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  • Back 2 Back

    The Williamstown Band of Spirit arrived home to a hero’s welcome Saturday after winning their fourth state championship in five years.

    In their seventh state final appearance, Williamstown High School won the Class A Kentucky Music Educators Association state title at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville over Beechwood, Mayfield and Murray.

  • Alcohol sales get thumbs up

    Dry Ridge will be dry no more after a convincing majority of voters chose to make the city moist.

    With a total of 742 votes, 488 were in favor of making alcohol available in the city by the drink at restaurants and dining facilities with a seating capacity of at least 100 people and which derive at least 70 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of food.

    Only 254 residents voted no in the local option that was spurred by a signed petition filed Aug. 14 by J.B. Barnes.

  • What's up (or down) with gas prices?

    A significant drop in gas prices in the past week caused cars to line up onto the street waiting to fill up at some Grant County stations.

    While fuel prices have recently dipped well below $2 — a sight that has not been seen in months — the marquees at several stations displayed a per-gallon cost as low $1.75.

    The AAA Fuel Price Finder on Tuesday, Nov. 4, listed an area average for a gallon of gas in Dry Ridge and Williamstown at $1.99 compared to $2.33 and $3.40 last week and six months ago, respectively.

  • Crittenden family turns home into creepy castle

    Christmas may be better known for houses decorated with colorful lights and endless shopping for gifts, but Halloween also causes consumers to open their wallets.

    With costumes, candy, pumpkins and frightful decorations, Halloween spending in 2008 is estimated to reach $5.77 billion nationwide, according to a recent National Retail Federation survey.

    The average per-person spending on Halloween has increased drastically in the past seven years, from $44.50 in 2001 to a new estimated high of $66.54 this year.

  • Judge ruled moist petition can be on Nov. 4 ballot

    Sixteen Dry Ridge citizens will have to recast their local option vote dealing with alcohol sales in the city.

    Circuit Judge Stephen Bates ruled Wednesday, Oct. 22, that the original ballot used by the absentee voters needed to match the language in a certified petition filed by J.B. Barnes.

  • Bramlage sentenced to life

    An emotionless Russell Bramlage spoke few words as he was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years for killing his parents last November.

    “There is something that I want to say, but I don’t want to say it in open court. The people that need to hear it are going to,” the 23-year-old said to Circuit Judge Stephen Bates before being led out of the Grant County courtroom.

  • Blood fest

    The Grant County Public Library recently provided a helping hand to those who wanted to add to their costume and make themselves look more grotesque for Halloween.

    Jessica Napier organized Friday Blood Fest on Oct. 24 at the Grant County Public Library after attending a library event in June where Amanda Boston, a Northern Kentucky University student who does makeup for the U.S.S. Nightmare haunted boat, taught attendees about theatrical makeup.

  • Thousands raised, spent in campaigns

    State Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, has raised nearly $240,000 more than his opponent in a bid to be reelected to his 17th district seat.

    After carrying over more than $148,500 from May, Thayer reported having $259,247.20 in total receipts to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance as of Oct. 3.

    His total disbursements for his campaign exceed $82,600.

    Of the 257 contributions made to Thayer, 134 were $250 or less, 58 were between $251 and $500 and 63 of the remaining 65 contributions were for the $1,000 maximum allowed.

  • Moist vote goes to Dry Ridge voters

    Dry Ridge residents will be choosing more than their pick for the next U.S. president or local office on election day.

    Voters will once again decide if they want their city to go moist.

    J.B. Barnes filed a signed petition on Aug. 14 to get the vote on the ballot that, if passed, would make alcohol available by the drink at restaurants and dining facilities with a seating capacity of at least 100 people and which derive at least 70 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of food.

  • Howls, Hounds benefit shelter

    Man’s best friend can dress up in a cape or wear their favorite mask Saturday, Oct. 25, to benefit the Grant County Animal Shelter.

    The inaugural Howls and Hounds 2008 Halloween Dog Walk at Grant County Park will feature costume contests, adoptions, micro-chipping and photos.