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  • Deputy charfed with bribery

    A Grant County deputy jailer found himself behind bars.

    Eric Bay Ashcraft, 23, of Dry Ridge, was charged on March 10 with accepting a bribe from an inmate and allowing contraband into the jail.

    Ashcraft had been employed at the jail since June 2008. He resigned before his arrest.

    Ashcraft also was the Grant County High School girls’ soccer coach for the 2008 season. “He has completed his contract and met his duties for this year,” said Grant County Superintendent Michael Hibbett.

  • Legislators put teeth in cyber safety law

    A House bill strengthening and updating laws protecting children from Internet predators moved quickly through the 2009 Kentucky General Assembly.

    House Bill 315, which had 21 cosponsors, including Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, prohibits registered sex offenders from using social-networking Web sites like MySpace and Facebook that are frequented by minors.

    Passage of this bill allows Kentucky prosecutors to criminally charge sex offenders removed from the sites.

    Since May of 2007, MySpace has removed the profiles of 90,000 sex offenders.

  • No injuries in bus crash

    No one was injured when a Grant County school bus struck a vehicle just as school let out on March 17.

    The bus, driven by Daniel P. Collins Jr., 52, of Corinth, was leaving Grant County Middle School, and pulled in front of a 2000 Ford Escape driven by Mary P. Smith, 71, of Williamstown.

    There were 22 passengers on the bus at the time of the accident but there were no injuries.

    Grant County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Maines is investigating the accident.

  • Grant board approves 2009-2010 calendar

    On March 12, the Grant County Board of Education approved next year’s school calendar.

    School will begin on Aug. 12 and tentatively end on May 18.

    Something new to this year’s calendar is that the students will have six early release days which the students will get out at 12:30 p.m. and the teachers will have mandatory professional development days where they will get out at 3:30 p.m.

  • Mother of four dies in Scott crash

    Sunny Harper was just that – a mother with a sunny personality and a bright smile.

    “She was pretty happy and bubbly,” said Sheila Norman, Sunny’s friend and landlord. “She loved her family and friends.”

    The Dry Ridge mother was traveling with her husband and three of her four children to pick up her new glasses in Georgetown when the Harper’s 1991 Toyota Tercel was struck by a van pulling out of a driveway.

  • City vehicle swiped in Crittenden

    Juveniles out for a joy ride are believed to be the culprits behind a city vehicle being removed from the city garage and found on a nearby street.

    Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills said the pickup truck was taken fromthe city’s maintenance building between Friday, March 13 and Sunday, March 15. The pickup was found near the Dalton Plaza Apartments and had no damage. “We believe that juveniles were responsible and are hoping someone will step forward and accept responsbility,” Dills said.

  • Burnin' down the house

    Firefighters from Williamstown, Corinth, Crittenden, Jonesville and Dry Ridge held a training exercise on March 14 and March 19 on Main Street and the corner of School Road in Williamstown. Firefighters set fires inside the frame home and used them for training purposes. They were unable to burn the home completely on March 14 due to high winds and a large grass fire they were called away on. The land is owned by Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home and will be the site of a new parking lot to accomodate overflow parking. Photos by Bryan Miles

  • Suspect eludes police after car chase

    A vehicle chase lasted more than 30 minutes on Monday, March 9 and police still didn’t get their guy.

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Chad Mills attempted to stop a pickup truck after one matching its description was stolen from Kelly Drive in Dry Ridge. The truck wouldn’t stop, so Williamstown Police put out stop sticks.

    The truck ran over them and the suspect, who is described as male wearing blue jeans jumped out and ran down Hyde Road.

  • Thrifty

    The Helping Hands Thrift Store is open for business.

    The store’s first official day open to the public was March 10.

    “When we got here at 9:30 a.m. there were people waiting to get in,” said Rev. Wil Jones, co-chair of the Helping Hands Board of Directors.

    Helping Hands was formed 24 years ago in an effort to organize volunteers from churches in the community who wanted to assist families with food, clothing, furniture and cash when available.

    About 15 of the more than 70 churches in Grant County actively support the organization.

  • Crittenden man charged in dynamite theft

    A Crittenden man is in jail after police found dynamite, blasting caps and other bomb-making related materials in his bedroom.

    Christopher Spreder, 26, was charged with receiving stolen property after police searched the home he was living in on March 5 and found items they believe have been stolen from Sterling Mine in Gallatin County.

    Police received a tip from a parole officer that bomb-making materials were located in a mobile home on U.S. 25 in Crittenden.