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  • Jailer, fiscal court dispute continues

    The struggle between the Grant County Jailer and the Grant County Fiscal Court continues.

    The situation started shortly after all took office last year and has centered on whether the judge and magistrates are stepping over their authority in approving operations at the center or whether the jailer has control over the facility’s operations.

    After months of discussion, both at public meetings and between the judge, magistrates and Jailer Chris Hankins, the facility still does not have policies and procedures nor a command structure in place.

  • Jail monthly water bill tops $36,000

    When the Grant County Detention Center got a $36,158 water bill for December, the three fiscal court magistrates took notice.
    They questioned Jailer Chris Hankins in January and he said he’d look into the bill to see if it was a mistake.

    But the January water bill at the facility was $25,299, which again caused concern from the magistrates.

    Revenue is down at the facility, but expenditures are up, so Magistrate Jacqalynn Riley wants to discuss the situation before approving any more transfers from the county’s general fund to the jail fund.

  • Needle exchange program coming to Grant

    Grant County will be home to the Northern Kentucky Health Department’s first-ever needle exchange program.

    The goal of the program, which allows participants to exchange dirty, heroin-tainted syringes for clean needles, is to halt the dramatic rise of hepatitis C cases in northern Kentucky during the heroin epidemic.

    The path for approval of the syringe access program began when the District Board of Health passed a resolution on June 10, 2015.
    The City of Williamstown then passed a similar resolution on Aug. 18, 2015.

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    (Editor’s Note: The Grant County News publishes all items in police beat that are submitted from each individual police agency. The News does not omit names from police reports.)
    A Kentucky State Police accident report that was published in the Feb. 11 issue of the Grant County News should have said Trooper Zachary Alsip investigated a single vehicle accident at 9:04 a.m. Jan. 24 on N. Main Street. The driver involved was Keith Blake, 68, of Crittenden, driving a 2000 Chevrolet. The News apologizes for the error.

  • Striving for spritual goals

    Have you started off this new year with optimism, hopeful that you can draw closer to God this year than in any previous period of your life?  

  • Skinner to retire at end of year

    “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” — Confucius
    For Williamstown Independent Schools Superintendent Sally Skinner, that saying describes her career perfectly.
    After more than 40 years in education, Skinner has decided to retire after the 2015-16 school year.


    For more than 20 years, Wade Gutman, the former executive director of the Grant County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and the Grant County Chamber of Commerce, promoted the community and worked to bring business, jobs and educational opportunities to its citizens.

  • Deep cuts proposed in budget

    Legislators are into full swing of the 2015 General Assembly in Frankfort.
    With Gov. Matt Bevin recently introducing his first-ever budget proposal, state Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, and state Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, give their thoughts on the budget and what lies ahead in the session.

    What is your overall opinion of Gov. Bevin’s budget proposal?

  • An eternal investment

    What are you vested or entrusted in? How many millions of people recently purchased a lottery ticket or tickets hoping to win the billion plus jackpot?
    Many have investments in mutual funds, stocks, 401K’s, gold, property, etc., with hope that the investment will be profitable.
    How about the TV show “Hoarders” where they collect massive amount of “treasures” piled up in their homes unable to even walk in the door many times!  Can earthly treasures be taken to the next world with us?