Local News

  • Businesses react to safety fee

    Two local businesses, including the famous Ark Encounter, are expressing their disappointment about the safety assessment fee approved by the Williamstown City Council on April 18.
    The 50-cent fee on single admission charges or participation charges applies to admission-based businesses within the city.
    Mike Zovath, chief action officer for the Ark Encounter, said there was no communication between his communications team and the Williamstown City Council, and added that the passing of the safety assessment fee was a total surprise to them.

  • Shipp honored for medical career

    Darl Shipp clinched the steering wheel of his car as he began to cry. He had just finished an hour-long conversation with his terminally ill friend, who had been his patient for years. He knew that death was one of the unfortunate realities of his occupation, but that didn’t change the heartbreak he felt in that moment.

  • Boltz Lake warning lowered to Watch Level

    FRANKFORT—The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) have reduced the harmful algal bloom (HAB) recreational public health warning for Boltz Lake in Grant County to the “watch” level.

  • Grant ranks 54th healthiest county in Kentucky

    Grant County continues to score better than slightly more than half of Kentucky counties based on data from the annual County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.

    The national health ranking system compiles data from counties across the nation, and ranks them on two broad categories; health outcomes, which include variables like length of life and quality of life, and health factors, which include variables like health behaviors, clinical care, socioeconomic factors, and physical environment.

  • Community reacts to impact of payroll tax

    Business leaders maintain that the recently implemented countywide payroll tax will deter new businesses from coming to Grant County, while judge-executives from surrounding counties tout the tax as an effective way to increase revenue.

    The Grant County Fiscal Court voted in March to implement the 2 percent payroll tax to avoid a financial crisis, and it went into effect starting April 1.

  • Nine apply to lead GC Schools

    Nine candidates applied to become the next superintendent for Grant County Schools.
    The application deadline ended on March 31. There were one female and eight male applicants for the position, which became open after Ron Livingood retired at the end of December 2016.
    Matt Morgan, who was assistant superintendent of finance and personnel, is serving as interim superintendent.
    Morgan is in his 26th year in education with all but one being with Grant County Schools. He previously said he intended to apply for the position on a permanent basis.

  • New fee discussed to fund 911 service

    The Grant County Fiscal Court and E-911 board discussed a potential countywide unit service fee during an April 13 joint caucus meeting as a future-funding source as revenue from landlines continues to decline.
    Crittenden Mayor Jim Livingood called finding a salient funding mechanism for the 911 services a top priority for local government leaders.

  • Kentucky schools facing several new laws this year

    Kentucky public school students, teachers and officials will by this fall have to adjust to several new laws passed in the 2017 General Assembly.
    “The new Republican majority in the General Assembly led to swift consensus on a number of education-related bills in a short session. The changes will be a lot for school districts to manage, especially with the two more reform-minded bills in the mix — House Bill 520 and Senate Bill 1,” said Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

  • Poll: Kentucky increasingly favors smoke-free law

    Kentucky does not have a statewide smoke-free law, but residents of the commonwealth increasingly favor one, a recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll finds.
    Sponsored by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the poll has for six years tracked opinions about a statewide smoke-free law.
    The most recent poll finds the highest level of support ever: More than seven in 10 Kentucky adults want such a law, compared to five in 10 in 2011. Fewer than three in 10 opposed the idea, compared to more than 4 in 10 in 2011.