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    Developers of the Ark Encounter, a biblical-based theme park planned for Williamstown, is moving, forward with actual dirt being moved on the 800-acre site off Ky. 36 this spring.

    The first phase of the project, which will feature a 510-foot, or 300 cubit, replica of Noah’s Ark, is estimated to cost $73 million. The Grant County Planning Commission approved the site plan for the project in November 2013.

  • Six file for judge-executive seat

    Judge-executive candidates up to six
    Eligible residents who would like to run for office during the May primary have until Jan. 28 to file for candidacy.

    The following local candidates have filed as of Jan. 14:
    County Judge-Executive
    • Pete Whaley- R
    • Anitra Jump- D
    • Shirley Wilson- D
    • Steve Wood- R
    • Keith Ellington - D
    • Richard Austin- D

    County Clerk
    • Tabatha Clemons- D
    • Vicki Vance- D
    • Crystal Fryman- D

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  • Local dentists get proactive with schools to prevent cavities

    A group of local dentists are being proactive in order to prevent Grant County Schools’ second graders from getting cavities.
    The dentists who are volunteering their time and office resources for the new dental sealant program include Dr. Jack Lenihan, Dr. Cara Copes, Dr. Tim McMahon, Dr. Ken Rich, Dr. Adam Rich and Dr. Jonathan Rich.
    The program is free for all Grant County Schools’ second graders who have parental consent forms.
    The process begins with the dentist going to the schools to screen the students.

  • Robbery suspects arrested here after police chase

    Three Ohio men believed to have been involved in a Florence armed robbery Jan. 9 were apprehended in Grant County after a police chase that topped 100 miles per hour.

    Kentucky State Police in Dry Ridge received a call at 2:38 p.m. from Florence Police in an attempt to locate a dark-colored Chevrolet Monte Carlo witnessed leaving the scene of an armed robbery of Spring Leaf Financial.

    Trooper Chris Marcum observed a vehicle matching the description about 20 minutes later traveling southbound on Interstate 75 at mile marker 148 in Grant County.

  • Library offers Hot Reads to warm up Cold Nights

    The Grant County Public Library wants readers to cuddle up with a good book this winter to stay warm from frigid temperatures.
    For the fourth year, the library is holding Hot Reads for Cold Nights, a winter reading program from Jan. 13 to Feb. 22 offering prizes for participation.


    Most people would rather stay indoors than get out in the cold, winter weather.
    Beverly Bass will be braving not only the cold weather, but an icy pool of water to raise money for a good cause.
    Bass will be participating for the third time in the Special Olympics of Kentucky’s annual Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser by taking the plunge herself on Feb. 1 at Joe’s Crab Shack in Newport.

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  • Judge appoints Wagoner to fill county clerk’s job

    A new face is in charge of the Grant County Clerk’s Office as the new year begins.
    Leatha Conrad, a long-time fixture at the clerk’s office, retired at the end of 2013 leaving her position vacant.

    Judge-Executive Darrell Link has appointed Williamstown resident Layne Wagoner to fill the remaining year on Conrad’s term.

  • 2014 General Assembly tackles budget, taxes

    The budget, gambling, tax reform, education and more will be on the table as the Kentucky General Assembly gather starting this week for the 2014 session.

    The 60-day session begins Jan. 7 and is set to adjourn in Frankfort on April 15.