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  • Gov. Bevin proclaims March 1 - March 7 severe weather awareness week

    Governor Matt Bevin has signed a proclamation proclaiming March 1 - 7, 2017, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.
    Partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, Grant County Emergency Management recognizes March 1 - 7, 2017, as “Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.”  

  • Grant County Schools’ preschools earn five-star rating

    Grant County Schools recently announced that 100 percent of its Preschool programs – located at Crittenden-Mt. Zion Elementary, Dry Ridge Elementary, Mason-Corinth Elementary and Sherman Elementary -- have earned the highest Kentucky All STARS rating for early childhood education programs.  This mark of excellence comes after rigorous independent reviews of facilities, staff, instruction, family engagement, policies and procedures.  

    What is Kentucky
    All STARS?

  • A Look at Linder

    Brian Linder may work at the state legislature, but he firmly believes government operates best at the local level.

    “The closer you are to the voter, the more you’re held accountable,” Linder said. “The mayor of Dry Ridge, Jim Wells, anybody can walk in and see him right now. Not everybody can walk in and see the governor of Kentucky. So I think that’s where most decisions need to be pushed.”

     

  • Ark opens new exhibit, to expand hours

    The Ark Encounter officially opened the new exhibit, “Searching For Truth: Why the Bible Is True,” on Feb. 24.
    Several hundred people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 2,500-square foot exhibit inside the re-creation of Noah’s Ark in Williamstown.

    It is the largest exhibit inside the Ark Encounter.

  • Change coming to kindergarten admission

    A new cut-off date has been instituted for kindergarten admission as Grant County and Williamstown Independent Schools prepare to begin registering students for the 2017-18 school year.
    The General Assembly changed the statutory cut-off date in 2012 for initial admission to public schools from Oct. 1 to Aug. 1 with the law to go into effect for the upcoming school year.
    An early enrollment option also was created for those students not meeting the birthday deadline but wishing to attend kindergarten.

  • A Day with Damon

    Damon Thayer was 9 years old when he decided he wanted to get into politics. A history buff with aspirations to one day be president, a young Thayer found early inspiration in Republican President Gerald Ford, with whom he shares a home state in Michigan, during the 1976 presidential election.

  • Stage Right to kick off new season March 10

    A slow start ended with a successful first year as Stage Right Musical Theatre prepares to kick off its second season.

    The local non-profit group will present its inaugural Showbiz Gala show on Friday, March 10 at Main Street Gardens in Williamstown.

    Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m.
    Along with the entertainment from Stage Right’s first season such as “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “Seussical, Jr.,” the evening will include a buffet-style dinner.

  • Building permit fees may increase

    Building code fees in Grant County will likely see an increase of about five cents per square foot — the first increase since 1996 — to adjust with inflation, pending approval from the Grant County Fiscal Court.

    Building Inspector Terry Conrad administered 190 total permits in 2016 for an estimated total construction cost of about $25 million, and $41,855.34 in building permit fees, according to a report from the building inspector’s office.

  • Tax gets 1st reading, rate under discussion

    Judge-Executive Steve Wood and Grant County magistrates continued to discuss a potential 1 to 2 percent payroll tax as a way to halt the impending budget crisis during the Feb. 20 fiscal court meeting.

    Both Wood and the magistrates said the payroll tax is likely at this point during the proposal’s first reading, but they are still deciding the percentage rate of the tax that will go along with the proposed budget cuts.

    Wood is proposing $365,000 in total budget reductions, while District 1 Magistrate Jacqalynn Riley is proposing more than $500,000.

  • Spring forest fire season is here

    FRANKFORT – The spring forest fire season, which begins Wednesday and lasts until April 30, is in effect in every Kentucky county. This law prohibits any person to burn between the daylight hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
    The Kentucky Division of Forestry said in a news release that it urges residents across the state to exercise caution when burning debris during the season. The KDF has responded to 78 wildland fires since January and nearly 40 percent have been attributed to debris burning.