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  • 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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  • Court seeks parks director

    The open position Grant County Parks and Recreation director could be filled as early as next week.
    “Little League starts March 15 and you have practice and everything,” said Judge-Executive Steve Wood. “We’re going to fill this position by the first of March.”
    The role became vacant after former director Tabatha Clemons was elected county clerk in the November 2014 general election.
    The county advertised the job in January and received about 10 to 12 resumes, according to Wood.


    Two well-respected Black citizens of Dry Ridge were Percy and Maude Porterfield Rice. Percy was born on Feb. 1, 1882 in Utal, Alabama.  When Percy was asked how he happened to come to Grant County, he said he started traveling from Alabama to St. Louis, then to Denver, Colorado, back to Cincinnati and finally ended in Grant County in 1914.  

  • Kiss the Pig

    A month into office, newly elected Dry Ridge Mayor Jim Wells hit the ground running in his new role as leader of the city.

    Despite his term not officially starting until Jan. 1, Wells was busy meeting with business owners, council members and residents in December to develop a priority list for the next few months.