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  • Hope to share

    Although grace is free, hope recently cost me $8 on Etsy, the Website where people sell their handiwork.
    For $8 I bought a wire bracelet that forms the word “hope,” which I’ve been wearing all week.
    Lately, hope has been my thing. I was talking with a tattoo artist for a story I’m working on and told him if I ever got a tattoo it would be the word hope in simple script, lower-case lettering, written very small, with a period at the end. (hope.)


    (Editor’s Note: The Grant County News publishes all items in police beat that are submitted from each individual police agency. The News does not omit names from police reports.)
    Officer David Osborne cited Jeffrey Ritchie, 57, of Dry Ridge, with speeding and failure to produce insurance card, at 8:59 p.m. Jan. 25 on Arnie Risen Boulevard.
    Officer KJ Little executed a warrant for Dalton A. Whalen, 18,  of Dry Ridge, for failure to appear, at 11:48 p.m. Jan. 26 on the Dry Ridge By-pass. Whalen was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.  

  • Propes faces 15 years for attempted murder

    A 23-year-old Crittenden man faces 15 years in prison for attempting to murder a police officer during a June 15, 2015 shootout in his Indian Hills Drive neighborhood.

    Shane Propes agreed to a plea deal Jan. 28 with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in exchange for pleading guilty to multiple charges in connection with the shootout.
    Propes was allegedly walking down Indian Hills Drive June 15, 2015 carrying a gun when police were called to the scene.

  • Snow pushes school calendars back

    Snowfall and difficult road conditions have caused local school districts to call off classes in the last two weeks.
    The missed days have altered the school calendars and pushed back the last day for students.
    Williamstown Independent Schools have missed five days so far this year, bringing the district halfway to the 10 inclement weather days last year.
    The district is making up one day on Feb. 16 while the remaining four have been added to the end of the calendar.

  • Booster treasurer must pay back stolen money

    The former treasurer of the Grant County Football Boosters will avoid jail time for allegedly diverting $4,800 in funds raised from charity Bingo games.
    Marsha Brewer of Dry Ridge was sentenced to 180 days conditional discharge, subject to three conditions.
    Brewer was order to not commit another offense, stay out of gaming and pay $2,400 each in restitution to the Department of Charitable Gaming and the Grant County Law Enforcement Explorers.

  • Inmate walks away from drug center

    The Kentucky State Police are looking for an inmate that walked away from a Covington treatment center on Jan. 24.

    Joseph Edwin Smith was last seen at the Transitions Treatment Center around 4:43 p.m. on Sunday. He was wearing a grey and red shirt, grey sweatpants and a black hoodie.

  • Kiwanis auction needs bidders

    Are you in the market for a brass cash register, a kayak or maybe tickets to a University of Kentucky men’s basketball game?
    Then the 20th annual Kiwanis auction is where you want to be or at least be watching on TV on Friday, Feb. 5 and Saturday, Feb. 6.
    The annual auction is the group’s main fundraising activity for the year.

  • Judge rules in favor of Ark

    A federal judge ruled earlier this week that the Ark Encounter should be eligible for tax rebate incentives through a Kentucky Tourism Development Program.
    Judge Greg Van Tatenhove of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky issued a preliminary injunction against the state of Kentucky for blocking the theme park’s developer, Answers in Genesis (AiG) from participating in the program.

  • Rulers opens Thursday

    Grant County residents have a new grocery store option.
    Ruler Foods opens at 1418 North Main St. in Williamstown, next to Tractor Supply, at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28.
    The grocery store will feature fresh produce, chicken, pork and beef and other Kroger brand products.
    The first 200 customers from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1 will receive a free grocery item and a chip bag clip in a re-usable bag.
    To help keep prices low, Ruler Foods asks that customers bag their own groceries.