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  • DR Council approves payroll tax hike

    A payroll tax increase that was previously shot down was approved Nov. 18 by the Dry Ridge City Council.
    The council voted 5-1 in favor of a second reading of an occupational tax ordinance increasing the tax from its current .5 percent to 1.25 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
    Council members Sara Cummins, Scott Bates, Kenny Edmondson and Jim Hendy voted in favor of the ordinance while Carisa Hughett voted against the first reading.
    Council member Fred Money abstained from voting, however, his vote counts with the majority.

  • Candidates flock to file

    The 2014 election race is officially on.
    Fifteen candidates filed to run for local offices at the Grant County Clerk’s Office within the first week of filing.
    The first day candidates could file began Nov. 6 and the deadline to file for candidacy in the 2014 May primary is Jan. 28.
    The election will includes races for many county offices, including judge-executive, sheriff, jailer, clerk, magistrates, coroner and county attorney.

  • Who is Rani Peffer?

    A Crittenden woman is getting more than her 15 minutes of fame as the current champion of the popular TV game show Jeopardy.
    Rani Peffer, a corporate finance manager at Procter and Gamble, is a four-day champion of the show, which taped in September.

    “I’ve had a life-long dream to be on Jeopardy since I was a small child and used to watch Jeopardy everyday and play Jeopardy on my computer,” Peffer said. “I always wanted to do it, but never did anything to make it a reality.”

  • Fan scores football from Bengal

    It happened so fast Trish Merritt didn’t even catch the ball.
    The 52-year-old retired Williamstown Elementary teacher was cheering on her beloved Cincinnati Bengals against the New England Patriots on Oct. 6 when running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored a pivotal touchdown.

    Merritt, who was wearing a Green-Ellis jersey, saw the play up close and personal after moving up from her season ticket seats eight rows behind the end zone.



    Grant County paused on Nov. 11 to honor the community’s veterans.
    School children presented veterans with hand-written thank you notes and sang patriotic songs to commemorate the day.At the Kentucky Veteran’s Cemetery North in  Williamstown, wreaths were placed at the base of the flag honoring each branch of service by Grant County High School JROTC members and local veterans.

    At 11 a.m. on 11-11, the community stopped to thank veterans for their sacrifice.

  • Judge gets out behind bench, visits district

    Judge Allison Jones isn’t simply staying behind the bench.
    Jones was appointed in July to the Kentucky Court of Appeals, 6th Appellate District, Division 1 by Gov. Steve Beshear.

    Since her appointment, she has been making her rounds throughout the 21-county district that includes Grant County.

    Locally, Jones spent time at the Marigold Festival in Williamstown, took a tour of the Grant County Justice Center and attended the community forum on heroin use at Grant County High School.


    Kentucky collected more than 9,000 pounds of unused or unneeded medications during the Oct. 26 DEA National Drug Take Back Day, eliminating their risk of being diverted and abused.

    A total of 9,135 pounds were collected at Take Back events, which were held in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout Kentucky, according to the Office of Drug Control Policy.
    Champions For a Drug-Free Grant County help organize an event at the Grant County Sheriff’s Department and provided donuts and hot dogs from Beans in Dry Ridge.


    Gov. Steve Beshear visited Grant County Public Library to join local elected officials in ceremonially opening the Barnes Road widening and realignment project in Williamstown.

    The Oct. 30 ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the recently completed $3.8 million project expanding and realigning a one-mile section of Barnes Road from the east side of the Interstate 75 interchange to the railroad tracks at Arnie Risen Boulevard.
    The section includes three-lanes with a continuous center turning lane, improved shoulders and curb and gutter improvements.

  • Payroll tax hike returns, gains support

    Four months after the Dry Ridge City Council shot down a payroll tax increase, the issue is back on the table.
    The council voted 4-2 in favor of a first reading of an occupational tax ordinance on Nov. 4 that would increase the tax from its current .5 percent to 1.25 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2014.
    “Some of the board members got together and that’s what they wanted to do because the finances are getting so low,” said Mayor Clay Crupper. “I left it up to them.”