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  • It's a family tradition in Dry Ridge

    It is hard to miss the glow of lights coming from the top of the hill at 45 North Main St. in Dry Ridge.

    Candy canes, icicle lights and two snowmen “keeping eye over the hillside” are just a few of the decorations celebrating the holidays at Christopher Ballard’s house.

    “The main feature is the three-dimensional, animated deer,” he said. We also put a strobe light tree down the right hand side of the house. We put a couple things underneath it to make it look like there’s presents.”

  • Crittenden couple brings tradition from Texas

    Having recently moved here from Austin, Texas, didn’t not stop the Milberg family from lighting up their yard for Christmas.

    Tom and Carla Milberg of Crittenden, along with their children Miranda, 13, Thomas, 9 and Timmy, 8, moved to Grant County in August of this year. Their house which is off of South Main Street in Crittenden is not hard to miss because of the giant ferris wheel that spins and the Christmas music heard from the street.

  • Dry Ridge adopts rules governing alcohol

    The Dry Ridge City Council took the next step Monday, Dec. 15, in making the city moist.

    The council heard a first reading of an ordinance allowing alcohol sales by the drink at restaurants and dining facilities with a seating capacity of at least 100 people and which derive at least 70 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of food.

    The ordinance comes after voters passed a local option to allow alcohol sales in the November election.

  • Governor to visit Dec. 18 at GCHS

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will be bringing his “Beshear About Kentucky” tour to Grant County at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18 at Grant County High School.

    The public is invited to attend this town hall meeting.

    A donation of non-perishable food items is requested. These will be given to Manger Ministries, an outreach program of Lawrenceville Baptist Church.

  • Officers play Santa

    Before he picked out a toy or anything for himself, Devon placed pink roses in the Wal-Mart shopping cart to take to his mother, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

    Devon was just one of several of the 21 children selected for the 2008 Shop With A Cop program who chose presents for his family before choosing something for himself.

    “It’s always amazing to me,” said Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills. “It’s not about them. They want to buy something for their brothers, sisters, or mom and dad.”

  • Wreaths across America

    Three women braved the wind, rain and cold Monday, Dec. 15, to place Christmas wreaths at each of the 49 grave sites at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.

    The show of gratitude was a part of Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization that began more than 15 years ago when Worcester Wreath Company started placing wreaths on the headstones of fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Suspected grave robber thwarted

    Sandra Lilly hadn’t put a Christmas tree on her son’s grave for fear it would be stolen like the other decorations she’s lovingly placed in Hill Crest Cemetery since her son’s death in May.

    “I told my husband that he had to have one because it’s tradition at our house since Josh was little to have a tree and keep it lit all night on Christmas Eve so Santa could find our house, but I didn’t want it to end up like the other stuff – just gone,” she said.

  • News observes holiday deadlines

    The editorial (news) and advertising deadline for the Dec. 25 issue of The Grant County News will be 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19.

    The News office will be closed for Christmas on Thursday, Dec. 25.

    Express:

    The editorial (news) and advertising deadline for the Dec. 29 issue of The Grant County Express will be 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23.

     

     

  • Troopers spread holiday cheer, presents

    Saturday, Dec. 6 was cold.

    It was definitely a day for gloves and a warm, winter coat.

    Olivia, a bright-eyed, pint-sized blond, didn’t have a coat to call her own, but by the end of Shop With A Trooper, she was dancing around, proudly showing to anyone who would look, her new hot pink coat with a hood.

    A dozen troopers and supervisors from Kentucky State Police Post 6 in Dry Ridge took 25 children from 10 counties to breakfast and lunch, followed by shopping and visits with Santa as part of the Shop With A Trooper program.

  • Trees, decorations can be fire hazard

    Colorful lights, luminous candles and other Christmas decorations can lead a cheerful holiday to go up in flames without safety precautions.

    Each year, fire departments across the country respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

    Forty-nine percent of those fires are caused by electrical problems while 27 percent are caused by a heat source being too close to the tree.