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Local News

  • Lawmakers work on budget shortfall

    As the 2010 General Assembly continues in Frankfort, the Grant County News checked in with local legislators, Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, and Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown.

    What were your thoughts on Gov. Steve Beshear’s budget proposal and how do you see the budget process going forward?

  • Feeding the need via a mobile food pantry

    Fifty pounds is a lot of food.

    For those who line up monthly at Vineyard Church in Grant County to receive a cart full of groceries, it’s a lifeline.

    “The stories we hear from the people are heart-wrenching,” said Anita Waver, agency relations manager for the Cincinnati-based Freestore Foodbank. “We hear people who are coming for the first time because they lost their job. They’re not used to this. They’re used to providing for themselves and their families.”

  • Justice center nearly done

    The $14.5 million Grant County Judicial Center in Williamstown is in the finishing stages and is expected to open by April.

    The center was approved by the Kentucky General Assembly in 2005 and funding was authorized in 2006.

    “It’s come along very well,” said Judge-Executive Darrell Link, who toured the facility Feb. 11. “The courtrooms are almost finished. They’re working on punch lists on the second floor. We’re, I think, in the final stage.”

  • Can you dig it?

    Early mornings, late nights and long hours. Crews have been hard at work trying to keep Grant County’s roads drivable, clearing snow and ice until they see the blacktop.

    But with the snow storms continuing, the road will quickly turn from black to white.

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    Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link said the county takes care of 240 miles or roads not including those in Corinth and Crittenden that the county cleans.

    He said to date about $75,000 has been spent on salt, sand and cinders.

    Link said he’s never declared a Level III emergency which means that travel is restricted to emergency personnel or work, snow removal or for an emergency.

    “We can’t mandate that any person stay home from work, but people need to exercise good judgement,” Link said.

  • One call spreads word that school, church is out

    Waiting not so patiently by the TV or radio is a thing of the past for some students and parents eager to learn if they are having a snow day.

    At Williamstown Independent Schools, transportation director Ed Gabbert only needs to make one phone call and hundreds are aware of school closings.

    Students, family members and staff can sign up voluntarily for the C-Notify system that sends out Gabbert’s message to all numbers in the system in about 10 minutes.

  • GCMS coach terminted after alcohol incident

    A Grant County Middle School basketball coach was terminated for “inappropriate behavior.”

    Grant County superintendent Michael Hibbett terminated Keith Williams, coach of the GCMS seventh grade boys’ basketball team, on Dec. 18, 2009 after an investigation into an incident that happened at a team function.

    Tim Grayson, GCMS principal, and Craig Smith, GCMS assistant principal and athletic director, recommended the termination.

  • No more nuisances?

    If you’ve got junk cars on your property in Crittenden, it may cost you.

    Mayor Gayle Cayton gave the first reading of an ordinance to update the city’s current nuisance regulations at the regular council meeting on Feb. 2.

    “We have a lot of complaints from neighborhoods about junk cars—maybe one that is not even licensed. In the summer time, people let their yards get over-grown,” Cayton said.  “We had to put a little more meat into our existing ordinance.”

  • Wonder Worship helps Afghan children

    “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” — 2 Corinthians 9:7

    The generosity of a group of Williamstown children is being felt a world away.

    Wonder Worship, a children’s program at Williamstown Christian Church, decided to take action after hearing about the humanitarian efforts of Sgt. William “Cody” McClelland and his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan.

  • Hope for Haiti - community ready to help

    If you’ve wondered how you could help disaster victims in Haiti, the Crittenden Baptist Association has the answer.

    The association, composed of 29 Southern Baptist churches from Grant, Harrison, Pendleton, Boone and Kenton counties, is collecting money through the “Buckets of Hope” campaign.

    Each bucket and its content will cost $30 to assemble. An additional $10 cash donation per bucket is also needed to help offset the cost of transporting the buckets to Haiti.