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  • 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.

  • Former jail deputies sentenced

    Wesley Lanham and Shawn Freeman finally found out how long they’ll spend behind bars for their role in a 2003 rape at the Grant County Detention Center.

    Lanham, 31, of Dry Ridge and Freeman, 36, of Erlanger, were sentenced Dec. 8 in U.S. District Court in Covington by Judge Danny Reeves.

    Lanham received a 15-year sentence, while Freeman received a 14-year sentence.

    Both were former deputies at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • School cuts felt locally

    Financially strapped school districts across the state may soon take another hit in state funding.

    Kentucky Commissioner of Education Jon Draud recently sent an e-mail to all state superintendents notifying them that the Office of the State Budget Director wants the Kentucky Department of Education to submit a plan for a 4-percent funding cut across the board.

    The cut would reduce the state budget for primary-12th grade education by approximately $132 million, Draud wrote.

  • Farm manager finds sweet solution for piles of poop

    If you’ve got horses, you’ve got waste. If you got horse manure, then you’ve probably got a smell and flies.

    At Folsom Ridge Farm, their poop doesn’t stink. Well, it doesn’t after Todd Foster, the farm manager, gets through with it.

    Foster, who has worked with horses most of his life has started to recycle the farms horse manure by composting it.

  • Nusiance ordinance tabled

    The second reading of a lengthy nuisance ordinance that would have targeted properties with out of control weeds, dilapidated buildings and excessive noise was tabled by the Dry Ridge City Council.

    “When we got this nobody realized it was going to be 19 pages,” said Mayor Clay Crupper. “I read the whole thing twice. According to this, you couldn’t even burn wood because the smoke would bother somebody. If you’re working on a car, you couldn’t do it because the noise would be real loud. This has created a monster for us.”

  • Wilson steps down as superintendent

    Williamstown Independent Schools soon will be looking for a new superintendent.

    Charles Ed Wilson, who is in his sixth year with the district, has decided to retire two years before his contract was scheduled to end.

    In a letter dated Nov. 10 to Williamstown School Board members, Wilson gave his written notice that he will be resigning from his position effective July 1, 2009, giving the board eight months to recruit and select a replacement.

    Wilson’s wife, Rose, also will be retiring as a teacher at Dry Ridge Elementary.

  • News seeks Letters to Santa Claus

    If you’ve got a Christmas wish, you better get it on paper.

    The Grant County News will be publishing Letters to Santa. The deadline to submit a letter is 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5. Photos can also be included with the letter.

    Send letters to: Letters to Santa, c/o Grant County News, P.O. Box 247, Williamstown, Ky 41097 or e-mail to: gceditorial@fuse.net or fax to 859-824-5888.

    Letters will be published in the Dec. 18 issue of the Grant County News.

  • Early morning blaze kills one

    A Williamstown man died in an early morning fire on Dec. 2 near the Grant/Pendleton county line.

    The home at 199 Moore Road, off Hogg Ridge Road, was completely engulfed in flames when firefighters from Dry Ridge, Williamstown and Falmouth arrived around 2:35 a.m.

    Police have declined to identify the victim until an autopsy is performed. But neighbors said it was Kenneth Searp.

  • Feeding the need

    For the past 11 years, the Williamstown Baptist Church has put the “thanks” in Thanksgiving by delivering nearly 3,000 meals to needy Grant Countians.

    Last year, the many volunteers provided 254 meals of turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls and dessert.

    The numbers reached the highest it has ever been this Thanksgiving with 443 people served during the Hope Thanksgiving Meal.