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  • Unloved and forgotten

    The economy is affecting everyone, including the four-legged residents of the Grant County Animal Shelter.

    “Every day we see dogs and cats dropped off because of the economy. People can’t afford to take care of them anymore,” said Jeremy Souder, Grant County Animal Shelter’s director.

  • Corinth man charged in sweep

    Robert Lee Kinney, Jr., 24, of Corinth, was one of 68 people indicted for alleged drug trafficking.

    In the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 13, troopers from the Kentucky State Police and law enforcement officers from Carroll and five surrounding counties began rounding up those indicted.

    Known as Operation Round-Up, the sting netted 49 arrests by the end of the day.

  • Dry Ridge considers nuisance ordinance

    Properties in Dry Ridge with out of control weeds, dilapidated buildings and excessive noise would be in violation of a proposed nuisance ordinance under consideration by the city council.

    Council members heard the first reading of the ordinance Monday, Nov. 17, during its regular meeting.

    “We’ve got some old buildings that are in a real bad state of repair,” Mayor Clay Crupper said. “We’re going to have to have an ordinance to get rid of those. The city’s going to have to tear them down probably and put a lien on the property.”

  • Help for your home

    Roof repair.

    Beautiful landscaping.

    A fresh coat of paint.

    All for no cost to homeowners.

    That is what Kentucky Changers, an organization sponsored by the Kentucky Baptist Convention that uses seventh through 12th graders to refurbish exteriors of homes, is offering Grant County residents.

  • Santa Claus is coming to town

    Thanksgiving may still be weeks away, but it is never too early to begin preparations for Christmas.

    Grant County residents can show their holiday cheer during the second annual Santa’s Wonderland on Saturday, Dec. 6., featuring free food, fun and a visit from Santa Claus.

    “It’s kind of a kickoff to the Christmas season,” said Wade Gutman, executive director of the Grant County Chamber of Commerce. “It was meant for getting everyone in the spirit of Christmas.”

  • Judicial center on target for Nov. 2009 opening

    A year after ground was broken, construction of the Grant County Judicial Center is on schedule to be completed in November 2009.

    The $14.5 million, 50,000 square-feet facility in downtown Williamstown was approved by the Kentucky General Assembly in 2005 and funding was authorized in 2006.

    “It is shaping up quite nicely,” said Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link. “We hope to have it under roof here prior to January. It looks like we’re going to beat that. I think people are beginning to see steady progress.”

  • Final Salute

    Karen Wallace spent her birthday accompanying the body of her son from the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati International Airport to Eckler-Hudson-McDaniel Funeral Home in Dry Ridge on Nov. 5.

    Daniel Wallace, 27, the second youngest of her five children, was killed on Oct. 31 in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked by Taliban fighters.

    Daniel or Danny, as his family and friends called him, was a combat engineer in the Kentucky Army National Guard. He joined in 2006 and was deployed to Afghanistan in May 2008 as a member of Company C of the 201st in Cynthiana.

  • Heat help

    As cool summer breezes turn to shivering winter air, some residents have begun turning the heat on in their homes.

    In a down economic time, unfortunately, Kentuckians are expected to pay more for natural gas in the coming months than they did a year ago, according to the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC).

    “High heating costs will again be a burden for many of our citizens,” PSC Chairman David Armstrong said. “Although the prices have come down since August, natural gas still costs more than it did at this time last year.”

  • Fatality shuts down interstate

    An Ohio woman was killed when her car went over an embankment and caught fire last week near Corinth.

    Karen Simmons, 57, of Anderson Township, was traveling south on Interstate-75 on her way to Berea for a shopping trip.

    The wreck occurred at 1 p.m. on Nov. 5 and involved an asphalt truck and a tractor trailer.

    Simmons’ 2008 Ford Taurus ended up 500 to 600 feet off the roadway, where it burst into flames sending black plumes of smoke high in the air.

  • Kentucky author to visit library

    Kentucky poet and author George Ella Lyon will visit the Grant County Public Library on Monday, Nov. 17.

    She will lead a workshop for select Williamstown and Grant County High School students at 1 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. workshop for teachers.

    The author will give a public talk at 6 p.m. about the importance of family literacy.

    Lyon’s visit serves as a finale to the library’s Northern Kentucky One Book, One Community project.

    Participants in the project have been reading and discussing Lyon’s “With a Hammer For My Heart.”