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  • Bevin hints at tax increase in State of Commonwealth address

    FRANKFORT - Gov. Matt Bevin implored Kentucky lawmakers to show boldness and bravery in his State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday as they consider tax reform and fixing the ailing state pension systems later this year.
    In a non-scripted speech that lasted 56 minutes, Bevin said Kentucky can’t afford a revenue-neutral tax overhaul, a model that has long been at the heart of Republican tax plans, indicating that tax increases will be needed when lawmakers meet to reform the tax code in a special legislative session that Bevin pledged to call in 2017.

  • Dry Ridge men face forgery charges

    Two Dry Ridge residents were arrested and charged with two counts of forgery Feb. 1 in Madison, Indiana.
    Gerald L. Seibert III, 20, and William L. Wainscott, no age given, face charges after allegedly trying to cash fraudulent checks.
    The City of Madison, Indiana, received a call Feb. 1 about a man inside German American Bank with a fraudulent check.  
    Officers spoke with bank employees and learned that there were two male subjects inside the bank attempting to cash “payroll” checks from a local business in Hanover, Indiana.  

  • Decades-old case remains unsolved

    An updated facial reconstruction for an unidentified woman found dead on Highway 330 in Owen County nearly three decades ago has been released by the National Missing & Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).

    NamUs Director of Case Management and Communications J. Todd Matthews said the new profile rendering could help officials put the case to rest.

    “Obviously our last media push didn’t find the missing link to solve the case, but it did draw much interest,” Matthews said. “This will drive things even further.”

  • Bruce’s Grocery restructuring to appeal to customers

    Bruce’s Grocery has long been a beloved staple of the Grant County community.
    The family-owned supermarket is going through a revitalization process that will better equip them for competing with large corporate stores in the region.

    Co-owner Scott Bruce said Bruce’s Grocery is going through a “compacting” process that will ideally market some of the store’s most highly-demanded items like paint materials, tools and electrical equipment more effectively by restructuring the layout of the store and moving certain items closer together.

  • Community, magistrates discuss budget cuts

    Grant County magistrates held a special meeting with community business leaders and government departments after the regularly scheduled fiscal court meeting Feb. 6 to further discuss the impending budget crisis.
    In addition to the previously proposed taxes that would create a revenue stream for the county government, the magistrates discussed expenditure reductions for emergency management, the sheriff’s office, parks and recreation, the animal shelter, the jail and other government offices.

  • Judge-Exec: Taxes should have been raised sooner

    As the Grant County Fiscal Court mulls over implementing a payroll tax to boost revenues, Grant County Judge-Executive Steve Wood said they should have already raised taxes.
    “We should have raised taxes sooner,” Wood said in an interview last week. “When you’re a new court coming in, you don’t want to raise taxes right away. We should have done it the second year. We should have raised taxes sooner and still looked at cuts and everything.”

  • Wood ends meeting after agenda not approved

    Grant County Judge-Executive Steve Wood abruptly ended the fiscal court meeting Feb. 6 just minutes after it began when the agenda was not approved.

    Wood left the courtroom while the packed crowd sat shocked at what was happening.
    Despite Wood’s absence, the magistrates, minus Bobby Newman, who was out of town, continued listening and conversing with business leaders, concerned citizens and department heads until after midnight.

  • Barbara Brown: Legacy of history

    For Barbara Jane Brown (Loomis), family always came first, quickly followed by her friends and community. Brown never met a stranger anywhere she went, and always had a hunger to learn more about the world around her.

    Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Barbara lived in Covington and Detroit during her childhood, eventually landing in Grant County, where her mother’s family had roots. She comes from humble beginnings and attended 14 schools in nine years, bouncing back and forth between Kentucky and Michigan.


    In desperate need of a financial fix, the Grant County Fiscal Court is looking at ways to generate additional revenue.
    However, it was options for making deeper cuts — some deeper than others — instead of instituting a new tax to county residents that was much of the focus of the Jan. 30 special meeting.

    A fiscal problem that has reached a tipping point, the county has seen dwindling revenue from the lack of state inmates at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • Flu widespread in Kentucky

    While the flu level has been raised to widespread in Kentucky, Grant County, has only seen a handful of cases.
    The Kentucky Department for Public Health recently raised the influenza level in the state from “regional” to “widespread,” the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.
    However, a total of 155 cases have been reported in Northern Kentucky, with 47 of those in the week ending Jan. 21.