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2011 Year In Review

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January
• Two men, Cecil R. Rose II of Williamstown, and Curtis J. Morrison of Hebron were arrested after police say they broke into an unoccupied home on Cummins Lane in Dry Ridge and set fire to it.
• The Helping Hands Thrift Store found a new home at 1398 N. Main St. in Williamstown in the former Butternut Bread store from behind Grant County Drugs on Barnes Road.
• Dry Ridge City Council approved an increase in sewer rates to help pay for construction on a new $15 million sewer plant on KY 36 in Williamstown.
• New elected officials take office, including Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner, Coroner Robert McDaniel and Jailer Terry Peeples.
• Grant, Williamstown schools face mid-year budget cuts after a more than $49 million state revenue shortfall.
• Grant County High School senior Bethanni Wells to head to Lexington in July to compete in Miss Kentucky Pageant.

February
• A 3-year-old boy was found wandering on Interstate 75 after he managed to get out of his house in the middle of the night. He was treated for swollen feet and released to his parents.
• Six female inmates at the Grant County Detention Center were indicted for promoting contraband.
• Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announces Williamstown Bridge will close to public while construction of a replacement bridge continues.
• Grant County Fiscal Court approves adding five new weather sirens throughout county, bringing the total to 12. The sirens are used to warn residents of impending storms or disasters.
• Pastor Jerry Canon of God's House Church is arrested after allegedly using Facebook to post and solicit child pornography. FBI agents raided Canon's Crittenden home during his arrest.
• Grant County Tourism and Convention Commission executive director Judy Mullins is relieved of her duties nearly 10 years after being hired after her position was dissolved.
• Dry Ridge Fire Chief Robert Bruin resigns from the department to become chief of the Georgetown Fire Department.
• A screening committee begins the process of finding a replacement for Grant County Schools Superintendent Michael Hibbett, who announced he would retired after the 2010-11 school year.

March
• Joseph Goree of Dry Ridge was charged after allegedly shooting a woman in Pendleton County.
• Former Williamstown Baptist pastor R. T. Daugherty died at age 96.
• Dwayne Hammons was recognized by the Dry Ridge Fire Department for more than 30 years of volunteer service.
• Three suspects from Bowling Green arrested in connection with a robbery at the Corinth Marathon station.
• Nearly two dozen property owners filed a lawsuit against the city of Williamstown because of improper water treatment and removal of sludge.
• A One Stop Northern Kentucky satellite office opened in the Grant County Courthouse to provide free, on-site employment services.
• The Grant County Unit of the American Red Cross moved into the Grant County Courthouse.
• Fire destroyed a home on Boltz Lake.
• Twenty-five apply for Grant County Schools superintendent position.
• Grant County Detention Center opens a canteen store where inmates can purchase everything from Slush Puppy drinks and snacks to toiletries.
• Trisha Sullivan of Corinth dies after the car she was driving struck a deer on U.S. 25.

April
• Two Dry Ridge farmers file a breach of contract class-action lawsuit against Universal Cooperation tobacco company.
• Former Dry Ridge pastor Jerry Cannon pleads guilty to charges he used Facebook to post and solicit child pornography.
• New Dry Ridge Post Office opens at 80 South Main St. after moving out of the Dry Ridge city building.
• Two tornadoes touched down near the Grant/Pendleton County lines causing damage.
• Pendleton County High School Principal Ron Livingood of Crittenden named superintendent of Grant County Schools.
• Encil Webster resigns from Dry Ridge City Council to move closer to his daughter and grandchildren in Tennessee.

May
• Local residents react to the death of Osama bin Laden by American military forces.
• The Industrial Development Authority takes over administrative duties for the Grant County Tourist and Convention Commission after several discussions.
• Long-time Williamstown Band of Spirit director Bob Gregg honored during his final spring concert.
• Grant County Chamber of Commerce annual banquet awards include Tabatha Clemons, Grant Countian of the Year, Jack Eckler, Volunteer of the Year, Dave Brockman, Excellence in Business and Heleen Geisbers, Excellence in Education.
• Grant County celebrates National Day of Prayer.
• Bill Dills, president of Grant County Deposit Bank, dies at age 84.
• Matthew Grant of Williamstown is arrested by Cincinnati in connection with three bank robberies.
• The Ark Encounter receives approval for $43 million in tax incentives from the state to construct a wooden replica of Noah's Ark in Williamstown,
• Grant County Relay for Life raises $85,000 to fight cancer.

June
• Gov. Steve Beshear is the keynote speaker during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Williamstown.
• Seniors from Grant County and Williamstown high schools participate in graduation ceremonies.
• Williamstown High School senior Courtney Vance graduates from Western Kentucky University's Gatton Academy of Math and Science with more than 60 college credit hours.
• Brett Benton of Dry Ridge is killed in Afghanistan while working for a private defense contractor.
• Grant County Fiscal Court passe a more than $11 million budget.
• Electrical fire temporarily closes Country Grill restaurant in Dry Ridge.
• Federal agents El-Amin pain management clinic in Dry Ridge after an eight-month investigation.
• City of WIlliamstown passed more than $11 million budget.
• Total Care Pharmacy in Dry Ridge robbed by suspect demanding drugs.
• Lee Burton named the chief of the Crittenden Volunteer Fire Department after resignation of Dave Owens.

July
• Meeting held to discuss possibility of Jonesville Post Office closing.
• Grant County businesses see economic boost from Sprint Cup race at Speedway Racetrack in Warsaw.
• Witnesses thwart an attempted bank robbery at Grant County Deposit Bank in Crittenden.
• City of Williamstown enters into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Ark Encounter.
• Annual Grant County Fair kicks off at Northern Kentucky Fairgrounds in Williamstown.
• Former Dry Ridge pastor Jerry Canon sentenced to 17 and a half years in prison for using Facebook to post and solicit child pornography.
• Williamstown City and Williamstown Lake Association reach agreement that will allow bladder boats to continue to use lake.
• Grant County Detention Center goes tobacco-free, including the grounds of the facility.

August
• Five people arrested in counterfeit money scam in Grant County.
• Grant County, Williamstown students return to classes for 2011-12 school year.
• City of Williamstown holds a community listening session to provide information about the upcoming Ark Encounter project.
• Zombie western production "Revelation Trail" films at Mullins Log Cabin and other local locations.
• Grant County Career and Technology Center opens on campus of Grant County High School.
• Thirty-year-old Michael Baker of Dry Ridge found dead alongside Ky. 22, near Four Corners.
• Ron Kinmon, director of operations for Grant County Schools, resigns after a sexual harassment complaint is filed by a bus driver.
• Grant County Parks and Recreation and Grant County Tourism and Convention Commission kick off free summer concert series at Northern Kentucky Fairgrounds in Williamstown.
• Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner, city council upset about potential changes at the Williamstown Post Office.
• Williamstown High School ranked 11th in the state in ACT scores from juniors who took the test in 2010-11.
• Fundraiser held at Williamstown Baptist to raise money for research for CDKL5, a rare disorder that effects fewer than 200 people, including a young Williamstown girl, worldwide.
• Williamstown Schools approves staff and student random drug testing policy.

September
• Grant County residents reflect on the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy.
• Survey gauges interest in a YMCA location in Walton that would serve Grant County residents.
• Grant County Chamber of Commerce moves from downtown Williamstown to the former Forcht Bank branch building at 1350 N. Main St. in Williamstown.
• Benefit held to help raise money to restore Sherman Tavern, a historic landmark between Dry Ridge and Crittenden.
• Jamie Webster resigns from the Dry Ridge City Council as John Renaker joins the council to replace another vacant seat.
• Grant County Sheriff's Office moves from the courthouse to the building adjoined with the Grant County Detention Center on Barnes Road in Williamstown.
• Williamstown city clerk Vivian Link named 2011 City Clerk of the Year by the Northern Kentucky Area Development District.
• Florence Police Department installs shooting range near Grant County landfill, allows local law enforcement to train at facility.

October
• County sends out tax bills to residents.
• The campus of Williamstown Schools goes tobacco-free.
• Fun, fitness mix at annual Second Sunday event at Williamstown Schools.
• Only two of the eight local schools met federal No Child Left Behind requirements.
• A proposed aquatic center and classroom addition by the city of Williamstown and Williamstown Schools moves to the design phase.
• Mason Post Office receives notice it will close in near future.
• Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission holds a poverty simulation for community members.
• Annual Monster Mash held at the Grant County Park in Crittenden.
• Two adults and two juveniles arrested in a strong of robberies in Dry Ridge.
• Fire destroys Mike's Auto Salvage in Cordova.

November
• For second straight year, Williamstown Band of Spirit and Grant County Band finish second in the state.
• Mike Howe of Corinth dies in an accident on his tractor.
• Community honors veterans at schools and at a ceremony at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Williamstown.
• Grant County Fiscal Court approves a first reading of an ordinance that would create and ambulance taxing district in the county. The second reading was later delayed as the court gathers more information.
• Dry Ridge veteran Jouette Faulkner goes on Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial.
• Kenneth Forrester III of Corinth is captured after walking away from Class D duties at the Grant County Detention Center.
• Robert Roaden of Williamstown and an Ohio man died in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 in Crittenden.
• Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples temporarily suspends Class D inmate work program to decrease likelihood of future inmate walk offs.
• Fire damages exterior of Dana building.

December
• Grant County Relay For Life Committee kicks off 2012 Relay with Coaches Vs. Cancer (Paint the Town Purple) events at Grant, Williamstown schools.
• Fire damages machines at Gotec Plus Sun in Williamstown.
• Local law enforcement bring cheer to needy children with annual Shop With a Cop program.
• Santa's Wonderland gets community in holiday spirit with parade, Breakfast With Santa in Williamstown.
• Williamstown Schools to utilize iPads in five classrooms.
• Grant County grand jury issues several recommendations to Jailer Terry Peeples, including better training and conducting a financial audit.
• Logan Ellis of Nancy is charged with murder and driving under the influence in connection with an accident that killed two passengers from Dry Ridge.
• Local dancers, Shayla Halsey and Isabella Thoroughman, perform with Cincinnati Ballet's "The Nutcracker" at the Aronoff Center.
• Williamstown Schools partners with Pendleton and Gallatin County Schools to receive nearly $500,000 grant to implement a distance learning system.