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Local News

  • Swine flu not here

    The good news for Grant County and the rest of Northern Kentucky is that swine flu hasn’t shown up here.

    People do not normally get swine flu, a respiratory disease found in pigs, but human infections of a strain of swine flu have been reported in several states in the U.S., including northern Ohio.

    “There have been no cases confirmed in Northern Kentucky or Kentucky,” said Emily Gresham-Werley, public information manager for the Northern Kentucky Independent Health District.

  • Library Express chugs into Crittenden, Corinth

    If you live in Crittenden or Corinth and would like to check out a book from  the Grant County Public Library, but don’t want to make the drive to Williamstown, books will be coming to you.

    Susan Nimersheim, library directory, received a $20,000 grant through the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives for an outreach development.

    Nimersheim used the money to buy units that resemble the mailbox unit for an apartment building and have them installed at Grant County Deposit Bank in Corinth and Crittenden.

  • Former Crittenden resident killed in wreck

    Jessica Harp Rose, a Walton resident, formerly of Crittenden was killed when her car ran off the roadway and struck a tree at 1:10 p.m. April 29.

     Rose, 26, was driving westbound on Lebanon Road when her 2003 Chevy Malibu ran off the right side of the road before hitting a tree.

    She was taken to St. Luke Hospital in Florence and later flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Cincinnati where she was pronounced dead at 2:53 p.m.

  • Corinth Marathon robbed

    An employee at Corinth Marathon and a Little Debbie snack food delivery driver had a gun pointed at them on April 27 when two males robbed the gas station, which sits just off Interstate 75.

    The robbery occurred at 4:15 a.m. when two black males, described as being 18 to 24 years old, 5-feet 10-inches to 6-foot 2-inches tall, wearing dark hoodies, entered the station and demanded money from Tammy Baron, a cashier.

    The delivery driver heard yelling and when he turned around, the robbers pointed the gun at him.

  • Clues needed in Dry Ridge burglary

    Police are asking the public for help in solving a burglary that occurred last week in Dry Ridge.

    Thieves smashed a glass at Arts Rental on Cull Lane in Dry Ridge at 5:40 a.m. on April 15 and made off with several power tools before police arrived.

    “When they smashed the glass, the alarm went off and officers were there in minutes but they were gone,” said Williamstown Assistant Police Chief Chris Hankins.

    Items that were taken include a Stihl chainsaw, a concrete saw, a back-pack leaf blower and a gas-powered boring drill.

  • Tea'd Off!

    Waving American flags and signs proclaiming “Cut Taxes, Not Deals”, nearly 100 gathered at the Grant County Courthouse on April 15 to voice their displeasure with increased taxes and unlimited government spending.

    The local Tax Day Tea Party, named after the historical Boston Tea Party, was one of hundreds of rallies held across the state and country.

  • Funny money leads to arrest

    A Williamstown man has been arrested on charges that he was making fake money on his home computer.

    Sgt. Robert Reed charged Thomas Onan, 35, with 75 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. The arrest occurred at 3:54 a.m. on April 8.

    Police searched Onan’s home after receiving a tip and discovered fake $100 bills on his computer.

    Police said Onan has a prior conviction of forgery in Nevada.

    The United States Secret Service is also investigating. Additional charges are pending.

  • SUV vs. tractor

    A Dry Ridge man remains in critical condition at University Hospital in Cincinnati after the tractor he was driving was hit by an SUV at 7:43 a.m. on April 16.

    Marshall Beach, 65, was thrown from the 1964 Ford tractor he was driving west on Warsaw Road when it was hit by a 1995 Geo Tracker driven by Emily Puckett, 15, of Jonesville.

    Beach received multiple injuries when the force of the crash threw him into the tractor’s steering wheel and off the side of the road.

  • Job hunt

    Like many Kentucky communities, the harsh reality of the economic downturn has hit Grant County.

    Recently released data by the state revealed that the unemployment rate rose dramatically in Grant County from 6.8 percent in February 2008 to 11.4 percent February 2009.

    Kentucky’s overall unemployment rate for February 2009 was 10.2 percent.

    The goal of the free Operation: Job Hunt program is to dwindle those statistics by helping participants improve basic writing skills, organize a resume and prepare for a job interview.

  • Corinth men charged in animal ring

    Two Corinth men have been charged in a 20-month investigation into coyote and fox trafficking.

    Elbridge Cook and Michael Ellis, both 62, were among six people from Kentucky and West Virginia arrested through a investigation code named “Gym-Sum”, looking into the illegal practice buying, selling and holding wild-caught foxes and coyotes for the purpose of selling them.