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    With long-time magistrate Richard Austin vying to become judge-executive, the first district’s fiscal court still will be filled by a new face.

    The race pits Republican Jacqalynn Riley against Democrat Royce “Rusty” Willoughby.
    A member of Fitness for Life Around Grant County, Riley has been serving on the Williamstown City Council since 2013.


    It will be experience versus new ideas in the race for Dry Ridge mayor.
    Clay Crupper, a former state representative for the 61st District, is in his eighth year as mayor.
    He also spent 12 years on the Dry Ridge City Council.

    “We try to blacktop some streets every year,” Crupper said. “We keep our streets in good shape. We provide good service cleaning streets in the winter time. We just try to provide good service, good ambulance service, good fire department.”


    Grant County will have a new judge-executive following next week’s election as current Judge Darrell Link decided not to seek re-election after this term ends.
    Vying to become Grant County’s highest elected official are long-time magistrate Richard

    “Dick” Austin and former business owner Steve Wood.
    Austin has served on the Grant County Fiscal Court for 21 years. He’s also former owner of Tire City Inc.(now Grant County Auto) in Williamstown.

  • Jail lawsuit alleges ‘misuse of public funds’

    Steve Skinner, a captain at the Grant County Detention Center, filed a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and abuse of power against Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples last week.
    Skinner claims that Peeples falsified business records, misappropriated funds and installed hidden recording devices to spy on employees.
    “I deny the allegations because they are false,” Peeples said.


    Name: Teresa Cunningham
    Address: Florence
    Spouse: single
    Members of immediate family: Anna and Harold Cunningham
    Education: University of Cincinnati: B.A. English; University of Dayton: J.D.; Georgetown University Law Center: ll.M. Labor.
    Present occupation: Attorney at Law.
    Previous work experience and/or political experience: Former law clerk for a U.S. District judge. Private practice for previous 26 years focusing on employment and workers’ compensation.

  • Court of Appeals 6th District, 1st Division

    Name:  Allison Jones
    Home Address:  Prospect, KY  
    Spouse:  Lawrence L. Jones II
    Members of Immediate Family (Children):  I have two children, a daughter, Riley (9) who is in the Fourth Grade , and a son, Reed, who will be 7 in November 2014 and is in the First Grade.  

  • Williamstown City Council forms

    NAME:    Greg Middleton
    ADDRESS:    Williamstown, Kentucky
    SPOUSE:   Misty Middleton            
    MEMBERS OF IMMEDIATE FAMILY (CHILDREN):   Carly Middleton  Haley Middleton
    EDUCATION:  High School Graduate from Grant County High School (1991); Bachelor’s Degree from NKU – Accounting Major (1995), Finance Minor
    OFFICE FILED FOR:    City Council member for Williamstown  

  • Magistrates District 3

    NAME:    Bobby C. Newman     

    ADDRESS:   Crittenden, Kentucky

    SPOUSE:    Margie (Landrum) Newman – 43 years

    MEMBERS OF IMMEDIATE FAMILY (CHILDREN):   Michelle Newman Stull – Bobby Keith Newman – six grandkids and two great grandkids

    EDUCATION:   Eastern Kentucky University Dept. Criminal Justice

    OFFICE FILED FOR:   Magistrate 3rd District

  • Magistrates District 2

    NAME:    Shawna Coldiron     

    ADDRESS:   Crittenden, Kentucky

    SPOUSE:    Steven Coldiron

    MEMBERS OF IMMEDIATE FAMILY (CHILDREN):   Amanda Naranjo and Zebulin (Zeb) Coldiron

  • Magistrates District 1

    Name: Jacqalynn M. Ammer Riley
    Address: Williamstown, KY
    Spouse: Stanley Riley -Husband of nine years, self-employed, Master Barber in Dry Ridge, KY.
    Members of immediate family (children): God has not blessed Stanley and me with children of our own yet.  At the present time, we proudly raise our 2 and a half yr old American Bulldog – Bota and a vast array of livestock.  
    2002- Graduated Top 10 of my class from Grant County High School- 4.02 GPA, Kentucky Work Ethic Diploma and Class President