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    When will it end?
    That’s the question many school administrators, parents and maybe even a few students are asking as snow days keep piling up.
    After another dump of snow canceled classes Feb. 3, Grant County Schools brought their total of missed days to 13.

    Grant County only missed seven days last school year.
    In the calendar approved before the school year, the district accounted for 14 makeup days, meaning the school board will likely have to go back to the drawing board with no end in sight for winter.

  • 44 file locally for judge, clerk, jailer, magistrate

    The race is on.
    The slate of candidates for the May 20 primary election is set with the passing of the Jan. 28 filing deadline.
    There are seven candidates looking to replace Darrell Link as Grant County judge-executive.
    The Republican candidates are Williamstown Independent School Board member Pete Whaley, J. Christopher Ammerman and Steve Wood, who narrowly lost to Link four years ago.
    Democratic candidates include county magistrate Richard Austin, former circuit clerk Shirley Wilson, Keith Ellington and Anitra Jump.

  • Governor spares education in proposed budget

    Education was spared the blade despite harsh cuts in many other areas Jan. 21 as Gov. Steve Beshear outlined his 2014-2016 budget proposal to legislators.

    The most important investments in the governor’s proposed budget are in K-12 education.

    The largest item is SEEK, the main funding formula for classrooms. From 2000 to 2008, SEEK grew an average of 3.4 percent each year. But from 2008 to 2014, funding flatlined – even as enrollment expanded, costs increased and local support in some areas declined.


    (Editor’s Note: This story does contain explicit language.)Former Grant County High School band director David Owens will serve 10 years in prison for sexually abusing a former student, under a plea agreement.
    For pleading guilty to two counts of sexual abuse and one count of tampering with a witness, the agreement recommends Owens also pay a $3,000 fine and have his teaching certificate revoked.

  • Wreck victim still in hospital

    Ty Taylor, a 3-year-old Williamstown boy, remains hospitalized after a head-on collision on Jan. 15 on Delia Hill.
    Taylor’s family declined to be interviewed for a story, but said they appreciated all the prayers and support from the community following the accident.
    Taylor was a passenger in a Toyota Camry driven by his mother, Audra Taylor, 32.
    Taylor was traveling east when another Toyota Camry driven by Michael Asher, 25, of Owen County, crossed the centerline and smashed into the front of Taylor’s car.

  • General Assembly off to slow start

    The 2014 session of the General Assembly has gotten off to a slow start, but discussions over issues and bills will no doubt heat up soon.
    Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, and Rep. Brian Linder, R-Dry Ridge, discuss several specific bills under consideration by lawmakers.

    Gov. Steve Beshear recently gave his State of the Commonwealth address. What was your reaction to what he had to say?

  • Flu activity widespread; first N Ky death reported

    The flu activity level in Kentucky has increased from regional to widespread and a Kenton County man became the first death from flu complications this year.

    However, Northern Kentucky Health Department officials said the flu is not on pace to match last year’s record-setting number of flu cases.
    Last year, a total of 3,492 cases of flu, including eight deaths, were reported, the highest ever in northern Kentucky.

  • Grant gets 5 inches as temperature falls

    Tuesday morning, Grant County was blanketed in winter white as a winter weather advisory was upgraded to a winter storm warning.

    Snow and ice covered roads made many secondary roads impassable. Frigid temperatures also made treating roads difficult for road crews.
    Grant County Judge-Executive Darrell Link declared a Level Two Snow Emergency, meaning only motorists whose travel is necessary should be on roadways. The Level Two Snow Emergency was down graded to a Level One Snow Emergency at 3 p.m.