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    ‘These are my people
    This is where I come from
    We’re givin’ this life everything we’ve got and then some
    It ain’t always pretty
    But it’s real
    That’s the way we were made
    Wouldn’t have it any other way
    These are my people’
    - Rodney Atkins
    (one of Josh Lilly’s favorite songs)


  • NKU, community partner to continue extended campus

    The Northern Kentucky University – Grant County Center is one of a kind and a recent agreement between NKU and local officials will keep it around for a long while.

    Dr. James Votruba, president of NKU, joined Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner and Wade Gutman, executive director of the Grant County Industrial Development Authority, in signing an agreement that defines the operations of the center.

    In this agreement, NKU has agreed to pay for operational costs at the Williamstown facility. The city leases the building to NKU at $1 per year.


    Williamstown Independent School will join as one campus to celebrate returning to class Aug. 10 with a Back to School Bash.
    The district decided to forego its usual Sundae Social, Readi-Fest and back to school events for each school for the 2012-13 school year.
    The bash will include games, food and a free movie to kick off the school year.

  • Former NBA star, Williamstown native dies

    Hall of Famer Arnie Risen, known as “Flash” and “Stilts” during his illustrious basketball career, died Aug. 4 in Beechwood, Ohio.
    Risen, who played basketball at Williamstown High School before playing in the NBA, was 87.

    The 1942 WHS graduate, who has a street named after him in Williamstown, was recognized by the school district in 1999 by being named a member of the Williamstown Wall of Fame at graduation.
    Risen was also named “Alumni of the Year” in 2012.

  • First U.S. 25 Yard Sale gains momentum

    Judy Wiggington likes to talk on the phone.
    She’s talked to every city, from Covington to Williamsburg, that sits along U.S. 25 in Kentucky in order to drum up support for a U.S. 25 yard sale.

    Wiggington, of Williamstown, had the idea for a U.S. 25 yard sale that would pass through the middle of Grant County for several years after attending the famous 127 Yard Sale, but it wasn’t until she retired in January of this year that she put a plan in motion.


    Jim Blackney of Dry Ridge wasn’t too surprised when he woke up around 6 a.m. on July 26 and saw police cars swarming a house across the street from him.
    The Kentucky State Police arrested 15 people on drug charges in an early morning roundup.
    The roundup was the result of nearly a year of work by police, including undercover surveillance and drug purchases.
    For Blackney, it was a long time coming.

  • Computer error sends raw sewage into creek; city receives no fine

    A computer error at the new $15 million sewer plant in Williamstown sent a small amount of sewage into a nearby creek.

    “A few fish and crawdads died but there was no danger to our residents,” Mayor Rick Skinner said.

    The incident occurred on Friday, June 8.

    Skinner said an alarm went off to indicate something was wrong, but when employees checked the system it was working.

    “We were told the technician was off on vacation and if the motors were running, we were OK,” Skinner said.


    It may have been a dark and stormy night July 19, but certified ghost hunter Patti Starr used humor to relax guests ready to locate spirits at Sherman Tavern.

    Starr has hunted ghosts in three countries and 27 states.

  • Jail closes canteen after audit

    A recent state audit found accounting records for the canteen fund at the Grant County Detention Center were “not accurate and complete.”

    The Grant County Detention Center Canteen opened Feb. 25, 2011, nearly three months after Jailer Terry Peeples took office.

    The goal of the store, where inmates could purchase everything from Slush Puppy drinks and snacks to toiletries and 15-inch digital TVs, was as a motivational tool for inmates to behave themselves, Peeples said when the canteen opened.


    Grant County Parks and Recreation held its seventh annual Summer Splash camp July 9-July 13 at Grant County Park in Crittenden.
    The camp, which features arts and crafts, theater, games, science and lots and lots of water, was attended by 138 7- to 11-year-olds.

    Photos by Bryan Marshall


    For more photos go to slideshows on www.grantky.com