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TURNING BACK THE CLOCK 12.22.11

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Dec. 19, 1996

James Carl, Sarah Hayes and Jennifer Aikes, GED students in the Grant County Adult Education Program, gave of their time on two occasions to speak to sixth and eighth graders at Williamstown about staying in school. They shared personal experiences that led to them taking advantage of the GED program. While they felt fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of the program, they urged students to stay in school.

A Dry Ridge student is among 98 Eastern Kentucky University seniors honored by election into Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges. This year’s honorees include Carla Arnold. The nominating committee and editors of the annual directory have include students based on academic achievement, service of the committee leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

Dec. 18, 1986

A nine-year-old Knoxville girl will be dancing in the Nutcracker, Cincinnati’s biggest musical and dance event of the season. Jeanette Knuckles, the  daughter of Alice and Mike Derrick, will be dancing the part of an angel, along with about nine other girls. Jeanette, a former Cincinnati resident, said that she tried out for the production after enrolling in a special dance class at the University of Cincinnati.

The Grant County High School drama club and chorus traveled with Sunshine, the Attendance Bear, to all elementary schools in the county. They presented a program of Christmas music and drama. The drama group is under the direction of Marshall Iseral and David Thompson and the chorus is directed by Ron Livingood. The Grant County Middle School music club also sang carols directed by Connie Synder.

Dec. 22, 1961

Interstate 75 from Florence to Dry Ridge was officially open to traffic when local and state officials cut the ribbon to open the road at Florence on Tuesday. The section of the new four-lane highway extends 21.5 miles from U.S. 42 at Florence to Kentucky 22 at Dry Ridge. Governor Combs said it cost $ 18 million plus. In ceremonies at the opening of I-75 Gov. Combs said “Northern Kentucky is the fastest growing territory in America.”

The first automobile accident on Interstate 75 after the opening of the Florence to Dry Ridge stretch occurred Tuesday, occurred shortly after the official ribbon opening. State Police reported two automobiles were involved in the accident. State Police said “So far as we know, the speed limit is the same as it is on U.S. 25, 60 miles an hour for automobiles and 50 miles an hour for trucks.”