voters or 6.4 percent participated in the primary.

    Secretary of State Elaine Walker said she anticipates statewide turnout to be less than 30 percent for the general election.

  • INDICTMENTS

    The grand jury, which met Oct. 5, returned indictments against five people.
    An indictment means there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed; guilt or innocence is established later through the trial process.
    Those indicted were:
    • Bradley Allen Dotson, 27, promoting contraband in the first degree and persistent Felony offender in the second degree
    • Cecil S. Littleton, 38, theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value of $500 or more.

  • Williamstown council is listening, wants residents to speak Oct. 11

    Williamstown’s leaders want to know what you think.

    The Williamstown mayor and city council have set aside two hours on Oct. 11 to listen to the public’s ideas on identifying opportunities and challenges facing the city in the next five years.

    The Listening and Design Session will begin at 6 p.m. at Williamstown High School.

    Participants will be asked to assist the city in developing a strategic growth development plan.

  • 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.