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Government

  • BUDGET WOES

    Dry Ridge Mayor Clay Crupper said he had to “cut down to the bone” in the 2011-12 budget.

    The city council approved the second reading of the budget during its June 6 meeting.

    The budget included $1.66 million in general fund appropriations, $104,950 less than current year’s budget.

    “It’s going to be awfully tight,” Crupper said. “We couldn’t give any raises. We couldn’t do nothing.”

  • Cable, Internet coming to Corinth

    High-speed Internet is just around the corner for residents of Corinth.

    The city of Williamstown is putting the final touches on a new cable system for the southern end of Grant County.

    Corinth residents are encouraged to attend an informational/signup meeting planned for 7 p.m. June 16 at the Corinth Community Center.

    The service is courtesy of a $535,000 federal grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Williamstown matched the grant with $134,000.

  • Fiscal court passes $11 million budget

    Editor's note: All numbers are taken from the county's proposed 2011-12 budget, which has gone through one of two readings before it is expected to pass in June.

    Appropriations:

    The total budgeted appropriations for the 2011-12 year is $11.004,057, a decrease of $91,000 from last year.

    Of that, $5,062,968 was appropriated in the general fund — about $175,000 less than last year's budget.

    The bulk of the rest of the appropriations came from the road and jail funds.

  • State OKs incentives for Ark project

    The Ark Encounter received the nod from state officials last week, which amounts to $43 million in tax incentives for the project that will construct a wooden replica of Noah’s Ark in Williamstown.

    The tax incentives were granted under the Kentucky Tourism Development Act. According to the state’s website, “eligible tourism attractions allows a rebate of sales tax up to 25 percent of a projects capitol costs over a 10 year period, provided the projects have a positive economic impact.”

    Local officials expected the state to OK the project.

  • IDA will take over tourism’s administrative duties

    The Industrial Development Authority will now be handling administrative duties for the Grant County Tourist and Convention Commission.

    The two sides finally came to an agreement April 26 after the proposed partnership had been discussed during several meetings.

    The move, which is expected to save the commission $10,000 annually, came after the commission voted in February to dissolve the position of director, relieving Judy Mullins of her duties.

  • Ark story can only be found here

    “The Ark Encounter is going to be a tremendous boom for everyone,” Mike Zovath, senior vice president of Answers in Genesis, told more than 300 Grant County residents in attendance at the annual chamber banquet on April 30.

    He was the guest speaker during the banquet, which featured a Noah’s Ark theme and is held annually to honor award recipients.

    Award recipients included: Tabatha Fryman, Grant Countian of the Year; Dave Brockman, Excellence in Business; Heleen Geisbers, Excellence in Education and Jack Eckler, Volunteer of the Year.

  • BIN LADEN IS DEAD

    When President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been killed by American military forces, Army Staff Sgt. Dirk McComas, was in California visiting with his brother Darrenn, and packing as many visits with family and friends as he could into his 14-day leave from Afghanistan.

    “My first thought when I saw it on the TV was, awesome, we got him,” said McComas. “My next thought was, it’s going to get bad really quick. I need to get back there.”

  • Webster resigns from Dry Ridge Council

    Encil Webster was born and raised in Covington, but Grant County always felt like home.

    “My grandparents and parents were from Grant County,” he said. “We spent every available moment I could get, all my life, in Grant County because I loved the rural life, the camaraderie and the friendships that you just don’t get in a larger city.”

    Webster recently resigned from the Dry Ridge City Council so he and his wife could move closer to their daughter and three grandchildren in Tennessee.

  • BUILDING PERMITS

    The following building permits were issued in Grant County in the March 2011:
    • March 2:
    Ginger Jamsen, storage building, 2100 Turner Road, 288 square feet, estimated cost $5,000; permit fee $36.62.
    • March 9:
    Christina Souder, new home, 3095 Baton Rouge Road, 1,655 square feet, estimated cost, $134,000; permit fee $430.47.
    • March 23:
    Gold Star Chili, range hood, 355 Violet Road, 24 square feet, estimated cost, $5,500; permit fee $50.
    • March 24:

  • BRIDGING THE GAP

    Construction continues on the bridge at the south end of Williamstown. The bridge remains closed to traffic, but transportation officials say all work should be completed by Labor Day.