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    Grant County native W. Rodney McMullen, a long-time employee at Kroger, becomes CEO of the Cincinnati-based company on Jan. 1.

    One could say that he has been preparing for this opportunity his entire career, for he started working at the grocery giant in 1978 as a part-time stock clerk while attending the University of Kentucky.

    McMullen is currently the company’s president and chief operating officer.
    After growing up on a farm in Williamstown, McMullen earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from UK.

  • County, city offices closed for holidays

    Due to the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holiday, county and city offices will be observing holiday hours.
    Following is a holiday schedule:
    • County offices (Grant County Judge-Executive’s office and Grant County Courthouse) – closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
    • Grant County Circuit Clerk’s Office (at the Grant County Judicial Center) will be closed Dec. 24 through Dec. 26, Dec. 28, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

  • Seven-year-old gives back, in spite of illness

    Three months after receiving a heart transplant, 7-year-old Luke Landrum hopes to make other children feel better.
    The Grant County resident, who was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, has created Luke’s Coloring Company.
    The idea is to provide colorful artwork to children who, like Luke, have struggled with health issues at a young age.

  • Former band director faces more charges

    Former Grant County High School band director David Owens has been indicted on three additional sex charges in Kenton County.
    A grand jury indicted Owens on Dec. 5 with one charge each of third-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and third-degree sodomy.
    Owens was previously charged with two counts of sexual abuse and tampering with a witness in Grant County and one county of first-degree sexual abuse in Boone County for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship in 2011 with a former student at GCHS when the girl was 16 years old.

  • Report tracks graduates after high school

    More than half of the Class of 2011 at Grant County High School and nearly three-fourths at Williamstown High School enrolled in college after graduation.
    The statistics were recently released as part of the Kentucky High School Feedback Report on College Going by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics.
    The report focuses on high school graduates from the 2010-11 school year.
    Of 236 Grant County High School graduates, 52.1 percent went on to college, compared with the state average of 60.2 percent.


    Elementary students at Grant and Williamstown schools will be getting showing off their creativity and getting into the holiday spirit with a new contest.
    The Grant County Parks and Recreation Department is holding a Creative Tree Contest for all elementary classes.
    Each class has been given a 2 foot by 3 foot paper Christmas tree, provided by Minuteman Press, to decorate as creatively as they can.

  • Shop with a Cop

    Even an ice storm couldn’t keep police officers and 19 children away from Wal-Mart in Dry Ridge early on Saturday, Dec. 7.

    They came, they cruised up and down the aisles and they filled their carts with toys and clothes as part of the Shop With A Cop annual program that pairs police and corrections officers with children selected from local schools.

    Money for the annual event comes from a golf scramble and donations. A few businesses either raise or donate money to help pay for a child to participate.

  • Deadline nears to switch parties

    Time is running out for registered voters who want to switch political parties before the May 20 primary election.
    Voters may change their political party affiliation at any time on or before Dec. 31 to remain eligible to vote in the following primary election.
    To change party affiliation, voters need to fill out a new voter registration card and return it to the Grant County Clerk’s Office by the deadline.
    While Grant County still has more registered Democrats than Republicans, the gap has decreased in the past year.

  • MANnequin brings lessons to life

    There’s a new man lounging around Grant County High School’s health science program.
    The “man” or new mannequin can cough, vomit, breathe and has a pulse. Using a stethoscope students can hear heart, lung and bowel sounds. He can even be programmed to talk to students.

    Four of the pre-nursing students spent time getting to know their patient.
    “I feel it. It’s not weak, it’s strong,” said Maria Stewart, after finding the mannequin’s pulse.
    Stewart checked for a heart rate.