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  • Lightning destroys Corinth home

    A Corinth family lost their home and its contents after a lightning strike on Aug. 10.

    Firefighters were hampered by lack of manpower and water when battling the blaze, said Williamstown Fire Chief Les Whalen.

    “We ran out of water,” he said.

    The fire started around 8:21 p.m. after a summer storm pounded the area with rain and lightning.

    The Corinth Fire Department was alerted twice but did not respond so Williamstown was sent.

  • 1st day jitters

    Anxious students strapped with a backpack and sporting new clothes were not the only ones starting school Aug. 13.

    Kasey Kennedy, 23, of Dry Ridge began her teaching career as a language arts teacher at Williamstown Middle School.

    A 2004 Walton-Verona High School graduate, Kennedy received her degree from Midway College in May.

    She originally started out studying nursing, but she changed her mind soon after.

  • The Corinth Fire Department is under investigation by the Kentucky Fire Commission.

    The Corinth Fire Department is under investigation by the Kentucky Fire Commission.

    Ronnie Day, executive director of the KFC, confirmed that his office had received complaints about the Corinth fire department not responding to calls.

    “I can say that we’ve received complaints and will be contacting officials to look into some issues,” Day said.

  • Stroke screenings available

    St. Elizabeth Health Care is offering a stroke and cardiovascular screening on Sept. 14 at St. Elizabeth Grant County.

    Stoke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and this simple and quick screening could help avoid a stroke or aneurysm.

    Participants can choose a stroke/carotid artery screening, an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening or a peripheral arterial disease screening.

    The cost is $45 for each or $120 for all three. There is a 5 percent discount for all PrimeWise members.

  • AARP Taxaide seeks volunteers

    AARP Taxaide is seeking local volunteers to help prepare tax returns for the 2009 tax season.

    No experience is necessary and training is provided. Last year, AARP prepared more than 80 returns for free for low to medium income families and the elderly in Grant County.

    Volunteers work from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays starting Feb. 6 and ending April 10.

    If you are interested in becoming an AARP Taxaide volunteer, call Ed Puralewski at 824-5707.

     

  • Reward offered in home invasion

    A reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons involved in a home invasion in Dry Ridge on July 23.

    Police said two men armed with guns entered the home at 15 Ellen Kay Drive.

    The men, one who is described as a white male, approximately 6 feet tall wearing a black sweatshirt with “police” in white letters, tied those inside the home up with plastic zip ties.

    The second man was wearing a mask and a black shirt with”OEM” in white letters.

  • Justice Center construction moving along

    The Grant County Judicial Center likely will open more than two years after ground broke on the $14.5 million facility in downtown Williamstown.

    The 50,000 square-feet center is on target to be completed by the end of the year, said Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link.

    Although the project is behind schedule, Link said he was pleased with the work.

    “I think it could be as early as December, maybe as late as January,” he said about when the center will open. “We hope to start the new year down there.”

  • New learning academy to help struggling students

    Williamstown Middle and High schools will offer an alternative form of education for the 2009-2010 school year.

    The Williamstown Learning Academy is designed to help students who may be struggling in a traditional classroom setting for a variety of reasons.

    The school board approved the academy during its regular July meeting.

    “This is an alternative education program,” said Principal Misty Buchanan. “It is not a separate school.”

  • Clarks Creek Baptist names new minister

    Tom Watkins is the new minister at Clarks Creek Baptist.

    Watkins and his wife, Louise Watkins, have been married for 25 years. They have two sons, Neil, who graduated from Ryle High School and Tommy, who graduated from Owen County High School.

    Tom said his vision for the church is to create more opportunities for a younger generation to spark interest in the church and to reach more people in the community. He wants to eventually start a Wednesday night service.

  • Junior board helps with annual event

    Like mother, like daughter.

    Nineteen-year-old Katelyn Bachman of Williamstown has helped her mother with the Grant County Fair and Horse Show ever since she can remember.

    Denise Bachman has been a member of the fair board for 19 years.

    When the junior fair board was created three years ago, Katelyn jumped at the chance to be a member.

    Now, the University of Louisville sophomore is the president.