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  • 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.

  • Money woes still plague City of Corinth

    At their regular meeting on Feb. 13, city commissioners Barbara New, Aimee Lingle, Jeanette Houk and Deana Caldwell, along with Mayor Billy Hill and city clerk Tara Wright discussed budget issues.
    They also talked about the location of the Corinth Post Office, a nuisance complaint, grant applications and a special meeting.
    The city is still has outstanding payments to Perfect-A-Waste.  Although they paid $6,014.81 into February, the current amount owed, according to Wright, is $20,770.81.

  • KSP forms new unit dedicated to officer-involved shooting investigations

    FRANKFORT, Ky. - With increasing public interest and media attention throughout the U.S. regarding the use of deadly force by law enforcement agencies, the Kentucky State Police announced Wednesday the recent formation of a new unit designed to add experience, expertise, and transparency to investigations of officer-involved shootings in the state.

  • Fiscal court likely to implement payroll tax

    Members of Grant County Fiscal Court told citizens on Feb. 13 that a 2 percent payroll tax is likely their answer to the impending budget shortfall, along with spending reductions to each department.

    Executive-Judge Steve Wood read a statement to begin the caucus meeting and addressed several ideas floated in prior meetings. He said borrowing from the public library’s $2 million surplus was not a legal option, nor was closing the jail, which constitutes about 35 percent of the Fiscal Court budget.

  • EMA looking to repair inoperable tornado sirens

    Grant County Emergency Management is seeking vendors to repair three of the county’s tornado sirens as tornado season approaches.
    Emergency Management Director Les Whalen said he is currently awaiting quotes from vendors for repairs to start. The department received a FEMA Hazard Mitigation grant for $12,492, and Whalen said he has until Nov. 1 to complete the process, but he is trying to finish prior to April 1 in order to be prepared for storm season.

  • Ku Klux Klan distributes fliers across Grant County

    Many Grant County residents opened their front doors Feb. 12 to find a recruitment message from the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan looking them dead in the eyes.

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  • Kids Count data shows decline, improvements in Grant County child well-being indicators

    Grant County Schools continue to address indicators of child well being measured in the annual Kids Count Data Book, with the 2016 publication ranking Grant County 50th out of 120 counties.
    The Kids Count Data Book measures 16 key indicators to observe child and teen related problems affecting specific counties. These indicators include percentage of children living in poverty, number of incarcerated youth, children born to parents without health insurance, reading and math proficiency in students and number of teenage pregnancies, among others.

  • 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.