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  • Budget reserves dry up for Dry Ridge

    The City of Dry Ridge is in danger of its dwindling reserves evaporating as the city council approved the 2012-13 budget on May 14.
    The past several years the city has had to dip into its reserves without sufficient revenue to cover expenses.

  • Budget balancing act

    The total budgeted appropriations for Grant County for 2012-13 is $10.4 million, down from $11 million this year.
    Of that, $4.4 million was appropriated in the general fund — about $594,000 less than this year's budget.
    Nearly all of the rest of the appropriations, nearly $6 million, came from the road and jail funds.
    On the revenue side, the county has budgeted $9.57 million for all funds.
    The budget, which the Grant County Fiscal Court approved June 4, takes effect July 1.

    Public safety:

  • Relay brings hope for a cure

    Despite more than $220,000 in proposed cuts, Jailer Terry Peeples is optimistic he will survive the 2012-13 budget for the Grant County Detention Center.
    The budget, which the fiscal court will vote on a second reading of during its June 4 meeting, includes proposed expenditures totaling $3.98 million while the anticipated revenues equal $3.63 million, according to numbers provided by the jail.

  • Jailer faces 'tough' budget

    Despite more than $220,000 in proposed cuts, Jailer Terry Peeples is optimistic he will survive the 2012-13 budget for the Grant County Detention Center.
    The budget, which the fiscal court will vote on a second reading of during its June 4 meeting, includes proposed expenditures totaling $3.98 million while the anticipated revenues equal $3.63 million, according to numbers provided by the jail.

  • Parks, quality of life top mayor's priority list

    Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner may only be in the second year of his first term, but the list of accomplishments and projects is lengthy.
    From helping orchestrate a multi-million dollar tourist attraction to the county seat to upgrading the city’s parks system, Skinner has been busy.
    And that doesn’t even account for especially for the two local businesses he owns and operates — Skinner Furniture and Skinner’s Self-Storage.

  • Hammons, Linder square off in November election

    Brian Linder and Wanda Crupper Hammons will go head-to-head at the polls once again, but this time for state representative.
    In the 2010 general election, incumbent Linder handily defeated Hammons in the race for for Grant County magistrate for the second district.
    Linder garnered 1,218 votes compared to Hammons’ 718 votes.
    However, the pool of voters will be much larger in November as the candidates vie to replace long-time legislator Royce Adams, who is retiring as representative of 61st district in the House.

  • Budget woes

    More than $100,000 is being slashed from next year’s Grant County Sheriff’s Office proposed budget—  a move that will severely hamper services for the county, according to Sheriff Chuck Dills.
    “I’ll do whatever possible so we continue to respond to calls,” he said. “But, the problem is, there is an effect to it. If they’re going to eliminate money for us to do our job, we’re going to have to eliminate some sort of service.”

  • Memorial Day Service planned

    A Memorial Day Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 28 at the Kentucky Veteran’s Cemetery North on Eibeck Lane in Williamstown.

    The public is invited to walk the grounds before and after the ceremony.

  • Severe Thunderstom Watch Until 9 p.m.

    The National Weather Service out of Wilmington, Ohio, has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Grant County, until 9 p.m. tonight.

  • Tornado rips through Crittenden

    Harvesters Subdivision in Crittenden didn't fare well in the wake of a tornado that roared through Grant County on Friday, March 2.
    Many of the homes suffered damage as minor as shingles being ripped off to the entire side of the home torn away.
    Three apartment buildings were destroyed.
    As of Saturday, there were only minor injuries reported.
    Emergency crews including police, fire and emergency management were on the scene and assisting  residents.