http://www.grantky.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en NEWPORT AQUARIUM VISITS MCE http://www.grantky.com/content/newport-aquarium-visits-mce <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic1_230.jpg" alt="Emily Mann and Addison Johnson pet a stingray. Wave Foundation of the Newport Aquarium visited Mason-Corinth Elementary on March 20. Photo by Camille McClanahan " title="Emily Mann and Addison Johnson pet a stingray. Wave Foundation of the Newport Aquarium visited Mason-Corinth Elementary on March 20. Photo by Camille McClanahan " align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /> Fiscal court likely to implement payroll tax http://www.grantky.com/content/fiscal-court-likely-implement-payroll-tax <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/wood_0.jpg" alt="Judge-Executive Steve Wood listens during a Fiscal Court caucus meeting. Photo by Cheyene Miller. " title="Judge-Executive Steve Wood listens during a Fiscal Court caucus meeting. Photo by Cheyene Miller. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> 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.</p> <p> 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&rsquo;s $2 million surplus was not a legal option, nor was closing the jail, which constitutes about 35 percent of the Fiscal Court budget.</p> Colson, Lawrence leave mark on school boards http://www.grantky.com/content/colson-lawrence-leave-mark-school-boards <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/colson.jpg" alt="Mike Armstrong, executive director of the Kentucky School Boards Association, recognizes Jim Colson for his service on the Grant County School Board." title="Mike Armstrong, executive director of the Kentucky School Boards Association, recognizes Jim Colson for his service on the Grant County School Board." align="left" hspace="6" width="92" height="85" /><p> With more than 50 years combined between them, Jim Colson and Connie Lawrence served under 11 superintendents during their tenures as school board members.</p> <p> However, after 32 years, Colson decided to say goodbye to the Grant County School Board, and Lawrence&rsquo;s 20 years with the Williamstown Independent School Board also came to an end.</p> New water plant coming in November http://www.grantky.com/content/new-water-plant-coming-november <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/waterplant3.jpg" alt="Construction workers (above and bottom left) put together the pieces of the new Williamstown water treatment plant, which is set to be completed in November off Waterworks Road across from the current plant." title="Construction workers (above and bottom left) put together the pieces of the new Williamstown water treatment plant, which is set to be completed in November off Waterworks Road across from the current plant." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Water department officials plan to have a new Williamstown water treatment plant completed by November 2017.</p> <p> The new plant will allow the city to continue complying with state standards and increase overall water capacity.</p> <p> The plant is being constructed off Waterworks Road across from the current plant, and will have a production capacity of about 4 million gallons of water per day.</p> <p> The current plant&rsquo;s production capacity is about 2.25 million per day, according to Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner.</p> Lady Demons defeat Harrison 53-46 http://www.grantky.com/content/lady-demons-defeat-harrison-53-46 <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_3_209.jpg" alt="Haley Howe pulls up for a jumper. " title="Haley Howe pulls up for a jumper. " align="left" hspace="6" width="43" height="85" /> Alleged drunk driver slams into cruiser http://www.grantky.com/content/alleged-drunk-driver-slams-cruiser <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/car_0.jpg" alt="A Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy’s cruiser was totaled when an alleged drunk driver slammed into the vehicle on I-75. No one was injured in the accident." title="A Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy’s cruiser was totaled when an alleged drunk driver slammed into the vehicle on I-75. No one was injured in the accident." align="left" hspace="6" width="143" height="85" /><p> A Grant County Sheriff&rsquo;s deputy escaped injury Dec. 16 when an alleged drunk driver slammed into his cruiser on Interstate 75.</p> <p> Deputy Barry Mullins responded to several wrecks within a few miles on I-75 due to rain and icy roadways.<br /> He stopped to assist with an accident in Sadieville near the Grant-Scott County line.<br /> Mullins&rsquo; cruiser was parked in the emergency lane with its emergency lights activated as he assisted a motorist.</p> 2016 WHAT MADE THE NEWS? http://www.grantky.com/content/2016-what-made-news <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic1_226.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="120" height="85" /><p> JANUARY</p> <p> &bull; Former Grant County finance officer Connie McClure-Ellington files lawsuit against Judge-Executive Steve Wood, former Deputy Judge-Executive Scott Kimmich and the Grant County Fiscal Court alleging she was fired because of her age and because she did not vote for Wood in the judge-executive&rsquo;s race.</p> <p> &bull; Two escaped inmates from Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington are apprehended over the Harrison County line in Grant County.</p> Hot shooting leads Demons over Bluejackets http://www.grantky.com/content/hot-shooting-leads-demons-over-bluejackets <img src="http://www.grantky.com/sites/www.grantky.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/pic_2_258.jpg" alt="Harold Fernandez dives on the floor to keep possession of the ball against Nicholas County. Photos by Mark Verbeck" title="Harold Fernandez dives on the floor to keep possession of the ball against Nicholas County. Photos by Mark Verbeck" align="left" hspace="6" width="134" height="85" /><p> The Williamstown Demons hosted the Nicholas County Bluejackets on Dec. 20, and road the hot shooting hand of senior Jon Jump to a 67-44 victory.<br /> Jump hit a long-range three from the corner in front of the student section and pep band to join the 1,000-point club at Williamstown High. &nbsp;</p> <p> The game was stopped for a moment to recognize Jump, who led all scorers with 18 on the night, including five three-point baskets.<br /> Wenzie Fox controlled the opening tip and it didn&rsquo;t take long for the Demons to tickle the nets. &nbsp;</p>