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  • Knight residency lawsuit dismissed

    A motion to dismiss Leslie Knight as a candidate for circuit judge in Grant, Owen and Carroll counties was denied last week.
    Marlene McComas, a Williamstown resident, filed suit on Oct. 8 alleging that R. Leslie Knight, of Dry Ridge, should be dismissed as candidate for circuit judge in the 15th Judicial District because she did not actually live at 26 Broadway in Dry Ridge as she indicated on her candidate papers.

  • SWEET SOUNDS!

    The beat marches on for two local bands who shined at the Kentucky Music Educators Association state band finals at Eastern Kentucky University.

    The Williamstown High School Band of Spirit, which placed third last year, took home its sixth state title in the program’s history with its performance of “Galaxy.”

    The Class A championship was the first since the band won three in a row from 2007-2009.
    The Band of Spirit previously won five state titles under former director Bob Gregg.

  • Republicans sweep judge’s seat, fiscal court

    Voters have elected a completely new, all-Republican Grant County Fiscal Court.
    Steve Wood, who narrowly lost to Darrell Link four years ago, easily defeated long-time Democratic magistrate Richard Austin to become the next Grant County judge-executive.

  • COUNCIL CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS FROM DRY RIDGE RACE

    With less than a week before voters head to the polls, there are two changes to the ballot.
    Karen Glore, who had filed to run for Dry Ridge City Council, recently withdrew from the race, according to the Grant County Clerk’s office.
    On the flip side, Cliff Wallace recently filed as a write-in candidate for the Williamstown Independent School Board.
    Pete Whaley, who was serving his first term on the board, had previously withdrawn from a bid for a second term on the school board leaving a vacancy.

  • HAMMONS, COLDIRON UP FOR 2ND DISTRICT

    Wanda Hammons will try to keep her second magisterial seat in a race against challenger Shawna Coldiron.
    An emergency medical technician with Rural Metro, Hammons was appointed magistrate following former magistrate Brian Linder’s election as state representative.
    Coldiron is a customer service representative for Owen Electric.

  • RILEY, WILLOUGHBY VIE FOR 1ST DISTRICT SEAT

    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.

  • CRUPPER, WELLS FACE OFF IN DR MAYOR’S RACE

    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.”

  • AUSTIN, WOOD SQUARE OFF FOR JUDGE’S SEAT

    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.

  • KY SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, 6th Dist.

    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.