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    (Editor’s Note: It is the policy of the Grant County News not to name victims of sex crimes including sexual abuse and rape.)

    A 2013 Grant County High School graduate said she was ruined emotionally and mentally during her sophomore year after allegedly being sexually abused by band director David Owens.
    Owens, 34, of Independence was arrested Sept. 12 by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and charged with two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree.


    Looking for a job?
    The Grant County Career Expo may be the answer for those seeking employment or for a career change.
    The Kentucky Career Center-sponsored event will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Grant County Extension Office, 105 Baton Rouge Rd., Williamstown.


    September 17, 1998
    For their commitment to saving lives, 4,728 gallon blood donors were recognized by Hoxworth Blood Center. Suzann Leist of Crittenden, Lorne Lambert of Dry Ridge, Markeeta Crupper and Danny Mullins, both of Williamstown were among the volunteers donors who reached gallon increments.

  • The sounds of starlings usher in fall

    The other evening I was sitting outside under a tree babysitting our hens. We have only been letting them out in the evening under supervision until we can get a handle on some fox problems (we are working on it!)  As I sat and read a sense of calm came over me and

    I was surprised to realize that it was triggered by a little flock of nasty starlings.  Starlings start to flock up this time of the year and I guess there was just some sort of Pavlovian response that said, yes, fall is just around the corner, the starlings say so.

  • GCHS band director charged first-degree sexual abuse

    Grant County High School band director David Owens has been charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse for alleged inappropriate conduct with a former student.
    Owens was arrested Thursday by the Grant County Sheriff's Office and was lodged in the Grant County Detention Center.
    Owens resigned as director in lieu of being fired by the district.
    A meeting is set for Friday afternoon to discuss the future of the Grant County High School Band's season, which kicked off last week at Beechwood High School.

  • Woman faces animal cruelty charges

    An 85-year-old woman has been charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty less than two weeks after dogs were rescued from deplorable conditions at her Grant County property.

    Joan Mead was arrested Sept. 6 by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office for running an alleged puppy mill from a feces and flea covered building next to her trailer.

    The white block building, with closed windows, no lights and no comfort from the heat, sits next to a trailer on Dixie Highway about a half mile past Bruce’s Grocery.

  • Lawmakers hear Bluegrass Pipeline testimony

    FRANKFORT—A proposed interstate natural gas liquids pipeline that would impact landowners in at least 25 Kentucky counties, including Grant, does not qualify under the state’s eminent domain law, the head of the state’s Energy and Environment Cabinet yesterday quoted his agency’s general counsel as saying.

  • Search dogs, Safety Night to highlight annual NAPWDA training

    Grant County will literally be going to the dogs next week.
    About 75 canines and their handlers, along with trainers/evaluators from across the country will be attending the third North American Police Working Dog Association training and certification held Sept. 16 through Sept. 20.
    “When it comes to police, people are often used to the bad stuff, but this is good stuff and we want to showcase what Grant County has to offer,” said Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Morgan, one of the organizers of the event.

  • Williamstown schools keep same tax rate

    The Williamstown Independent School Board recently voted to keep 2013-14 tax rates the same as last year.
    The tax rate for real and personal property will once again be 88.4 cents per $100 of assessed value.
    The tangible tax rate will also be 88.4 cents per $100 assessed value while the motor vehicle and utility tax rates will be 59.1 cents and 3 cents, respectively.
    The projected revenue from the real and personal property and tangible tax is $1,324,918.
    Last year, the district received $1,300,280.92.