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  • 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.

  • Salvation Army will set up kettle at Wal-Mart

    The Grant County Unit of the Salvation Army will bring out the red kettle from 6 a.m. to noon on Friday, Nov. 28 at Wal-Mart in Dry Ridge.

    In December, volunteers will be setting up from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

    “I’m anxious to see how our collections will go this year, with everyone struggling and with the economy,” said Dick Austin,

    Anyone wanting to volunteer to be a bell ringer should call Lanette Whalen at 824-3040.

  • Got salt?

    The temperature has dipped and that means the potential for snow and ice aren’t far behind.

    While some welcome the white and shiny stuff, most of those who are forced to drive in it just want to see snowplows pushing it aside or road crews treating the roads.

    This winter, though, getting the snow off the roads could be a problem as cities and counties may find themselves short on salt.

    Grant County, however, has salt.

    “I haven’t had any trouble getting any,” said Kim Crupper.

  • Murder/mystery 'haunts' Williamstown eatery

    Dressed in a sparkling evening gown, Williamstown High School teacher Deana Cummins was sprawled out on the floor of Michael’s on Main, fatally stabbed by an unknown killer.

    The restaurant was locked to avoid anyone from escaping.

    From the movie director and plastic surgeon to the action star and makeup artist, everyone was a suspect in the star’s murder.

    Fortunately for Cummins, a senior class sponsor, her death was only part of the first-ever Hollywood Scandal murder mystery at Michael’s on Main.

  • Census 2010

    It may be two years away, but local workers are already being recruited for the 2010 U.S. Census.

    The census, a count of everyone residing in the country, occurs every 10 years and the Census Bureau must count everyone and submit state population totals to the U.S. president by Dec. 31, 2010.

    The first census was conducted in 1790.

    Diane Reed, who worked 10 months as an enumerator eight years ago, recently was at a Dry Ridge City Council meeting to discuss recruiting census takers.

  • BREAKING NEWS - Pendleton man killed in early morning fire

    A Pendleton County man was killed in a fire that began around 2:30 a.m. this morning.

    Firefighters from Dry Ridge, Williamstown and Falmouth found the home located on Moore Road, off Hogg Ridge Road, on the ground when they arrived.

    The Kentucky State Fire Marshal's office is on scene and investigating.

    The name of the victim has not been released. Updates will be posted when available. See this Thursday's Grant County News for more details.

  • Grant men arrested on drug charges

    Two Grant County men were arrested on drugs charges Saturday Nov. 15, in Dearborn County, Ind.

    Kenneth R. Ruby, 31, of Dry Ridge, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Class D felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

    Jonah G. Kinmon, 38, of Crittenden, also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

    The arrests were made by Indiana State Police after Trooper Cameron McCreary stopped a yellow 2003 Nissan for speeding on S.R. 1 near Green Road just before 11 p.m. in Dearborn County.