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  • 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.”

  • Dry Ridge soldier killed in Afghanistan

    Daniel Wallace ,27, a soldier with the National Guard, was killed in Afghanistan, over the weekend. Wallace is a graduate of Grant County High School. He lived in Dry Ridge.

    Wallace's family will be participating in a press conference ton Nov. 3 at the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort.

    Wallace was killed by a single bullet while on routine patrol. His body was being flown back to Kentucky for funeral services.

  • Election 2008

    ELECTION 2008

    Who won?

    President of the United States

    Barack Obama - 3,112

    John McCain - 5,510

    Ralph Nader - 79

    Chuck Baldwin - 24

    Bob Barr - 29

    The results for national and state-wide races reflect only votes cast in Grant County.

    U.S. Senator

    Mitch McConnell (R) - 5,265

    Bruce Lunsford (D) - 3,408

    U.S. Representative

    Geoff Davis (R) - 5,553

    Michael Kelly (D) - 2,981

    State Senator

    Damon Thayer (R) - 5,022

    Robert Powell (D) - 3,196

  • Dry Ridge soldier dies in combat

    Daniel Wallace loved being in the military and helping others. He was a man of faith and he loved his family.

    “Danny is my fallen hero,” said his mother, Karen, through tears at a press conference on Nov. 5 in Frankfort.

    Wallace, of Dry Ridge, was killed on Oct. 31 in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked by enemy forces.

    “Sgt. Daniel Wallace was a true patriot who willingly stood up and answered the call to serve his nation in a time of need,” Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Adjutant General for Kentucky, said.

  • 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.