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  • Heroin bill compromise could happen this session

    The clock is ticking with only three weeks remaining in the 2015 session of the General Assembly.
    The final day of the session is March 24 and lawmakers still have to discuss, debate and compromise on many key proposed bills from a statewide smoking ban to a response to the heroin epidemic.
    Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown and Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, discuss how the session is going so far and what may lie ahead.

    As the session winds down, how productive has the legislature been?

  • Jump resigns as Dry Ridge fire chief

    Two missteps by Tom Jump has the Dry Ridge Fire Department looking for a new chief.
    Mayor Jim Wells asked Jump to resign from his position after learning the fire department failed to get building permits for a renovation and turnout gear was bought without an advertised bid or an approved purchase order.
    Jump submitted his resignation Feb. 19 to Wells.


    When the flakes start falling, Barry Marksberry’s day starts early.
    Last week, his day began at 4:30 a.m.  on Monday when Grant County was blanketed in winter white.

    Marksberry’s day (and night) didn’t end until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
    “It was a long 36 hours,” he said, as he prepared to make another swipe on his route, which includes Cynthiana Street, KY 36 and side roads such as Hightower Tebelman, Dark Region and Ashbrook.

  • Smoking ban passes House, faces uncertain future in Senate

    Despite narrowly passing the House, a proposed statewide smoking ban could go up up in smoke in the Senate.

    The Senate moved House Bill 145, known as the Smoke-Free Kentucky bill, last week to the Veterans, Military and Public Protection Committee.
    Senate Majority Floor Leader Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, has said he does not believe there is much sentiment to pass the bill in his chamber.

  • 5-year-old trapped, others ejected in wreck

    A 5-year-old passenger was trapped under a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer SUV after being ejected when the vehicle rolled multiple times on Interstate 75 in Grant County.
    The Dry Ridge Fire Department was successfully able to raise the vehicle to retrieve the child, who suffered multiple fractures in both legs.

    Kentucky State Police dispatch received the call about the single-vehicle crash near the northbound 162 mile marker around 3:30 p.m. Feb. 12.

    The Dry Ridge Fire Department and deputies from the Grant County Sheriffs Office were dispatched to the scene.

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