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  • Gambling issue could end up in voter’s hands

    Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, wants the people to decide a controversial issue that has plagued lawmakers.

    Thayer prefiled a constitutional amendment bill Nov. 5 that would permit video lottery terminals or slot machines in Kentucky.

    If passed by the General Assembly, the issue then would be placed on the ballot in the counties where horse tracks currently exist.

    However, race tracks would have to compete with others for licenses for the slots.

  • Tea Party to organize local chapter

    The Grant County Tea Party movement is expanding.

    What started out as a gathering of fed-up citizens expressing their disdain for the government at the Grant County Courthouse is becoming its own group.

    John Souder of Dry Ridge was motivated to orchestrate the first Tea Party event April 15 after seeing similar protests across the country.

    About 60 people met Oct. 27 at the American Legion Hall to initiate a local Tea Party chapter.

    The group will soon meet to elect officers and discus future plans, Souder said.

  • Berry man dies after head-on colision

    A Berry man died after he was involved in a head-on collision Oct. 27.

    Gary Wayne Skinner, 52, was a passenger in a 2007 Chevy Cobalt driven by his wife, Darlene.

    According to police, the Cobalt struck a 1997 Ford Escort driven by Troy Beckelhimer, 38, of Berry. Police said Gary was wearing a seatbelt, but Darlene was not.

    Beckelhimer and his passengers were restrained.

    The accident occurred at 4 p.m. Oct. 27 on Ky. 36, about a mile east of U.S. 25.

  • C. Ed Wilson joins Williamstown city council

    C. Ed Wilson couldn’t stay out of public service.

    The retired superintendent of Williamstown schools will be taking a new seat at the Williamstown City Council table.

    Wilson was chosen in a unanimous vote Monday night by the five Williamstown City Council members to fill the unexpired term of Bill Hutchison. Hutchison retired last month for personal reasons.

  • Loss of Dana jobs fuels unemployment rate

    Of the eight counties in the northern Kentucky region, Grant County ranks fifth with the lowest unemployment rate.

    Carroll County has the highest unemployment rate in the region with 12.8 percent while Boone County’s 9.7 percent unemployment rate is the lowest.

  • Unemployed?

    Lisa Lunsford became another victim of a faltering economy that has left thousands across the state and country unemployed.

    “It wasn’t really a big shock because of the economy,” Lunsford said. “But, I really never expected that I would not retire from a banking business.”

    Lunsford’s eldest daughter goes to the University of Kentucky while her youngest just enrolled as a freshman at Northern Kentucky University.

    Trying to pay tuition without substantial income has been rough.  

  • 'Twilight' mania comes to library

    Nicole Bright lived out every teenage girl’s dream in April 2008.

    The 33-year-old Oldham County resident went to Portland, Ore., to meet and interview the cast of the movie adaptation of the wildly popular “Twilight” book.

    Written by Stephanie Meyer, the “Twilight” saga is a typical teenage love story between Edward and Bella intertwined with vampires and werewolves.

  • Parental involvement, mentoring top concerns of public meeting

    Heidi Tien chose to send her three children to Williamstown Elementary in part because she loved the small class sizes.

    However, with the district growing, Tien sees what drew her to Williamstown disappearing before her eyes.

  • Sewer project in limbo

    Will Williamstown’s plans to build a $15 million sewer plant on Ky. 36 move forward or falter?

    That’s the question that the Williamstown City Council spent the bulk of their Nov. 2 meeting discussing.

    Construction bids for the project were opened on Oct. 16, 2009, but the bids came in $2.5 million more than engineers predicted they would.

    The city’s dilemma is how to pay for the higher costs.

  • Soccer fields are under way

    The Grant County fiscal court set as one of their priorities making sure that the children of Grant County have ample opportunities to play.

    With a unanimous vote during their Aug. 3 meeting, the fiscal court approved the purchase of land that will become a soccer park for the Grant County Youth Soccer League.