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    Kentucky collected more than 9,000 pounds of unused or unneeded medications during the Oct. 26 DEA National Drug Take Back Day, eliminating their risk of being diverted and abused.

    A total of 9,135 pounds were collected at Take Back events, which were held in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout Kentucky, according to the Office of Drug Control Policy.
    Champions For a Drug-Free Grant County help organize an event at the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and provided donuts and hot dogs from Beans in Dry Ridge.


    Gov. Steve Beshear visited Grant County Public Library to join local elected officials in ceremonially opening the Barnes Road widening and realignment project in Williamstown.

    The Oct. 30 ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the recently completed $3.8 million project expanding and realigning a one-mile section of Barnes Road from the east side of the Interstate 75 interchange to the railroad tracks at Arnie Risen Boulevard.
    The section includes three-lanes with a continuous center turning lane, improved shoulders and curb and gutter improvements.

  • Payroll tax hike returns, gains support

    Four months after the Dry Ridge City Council shot down a payroll tax increase, the issue is back on the table.
    The council voted 4-2 in favor of a first reading of an occupational tax ordinance on Nov. 4 that would increase the tax from its current .5 percent to 1.25 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
    “Some of the board members got together and that’s what they wanted to do because the finances are getting so low,” said Mayor Clay Crupper. “I left it up to them.”

  • Fireman honored


  • Returning soldier surprises family at Country Pumpkins

    Staff Sgt. Nicholas Boller waits anxiously in the snack shack at Country Pumpkins in Dry Ridge for a familiar car to pull up.

    Boller, a member of the Kentucky National Guard 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery out of Glasgow, has not seen his four children since he was deployed in January to Jordan.

    “It seems longer than that,” the Florence man said, checking the time again on his cellphone.

    Boller shared a homecoming his wife, Anna, on Oct. 23 when she picked him up in Glasgow.

  • Williamstown teen smiles through cancer fight

    Skyler Faulkner isn’t one to get sick.

    The 17-year-old is in her 13th year of perfect attendance at Williamstown Independent Schools.
    She’s never had strep throat.

    No flu.
    The high school senior is a picture of clean health.

    That all changed three weeks ago.
    It all started when Skyler, who had previously discovered she had an irregular heartbeat, noticed a knot on her neck.

    She initially didn’t think much about it, but when the knot remained several weeks later she showed her mother.


    The 2014 May primary election is still seven months away, but Nov. 6 is the first day for candidates to file to run for office.
    Jan. 28 is the deadline to run in the primary, which will includes races for many county offices, including judge-executive, sheriff, jailer, clerk, magistrates, coroner and county attorney.
    Any eligible resident looking to file can pick up forms at the Grant County Clerk’s Office, 107 North Main St., Williamstown.
    The clerk’s office is open from 8: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

  • Body found on I-75 identified

    The partially decomposed body of a female found Aug. 27 by mowing crews on Interstate 75 north of Crittenden has been identified.
    The body was identified as Melinda Sue Ingram, 28, of New Richmond, Ohio.
    State mowing crews reported they had found something suspicious to police, which later confirmed it was a body.
    A cause of death is still undetermined and the investigation is ongoing by Kenton County Police.
    Anyone with information regarding Ingram’s death is asked to call Detective Paul Anderson at 859-392-1952.

  • GCHS annual ‘powder puff’ football game benefits Autism Speaks

    Hailey Leach, a sophomore at Grant County High School, is on a mission to raise awareness of autism and she’s taking her game to the Grant County High School football field on Nov. 8.
    Leach, the GCHS Family Career and Community Leaders of America Chapter president, will be leading a ‘powder puff” football team against the Williamstown High School FCCLA Chapter at 5 p.m.
    The cost to play is $15, which includes a T-shirt. Gate admission is $1 and concessions will be available for purchase.

  • Thanksgiving meals delivered

    The Williamstown Baptist Church is again delivering Hope Thanksgiving meals to shut-ins and those in need throughout Grant County.  
    In 2012, this project reached 650 people in the community, the largest number since this ministry started.  
    The meals will be delivered by noon on Thanksgiving Day.   
    Monetary donations will be accepted to help provide the meals. Checks should be made payable to the Williamstown Baptist Church. Note the donation is for the Hope Thanksgiving Day project.